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Ephedrine

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Ephedrine

(Science: chemical) An alpha- and beta-adrenergic agonist that may also enhance release of norepinephrine. It has been used in the treatment of several disorders including asthma, heart failure, rhinitis, and urinary incontinence, and for its central nervous system stimulatory effects in the treatment of narcolepsy and depression. It has become less extensively used with the advent of more selective agonists.

Pharmacological action: adrenergic alpha-agonists, adrenergic beta-agonists, adrenergic agents, appetite depressants, bronchodilator agents, central nervous system stimulants, sympathomimetic, vasoconstrictor agents.

chemical name: Benzenemethanol, alpha-(1-(methylamino)ethyl)-, (R-(R*,S*))-