Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (phenelzine, isocarboxazid), clonidine , selegiline , guanethidine, and ergotamines (ergotamine tartrate, dihydroergotamine mesylate) may increase blood pressure when used at the same time as ephedrine. Methyldopa or reserpine may reduce ephedrine levels in the blood and thereby lessen the effectiveness of ephedrine. Tricyclic antidepressants ( desipramine , amitriptyline , doxepin , and imipramine ) may block the effect of ephedrine. The carbonic anhydrase inhibitors acetazolamide and dichlorphenamide may increase ephedrine blood levels and the risk of side effects from ephedrine. Patients taking any medications should consult with their physician or pharmacist before starting OTC ephedrine.
Homeopathy, on the other hand, is not limited to the symptoms of asthma and aims to cure the whole being and restore balance. As a result, Homeopathy can solve core issues at the heart of the disease process and eliminate it permanently. Whether these core issues stem from emotional, genetic or physiological trauma, Homeopathy can resolve them. In addition to curing the disease, it can have a highly positive and harmonious effect on the body. By balancing the entire system, Homeopathy not only treats the symptoms of asthma, but also achieves equilibrium within the individual and thus does not suppress symptoms, but truly heals.
There is some evidence that quadrupling the maintenance dose of inhaled corticosteroids, 73 or treating with a high dose of inhaled corticosteroids, 74 , 75 , 76 reduces the severity of asthma flare-ups. For patients taking inhaled corticosteroid/long-acting beta 2 agonist combinations, this can be achieved by adding a separate high-dose inhaled corticosteroid inhaler to the patient’s usual maintenance treatment for 7–14 days. This strategy may be useful for patients who experience clinically important side-effects with oral corticosteroids, but may not be suitable for patients who cannot afford the extra medicine or who experience hoarseness with high dose inhaled corticosteroid.