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A mixture of dextro and levo-isomers of epinephrine that, when nebulized, can be used in the treatment of croup and bronchiolitis. The drug is usually given with parenteral dexamethasone.
CAUTION!Some infants and children who initially respond to this treatment will relapse. Patients treated with racemic epinephrine should be observed for several hours to determine if they should be admitted to the hospital or are stable enough for discharge to home.
See also: epinephrine