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This medication is used to maintain blood pressure in conditions where the pressure is low (e.g., shock, anesthesia). It is also used to prolong anesthesia, or to treat certain heart rhythm problems (PSVT).This drug may also be used for painful, prolonged erections in men (priapism).



 
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Phenylephrine HCl

Uses
This medication is used to maintain blood pressure in conditions where the pressure is low (e.g., shock, anesthesia). It is also used to prolong anesthesia, or to treat certain heart rhythm problems (PSVT).This drug may also be used for painful, prolonged erections in men (priapism).
Notes
  • Do not share this medication with others.

Storage
  • Store at room temperature between 36 and 86 degrees F (2-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture.
  • Discard any unused portion of the ampule or cartridge.

Overdose
  • Symptoms of overdose may include tingling or numbness of the hands or feet, irregular heartbeat.

How To Use
  • This medication is given by vein (IV), into a muscle (IM) or under the skin (SC) as directed.
  • The dilution and dose depend on the condition treated and how much fluid can be safely given.Make sure needles and any medical supplies are stored safely and disposed of properly.

Side Effects
  • Headache, nausea, or vomiting may occur.
  • If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
  • Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.Unlikely but report promptly: chest pain, fast/slow/irregular heartbeat, dizziness, mental/mood changes, convulsions, tingling, or numb hands/feet, pain/redness at the injection site.In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek immediate medical attention.
  • Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing.If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

Precautions
  • Tell your doctor your medical history, including: allergies (such as a sulfite allergy), severe high blood pressure, heart/blood vessel disease, blood clots, asthma, liver disease, intestinal problems, thyroid disease (hyperthyroidism).This medication may contain sulfites, which infrequently cause allergic reactions, especially in asthmatics.
  • Consult your doctor or pharmacist.Caution is advised when this drug is used in the elderly as this group may be more sensitive to phenylephrine effects.This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy.
  • Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.It is not known whether this drug is excreted into breast milk.
  • Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.
  • Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Missed Dose
  • Not applicable.

Drug Interactions
  • Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.Tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially of: phenothiazines (e.g., chlorpromazine), beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline), tricyclic antidepressants (e.g., amitriptyline), guanethidine, methyldopa, alpha blockers (e.g., prazosin, doxazosin), atropine, certain ergots (e.g., ergonovine), "water pills" (diuretics), drugs hastening childbirth (oxytocics), rauwolfia alkaloids (e.g., reserpine), sympathomimetics (adrenaline-like drugs such as epinephrine).

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