Intravenous 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.
Nasal 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.
Adult: 15-60 mg tid. Child: 1-5 years 15 mg tid. 6-12 years 30 mg tid. Elderly: Initial: 50% of adult dose.
May be taken with or without food.
Dilute 50 mg/mL vial with 9 mL dextrose 5% solution or 0.9% NaCl to make 5 mg/mL.
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 with other sympathomimetics and α-sympathomimetic agents (IV/nasal); β-blockers (nasal). Children <12 years old (nasal).
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.
Monitor blood pressure and pulse. Monitor patients with renal impairment for adverse reactions.
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.
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.
May cause false-positive amphetamine enzyme multiplied immunoassay technique (EMIT) assay.
Description: 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). Pharmacokinetics: 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.
R03CA02 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of adrenergics for systemic use, alpha- and beta-adrenoreceptor agonists. Used in the treatment of obstructive airway diseases. C01CA26 - ephedrine ; Belongs to the class of adrenergic and dopaminergic cardiac stimulants excluding glycosides. Used in the treatment of hypotension.
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