Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Nasal congestion
Adult: As 1% soln: Instill 1-2 drops into each nostril up to 4 times daily as needed.
Child: >12 yr Same as adult dose.
Elderly: Same as adult dose.

Acute bronchospasm
Adult: As ephedrine HCl: 15-60 mg tid. As ephedrine sulfate: 12.5-25 mg 4 hrly. Max: 150 mg/day.
Child: As ephedrine HCl: 1-5 yr 15 mg tid; 6-12 yr 30 mg tid; >12 yr Same as adult dose. As ephedrine sulfate: ≥12 yr Same as adult dose.
Elderly: Initial: 50% of adult dose.

Reversal of spinal or epidural anaesthesia-induced hypotension
Adult: As ephedrine HCl: 3-6 mg by slow IV inj every 3-4 min as required. Max total dose: 30 mg. As ephedrine sulfate: 25-50 mg (range: 10-50 mg) by SC or IM inj or 5-25 mg by IV inj, may be repeated according to patient's response. Max: 150 mg/day.
Child: 0.5 mg/kg or 16.7 mg/m2 4-6 hrly by SC or IM inj or alternatively, 0.75 mg/kg or 25 mg/m2 4 times daily by SC or IV inj.
Elderly: Same as adult dose.

Acute bronchospasm
Adult: As ephedrine sulfate: 12.5-25 mg by SC, IM or IV inj, further dosage may be given according to patient's response.
May be taken with or without food.
Anionic salts. Y-site: Thiopental.
Coronary thrombosis, ischaemic heart disease, HTN, thyrotoxicosis, DM, prostatic hypertrophy, angle-closure glaucoma; post nasal or sinus surgery (nasal soln). Lactation. Patients taking MAOIs (or w/in 2 wk of withdrawal), other sympathomimetic drugs, β-blockers, and those who are given volatile anaesth.
Special Precautions
Patient w/ unstable vasomotor symptoms, history of seizure disorder. Renal impairment. Elderly. Pregnancy.
Adverse Reactions
Tachycardia, anxiety, nausea, restlessness, insomnia, tremor, dry mouth, impaired circulation to the extremities, HTN, headache, cardiac arrhythmia.
Potentially Fatal: Coronary artery thrombosis, MI, seizures, psychotic reactions, nephrolithiasis, myocarditis.
IM/IV/Parenteral/SC: C
Monitor BP and pulse.
Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, HTN, fever, palpitations, tachycardia, restlessness, resp depression, convulsions; paranoid psychosis, delusions and hallucinations may also occur. Management: Supportive and symptomatic treatment. Induce emesis and perform gastric lavage. May give diazepam to control seizures; manage pyrexia w/ external cooling and dexamethasone 1 mg/kg by slow IV inj.
Drug Interactions
Increased risk of arrhythmias w/ TCAs, cardiac glycosides and quinidine. Increased risk of vasoconstrictor or pressor effects w/ ergot alkaloids and oxytocin. Increased incidence of nausea, nervousness and insomnia w/ theophylline. Decrease pressor effect w/ reserpine and methyldopa. May potentiate the stimulant effect of caffeine. May increase the clearance and prolong the half-life of dexamethasone in patients w/ asthma. Antagonises the antihypertensive effect of guanethidine.
Potentially Fatal: May cause hypertensive crisis w/ MAOIs. Increased risk of cardiac arrhythmias w/ β-blockers and volatile liq anaesth (e.g. halothane, cyclopropane). Additive effects and increased toxicity w/ other sympathomimetic drugs.
Lab Interference
May cause false positive amphetamine enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT) assay.
Description: Ephedrine stimulates both α- and β-receptors, thereby causing bronchodilation, peripheral vasoconstriction and CNS stimulation. It also has stimulant action on the resp centre.
Onset: 10-20 min (IM).
Duration: 3-6 hr (oral).
Absorption: Readily and completely absorbed from the GI tract.
Distribution: Extensively distributed throughout the body; accumulates in liver, lungs, kidneys, spleen and brain; enters breast milk.
Metabolism: Undergoes minimal hepatic metabolism, producing small amounts of metabolites, p-hydroxyephedrine, p-hydroxynorephedrine, norephedrine.
Excretion: Via urine, mainly as unchanged drug (60-77%) and metabolites (small amounts). Plasma half-life: 3-6 hr.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Ephedrine, CID=9294, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Ephedrine (accessed on Jan. 22, 2020)

Store between 20-25°C. Protect from light and moisture.
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