Definition of sympathomimetic in English:


Line breaks: sym¦patho|mimet¦ic
Pronunciation: /ˌsɪmpəθəʊmɪˈmɛtɪk
, -mʌɪ-/


  • (Of a drug) producing physiological effects characteristic of the sympathetic nervous system by promoting the stimulation of sympathetic nerves.
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    • Sinus tachycardia is usually a physiological response but may be precipitated by sympathomimetic drugs or endocrine disturbances.
    • That sympathomimetic drug, which stimulates the nervous system, increases metabolism and burns fat.
    • Tachycardia and hypertension are the result of sympathomimetic stimulation and the psychedelic effects of the drug result from serotonergic stimulation.


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  • A drug having a sympathomimetic effect, often used in nasal decongestants.
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    • Precipitants include being in a dark room (dilates pupil), stress, and certain drugs (e.g., sympathomimetics or anticholinergics).
    • Although these drugs may have antiinflammatory properties, they are considerably less effective than the sympathomimetics and potentially produce more significant side effects.
    • The use of sympathomimetics should be avoided in patients with ventricular fibrillation.

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