1,4-DMAA is used for athletic performance and obesity, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses. Taking 1,4-DMAA might also be unsafe.
1,4-DMAA is found in small amounts in geranium plants. However, some supplements have been found to contain much larger amounts than are found in nature. Because of this, there is a concern that manufacturers are using synthetic 1,4-DMAA that is made in a laboratory rather than obtaining it from a natural source. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that supplements containing 1,4-DMAA appear to be illegal and recommends that these products not be taken. 1,4-DMAA is also included in the World Anti-Doping Agency's prohibited substances list. Competitive athletes should avoid taking it.
How does it work ?
Uses & Effectiveness
Insufficient Evidence for
- Athletic performance.
- Other conditions.
Special Precautions and Warnings
High blood pressure: 1,4-DMAA might have stimulant effects and can increase blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, avoid taking 1,4-DMAA.
Glaucoma: 1,4-DMAA might have stimulant effects and cause blood vessels to constrict. This could worsen some types of glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, avoid taking 1,4-DMAA.
Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia): 1,4-DMAA might have stimulant effects and can cause a rapid heartbeat. This could worsen heartarrhythmias.
Surgery: 1,4-DMAA might have stimulant effects, so it might interfere with surgery by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Stop taking 1,4-DMAA at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Stimulant drugs interacts with 1,4-DMAA
Stimulant drugs speed up the nervous system. By speeding up the nervous system, stimulant medications can make you feel jittery and speed up your heartbeat. 1,4-DMAA might also speed up the nervous system. Taking 1,4-DMAA along with stimulant drugs might cause serious problems including increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
Some stimulant drugs include amphetamine, caffeine, diethylpropion (Tenuate), methylphenidate, phentermine (Ionamin), pseudoephedrine (Sudafed, others), and many others.
Be cautious with this combination
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