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EphedraNatural health supplements sometimes have unexpected side effects or interactions with medication that can lead to adverse reactions that are sometimes life threatening. The following is a list of cautions that you should be aware of before using Ephedra (Ephedra sinica). These are referred to as drug/herb interactions.
Warning 1 - Misuse of ephedra can lead to hypertension and arrhythmias.
Warning 2 - Antidiabetics: Ephedra may increase blood glucose levels.
Warning 3 - Beta-blockers: Concurrent use with beta-blockers causes increased hypertension.
Warning 4 - Guanethidine: Using ephedra with guanethidine may decrease the effect of guanethidine.
Warning 5 - MAOIs: Ephedra may cause a hypertensive crisis if used concurrently with MAOIs.
Warning 6 - Phenothiazines: Use of Ephedra with phenothiazines may result in tachycardia.
Warning 7 - Tricyclic antidepressants: The use of Ephedra with tricyclic antidepressants may result in hypertensive crisis.
Warning 8 - Oxytocics: Ephedra causes severe hypertension when used with oxytocics.
Warning 9 - Sympathomimetics: Ephedra increases the effect of sympathomimetics and causes hypertension.
Warning 10 - Urinary alkalizers: Ephedra increases the effect of urinary alkalizers.
Warning 11 - Anethetics: Ephedra causes an increase in arrhythmias when used with halothane anesthetice.
Warning 12 - Urine Drug Tests: Ephedra has been reported to cause false positives for amphetamines and ecstasy (References 20 and 22) on urine drug screens.
Used as a natural health remedy: Ephedra is used internally for the following benefits:
Side Effects of EphedraThe known side effects of Ephedra include:
As with any herb, a serious allergic reaction is possible. Seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction. These may include a rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, or trouble breathing.Return to the Herb List.
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