What is the difference between herbal ephedra and ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) HCl itself?

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.

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Whats ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) content of sida cordifolia vs. Ephedra?

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...

What happens if someone was given ketorolac tromethamine mixed with ephedrine sulfate and phenalephrine HCl via needle?

Pain relief, HR up. Ketorolac (Toradol), is a strong NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory), ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is like adrenaline, and phenylephrine is a vasoconstrictor. So... the toreador will reduce pain, the the other two, at high enough doses, will increase the heart rate, or just vasoconstrictor and reduce bleeding. Read more...