Ephedrine is prescribed to help control urinary incontinence in cats and dogs. This medicine is also used to open the lungs’ air passages to relieve nasal congestion.
A missed doses will make ephedrine ineffective. If you do miss a dose ensure it is given as soon as possible, however, if it is almost time for the next dose then skip the missed dose and continue as normal. Ensure two doses are not administered together.
I have heard that this drug can have side effects, how will this affect my pet?
All medicines have potential side effects but this does not mean your pet has a high risk of experiencing them. Possible side effects may include: fast heart beat, high blood pressure, tremors, restlessness, anxiety, hyperexcitability, and urine retention. Contact your vet if you notice anything unusual or if your pet becomes restless or irritable.
Ensure this medication kept out of children’s reach. This medicine should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature. Store away from heat or direct sunlight.
Possible drug interactions
Ensure your vet is aware of any other medication you are giving your pet. Drug interaction is not uncommon when two differing medications are prescribed. The following drugs can potentially interact with ephedrine: sodium bicarbonate, amitriptyline, sympathomimetic agents (phenylpropanolamine), indomethacin, aspirin (and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agents), reserpine, tricyclic antidepressants, ganglionic blocking agents, beta-blockers, and digitalis glycosides. Contact your vet immediately if your pet experiences any reaction.