Apr 6, 2014
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An alkaloid (see ALKALOIDS) derived from a species of Ephedra or prepared synthetically. A BRONCHODILATOR, it was once widely used to treat asthma, but has now been superseded by the much safer (and more effective) selective beta-2-adrenoceptor stimulants (see ADRENERGIC RECEPTORS). Ephedrine is a constituent of several decongestant cold and cough remedies available to the general public.

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