Ephedrine (Injection)

Introduction

Ephedrine (e-FED-rin)

Treats low blood pressure that is caused by other medicines. Also used to improve breathing.

Brand Name(s)

PremierPro Rx Ephedrine Sulfate

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used

You should not use this medicine if you have an allergy to ephedrine. You should not use this medicine if you have angle closure glaucoma. You should not use this medicine if you have a type of thyroid disease called thyrotoxicosis. You should not use this medicine if you have diabetes or high blood pressure.

How to Use This Medicine

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your exact dose and tell you how often it should be given. This medicine is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle, or into a vein.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • This medicine is not for long-term use.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using a MAO inhibitor such as Eldepryl®, Marplan®, Nardil®, or Parnate®.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using blood pressure medicines such as atenolol, doxazosin, labetalol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol, terazosin, timolol, Cardura®, Hytrin®, Inderal®, or Toprol®.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using digoxin (Lanoxin®), reserpine, methyldopa, or guanethidine.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are using diuretics ("water pills") such as hydrochlorothiazide (HCTZ), torsemide, Demadex®, Lasix®, or Aldactone®.

Warnings While Using This Medicine

  • Make sure your doctor knows if you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • Make sure your doctor knows if you have heart rhythm problems or chest pain.

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Decrease in how much or how often you urinate.
  • High blood pressure, fast or uneven heartbeat.
  • Pale skin or loss of color in your lips.
  • Tremor, confusion, or nightmares.
  • Trouble breathing.
  • Severe headache, dizziness or weakness.

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Feeling anxious, excited, or nervous.
  • Increased sweating.
  • Mild nausea or vomiting.

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088

Review Date: March 4, 2014
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