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What is the medication ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?

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Dr. Alan Wartenberg
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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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A 33-year-old member asked:

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

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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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