Treats low blood pressure during surgery, shock, or allergic reaction. Also used to correct certain heart rhythm problems.
When This Medicine Should Not Be Used
How to Use This Medicine
- A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine. It is given as a shot under your skin, into a muscle or a vein.
Drugs and Foods to Avoid
Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.
- Some medicines can affect how phenylephrine works. Tell your doctor if you are using the following:
- An MAO inhibitor (MAOI)
Warnings While Using This Medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have sulfite sensitivity, an overactive thyroid, or any heart problems.
Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine
Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:
- Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
- Fast, slow, or uneven heartbeat
- Tingling in your hands or feet
If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:
- Anxiety or restlessness
If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
- Last reviewed on 8/4/2014
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