Were you looking for information about Ephedra? Aphedra is a common misspelling of ephedra.
Ephedra (ma huang) is a naturally occurring substance that was commonly used as a weight loss pill until it was banned in the United States due to safety concerns. One of its active ingredients is ephedrine, a chemical that is similar to amphetamines. While some evidence suggests that it may be effective for short-term weight loss, it may be dangerous as well.
The FDA has determined that this product is not safe for use because it can cause serious problems, such as high blood pressure, heart attacks, or seizures. However, some companies on the Internet may still sell ephedra (either foreign companies or local companies that are manufacturing the supplement illegally).
(For more information, click Ephedra. This eMedTV article offers more detailed information on this weight loss supplement, including how it works and potential overdose symptoms. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)