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Ephedrine Nasal
Drops 0.5%
(ephedrine hydrochloride)
Important information about Ephedrine Nasal
• This medicine relieves nasal congestion in
adults and children over 12 years old.


Do not use….
• For anyone under 12 years old.
• For longer than 7 days.
Talk to your doctor….
• If your congestion has not cleared up after 7
Now read the rest of the leaflet before you
use this medicine. It includes other
information which might be especially
important for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it
• Ask your pharmacist if you need any more
information or advice.
• If any of the side effects gets serious, or if
you notice any side effects not listed in this
leaflet, please tell your doctor or pharmacist.

1. What the medicine is for
Ephedrine Nasal Drops belong to a group of
medicines known as nasal decongestants. They
act to relieve congestion by constricting blood
vessels in the nose.

2. Before you use this
Do not use the medicine if you
• Taken MAOIs (monoamine oxidase
inhibitors) for depression in the last two weeks.
• Taken beta-blockers for your heart or blood
• An allergy to any of the ingredients listed in
section 6.
• A heart condition, high blood pressure or
poor circulation.
• An overactive thyroid gland.
• Overexcitability.
• Glaucoma.
• Excessive levels of adrenaline in the blood.
• Recently had an operation on your nose or
• Difficulty passing urine.
• Been told you have a type of tumour called a
• Are already taking other medicines to
unblock your nose.
• Or are under 12 years old.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you have….
• Asthma.
• Kidney problems.
• Diabetes.
• Prostate problems.
• Or you are elderly.

Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if
you are taking….
• Guanethidine, reserpine, methyldopa or any
other drugs for high blood pressure.
• Tricyclic antidepressants eg amitriptyline or
• Digoxin or digitoxin for heart failure.
• Dexamethasone for relief of inflammation.
• Quinidine to treat irregular heartbeat.
• Ergotamine or methysergide for migraine
• Caffeine which may increase the effects of
• Rasagiline or selegiline for Parkinson's
• Medicines for psychotic illness.
• Theophylline for asthma.
• Thyroid hormones e.g. levothyroxine.
• Medicines or supplements to reduce your
appetite or make you more alert.
• Or if oxytocin is used to assist birth or
• If you go into hospital for an operation you
should tell the doctor and anaesthetist that
you are using Ephedrine Nasal Drops.

Pregnant or breastfeeding….
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before
using this medicine if you are pregnant, might
be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
Do not use the drops unless the doctor tells
you to do so. If you use the drops when
breastfeeding, your child may become irritable
and sleepless.

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3. How to use this medicine

4. Possible side effects

5. Storing this medicine

• Avoid touching the glass dropper – hold the
dropper by the bulb.
• Do not put the dropper inside your nostril.
• Put your head back and using the dropper,
place the drops into each nostril.
• Replace the dropper in the bottle after use.
• Do not share the drops with anyone else.
• Keep away from eyes.

Like all medicines, Ephedrine Nasal Drops can
have side effects, although these don’t affect
everyone. Side effects may be minimised by
avoiding prolonged or excessive use.
Possible side effects are:
• Anxiety, fear (paranoia), being irritable,
restless or not sleeping.
• Seeing things (hallucinations).
• Headache.
• Feeling sick, being sick, feeling thirsty, more
or less saliva than usual in your mouth.
• Dizziness and fainting.
• Weakness and trembling.
• Irritation, dryness or soreness in the nose.
• Inflammation of the skin.
• Sweating, flushing or goose pimples.
• Effects on the heart e.g. palpitations.
• Effects on the circulation e.g. high or low
blood pressure.
• Changes in blood sugar or potassium levels.
• Anorexia.
• Shortness of breath.
• Wide pupils in the eye.

• Keep it out of the reach and sight of children.
• Do not store above 25°C.
• Do not allow to freeze.
• Do not use after the expiry date shown on the
carton. The expiry date refers to the last day
of that month.
• If you have any unused drops 2 months after
opening the bottle, return them to your
• Medicine should not be disposed of via
wastewater or household waste. Ask your
pharmacist how to dispose of any unused
medicine. These measures will help to protect
the environment.


Adults and children over 12 years
• Use one or two drops in each nostril as
required not more than 4 times a day.
• This is the normal dose unless your doctor
tells you differently.
• Do not use for longer than 7 days without
talking to your doctor.

Children under 12 years
Do not give to children under 12 unless your
doctor tells you to.
If your symptoms persist you should ask your
doctor for advice.

If you use too much
If you accidentally use too much or swallow
some, see a doctor straight away. Take the pack
with you to show which medicine you have

People with difficulty in passing urine may find
that the condition gets worse.
Use of the drops for more than 7 days may
make your congestion worse and the
effectiveness of the drops will decrease
(tolerance). It may also make you want to use
the drops more often than recommended, and
you may find it difficult to stop using them
If you notice these or any other side effect not
included above, stop use and tell your doctor or
pharmacist. They will tell you what to do.

6. Further information
What is in this medicine
The active ingredient is: ephedrine
hydrochloride 0.5% w/v.
The other ingredients are: chlorobutanol,
sodium chloride, purified water.

What the medicine looks like
Ephedrine Nasal Drops are a clear, colourless
It is supplied in 10ml bottles with a dropper.

Marketing authorisation holder and
Thornton and Ross Ltd., Huddersfield,
HD7 5QH, UK.
This leaflet was revised in December 2010

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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