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What is ephedrine?

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Ephedrine -- also known as ma huang -- is the first herbal stimulant ever banned by the FDA. Before being banned in 2003, ephedrine was a popular component of over-the-counter weight loss drugs. Ephedrine had some benefits, but it could cause far more harm, especially in high doses. Side effects included insomnia, high blood pressure, glaucoma, and urinary retention. It has also been linked to many cases of stroke.

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Guidelines for Using Vitamin, Mineral, and Herbal Supplementation."

Norris, S. , 2004. American Journal of Medicine

Brown, J. 2004. Diabetes Care,

Yeh, Y. , April 1, 2003. Diabetes Care

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 9, 2019

SOURCES:

American Diabetes Association: "Guidelines for Using Vitamin, Mineral, and Herbal Supplementation."

Norris, S. , 2004. American Journal of Medicine

Brown, J. 2004. Diabetes Care,

Yeh, Y. , April 1, 2003. Diabetes Care

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on May 9, 2019

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