User guide

Ephedra energizers or supplements in multiple varieties are the most well-known ephedra products right now. Usually they come as capsules or pills. These cannot be used without warnings and restrictions. In order to profit most of these products and to keep your health safe; carefully read the disclaimer that accompanies them.


To make this information available for everyone we displayed a general user guide here.

Information about ephedra products

History
Ephedra Sinica (or Ma Huang) has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for at least 2000 years against common colds, fever and asthma.

Ephedrine
Ephedrine is closely related to adrenalin. This has the following function in your body: the blood vessels are widened and your heartbeat increases. This causes the blood to be pumped through your body at a higher rate. The main function of blood is to supply oxygen to the body cells. These cells need oxygen to make energy by burning body fat.

Effects
Ephedrine stimulates the burning of body fat and it will make you more alert. Ephedrine increases the concentration and energy for 6 – 10 hours. Because of the energy your appetite will be
largely reduced.

Usage
Don’t use more than 50 mg. ephedrine within 24 hours. To reduce possible side effects when used to loose weight, you can use the on-off scheme: use the product for 5/6 weeks, and then take a break for 2 weeks.

Warnings
Ephedrine can cause shivers, insomnia, nervousness, palpitation of the heart and high blood pressure. Don’t use ephedrine when you have high blood pressure, depressions, heart problems or diabetes. Don’t use ephedrine when you’re pregnant. Don’t combine ephedrine with asthma medication or MAO-inhibitors. Don’t use ephedrine for more than 2 months in a row.

Do not take ephedra if you are taken or have recently taken (within the last 2 weeks):

  •   a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), phenelzine (Nardil), or selegiline (Eldepryl);
  •   amphetamine-dextroamphetamine (Adderall);
  •   pemoline (Cylert);
  •   methylphenidate (Ritalin, Metadate, Methylin, Concerta);
  • dexmethylphenidate (Focalin);
  •   amphetamine, dextroamphetamine (Dexadrine, Dextrostat), or methamphetamine (Desoxyn);
  •   atomoxetine (Strattera);
  •   a heart disease or blood pressure medicine;
  •   ergot alkaloids such as ergotamine (Ergomar, Cafergot, Wigraine, Ercaf, others), or dihydroergotamine (D.H.E., Migranal);
  •   thyroid hormones;
  •   acetazolamide (Diamox), dichlorphenamide (Daranide), or methazolamide (Glauctabs, MZM, Neptazane);
  •   atropine (Sal-Tropine);
  •   a phenothiazine such as chlorpromazine (Thorazine), fluphenazine (Permitil, Prolixin), promethazine (Phenergan), prochlorperazine (Compazine), perphenazine (Trilafon), trifluoperazine (Stelazine), and others;
  •   a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), doxepin (Sinequan), imipramine (Tofranil), nortriptyline (Pamelor, Aventyl), trimipramine (Surmontil), or protriptyline (Vivactil);
  •   an oral or injectable diabetes medicine (e.g., insulin);
  •   haloperidol (Haldol);
  •   cocaine;
  •   a steroid medication such as cortisone (Cortone, others), prednisone (Deltasone, Orasone, others), methylprednisolone (Medrol), prednisolone (Prelone), and others;
  •   creatine;
  •   digoxin (Lanoxin);
  •   linezolid (Zyvox);
  •   procarbazine (Matulane);
  •   an appetite suppressant or weight loss medication such as diethylpropion (Tenuate), benzphetamine (Didrex), phendimetrazine (Adipost, Bontril, Melfiat, Phendiet, Plegine, Prelu-2), phentermine (Adipex-P, Fastin, Ionamin, Obenix, Pro-Fast, Teramine, Zantryl), mazindol (Mazanor, Sanorex), sibutramine (Meridia), and others;
  •   theophylline (Elixophyllin, Slo-Phyllin, Theo-Dur, Theochron, others) or aminophylline (Truphylline); "
  •   furazolindone (Furoxone);
  •   general anesthetics (used during surgery); or
  • yohimbine.

    You may not be able to take ephedra, or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you are taking any of the medicines listed above.

    Doctors also give negative advises on combining ephedra with other (herbal) stimulants and weight-loss products such as: caffeine, gotu kola, kola nut, guarana, amphetamines, pseudoephedrine, pheniylephrine and others.

    Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with ephedra. Talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care professional before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines or other herbal/health supplements.

    What happens if I overdose? Seek emergency medical attention.






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