What is Ephedrine?

Ephedrine is a psychoactive compound derived from the Ephedra plant, which also contains the Stimulant Pseudoephedrine. Ephedrine is a Stimulant that can reduce fatigue, aid in weight loss, and improve concentration. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration banned the sale of Ephedrine in 2004.

What are the common names or slang terms for Ephedrine?

Ephedrine is also commonly referred to as Ephedra. Ephedrine is also known by its Chinese name, “Ma huang.”

What does it look like?

Ephedrine generally comes in tablet form.

How is it used?

Ephedrine is taken orally.

What are the short and long-term effects on the body?

The use of Ephedrine raises blood pressure, can cause an irregular heart rhythm and may result in sudden cardiac death. Chronic use of Ephedrine can also cause strokes, seizures, heart attacks, and death.

Stimulants in general may lead to insomnia and feelings of nervousness, irritability, paranoia, or aggression. At higher doses or after long-term use, Stimulant use can lead to loss of weight, mild hypertension, hallucinations, convulsions, brain hemorrhages, and serious heart health issues including palpitations, rhythm abnormalities, circulatory problems and heart attack. A single extreme dose of a Stimulant can also result in death.

What is their federal classification?

All supplements containing ephedrine or ephedra are illegal.