This product should not be used with other stimulant products (eg, caffeine), other cough and cold products, or as a dietary supplement for the purpose of weight loss or bodybuilding. Doing so may increase your risk of unlikely but potentially fatal side effects, including stroke, heart attack, seizures, or severe mental disorders (see the Possible Side Effects section). In addition, dietary supplements containing ephedra should not exceed 8 mg as a single ephedra dose, 24 mg of ephedra per day (24 hours), or be given for longer than 7 days, as recommended by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Exceeding the recommended dose of ephedra increases your risk of the side effects noted above. For detailed information, consult your pharmacist. Check all product labels carefully to see if they contain ephedrine or ephedra/Ma-Huang, which are all very similar; do not combine these products. Read the product labeling carefully. Some products contain other ingredients that may cause serious side effects.
Respiratory conditions, including asthma, nasal swelling, and nasal congestion. It is also claimed to be a heart and nervous system stimulant. It may have other uses. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use.
Ephedra is an herbal product. It works by stimulating the nervous system, which can increase heart rate and blood pressure.
Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.
Some medical conditions may interact with Ephedra . Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:
Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ephedra . Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:
This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ephedra may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Use Ephedra as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.
Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ephedra .
When used for long periods of time or at high doses, Ephedra may not work as well and may require higher doses to obtain the same effect as when originally taken. This is known as TOLERANCE. Talk with your doctor if Ephedra stops working well. Do not take more than prescribed.
All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:
Headache; irritability; stomach upset.Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:
Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); changes in skin appearance; changes in vision; chest pain; difficulty with urination; dizziness; fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat; loss of consciousness; mood changes; nausea; nervousness; numbness in an arm or leg; seizures; severe stomach pain; shortness of breath; slurred speech or confusion; sudden leg pain; sudden severe headache; trouble sleeping; vomiting.
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include enlarged pupils; fever; loss of consciousness; muscle spasms; nausea; rapid or irregular heartbeat; restlessness; seizures; sweating; tremor; vomiting.Proper storage of Ephedra :
Store at room temperature away from heat, moisture, and light unless otherwise directed on the package label. Do not store in the bathroom. Most herbal products are not in childproof containers. Keep Ephedra out of the reach of children and away from pets.
This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ephedra . If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.