Ephedrine

Ephedrine Reviews, Before & After Results and Success Stories

Ephedrine ReviewsThroughout the past couple of decades, ephedrine results, ephedrine reviews, and a plethora of before and after images, claims, and reports had spread like wildfire through circles of dieters and gym goers.

In 2004, ephedrine was banned. If it performed as well as it was claimed, why did this happen? When looking into the history of usage and results, it’s important to look at all sides of the issue.

Dieters and athletes loved their ephedrine results. The medical community and government health organizations detested it.

While not many ephedrine products are available today, consumers can still buy this stimulant and use it for non-medical purposes, such as:

  • Weight loss
  • Boosting energy
  • Increased stamina and endurance

Whether it’s safe to do so is another question.

The question is, are ephedrine before and after results, and many of the reviews you still find online genuine or merely promotional marketing?


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Finding Ephedrine Reviews: Can You Believe What You Read?

We’ve all read reviews that report impressive results, sometimes even while we’re sleeping! The same applies to testimonials and success story claims, past and present. When you talk to athletes, bodybuilders, or dieters, the use of products like ephedrine or other weight-loss aids is viewed in a generally positive light.

Impressive ephedrine ‘before and after’ results? Not always.

Talk to physicians, medical boards, and even governmental health agencies, and positive light gradually dims. Today, it’s not as easy to find ephedrine reviews as it used to be back in the 1970s through the late 1990s.

Even so, ephedrine and ephedrine products sold over the counter as dietary supplements, energy supplements, or weight-loss supplements were among the most popular and earned their manufacturers billions of dollars worldwide.

Ephedrine reviews extolled the benefits of ephedrine tablets, ephedrine capsules, and ephedrine pills used alone or combined with other ingredients to accelerate weight loss, burn fat, and achieve the figure or physique you’ve always wanted.

Hundreds of ephedrine products were found on store shelves throughout the United States, Canada, Australia, and even more so in countries where regulations typically deemed herbal or natural products and over-the-counter weight-loss supplements as relatively harmless.

Like other reviews, ephedrine reviews promised positive results. Consumers around the world looked at the ephedrine before and after images and claims of impressive ephedrine results and wanted the same. Ads stating that they could achieve the figure they wanted without dieting or exercise were popular, and still are.

Most ephedrine reviews were deemed relatively positive. People did see ephedrine before and after results such as fat loss, increased energy, a drop in weight, and more stamina. However, results produced by use of ephedrine and other weight-loss “miracle pills” are not sustainable for most, at least in regard to long-term weight loss and weight loss management.

Following the ban of ephedrine and other alkaloids of the ephedra plant in 2004, manufacturers quickly redeveloped their products and marketed them as ephedra free, substituting the ephedrine with other ingredients such as Bitter Orange and green tea extract.

Bitter Orange, also known as the citrus aurantium, contains p-synephrine, a component that behaves much the same way as ephedrine and acts as a potent stimulant to the central nervous system.

Ephedrine reviews today will rarely emphasize the behavior of ephedrine alone in weight loss or energy promotion. Rather, the combination of low milligram strength combinations of ephedrine commonly found in bronchodilator or cough and cold remedies are more consistently combined with other stimulants for results.


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What Exactly Is Ephedrine and What Does It Do?

Ephedrine is primarily defined as an alkaloid. It’s also classified as a sympathomimetic amine that has an influence on alpha and beta-adrenergic receptors in the body. The ephedrine physically stimulates various properties and activities in the body via the central nervous system, and more specifically, the sympathetic or autonomic nervous system that controls functions in the body that we can’t. Primarily:

  • Heart rate
  • Respiratory rate
  • Digestive processes
  • Metabolism

Ephedrine, in medical lingo, belongs to several classifications of drugs: vasopressors, decongestants, and bronchodilators. The primary mechanism of action of ephedrine is its potential to stimulate the alpha and beta-adrenergic receptors found primarily lining blood vessels in addition to the airways in the lungs.

These receptors are stimulated by ephedrine and other neurotransmitters to perform certain functions in the body. Certain alpha receptors, when triggered, constrict vessels throughout the body. When blood vessels constrict, blood pressure increases.

Increased blood pressure in turn makes the heart work harder to pump blood through the body. It’s likely that most have experienced such a burst of heart function after physical activity, depending on intensity, which is perceived to be good for the body, good for the heart muscle, and productive when it comes to increasing metabolism and in turn, promoting weight loss.

Nevertheless, high blood pressure over longer periods of time can damage the heart and cause a number of health issues.

Ephedrine also affects beta-1 receptors, found in the cardiac muscle. When these receptors are stimulated, they send impulses that increase heart rate as well as the force of the heart’s pumping mechanism of action.

Beta-2 receptors are specifically found in lung airways lining the bronchial tubes and smaller branches of the bronchi. They also have an effect on the smooth tissue lining of the sinuses. The influence of ephedrine on these receptors is that it causes the linings of the airways to relax and widen, increasing oxygen intake.

Because of its effect on beta-2 receptors in the lungs, ephedrine has long been a component in a number of bronchodilator and asthma treatment products. It not only eases the symptoms of an asthma attack, but increases rapid dilation of those vessels, improving oxygen intake and flow through the body.

Such functions are perceived as positive ephedrine results, and “when used properly” are beneficial.

However, because levels of ephedrine and other alkaloids from the ephedra plant differ greatly between brands and even species of ephedra used to create those products, dosages, recommendations for use, as well as ephedrine before and after use results also differ widely.

Note: The alkaloids that promoted the above-mentioned benefits typically came from the alkaloids found within a number of the more potent ephedra species, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine being the two primarily effective components. Not all ephedra species contain potent levels of alkaloids. Some contain ephedrine and no pseudoephedrine. Others contain pseudoephedrine and no ephedrine.

A number of manufacturers claim that their products are the best ephedra products out there; the most potent; the most effective, but it all depended not only on the milligram strength of the ephedrine found in oral capsules or pills, but on the species of ephedra from which the ephedrine component was taken.

As a result, not all reviews are positive, nor are results.

Ephedrine Results: Recommendations for Use Uncertain

What does scientific and medical research have to say about the efficacy of ephedra and ephedrine on weight loss, on energy enhancement, and on improving overall fitness? A number of studies have been conducted over decades to definitively answer such a question.

Even prior to the ban of ephedra products in 2004 medical professionals were concerned that individuals were combining ephedra with other stimulants, making appropriate and safe dosages for efficacy difficult.

A number of stimulants combined include caffeine, kola nut, Bitter Orange, and other herbal ingredients in order to enhance and speed up the benefits of usage and therefore results.


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Why was Ephedrine Banned in 2004?

The controversy regarding the ban of ephedrine and alkaloids of ephedra in 2004 continues today. According to Forbes, just one pharmaceutical manufacturer stood to lose $80 million in sales from ephedra-based supplements that contain ephedrine.

The owner stated: “I am going to fight to continue to manufacture ephedra until the FDA can prove it’s dangerous when used as directed.” [1] The problem lies in the fact that such products were not typically used as directed. Misuse, overuse, and abuse plagued the market.

Health organizations received tens of thousands of complaints regarding side effects ranging from mild to severe, as well as adverse reactions. Strokes, seizures, and deaths were linked to the use of ephedrine.

At the time, dietary supplement manufacturers pulled in nearly $20 billion a year with their ephedra products. They complained that the 1994 law (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act) only permitted government agencies to restrict natural or botanical supplements if they caused “unreasonable” risks to health.

According to an article published by Harvard Health Publishing, Harvard Medical School, the primary reason for the ban of ephedra was due to its potentially a negative effect on cardiovascular function.

According to research the US FDA received at the time (through 2003 – 16,000 reports of negative and adverse health issues resulting from products that contained ephedra and ephedrine. According to that study, approximately 155 deaths were blamed on the stimulant at that time. [2]

It is not contested that in low and appropriate doses, ephedrine does behave as an effective bronchodilator. In higher doses, it increases blood pressure. The high blood pressure concerns increase with combinations of other stimulants.

It wasn’t just ephedrine that was targeted. Other products like Dexatrim and Xenadrine were commonly used by a wide demographic of individuals seeking fast weight loss, dropping those last few stubborn pounds before a competition or sporting event. Such products were also used as a quick fix by those who were overweight or obese in an effort to kick off their weight-loss journey.

Another response to the controversy was perceived government overreach when it came to dietary supplements, many of which were deemed products of alternative medicine, herbal medicine, or natural medicine approaches to health and wellness.

In the early 1990s, the Office of Alternative Medicine (incorporated with the National Institutes of Health) was established due to the increased usage of such products. By the mid-1990s, the Office of Dietary Supplements was formed, again by the National Institutes of Health.

In the late 1990s, the former Office of Alternative Medicine became the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine – their primary objective being to evaluate herbal medicinal products.

Each of these agencies broached their own concerns regarding the safety of ephedra and ephedrine usage. One of the most prevalent was the lack of any standard for safe dosage of ephedrine alkaloid.

In the late 1990s, the FDA attempted to regulate dosage recommendations, stating that any supplement that contained more than 8 mg ephedrine per serving would be subject to labeling as unadulterated product.

They took it a step further, stating that no more than 24 mg should be taken daily, and that taking more than 8 mg within a six-hour time frame would come under the regulations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic act. It also recommended that the product not be used for more than one week. [3]

This attempt by the FDA also caused a bit of an uproar, primarily because usage by consumers was difficult to assess, especially due to other components and ingredients such as caffeine sources, with ephedrine.

Because both act as a stimulant, concerns regarding dosage recommendations – then and now -are still problematic.

Is ephedrine still available today?

Where Can I Buy Ephedrine?

While ephedrine is not allowed in dietary supplements any longer, it can still be found in a number of medications. Due to the prevalence of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine being used as chemical precursors in the manufacture of methamphetamine, sales and limitations for use have been established for years. Restrictions regarding purchases have grown more stringent.

A number of products containing ephedrine are primarily multi-ingredient, many which also contained guaifenesin, an expectorant commonly found in cough and bronchodilator medications.

The ephedrine component of such anti-asthmatic or upper respiratory medicines acts as a bronchodilator, while the guaifenesin acts as an expectorant. Some of the products containing ephedrine still available today (some of which still require a prescription) include:

  • Primatene tablets
  • Bronkaid
  • Asthmacon (ephedrine systemic/aminophylline/amobarbital)
  • Mudrane GG (ephedrine/guaifenesin/aminophylline/amobarbital systemic)
  • Quelidrine (ephedrine/ammonium)

Before considering purchase of such products, be aware that consumers are required to pick them up from the pharmacy counter, where such products today in many countries around the world are kept behind locked cabinets. Photo identification, contact information, and signatures may be required.

Pharmacies and retail distributors are mandated in many countries to maintain logs of sales of products containing ephedrine and pseudoephedrine, with limitations to the number of products sold on a daily or monthly basis depending on milligram strength of the components.

Of course, as with any product, especially due to the popularity of mention in ephedrine reviews, a number of underground labs and black-market resources as well as foreign sources of “pure” ephedrine are also prevalently marketed and promoted online.

Use discretion and common sense when reading the ephedrine reviews from such sources, or viewing the ephedrine before and after claims, comments, and images left on those sites.

Using Ephedrine Alone or with Other Stimulants

Arguments regarding the safety and efficacy as well as results when the product is used by itself is noted as being quite beneficial in regard to dieters looking for short-term and fast weight loss or a boost of energy.

Ephedrine reviews often promoted such results from products containing ephedrine and other ephedra alkaloids.

It is not recommended – then or now – to combine it with other stimulants to promote accelerated results. Even so, a number of websites selling ephedra products today, even those claiming to be ephedra-free, promote “ephedrine” before and after results, especially with products that contain additional stimulants added to them.

A huge number of today’s weight loss, energy-promoting, and fat-burning or thermogenic products contain ephedra extract, which is still legal as long as the alkaloids have been removed from that extract.

Some of the more common weight-loss and energy-promoting, fat-burning products available online today contain varying milligram strengths of ephedra extract. However, the species of ephedra from which the extract is cultivated can produce some questions regarding legalities as well as labeling practices.

Ephedrine Reviews Often Play Down Side Effects

Ephedrine reviews should always be balanced. Pros and cons. It’s often difficult to determine whether comments, feedback, or reviews regarding results are left by verified purchasers and users of any form of ephedrine.

In reviewing a number of reviews online for ephedrine or ephedra and today’s combinations, comments regarding efficacy, side effects, and benefits are mixed. Most reviews (for ephedra, ephedra-free, and other fat-burning products) often mention one or two side effects, but other information is lacking, such as how it was used and how long it was used. Downplaying side effects is not unheard of. [4]

Because of personal preferences and tolerance levels, experiences differ widely, not only in use of ephedrine, but the other stimulative components added to its usage.

A number of negative side effects have been associated with this herbal alkaloid, including but not limited to:

  • Headaches. Headaches can often be mild or severe. Some have complained of blurred vision along with the headaches, while others state that the headaches triggered migraines.
  • Tremors or jitteriness. Tremors in the hands are most identified with the stimulative effect of ephedrine and other stimulants, including caffeine.
  • Nausea. Because ephedrine can act as an appetite suppressant, nausea is not that uncommon. However, some individuals complain of vomiting.
  • Increased sense of anxiety, restlessness, or nervousness.

Other users leaving comments have stated that when combined in higher milligrams strengths, especially with other stimulants that produce thermogenic effects, their heart pounded so hard or they sweated so profusely that they could not continue their workout.

The primary concerns regarding side effects are linked to cardiovascular function. A number of studies have been written regarding the safety and efficacy of ephedrine used alone, and in combination with other stimulants such as caffeine and Bitter Orange.

Because ephedrine and p-synephrine are similar in their structural aspects and mechanism of action, p-synephrine has now come under increased scrutiny, especially in regard to its effect on the cardiovascular system. Even so, medical professionals agree that when used in appropriate and safe dosages, risk of side effects are minimal. Still, many studies also claim that dosage can play a role in potential for side effects. [5]

It’s when components such as ephedra, ephedrine, caffeine, Bitter Orange, or other stimulants are combined that the risks of negative cardiovascular effects occur. [6]

Conclusion

While reviews are not quite as prevalent as they used to be, results and before and after images, claims, and comments can still be found in online sources, primarily bodybuilding forum board discussion threads.

Safety and efficacy should always be considered first by users, and especially by dieters looking for results. Ephedrine results are possible, whether combining ephedrine found in an asthma or cough medication with a source of caffeine or other stimulative herbal ingredients.

For many, finding the right combination of stimulants that contribute to “ephedrine product” results differ greatly, and are typically based on individual reactions to each of the stimulants of a product.

Bottom line: use any type of ephedrine or source of ephedrine as well as other stimulants carefully. Start at the lowest dosage is possible to gauge how the body reacts to it.

Side effects of usage are not limited to those with undiagnosed medical conditions or to the elderly.

Adverse effects can also occur in young, otherwise healthy individuals. For this reason, when looking for ephedrine reviews, look beyond the marketing hype and go to medical resources to gauge exactly how each of the components in the product will behave or is expected to behave on the body.


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