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A 31-year-old member asked:

i know that ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a stimulant. is it legal in the usa?

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Dr. Pamela Pappas
Psychiatry 42 years experience
Not alkaloids: The fda banned diet supplements containing alkaloids of Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) (found mainly in the stem of the ephedra sinica species) in 2004. Other names may be legal. The laws differ from state to state, and these regulate the activities of companies more than they do individuals. I am sure people buy these things from other countries, but they may still not be safe.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is there a difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

3 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
No: They are very similar drugs. At this time neither one is available in the US.
A 34-year-old member asked:

Is it normal to have cataplexy when in withdrawal from ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michelle Zetoony
Sleep Medicine 18 years experience
W/d from anticataple: Yes. Any anticataplectic agent when withdrawn can cause rebound cataplexy.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Cocaine is a powerful stimulant delivering euphoric feelings, but how addictive is cocaine?

1 doctor answer5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine 24 years experience
Very addictive: Cocaine is extremly reinforcing, meaning in one sitting of drug use and if the drug is available many people will tend to use that whole amount until the supply is gone. This is because the drug acts quick, esp with smoking or IV use and wears off quick and users want more. Cravings then can be very strong after the drug wears off.
A 50-year-old member asked:

I need a stimulant to get me through work on methadone tapering, what should I do?

2 doctor answers3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Don't: Don't depend on other drugs to get you through the tapering of one drug.
A 29-year-old member asked:

How do non-stimulant drugs help add kids pay attention?

3 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chris Esguerra
Psychiatry 16 years experience
Similar pathways: The nonstimulant medications used to treat adhd in children include atomoxetine, guanfacine, and clonidine. Each of these target the areas in the brain that help slow down activity such that the child is able to pay attention, sit still, be able to learn, and be able to be more organized. These benefits are not seen until about 4 to 6 weeks of treatment with these medications.

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