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Prescription vs.OTC: Prescription by Doctor required

Ephedrine works majorly as a decongestant to provide temporary relief from breathing difficulties or chest tightness caused due to asthma or bronchial infections. It helps to reduce the swelling or constriction of blood vessels in the nasal passages, and also helps to widen the lung airways, thereby easing the breathing procedure. It is also helpful in maintaining the blood pressure and preventing major fluctuation during anesthesia of the spine.

Ephedrine can be taken orally, or is injected directly into a muscle or just under the skin. It may also be administered to the patient intravenously.

There are some common side effects of this drug. These include vomiting, nausea, persistent headaches, hallucinations, high blood pressure, loss of appetite, difficulty and discomfort during urination, anxiety, insomnia and fluctuations in the heart rate. Fatal side effects can be the risk of a heart attack. There is not enough evidence of its safety during pregnancy and is mostly not recommended for use by a lactating mother.

Ephedrine is also known to cause weight loss. The blood sugar and heart rate of the patients must be constantly monitored during the course of treatment, and any fluctuation should be informed to the doctor as soon as possible.

Information given here is based on the salt and content of the medicine. Effect and uses of medicine may vary from person to person. It is advicable to consult a Pulmonologist before using this medicine.

decreased blood pressure

In addition to its intended effect, Ephedrine may cause some unwanted effects too. In such cases, you must seek medical attention immediately. This is not an exhaustive list of side effects. Please inform your doctor if you experience any adverse reaction to the medication.

Systemic hypertension (high blood pressure)

Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping).

Is It safe with alcohol?

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any pregnancy warnings?

Efipres 30mg injection may be unsafe to use during pregnancy.
Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the foetus, however, there are limited human studies. The benefits from use in pregnant women may be acceptable despite the risk. Please consult your doctor.

Are there any breast-feeding warnings?

Efipres 30mg injection is probably unsafe to use during breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor.

Is it safe to drive while on this medicine?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Does this affect kidney function?

There is no interaction between renal impairment and consuming this drug. So dose alteration is not needed.

Does this affect liver function?

There is no data available. Please consult doctor before consuming the drug.

Are there any missed dose instructions?

If you miss a dose of Ephedrine, please consult your doctor.
Below is the list of medicines, which contains Ephedrine as ingredient
Indo French Laboratories Ltd
Indo French Laboratories Ltd
Zydus Cadila

Zorex Syrup

Ind Swift Laboratories Ltd
Torque Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Neon Laboratories Ltd
Udik Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
Cipla Ltd
Group Pharmaceuticals Ltd
Ephedrine is used to prevent low blood pressure and also for the treatment of narcolepsy and asthma treatment. It indirectly stimulates the adrenergic receptor by enhancing the functionality of the norepinephrine.
Whenever you take more than one medicine, or mix it with certain foods or beverages, you"re at risk of a drug interaction.

Interaction with Medicine

Clodict 100Mg Tablet


Cloneon 150Mg Injection

Catapres 150Mcg Tablet

What are you using Ephedrine for?
How much was the improvement?
How long did it take before seeing improvement?
Within 2 hours
Within 6 hours
More than 2 days
How frequently did you take this medicine?
Not taking on daily level
Twice a day
How did you take this medicine?
With Food
With or without food
What were the side effects of this medicine?
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Lybrate does not take responsibility for any aspect of medicines or treatments. If you have any doubts about your medication, we strongly recommend you to see a doctor immediately.

Popular Questions & Answers

What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.

General Physician, Greater Noida
What are the symptoms of cold and flu and how it can be treated as soon as possible.
Hello lybrate-user symptoms of flu and common cold are almost same but flu has more severe symptoms than cold. Common cold respiratory tract infection caused by viruses most commonly rhinovirus. Symptoms are runny nose, stuffy nose, sore throat, sneezing, mild to moderate fever, cough, headache, mild body ache and fatigue. It is contagious first 2 to3days so stay home and rest. For symptomatic treatment you can take antihistamine like diphenhydramine, ebastine, pheniramine, cetrizine or levocetrizine. Decongestant that relieve nasal congestion are ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, oxymetazoline, phenylephrine, xylometazoline. Pain killer ibuprofen, acetaminophen. Gargels with warm water and steam inhalation. Stay away from sick persons and avoid sharing their personal things. Wash hands with soap and water and maintain good hygiene. Flu caused by influenza a, b andc viruses. Season is spring and winter months. Symptoms are more severe like severe dry hacking cough, moderate to high fever, severe sore throat, severe body and muscle aches, headache, runny nose, and fatigue sometimes diarrhoea and vomiting. Treatment rest at home and drink plenty of fluids. Take symptomatic treatment. Doctor may prescribe some antiviral drugs like tamiflu, zanamivir. Immediately consult a doctor if you have fast breathing, high persistent fever, chest pain and cough with green mucus, bluish discoloration of skin, confusion and persistent vommiting.

Is elixir Neogadine helpful in gaining weight. I am 21 years old n I seriously want to gain weight.

Masters in Food and Nutrition, Certified Diabetic Educator
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Kolar
Is elixir Neogadine helpful in gaining weight. I am 21 years old n I seriously want to gain weight.
Dear all you need is healthy diet On a daily basis consume 3 bananas +3 glasses of milk + 2 eggs + a fist of ground nuts in between your regular breakfast lunch and dinner. Maintain meal timings for every 2-3 hrs. Include foods such as 2-3fruits/day, a cup of sprouts, or a cup of sweet corn, etc You can also consume fluids in between instead of snacks such as buttermilk, skim milk, cooconut water, lime juice, etc Include high protein foods such as 2-3egg whites per day, all pulses and legumes, wheat, paneer, tofu, skim milk, yoghurt, skinless chicken, boiled peanuts, soaked almonds, etc regularly in your diet.

I am pregnant for 1 month. I am very weak. May I take elixir neogadine in pregnancy.

MD - Homeopathy, BHMS
Homeopath, Vadodara
I am pregnant for 1 month. I am very weak. May I take elixir neogadine in pregnancy.
Better avoid... as these are not a permanent solution and not safe... Better take homeopathic treatment... and star just simple multivitamin tablet...

I am 47 years old, and having bronchitis asthma, what medicine you would prescribe, before I used take tedral sa and elexir efelin.

MD - Pulmonary, DTCD
Pulmonologist, Faridabad
Tedral sa is very old drug not used now a days as effect heart. Try budamate mdi 200 2 puff twice/day with spacer.

I have been suffering from cold and cough for last 1 week. Using normal cold relief medicines like D Cold Total and Koff Q, benadryl etc but no relief. Quite often I am having temperature also at staggered times. Kindly suggest a remedy and course of action to be taken. Thank you.

MD-Hom., BHMS, Dip. in Cosmetology & Trichology
Cosmetic Physician, Mumbai
Dear lybrate-user! on this forum prescription of medicine is not allowed. Can take a private consultation. Can use steam inhalation and salt water gargles twice a day to relieve symptoms.
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Popular Health Tips

Side Effects of Diet Pills

M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition, Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Certificate Of Diabetes Education , Ph.D.Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Indore
Side Effects of Diet Pills
Today ‘Diet Pills’ are the shortcut to lose weight and many people favor them to cut down their time and efforts occupied for losing weight. But they don’t know about the dangers of diet pills and side effects. While taking these pills they carry the risk of nasty potential side effects and possible complications.
Recently sales of appetite suppressants (e.g. dexfenfluramine) is stopped after a research that linked it to long-term problems including the heart diseases.
The diet pills are of two types:
• Placebos: – Drugs that contain nothing probably just sugar or chalk etc.
• Ephedra: – Pills based on the drug Ephedrine, similar to amphetamine. This drug carries the risk of many serious side effects including vomiting, heart palpitations, insomnia, strokes, kidney failures, miscarriages, and heart attack.
Diet pills available in the market are only suitable, if taken under the medical supervision. They are:
• Xenical:-A chemical that prevents absorption of fat. Side effects include diarrhea, wind, stomach ache, headache, tiredness, irregular periods and anxiety.
• Reductil:-Side-effects include heart palpitations, raised blood pressure, constipation, nausea, insomnia, and anxiety.
Medical Precaution: – The whole treatment should occur under strict medical supervision. Anyone who is overweight but not obese should be told to lose weight by a combination of healthy eating and exercise, perhaps with the aid of a dietician.
Danger Zones:- In August 2002, the Guardian reported that: “Five people have died and almost 500 have fallen ill after taking the dangerous and poorly regulated herbal slimming aids from China, according to reports in recent weeks that have highlighted the fatal consequences of Japan’s dieting obsession.”
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Ayurvedic Treatment Options for Allergic Bronchitis

Fellowship Course in Panchkarma, BAMS
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Ayurvedic Treatment Options for Allergic Bronchitis

The lungs are made of pipes - starting from the nostrils all the way to the fine tubules in the lungs, through which the air we breathe passes through. The inhaled air also contains a lot of other particles - dust, pollen, virus, cigarette smoke, etc. Very often, the body is allergic to one or more of these particles, and the bronchi are constantly irritated and inflamed due to their sustained exposure. This causes allergic bronchitis which is identified by symptoms like chronic coughing, difficulty breathing, hoarseness, nasal congestion.

Ayurveda believes that the human body has 3 doshas or bio elements - vata, pitta, and kapha. Any disease is believed to be due to one of these being affected. Allergic bronchitis is believed to be an issue with vata.

  1. The most effective treatment for bronchitis is believed to be a glass of milk mixed with 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric powder in it. This mixture is believed to be most effective when taken on an empty stomach and can be had 2 to 3 times a day.
  2. Equal portions of powders of dry ginger, long pepper, and black pepper can be mixed with honey to make a smooth paste. This can be had 2 to 3 times a day to see wonderful results.
  3. One-half teaspoon of licorice powder mixed in 1 cup of water can be boiled, cooled, and stored to be consumed through the day.
  4. A creeping plant known as somlata (Ephedra vulgaris) is found to be highly efficacious in relieving asthma. This grows in western Himalayas in abundance and is sent in hundreds of tonnes to western countries where ephedrine is prepared from it. The powder made from the whole plant, after drying in the shade and is given in the dosage of 100 to 250 milligrams, mixed with honey or water at the intervals of 8 to 4 hours.

Other formulations

  • Kapha katari - Literally translates as phlegm cutter, this works immediately. The powder needs to be wrapped in betel leaf and chewed slowly. Continue with another 4 doses over the next 24 hours.
  • Kanakasava - The extract of Datura is very effective in halting bronchitis but needs to be taken under medical supervision only. This is habit-forming and therefore, needs to be used cautiously.

In addition, follow these general considerations too:

  1. Avoid or minimize exposure to known allergens, cigarette smoke and pollution
  2. Drink about 8 to 10 glasses of water to help form a thin mucous
  3. Avoid dust in the bedroom, avoid feather pillows
  4. Regularly vacuum clean the house
  5. Do yoga, especially the breathing asanas which are very beneficial for bronchitis patients

Allergic bronchitis is a chronic condition, and acute attacks can be avoided by following some of the pointers mentioned above.

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Understanding Retrograde Ejaculation

MBBS, PGDUS, Fellowship In Aesthetic Medicine, Advance Course In Diabetes - USA, MD - Medicine
Aesthetic Medicine Specialist, Delhi
Understanding Retrograde Ejaculation

A very uncommon and rare condition, which can occur in case a person is diabetic or has undergone a surgery, a medical disorder known as retrograde ejaculation. It is a condition in which semen enters the bladder rather than going out of the penis after orgasm. This causes a problem as very little or no semen is ejaculated.

That is why this is sometimes also called as 'Dry orgasm'. The only treatment for retrograde ejaculation is to make the male fertile again because retrograde ejaculation is not particularly harmful to the individual. It has the following symptoms:

There are only three main symptoms associated with retrograde ejaculation.

  1. Dry orgasms
  2. Urine that is cloudy immediately after an orgasm
  3. Male infertility

The possible causes of retrograde ejaculation are:

  1. Surgery such as prostate surgery
  2. Certain medications which cause side effects. These medications are usually administered for high blood pressure, prostate enlargement and mood disorders.
  3. Nerve damage

It is worth noting that Dry orgasms have other causes as well, which includes:

  1. Prostatectomy, which is the removal of the prostate by surgery
  2. Cystectomy, which is the removal of the bladder by surgery
  3. Radiation therapy, which is especially used to treat cancer in the pelvic area

Here is how retrograde ejaculation may get more complications

There are only two main complications which occur due to retrograde ejaculation. These include:

  1. Male infertility
  2. Worries about retrograde ejaculation which may lead to less pleasurable orgasms

Treatment for retrograde ejaculation.

It is worth noting that certain medications, which are used to treat retrograde ejaculation can lead to serious complications and others may lead to a higher heart rate and blood pressure.

Medications which are usually used:

  1. Imipramine which is also called Tofranil
  2. Chlorpheniramine and Brompheniramine
  3. Ephedrine, Pseudoephedrine and Phenylephrine

It is also worth noting that the treatment for male infertility is different and more advanced.

Related Tip: "Stress and Premature Ejaculation"

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The elixir of skin

FRHS, Ph.D Neuro , MPT - Neurology Physiotherapy, D.Sp.Med, DPHM (Health Management ), BPTh/BPT
Physiotherapist, Chennai
The elixir of skin
The elaxir of skin
Water is very essential for body it keeps dehydration at bay and eventually does not let your skin look dry and tired. Ensure that you drink six to eight glasses of water a day but not to soda and other hard drinks
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Diploma in Diet and Nutrition, Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Gurgaon
Body seems to be such a big place and so much time-consuming when we really start caring about it. Few things which all of like are-

1. Fair and healthy skin
2. Perfect figure
3. Long and shiny hair
4. Healthy teeth and gums
5. Strong and beautiful nails
6. Lustrous and dark-circle free eyes.
Anything thing else you would like to add to list?

What all of would want is for this to happen without devoting hours to it!

So here's a simple elixir for your good health for winters-
3 gooseberries
1/4 cup curry leaves
1/4 cup coriander leaves
1/2 cup spinach
Honey to taste

Blend all these together with some water (as required). Let it be the first thing in the day to enter your mouth. Do not forget to drink 2-3 glasses of warm water after drinking this. As it will help in flushing out the toxins!

Try it for a month and feel its goodness
Smile emoticon

Take care.
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Table of Content
About Ephedrine
When is Ephedrine prescribed?
What are the side effects of Ephedrine ?
Key highlights of Ephedrine
What are the dosage instructions?
Medicines containing Ephedrine
How does medicine works?
What are the interactions for Ephedrine ?