Obesity

Ephedrine-Weight Loss Treatment: Safe or Unsafe?

Ephedrine is an ingredient derived from the plant Ephedra. It is used as to treat asthma, lung diseases, cough, shortness of breath and wheezing.  Apart from the its normal use, Ephedrine has also been marketed as a quick weight loss product. But, Ephedrine can have serious side-effects such as abdominal pain, increased heart beat and convulsions. Using Ephedrine for weight loss can has serious health complications and should be avoided.

Why is Ephedrine Weight Loss Treatment Dangerous?

Ephedrine is a stimulant and appetite suppressant which works on nervous system and the heart. It is often combined with caffeine or aspirin as a weight loss product. Ephedrine was found to have adverse health effects such as high blood pressure, seizures heart attack and stroke.

The FDA has banned Ephedrine as a dietary supplement due to its side-effect. Marketing Ephedrine is illegal in the United States. Increased dosing of Ephedrine were associated with adverse effects. As people, in hope of quick weight loss, can consume increased doses – this drug has been banned. The combination of ephedrine and caffeine/aspirin makes it even more dangerous to consume.

The side-effects of Ephedrine include: dizziness, headache, restlessness, confusion, nausea, sweating, increased heart rate and stroke. Overdose of Ephedrine can  be fatal. If you are using Ephedrine for asthma or other problems, the dosage should be strictly as directed.

In spite of the promises made by products containing Ephedrine, this drug can have serious health implications. Weight loss is best achieved through exercise and a healthy diet. Consult your dietitian or doctor for means of healthy weight loss.

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