Findings from Studies on long term treatment with ephedrine, caffeine and an ephedrine/caffeine mixture.
This mixture used to be popular in the fight against obesity. Due to health concerns and government regulations the FDA banned Ephedrine from Mahuang and other herbal extracts for commercial sale as a dietary supplement. However, a synthetic version of Ephedrine (HCL) is still available over the counter as a Bronchodilator to treat breathing difficulties.
But what about the safety concerns? The first thing to remember when taking any medication is to follow the dosage guidelines. Many people seen to think that if a little is good, then a lot is great! Well, that’s a dangerous way to approach medication of any type.
Rule number 1. Make sure you consult with your physician to make sure Ephedrine HCL will help you with your particular symptoms.
Rule number 2. If you’re taking Ephedrine HCL, make sure you follow the instructions.
Ephedrine HCL has been used for years to effectively treat asthma. And used in that capacity it has a good safety record. Part of this is because of the lower quantities of Ephedrine HCL present in Bronchodilators. But understand that Ephedrine is a potent drug that can be dangerous to any person with underlying cardiovascular or cerebrovascular disease. Hence the warning that it should only be taken after consulting and with the supervision of your physician.
In one study on the effects of Ephedrine HCL over a long period of time the following was stated about the side effects of the drug.
“The majority of patients reporting side effects were affected only in the first four weeks, in which 27 different symptoms were reported by 21 patients receiving E+C (Ephedrine + Caffeine), 25 symptoms by 12 patients in the E (Ephedrine) group, and 22 symptoms by 11 patients receiving C (Caffeine), and 5 symptoms by 3 patients in the placebo group.”
“The side effects such as tremor, tachycardia, and insomnia are temporary. We found no serious withdrawal symptoms.” (This was using a dose of 20mg of Ephedrine HCL a day for up to 50 weeks–which is more than Asthma patients use. The Study, “Safety and efficacy of long-term treatment with ephedrine, caffeine, and an ephedrine/caffeine mixture” was published the International Journal of Obesity in 1993)
Granted, the study was geared toward Ephedrine’s ability to assist fat loss while maintaining lean muscle mass instead of as a Bronchodilator, but it effectively address the question of the safety of long term treatment with Ephedrine HCL.
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