In this Article
- What other names is Ephedra known by?
- What is Ephedra?
- Is Ephedra effective?
- How does Ephedra work?
- Are there safety concerns?
- Are there any interactions with medications?
- Dosing considerations for Ephedra.
Ephedra can also cause less serious side effects including dizziness, restlessness, anxiety, irritability, heart pounding, headache, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and others.
Do not use ephedra with other stimulants such as caffeine. This might increase the chance of having side effects, including life-threatening ones. Sources of caffeine include coffee, tea, kola nut, guarana, and mate.
Do not use ephedra if:
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- You have chest pains.
- You feel anxious.
- You have diabetes.
- You have glaucoma.
- You have rapid or irregular heartbeat.
- You have thyroid problems.
- You have high blood pressure.
- You have tremors.
- You have kidney stones.
- You have a condition called pheochromocytoma.
- You have a seizure disorder.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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