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Why is ephedrine banned by the FDA?

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In 2003, ephedrine-- also known as ma huang -- became the first herbal stimulant ever banned by the FDA. A popular component of anti-obesity over-the-counter drugs, ephedrine was found to have some benefits. However, the evidence of its ability to cause harm was far more compelling. In high doses, it has been known to cause insomnia, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and urinary retention. This herbal supplement has also been associated with numerous cases of stroke.

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American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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American Diabetes Association.

Reviewed by Michael Dansinger on January 21, 2017

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