Emerphed

Last updated on RxList: 4/29/2020
Emerphed Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Emerphed?

Emerphed (ephedrine sulfate) is an alpha- and beta- adrenergic agonist and a norepinephrine-¬releasing agent used to treat clinically important low blood pressure (hypotension) occurring in the setting of anesthesia.

What Are Side Effects of Emerphed?

Side effects of Emerphed include:

Dosage for Emerphed

The dose of Emerphed is 5 mg to 10 mg administered by intravenous bolus. Additional boluses may be administered as needed, not to exceed a total dose of 50 mg.

Emerphed In Children

Safety and effectiveness of Emerphed in pediatric patients have not been established.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Emerphed?

Emerphed may interact with other medicines such as:

  • oxytocin and oxytocic drugs,
  • clonidine,
  • propofol,
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs),
  • atropine,
  • alpha-adrenergic antagonists,
  • beta-adrenergic receptor antagonists,
  • reserpine,
  • quinidine,
  • mephentermine,
  • guanethidine,
  • rocuronium,
  • epidural anesthesia,
  • theophylline, and
  • cardiac glycosides

Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use.

Emerphed During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using Emerphed; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. Emerphed is present in human milk. No information is available on the effects of the drug on the breastfed infant or the effects of the drug on milk production. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Additional Information

Our Emerphed (ephedrine sulfate) Injection, for Intravenous Use Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Emerphed Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Like other narcotic medications, codeine can slow your breathing. Death may occur if breathing becomes too weak.

A person caring for you should seek emergency medical attention if you have slow breathing with long pauses, blue colored lips, or if you are hard to wake up.

Stop taking this medicine and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing;
  • severe drowsiness, hallucinations;
  • fast, slow, or uneven heart rate;
  • a seizure;
  • nervousness, tremors; or
  • little or no urination.

Serious side effects may be more likely in older adults and those who are overweight, malnourished, or debilitated.

Common side effects may include:

  • dizziness, drowsiness, weakness;
  • headache;
  • nausea, constipation;
  • sleep problems (insomnia); or
  • feeling nervous, anxious, or restless.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Emerphed (Ephedrine Sulfate Injection)

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Emerphed Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

The following adverse reactions associated with the use of ephedrine sulfate were identified in the literature. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to estimate their frequency reliably or to establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea, vomiting

Cardiac disorders: Tachycardia, palpitations (thumping heart), reactive hypertension, bradycardia, ventricular ectopics, R-R variability

Nervous system disorders: Dizziness

Psychiatric disorders: Restlessness

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Emerphed (Ephedrine Sulfate Injection)

© Emerphed Patient Information is supplied by Cerner Multum, Inc. and Emerphed Consumer information is supplied by First Databank, Inc., used under license and subject to their respective copyrights.

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