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Extract Ephedrine From Ma Huang
Ephedra>>cordifolia: Ephedra sinica, has a total alkaloid content of 1–3% by dry weight. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) constitutes 40–90% of the alkaloid content (wikipedia entry). Natural sources of Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) are no longer used to make pseudoephedrine, because synthetic processes are cheaper. Ephedra must have a lot more Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) than sida cordifolia, because it was only source used commercially before synthetics were available. ...Read more
Stimulation: Ephedra consumption may include severe skin reactions, irritability, nervousness, dizziness, trembling, headache, insomnia, profuse perspiration, dehydration, itchy scalp and skin, vomiting, and hyperthermia. More serious potential side effects include irregular heartbeat, seizures, heart attack, stroke, and death. ...Read more
Plant vs alkaloids: Ephedra is an actual plant (aka mormon tea, or chinese ma-huang) which contains the stimulating alkaloids Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine. Some dietary supplement products used for weight loss and to enhance athletic performance contain these alkaloids. Synthetic Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and Pseudoephedrine are found in over-the-counter decongestants and cold medicines, and are used to treat asthma. ...Read more
Avoid ma huang: Ma huang contains a potent stimulant, ephedrine; very dangerous to use. You never know how much a product might contain. It can cause harmful side effects, including death, and therefore the fda has banned its use. It can cause dizziness, palpitations, tremors, high blood pressure, headache, chest pain, heart attack, stroke, seizures, and psychosis even if you don't die. It's illegal. Stay away. ...Read more
It is the same: Ephedra sinica, a species of ephedra (ma huang), contains the alkaloids Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine, which have been found to induce central nervous system stimulation, bronchodilation, and vasoconstriction. In combination with caffeine, Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) appears to elicit weight loss (in trials of 1-12 months duration). However, studies of ephedra or Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) monotherapy have been equivocal. ...Read more
Don't do it!: You're probably trying to lose weight. Ma huang will give you racing heart (possibly arrhythmia), sweats, and other symptoms like you drank 10 cups of coffee. There is no easy way to lose weight. You have to do it the long, slow way with diet and exercise. Decrease your calorie intake and increase your calorie output. The weight will come off slower, but you won't have heart trouble to deal with. ...Read more
No: Ephedra (ma huang) is currently banned throughout the us. It's unclear whether ephedra will re-appear on the market, despite widespread acknowledgement of significant safety risks. Some of these include heart attack, stroke, irregular heartbeats, and sudden death. In 2005 the state of utah briefly stuck down the fda rule banning it, but this was reversed a few months later. ...Read more
It wasn't: Pseudepredrine (sudafed) is still a major ingredient in decongestants, but has been behind the counter and available without prescription, but you have to sign for it, and there are a limited number of pills you can obtain. The reason is that it can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, so there are now Federal regulations that restrict its sale, but it is NOT banned. ...Read more
Similar but diff: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a compound that is found in some natural products (in small amounts) and is used in many otc drug products, and in a lot of "natural remedies". It's actions are very similar to adrenaline. In low doses, it can be a mild stimulant, like caffeine. In higher doses, or in susceptible people, it can be dangerous. ...Read more
None that I know of: Firstly, ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is no longer available in the US market, because of serious side effects - elevated pulse, blood pressure and risk of stroke. Same is true with PPA (phenylpropanolamine), a similar decongestant. Am not aware of any combination medications currently available. In the 1950s the combination was used in the treatment of allergies. There may still be combination products in Canada. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
No: Ephedrine is not available as a single product in the us because of unpredictable side effects, chiefly anxiety, agitation, elevated blood pressure, headache. It is still found as an ingredient in some herbal and combination cold meds. Meclizine is a prescription antihistamine, used mostly for motion sickness, pseudoEphedrine and neosynephrine (phenylephrine) are available replacements for ephedrine. ...Read more
W/d from anticataple: Yes. Any anticataplectic agent when withdrawn can cause rebound cataplexy. ...Read more
None: Both are systemic nasal decongestants. They are different forms (actually, different salts) of the same drug. They have different molecular weights. Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride is sold under the brand name sudafed. I'm not sure if the sulfate form is available anymore. For details, see: http://www. Drugs. Com/mmx/pseudoephedrine-sulfate. Html. ...Read more
Is there a difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?
Different drugs: They are chemically related, but Pseudoephedrine is safer, has fewer side effects (elevated blood pressure, pulse, increased anxiety etc.) and for the most part, pseudoephredrine and phenylephrine have replaced Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) in most cold medicines. Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is still around, used in lots of chinese herbal remedies and weight loss drugs. I do not recommend Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) for any of my patients. ...Read more
What's the difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) and pseudoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?
If I take ephedrine, (ephedrine sulfate) could one of the side effects make me feel like I can't breath?
See below: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) stimulates beta-adrenergic receptors and releases norepinephrine. Adverse reactions are insomnia, nausea, headaches, dizzines, s anxiety, palpitations, tachycardia. The question is why are you taking it.? This is not a drug that you should be doing without physicians oversight. Please see your physician. ...Read more
Is there any difference between ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) HCl and psuedoephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)?
What's the best weightloss pills that do not include ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate)...Essentially that focuses on body fat while also exercising?
Very few: The most common weight loss pill categories are sympathomimetics containing Phentermine which decreases the brains craving for food and orlistat which blocks the absorption of fat in the gut. A new product available is Qsymia (phentermine and topiramate) which is a low dose combination of Phentermine and topiramate. ...Read more
I was prescribed 5ml every 4hrs of hydromet and pseudo ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) 2 tablets every 6 hours. Is this too much? Or is this an overdose?
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. ...Read more
Cardiac: Ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is a form of adrenalin. It can cause increase in heart rate, elevated blood pressure and even abnormal heart rhythm. It was associated with the deaths of a major league pitcher and a college football player a few years ago. Just because something is over the counter, it may not always be safe. ...Read more