Ephedrine is a stimulant based upon the Ephedra plant. It is used as an appetite suppressant, concentration aid, and decongestant. Ephedrine is similar in structure to amphetamine and methamphetamine. These compounds stimulate the brain, increase heart rate, constrict blood vessels (increasing blood pressure), and expand bronchial tubes (making breathing easier). Their thermogenic properties cause an increase in metabolism, evidenced by an increase in body heat.
The safety of Ephedrine-containing dietary supplements has been questioned by the FDA due to the high rate of serious side effects and ephedra-related deaths. Thus, consult your doctor before using Ephedrine, and do not overdose. PricePlow takes no responsibility for your usage of these drugs and does not recommend them to non-elite athletes.
It is important to note the difference between ephedra
and ephedrine: ephedra
is a plant; ephedrine is the active ingredient in ephedra
(similar to marijuana vs. THC).
Ephedrine is often used with aspirin and caffeine
for weight loss - this is known as an ECA stack, and should only be taken by elite athletes at low doses.