Ephedrine-induced cardiomyopathy

Med J Aust. 1980 Jul 12;2(1):35-6. doi: 10.5694/j.1326-5377.1980.tb131811.x.


A young woman presented with congestive cardiomyopathy of unknown aetiology. She subsequently revealed a history of longstanding abuse of ephedrine-containing preparations. The case is reported to alert clinicians to a hazard of dependence on proprietary pharmaceuticals.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Ephedrine* / adverse effects
  • Female
  • Heart Failure / chemically induced*
  • Humans
  • Substance-Related Disorders / complications*


  • Ephedrine