What exactly is ephedrine?
Ephedrine UK is used to treat bronchial asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. Ephedrine may also be prescribed for other conditions at the discretion of your physician.
Ephedrine is a bronchodilator and decongestant. It works by decreasing swelling and constriction of blood vessels in the nasal passages and opening the airways of the lungs, allowing for easier breathing.
Prior to utilising ephedrine, the following should be considered:
Ephedrine may interact with certain medical problems. Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical issues, particularly if you have any of the following:
· whether you are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding
· if you are currently using any medication, whether prescription or nonprescription, herbal preparation, or nutritional supplement.
· If you are allergic to any medications, foods, or other substances, consult your physician.
· If you have a family history of heart disease, diabetes, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate or other prostate problems, adrenal gland problems, hypertension, seizures, stroke, blood vessel problems, an overactive thyroid, or severe asthma, consult your physician.
· Certain medications may have an interaction with ephedrine. Inform your health care practitioner if you are currently taking any additional medications, particularly any of the following:
· Beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), cocaine, indomethacin, methyldopa, MAO inhibitors (e.g., phenelzine), linezolid, oxytocic medications (e.g., oxytocin), rauwolfia derivatives (e.g., reserpine), or tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline),
· Bromocriptine, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (e.g., entacapone), or digoxin are not recommended since their actions and side effects may be enhanced.
· Guanadrel, guanethidine, mecamylamine, methyldopa, or reserpine, since ephedrine may reduce their effectiveness.
Ephedrine may cause the following adverse effects:
· While all medications have the potential to create side effects, many people experience none or very minor ones. Consult your physician if any of the following most common side effects last longer than one hour or worsen:
· Headache; nausea; anxiety; tremor; appetite loss; restlessness; insomnia; stomach irritation.
· Seek immediate medical treatment if any of the following severe adverse effects occur:
· Allergic responses that are severe urinary incontinence.