This statistic surprises most people but 25 million people in the U.S. have asthma. That is 10% off the population. You also may not know but 60% of those people have allergic asthma? For those whose asthma is moderate to severe and uncontrolled, getting the right diagnosis can be hard. This is because people with allergic asthma don’t always realize their asthma is triggered by allergens. They simply think they have asthma and allergies. For many of these people with allergic asthma ephedrine may be the answer to their prayers. For the most part ephedrine is cheap, safe, easy to buy, easy to carry, and is very effective.
The symptoms of asthma and allergic asthma are the same.
Asthma is a chronic condition with inflammation and narrowing of the airways, as well as tightening of the muscles around the airways. This can lead to wheezing, shortness of breath, chest tightness, and coughing. Allergic asthma is a type of asthma. So, if you have allergic asthma, you may experience these symptoms. Ephedrine is well known for providing temporary relief of these symptoms. This works out well because it gives one relief while the either remove the allergen or remove themselves from the allergen.
All asthma attacks and symptoms are triggered by something. In the case of allergic asthma, these symptoms are brought on by exposure to allergens in the air, including pet dander, dust mites, and cockroaches.
When an allergen enters your body, your immune system identifies it as something harmful. Your immune system responds by releasing a substance called immunoglobulin E (or IgE). IgE plays a key role in your allergic asthma. It works by binding to allergens, which causes the release of chemicals that can lead to inflammation (swelling) in and around the lungs. This can trigger an asthma attack.
People with allergic asthma may have higher levels of IgE because of the way their immune system reacts to allergens. For some, blocking IgE has been shown to be a helpful part of their allergic asthma treatment plan. If you think you may have allergic asthma, ask your doctor about how much IgE is in your body.
Ephedrine has used for temporary relief of shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing due to bronchial asthma. Ephedrine may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Ephedrine is a decongestant and bronchodilator. It works by reducing swelling and constricting blood vessels in the nasal passages and widening the lung airways, allowing you to breathe more easily.
Do not use ephedrine if:
you are allergic to this medication.
you do not have a diagnosis of asthma
you have a diagnosis of asthma but use prescription asthma medications
if you have ever been hospitalized for asthma
you are taking a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (eg, phenelzine) now or have taken an MAO inhibitor in the last 14 days. If you do not know if your prescription drug contains an MAO inhibitor, ask your health care provider before taking this product.
you have high blood pressure, heart disease, an irregular heartbeat, thyroid disease, diabetes, or difficulty in urination due to enlargement of the prostate gland or other severe heart problems
Contact your doctor or health care provider before using ephedrine if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with ephedrine. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
if you have a history of heart problems, diabetes, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate or other prostate problems, adrenal gland problems, high blood pressure, seizures, stroke, blood vessel problems, an overactive thyroid, or severe asthma
Some medicines may interact with ephedrine. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
Beta-blockers, cocaine, indomethacin, methyldopa, MAO inhibitors, linezolid, oxytocic medicines, rauwolfia derivatives, tricyclic antidepressants, Bromocriptine, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors, or digoxinor ergot alkaloids because the actions and side effects of ephedrine may be increased. because the actions and side effects of these medicines may be increased.
Guanadrel, guanethidine, mecamylamine, methyldopa, or reserpine because its effectiveness may be decreased by ephedrine
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if ephedrine may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
EPHED ephedrine is the fast-acting, effective, temporary asthma treatment – without a prescription. EPHED® tablets are the hottest-selling asthma treatment product on the market today, helping millions of people breathe easier.
This dual-acting formula is a combination of a bronchodilator and expectorant. EPHED tablets provide temporary relief of mild symptoms of intermittent asthma :
shortness of breath
tightness of chest
helps loosen phlegm (mucus) and thin bronchial secretions to rid bronchial passageways of bothersome mucus, and make coughs more productive
EPHED tablets are offered in two formulas dependent on state regulations: 25 mg ephedrine HCl and 200 mg guaifenesin; 12.5 mg ephedrine HCl and 200 mg guaifenesin.