Aromatic Ammonia Spirit (Inhalation)

Aromatic ammonia spirit works by enhancing the body's desire to breathe.

Overview:

Fainting may occur when you use some types of medications, due to a serious medical condition like heart disease, or due to a horrible or stressful event. Fainting in seniors is usually more serious than in younger people.

Older people and those with a past of heart conditions should seek medical treatment immediately after fainting.

In deciding to take a medication, you must weigh its risks against the benefit it will bring. This is a choice you'll have to make with your doctor. Before using aromatic ammonia spirit, make sure you consider the following factors:

Allergies

Tell your healthcare professional if you've had any allergic or unusual reactions to this medication or other medications. Also tell them if you've had any other kinds of allergies, including animal, food, preservative, or dye. For nonprescription medications, carefully read the package or label ingredients.

Pediatric

This medication has been tried on kids and, in useful doses, hasn't been shown to trigger different problems or side effects to those of adults. However, make sure to check with your child's doctor before giving your child aromatic ammonia spirit.

Geriatric

Many medications haven't been studied in older people specifically. Therefore, it may be impossible to know whether they work just like they do for younger people. Although there are no specific data comparing aromatic ammonia use among seniors with intake in other age categories, aromatic ammonia spirit generally causes the same problems or side effects in older and younger people.

Conditions treated:

  • Fainting

Types of medicine:

  • Respiratory stimulant

Side effects:

Watery eyes or coughing can occur. Call your pharmacist/doctor as soon as possible if these effects persist or get worse.

If your healthcare professional has instructed you to take aromatic ammonia spirit, bear in mind that he/she has deemed the medication to be more beneficial than risky for you. Many people taking aromatic ammonia spirit don't suffer serious side effects.

Tell your doctor as soon as possible if any of these serious but unlikely side effects happen: headache, vomiting, diarrhea.

Seek medical attention promptly if you notice any of these very serious but rare side effects: eye pain, troubled breathing, vision changes.

An extreme allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical attention promptly if you feel the following symptoms of a severe allergic reaction: rash, itching or swelling (especially of your face, tongue, or throat), troubled breathing, severe dizziness.

These aren't all the possible side effects. If you experience other effects not covered above, get in touch with your pharmacist and doctor.

Dosage:

The dose of aromatic ammonia spirit will vary between patients. Make sure you follow the instructions printed on the label or your doctor's orders. The following information only includes the average aromatic ammonia doses. If you're prescribed a different dose, don't adjust it unless your healthcare giver tells you to.

Your dose amount depends on the medicine's strength. In addition, the frequency of using your medication daily, the time between doses, as well as the duration of using the medication depends on the condition for which you're taking the medication.

To prevent or treat fainting:

For inhalants

Adults and teens should hold the inhalant away from their face and crush it between their fingers. Then they should hold the inhalant around four inches away from their nostrils, and slowly inhale the vapor until they awaken or don't feel faint anymore.

Children's use and dose is determined by a doctor.

For solution

Adults and teens should take the top off the container and slowly inhale the vapor until they no longer feel faint or they awaken.

Children's use and dosage must be decided by a doctor.

Throw away aromatic ammonia spirit after use. If you're unsure about the information provided, consult your healthcare professional.

Aromatic ammonia spirit is highly flammable. Don't use, discard, or store this product near an open flame or heat.

If you forget a dose, take it immediately once you notice. If it's almost time for the next dose, skip the one you missed and continue with your dosing plan. Don't take additional doses to compensate for missed doses. If you're missing doses regularly, consider asking a loved one to remind you or set an alarm.

If swallowed, aromatic ammonia spirit can be harmful. If you suspect swallowing or overdose, contact an emergency room or poison control center near you. You can call your local poison control agency at 1-800-222-1222.

Interactions:

Although certain drugs should not be combined at all, in some instances two different drugs may be combined even if there's a possibility of an interaction. In such cases, your healthcare professional may want to adjust your dose, or recommend other precautions. Tell your healthcare giver if you're taking any other medications (e.g. prescription, nonprescription, herbal).

Certain drugs should be avoided at meal times or when eating some kinds of food because interactions can occur. Interactions may also happen if you drink or smoke while taking certain medications. Discuss with your physician the use of aromatic ammonia spirit with food, cigarettes, and alcohol.

The existence of some health conditions may impact your use of this drug. Be sure to let your healthcare professional know if you suffer from any other conditions, especially:

  • Eye problems—aromatic ammonia spirit can make eye problems worse
  • Emphysema, asthma, bronchitis, or other persistent lung disease
  • Flushed face—your fainting may be caused by a serious condition, so seek immediate treatment.

Warnings:

Fainting in older folks may indicate a serious medical condition. Older people and those with heart issues should see their doctor immediately after fainting.

Keep this medicine away from your skin and eyes. If it gets on your skin or in your eyes, irritation and burns may occur. Burns in your eyes may lead to blindness.

If this medicine gets in your eyes:

  • Rinse the eyes with a steady flow of water for around 20 minutes. Hold the eyelids away from your eyeballs to enable complete rinsing.
  • Call your doctor, local poison control agency, or hospital emergency room as soon as possible.

If this medicine gets on your skin:

  • Remove any clothes on which the medicine has spilled.
  • Rinse your skin with lots of water.
  • Don't apply or rub ointment on your skin.
  • Call your doctor immediately if skin irritation persists.

If you take a large quantity of aromatic ammonia spirit by mouth:

  • Drink 8 ounces (1 glass) of water.
  • Call your physician, local poison control center, or an emergency room as soon as possible.

Storage:

Check the storage information on the package.

Protect the medication from open flame or heat.

Keep the medication away from direct light.

Ask your pharmacist any questions concerning the storage of the medicine.

Keep all drugs away from your kids and pets.

Properly discard aromatic ammonia spirit when you no longer need it or it's expired.

Contact your local litter disposal company or pharmacist and ask them about how to discard this medicine safely.

Don't keep inhalants near your kitchen, in the bathroom, or other damp places. Moisture can cause the medication to decompose.

Keep aromatic ammonia spirit from freezing.

Don't refrigerate the medication.

Keep the medicine's container tightly closed.

Summary:

Keep all regular lab and medical appointments. Fainting can be an indicator of a serious health problem, especially in older folks and those with heart conditions. After fainting, see your physician as soon as you can.

Don't take more than the prescribed dose. Using more of the medication won't ease your symptoms; instead, it may cause serious or toxic side effects. If you suspect that someone or you may have accidentally overdosed on aromatic ammonia spirit, make your way to the emergency room of your nearest clinic or hospital. Bring a label, medicine box, or container with you to assist doctors with vital information.

Don't give your drugs to others even if they exhibit symptoms similar to yours or they suffer the same condition. This may cause an overdose.

For more information about the medicine, please refer to the product pack or consult your healthcare providers.

If you experience dizziness, drowsiness, headache, or hypotension while taking aromatic ammonia spirit, then it might be risky to operate heavy machinery or drive a vehicle. You shouldn't drive if taking the medication makes you dizzy, drowsy, or drastically decreases your blood pressure. Pharmacists also recommend that you don't take alcohol with medication as alcohol worsens drowsiness. Always talk to your healthcare professional for advice specific to your medical conditions and body.

Taking one dose of aromatic ammonia spirit that's expired is unlikely to cause an adverse side effect. However, be sure to consult your primary healthcare giver or pharmacist if you feel sick or for good advice. Please stay safe and avoid expired drugs.

If you suffer from a chronic ailment that requires constant use of medication such as life-threatening allergies, seizures, and heart condition, it's best to call your primary healthcare giver so you can get a fresh supply of medications.

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Last Reviewed:
December 25, 2017
Last Updated:
April 04, 2018