In February 2005 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) banned
the sale of dietary products containing Ephedra (also
known as ma huang, Chinese ephedra and epitonin) is
an herb derived from an Asiatic shrub. It contains
ephedrine, which is a stimulant used in weight loss,
energy-boosting and weight-lifting formulas. Examples
include Metabolife, Metabomax, Ripped Fuel, Hydrocut
and Ultimate Orange. Additionally, because it
relaxes the bronchial tubes, ephedra is also used in
asthma medications and over-the-counter nasal decongestants
such as Sudafed and Actifed.
A recent study by the FDA revealed that the use of ephedra
can be damaging and even deadly to some individuals,
citing approximately 1,000 reports of side effects,
including 44 deaths. Ephedra's most serious potential
side effects include heart attack, stroke, heart palpitations,
convulsions, coma, fever, hypertension, paranoid psychosis,
tachycardia, and respiratory depression. Less
severe side effects include depression, anxiety, sleeplessness,
migraine headaches and vomiting.
If you or someone you care about has taken a product containing
ephedra and experienced any serious side effects, it may be
possible to obtain a cash award. Fill out our questionnaire
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