Epinephrine (adrenaline) is a potent stimulant of both a and b adrenergic receptors, and its effects on target organs are thus complex. Most of the responses listed in Table 6-1 are seen after injection of Epi (although sweating, piloerection, and mydriasis depend on the physiological state of the subject). Particularly prominent are the actions on the heart and on vascular and other smooth muscle. Effects of Epi reproduce those of adrenal medullary stimulation and are often described by the paradigm of "fight or flight."
Chemical Structures and Main Clinical Uses of Important Sympathomimetic Drugs1
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