(Click Ephedra Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
Drug InteractionsEphedra can interact with a number of different medications (see Ephedra Drug Interactions).
Is Ephedra Safe?The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has determined that ephedra is not safe for use. It can cause many serious problems, such as
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A rapid heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Heart attacks
While the risks of taking ephedra outweigh the potential benefits for all people, this is especially true for pregnant or breastfeeding women (see Ephedra and Pregnancy and Ephedra and Breastfeeding).
(Click Ephedra Safety for more information, including any available warnings and precautions.)
What If I Take an Overdose?An overdose may cause life-threatening problems. Seek medical attention immediately if you think you have taken too much ephedra.
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