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A 22-year-old member asked:

Is ephedrine safe as a wt loss aid to help suppress appetite? only 20 lbs to lose as my bmi is just over avg. i take prozac (fluoxetine). need appetite self contro

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Dr. Luke Hermann
Emergency Medicine 26 years experience
No: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is somewhat effective as an appetite suppressant but is generally not considered safe for frequent use because it is a stimulant that shares similar properties with cocaine. As a result it can cause elevations of blood pressure and rarely dangerous heart rhythm problems.
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Dr. Brian Lynch
Family Medicine 39 years experience
Weight-loss: There is no one-size-fits-all recommendation. Medication is a long term no win situation . Research is proving people regain their weight. There are metabolic forces that should be addressed ; thyroid ect. It does tend to be a problem of excess calorie intake due to a push by stress or other emotional push. All that said one does have to have access to good food and nutrition.
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Last updated Sep 22, 2016

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