ephedrine (oral)

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

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    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Asthma Attack Treatment

PREPARATIONS: Tablet

DRUG INTERACTIONS:

  • Ephedrine should not be combined with monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs). Combining MAOIs with ephedrine can cause an acute hypertensive episode. Examples of MAOIs include rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Zelapar), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), and tranylcypromine (Parnate)

PREGNANCY AND BREASTFEEDING SAFETY:

STORAGE:

Ephedrine tablets should be stored at room temperature.

DOSING:

  • A dose of 12.5 to 25 mg orally every 4 hours, not to exceed 150 mg in 24 hour has be used for treating bronchospasm.
  • The dose for treating nasal congestion in adults is 25 to 50 mg every 6 hours.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/31/2016

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