Ephedra Drug Interactions

Ephedra Interactions Explained

The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when ephedra is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Any Other Stimulants
Do not combine ephedra with any other stimulant. Ephedra contains ephedrine and other stimulants, which can be dangerous when taken with other stimulants.
Some of the stimulants and many nasal decongestants are chemically related. Taking them together may increase the risk of side effects. Do not take ephedra with a decongestant.
Diabetes Medications
Ephedra may increase your blood sugar, which can make diabetes medications less effective. Do not take ephedra with a diabetes medication.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Combining an MAOI with ephedra can lead to life-threatening reactions. If you take an MAOI, do not take any products that contain ephedra.
QT-Prolonging Medications
Theoretically, combining ephedra with a QT-prolonging medication could increase the risk of QT prolongation, a very dangerous irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia).
Seizure Medications
Ephedra can make seizure medications less effective. Do not take ephedra if you take any seizure medications.
Theophylline (Uniphyl, Theocron, TheoCap, Theo-24, Elixophyllin)
Combining ephedra with theophylline could lead to serious side effects. Do not use ephedra with theophylline.

Final Thoughts on Ephedra Drug Interactions

It is possible that not every drug interaction with ephedra was discussed in this article. Therefore, you should talk with your pharmacist or healthcare provider about the ephedra drug interactions that may apply to you. Even though ephedra is banned, it is important to be honest and open with your healthcare providers about taking ephedra.
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