Were you looking for information about Ephedra? Ephedera is a common misspelling of ephedra.
Although ephedra (ma huang) can still be found in certain foods and traditional Chinese medicines, the diet pill was banned in the United States due to safety concerns. The product is similar to amphetamines, and may help with weight loss by suppressing the appetite and increasing metabolism.
Some of the potentially dangerous side effects include seizures, strokes, or heart attacks. Due to these serious risks, the United States Food and Drug Administration has determined that the supplement is not safe for anyone, especially women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. There are also safety concerns regarding several drug interactions with this product.
(For more information, click Ephedra. This article offers an overview of the safety concerns associated with ephedra, possible overdose symptoms, and more. You can also click on any of the links in the box to the right for more specific information.)
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