Ephedrine Side Effects
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on May 8, 2022.
For the Consumer
Applies to ephedrine: intravenous solution
Side effects requiring immediate medical attention
Along with its needed effects, ephedrine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Check with your doctor or nurse immediately if any of the following side effects occur while taking ephedrine:
Incidence not known
- Blurred vision
- chest pain or discomfort
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat or pulse
- lightheadedness, dizziness, or fainting
- pounding in the ears
- slow or fast heartbeat
- trouble breathing
- unusual tiredness
Side effects not requiring immediate medical attention
Some side effects of ephedrine may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects.
Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
Incidence not known
For Healthcare Professionals
Applies to ephedrine: compounding powder, injectable solution, intravenous solution, oral capsule, oral tablet
Very rare (less than 0.01%): Myocardial infarction
Frequency not reported: Tachycardia, palpitations, reactive hypertension, bradycardia, ventricular ectopics, R-R variability, pallor, angina/anginal pain, hypertension, hypotension, extrasystole, arrhythmias, vasodilation with low blood pressure, flushing, impaired circulation to extremities[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Dizziness, headache, trembling, lightheadedness, tremor, sedation[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, mild epigastric distress, hypersalivation[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Hyperglycemia, anorexia[Ref]
Frequency not reported: Sweating[Ref]
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Related treatment guides
1. "Product Information. Ephedrine Sulfate (ephedrine)." Akorn Inc, Buffalo Grove, IL.
2. Cerner Multum, Inc. "UK Summary of Product Characteristics." O 0
3. Cerner Multum, Inc. "Australian Product Information." O 0
4. "Product Information. Akovaz (ephedrine)." Eclat Pharmaceuticals (2016):
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Some side effects may not be reported. You may report them to the FDA.