Full Generic Medicine Info
Dosage/Direction for Use

Adult: 15-60 mg tid.
Child: 1-5 years: 15 mg tid. 6-12 years: 30 mg tid.
Elderly: Initial: 50% of adult dose.

Nasal congestion
Adult: As 0.5% or 1% drops: Instil 1-2 drops into each nostril as needed up to 4 times daily. Max: 7 days. As 0.5% spray: 2-3 sprays into each nostril up to 4 hourly. Max: 3 days.
Child: >12 years: As 0.5% or 1% drops: Same as adult dose. 6-<12 years As 0.5% spray: 1-2 sprays up to 4 hourly. Max: 3 days. ≥12 years: Same as adult dose.

Reversal of spinal or epidural anaesthesia-induced hypotension
Adult: As ephedrine hydrochloride: 3-6 mg (max: 9 mg) via slow IV inj every 3-4 minutes. Max: 30 mg. As ephedrine sulfate: 5-10 mg via IV bolus inj as needed. Max: 50 mg.
Child: >12 years: As ephedrine hydrochloride: Same as adult dose.
Reconstitution: Dilute 50 mg/mL vial with 9 mL dextrose 5% solution or 0.9% NaCl to make 5 mg/mL.
May be taken with or without food.
CV disease, cardiomyopathy, peripheral vascular resistance, arrhythmias, hyperthyroidism, hyperexcitability, phaeochromocytoma, closed-angle glaucoma, urinary retention, following nasal or sinus surgery (nasal). Ischaemic heart disease, prostatic hyperplasia (oral). Hypertension (nasal/oral). Concomitant use or within 14 days of withdrawal of MAOIs. Concomitant use with other sympathomimetics and α-sympathomimetic agents (IV/nasal). β-blockers (nasal). Children <12 years old (nasal).
Special Precautions
Patient with diabetes mellitus. Ischaemic heart disease, arrhythmia, tachycardia, hypertension, angina pectoris (IV). Asthma (oral/nasal). Hyperthyroidism, closed-angle glaucoma (IV/oral). Prostatic hyperplasia (IV/nasal). Renal impairment. Children and elderly. Pregnancy and lactation. Monitoring Parameters Monitor blood pressure and pulse. Monitor patients with renal impairment for adverse reactions.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: Rebound nasal congestion, mucosal ulceration, epistaxis, discomfort including dryness, stinging, burning (nasal). Hypertension (IV). Cardiac disorders: Palpitations, cardiac arrhythmias, tachycardia (IV/oral). Eye disorders: Mydriasis (nasal); closed-angle glaucoma (IV). Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting; dry mouth (nasal/oral); thirst (nasal); hypersalivation (IV/nasal). Metabolism and nutrition disorders: Hyperglycaemia (nasal); hypokalaemia, anorexia (IV/nasal). Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Muscle weakness (nasal). Nervous system disorders: Headache, dizziness, insomnia, irritability, tremors, tolerance. Psychiatric disorders: Anxiety, hallucination. Renal and urinary disorders: Urinary retention. Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Dyspnoea. Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Diaphoresis. Vascular disorders: Hypertension; impaired circulation to the extremities (nasal/oral); vasodilation, flushing (nasal).
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, hypertension, restlessness, ventricular and supraventricular arrhythmias, respiratory depression, convulsion, paranoid psychosis, delusions and hallucinations. Management: Supportive and symptomatic treatment. May administer benzodiazepine or neuroleptic agent for CNS stimulant effects. For severe hypertension, may give parenteral antihypertensives such as nitrates, Ca channel blockers, Na nitroprusside, labetalol or phentolamine. Perform emesis or gastric lavage for severe oral ephedrine overdosage.
Drug Interactions
May increase risk of arrhythmias with halogenated anaesthetics (e.g. halothane, cyclopropane), cardiac glycosides, quinidine, and TCAs. May block the antihypertensive effect of adrenergic neurone blockers (e.g. guanethidine). Increased risk of vasoconstrictor or pressor effects with ergot alkaloids and oxytocin. May increase the incidence of nausea, insomnia and nervousness with theophylline. May increase clearance of dexamethasone. May potentiate stimulant effect of caffeine.
Potentially Fatal: May enhance the adverse or toxic effect of other indirect sympathomimetics (e.g. phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, methylphenidate) and α-sympathomimetic agents. Enhanced hypertensive effect with MAOIs.
Lab Interference
May cause false-positive amphetamine enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT) assay.
Ephedrine is a sympathomimetic that has α- and β-adrenergic activity. It stimulates both adrenergic receptors through direct and indirect mechanisms. It raises the blood pressure by increasing cardiac output, releases the stores of norepinephrine, and causes vasoconstriction of the mucosal blood vessels, thereby resulting in decreased thickness of the nasal mucosa.
Onset: Bronchodilation: Within 15-60 minutes (oral).
Duration: Bronchodilation: 2-4 hours; Pressor and cardiac responses: 1 hour (IV); 4 hours (oral).
Absorption: Readily and completely absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract. Bioavailability: Approx 90%.
Distribution: Distributed throughout the body and accumulates in the liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen, and brain. Crosses the placenta; enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Minimally metabolised in the liver, producing small amounts of metabolites, p-hydroxyephedrine, p-hydroxynorephedrine, norephedrine.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (approx 77% as unchanged drug and small amount of metabolites). Elimination half-life: Urine pH 5: Approx 3 hours, pH 6.3: Approx 6 hours.
Intravenous: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Nasal: Store below 25°C. Protect from light. Oral: Store below 25°C. Protect from light.
CIMS Class
Nasal Decongestants & Other Nasal Preparations / Respiratory Stimulants / Vasoconstrictors
ATC Classification
R01AA03 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of topical sympathomimetic agents used as nasal decongestants.
S01FB02 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of sympathomimetics used as mydriatics and cycloplegics.
R01AB05 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of topical sympathomimetic combination preparations, excluding corticosteroids. Used as nasal decongestants.
C01CA26 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic and dopaminergic cardiac stimulants excluding glycosides. Used in the treatment of heart failure.
R03CA02 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of adrenergics for systemic use, alpha- and beta-adrenoreceptor agonists. Used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases.
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