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A 49-year-old member asked:

is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) another name for adrenaline?

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Dr. Alan Koenigsberg
Psychiatry 42 years experience
No.: I think you are thinking of epinephrine, which is the same as adrenaline.
Dr. Philip Kern
Endocrinology 43 years experience
Similar but diff: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a compound that is found in some natural products (in small amounts) and is used in many otc drug products, and in a lot of "natural remedies". It's actions are very similar to adrenaline. In low doses, it can be a mild stimulant, like caffeine. In higher doses, or in susceptible people, it can be dangerous.

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A 53-year-old member asked:

How does adrenaline work to treat anaphylaxis?

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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
Multiple effects: Adrenaline (epinephrine) improves heart functioning increasing blood flow, opens narrowed breathing passages in the windpipe and lungs, and reduces leakage of small blood vessels in the skin and gut maintaining blood pressure. Epinephrine is the only medication we have that slows the mast cell release of the biochemicals causing anaphylaxis. All other drugs block their effects.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Is epinephrine a narcotic?

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Dr. Quang Nguyen
Specializes in Endocrinology
No: It's a hormone and a neurotransmitter but it is not a narcotic.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
No: They are very similar drugs. At this time neither one is available in the US.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Does adrenaline affect heart rate?

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Dr. John Kayvanfar
Sports Medicine 46 years experience
Very much: Very much. That is why under extreme circumstances, specially dangerous one your body produces it to keep you very alert with increase heart rate.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have cataplexy when in withdrawal from ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

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Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
W/d from anticataple: Yes. Any anticataplectic agent when withdrawn can cause rebound cataplexy.

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