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What is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)? what does it do?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
A plant-based drug: Ephedra species are plants whose medicinal powers were known for millenia. The main active chemical in them was called ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) and is closely related in structure to our own neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine (aka adrenaline and noradrenaline), as well as amphetamine and its cousins. It is a decongestant mainly, but also a stimulant, increasing wakefulness, pulse and BP.
Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
A plant-based drug: Ephedra species are plants whose medicinal powers were known for millenia. The main active chemical in them was called ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) and is closely related in structure to our own neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine (aka adrenaline and noradrenaline), as well as amphetamine and its cousins. It is a decongestant mainly, but also a stimulant, increasing wakefulness, pulse and BP.

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A 32-year-old member asked:

What is ephedrine sulfate effect?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine 45 years experience
Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate): Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is like "speed". It is a pharmacologic cousin to amphetamine. You may feel rapid heart rate, palpitations, jitteriness, more energy, and have elevated blood pressure.
A 29-year-old member asked:

What is ephedrine sulfate used for?

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Dr. Carla Enriquez
Pediatrics 51 years experience
Stimulant: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a dangerous stimulant that has been linked to brain & cardiac problems. It was sold for weight control and as an energy booster before it was made illegal to sell in us.
A 43-year-old member asked:

Is ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) bad for you?

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Dr. Shabbir Hossain
Internal Medicine 17 years experience
Decongestant: Short term ( a couple of days) use as a decongestant is ok. But it does increase blood pressure, so if you have underlying high blood pressure , i would avoid it. And for that reason, shouldn't take it long term, even if you are healthy.
A 35-year-old member asked:

What is the medication ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
A stimulant: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is similar to the stimulants the body makes itself - adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine, and does many of the same things - raises blood pressure and pulse, is a decongestant, appetite suppressant. Because of its risks, most doctors no longer prescribe it, and use pseudoEphedrine (ephedrine sulfate) (sudafed) instead as a decongestant mainly. It is still found in many herbal drugs, esp from china.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What are ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) alkaloids for?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
A Verified Doctoranswered
Addiction Medicine 50 years experience
A stimulant: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is similar to the stimulants the body makes itself - adrenaline, noradrenaline and dopamine, and does many of the same things - raises blood pressure and pulse, is a decongestant, appetite suppressant. Because of its risks, most doctors no longer prescribe it, and use pseudoEphedrine (ephedrine sulfate) (sudafed) instead as a decongestant mainly. It is still found in many herbal drugs, esp from china.

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