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Pharmacy Author: Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD 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.

Medical and Pharmacy Editor: 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.

ARTICLE RELATED DISEASES IMAGES & QUIZZES INDEX Asthma Slideshow Pictures Take the Asthma Quiz! Asthma Myths and Facts On April 14, 2004 the FDA warned that over-the-counter products and supplements containing ephedrine are unsafe and may cause side effects such as headache, dizziness, heart irregularities, seizures, and possibly death. All products containing ephedrine have been removed from the U.S. market.What is oral ephedrine? Is oral ephedrine available as a generic drug? Do I need a prescription for oral ephedrine? Why is oral ephedrine prescribed to patients? What are the side effects of oral ephedrine? What is the dosage for oral ephedrine? Which drugs or supplements interact with oral ephedrine? Is oral ephedrine safe to take during pregnancy or while breastfeeding? What else should I know about oral ephedrine? What is oral ephedrine?Ephedrine directly stimulates alpha and beta-adrenergic receptors and increases the release of norepinephrine. Its actions include relaxation of bronchioles, increased heart rate and contractility, and increased blood pressure. It also causes blood vessels in the nasal passages to shrink (vasoconstrict). Vasoconstriction reduces nasal congestion by preventing fluid from draining from blood vessels into the lining of the nasal passages. Ephedrine is also a central nervous system stimulant used illegally for weight loss and for performance enhancement diet supplements. Is oral ephedrine available as a generic drug?

Yes

Do I need a prescription for oral ephedrine?

No

Why is oral ephedrine prescribed to patients?Dietary supplement for weight loss Bronchospasm due to asthma Nasal congestion What are the side effects of oral ephedrine?

Common side effects include:

Nausea Vomiting Tremor Headache Dizziness

Possible serious side effects include:

High blood pressure Palpitations Fast heart beat Seizures Death

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