ma-huang (Ephedra sp)-oral (cont.)
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Before using this product, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and nonprescription medications you may use, especially of: heart medications, beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol, metoprolol), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline), phenothiazine drugs (e.g., chlorpromazine, thioridazine), medication for blood pressure, adrenaline-like drugs (e.g., epinephrine, norepinephrine, pseudoephedrine), digoxin, caffeine- containing products, theophylline. Check the label of all nonprescription cough, cold or allergy products, as they may contain adrenaline-like drugs such as pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine. Using ma-huang with pseudoephedrine or phenylpropanolamine-containing products may increase the likelihood of serious side effects. Consult your doctor or pharmacist. Ma-huang can interfere with certain lab tests. Make sure that your doctor and lab personnel know that you are using this product.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly.
NOTES: Check product labeling carefully. Some products also contain caffeine or yohimbine and may cause serious side effects.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Refer to storage information printed on the package. If you have any questions about storage, ask your pharmacist.
Last Editorial Review: 3/2/2005
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