What is Ephedrine?

Category: Prescription Drugs


Ephedrine is used in the treatment of bronchial asthma, nasal congestion, acute bronchospasm. It is also used to raise the blood pressure in the treatment of idiopathic orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure) and hypotension induced by spinal anesthesia.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Fatigue 1 1
Increase effect of another treatment 1 0
Myasthenia gravis 1 1
Sinus congestion 1 1

  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 0
Moderate 1
Mild 1
None 0

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Ephedrine

Side effect Patients
Drowsy in a.m. 1
Insomnia 1
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 1


Based on patients currently taking Ephedrine

Dosage Patients
15mg as needed 1


Currently taking Ephedrine

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence Evaluations
Always 1
Usually 0
Sometimes 1
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 0
A little hard to take 1
Not at all hard to take 1
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 1
Not specified 1

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Ephedrine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Modafinil (Provigil) 1
Last updated:
There are no evaluations for Ephedrine.