Ephedrine, or ephedra as it is also called is very controversial drug which has been used for fat-burning for some time now. It cannot be stated clearly enough that this drug can have disastrous results even death if it is used by the wrong people. You should not use any supplement containing ephedrine it you fall into the following categories:
pregnant, nursing, high blood pressure, heart, liver or thyroid disease
or phychiatric disease, diabetes, anemia or nervousness
Over 800 injuries including 50 deaths have been reported as being caused by ephedra. Most of these cases involve heart attacks or high blood pressure leading to bleeding in the brain or stroke. To read more on this as well as FDA recommendations, please visit the following ephedrine-ephedra site.
No-one doubts that this potent stimulant has great medical benefit. So does marijuana. But ephedrine needs regulation and control - something that has not happened so far. It is likely that with proper control, this drug would not get into the hands of people to whom serious damage may result. Ephedrine is not the problem, eduaction and control are.
Where does ephedra come from?
Ephedra is a shrub-like plant that groes in arid regions of Asia. The leaves, when dried, have been used medicinally in asthma medications.
Ephedrine side effects
The FDA has received more than 800 reports of problems associated with ephedrine including:
hypertension (elevated blood pressure)
palpitations (rapid heart rate)
neurophathy (nerve damage)
myopathy (muscle injury)
heart rate irregularities
The number of cases seen to be caused by this drug has caused wide-spread panic and been blown out of proportion. The numbers quoted are probably far fewer than those caused by other freely available over-the-counter drugs available today. People do have reactions to all sorts of things. Some people can die if they eat peanuts. Ephedrine is a drug. It is classed as a drug. It needs to be respected as a drug.
Be aware that ephedrine...
...is found in many fatburners available on the market. Since this drug is taken from natural plants like Ma Huang, companies do tend to advertise their products as natural (implying safe).
I would not advise anyone to take supplements containing ephedrine or ephedra without their doctors consent. If you do, you run risks, and some of these are very serious. If however, you do decide to buy this stuff without medical advice, or even against medical advice, please start off on very low dosages. Problems that may arise will robably exert smaller effects so that you can gauge how you feel before moving up to recommended doses. If however, you do have side effects, then don't delay, see your doctor