Ephedra Cautions

By: DiscoveryHealth.com writers


Side Effects of Ephedrine May Include:

  • Headache
  • Irritability
  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Sleeplessness
  • Rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • Urinary tract problems.
  • Large doses may cause heart rhythm problems or trigger big increases in blood pressure.

Avoid Ephedra If You:

  • Are pregnant (it may stimulate contractions)
  • Are in a state of anxiety or restlessness
  • Have high blood pressure, impaired blood blow to the brain (cerebral profusion) or an enlarged prostate gland
  • Take prescription drugs

Ephedra and Medication Interactions

You should not take products containing ephedrine if you take any of the following:

  • Digitalis, Digoxin (Lanoxin), Digitoxin (Crystodigin)
  • Halothane (This is an anesthetic. Advise your doctor/surgeon if you have been taking products with ephedrine/ma huang.)
  • Guanethidine (Ismelin)
  • MAO inhibitor antidepressants, such as Phenelzine (Nardil), Tranylcypromine (Parnate) and Isocarboxazid (Marplan)
  • Oxytocin (Pitocin, Syntocinon)