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Ephedra and Ephedrine

Ephedra and Ephedrine: Ephedra, a plant containing ephedrine alkaloids, was a popular weight loss ingredient in the 1990s and early 2000s. It was banned in the US in 2004 due to its association with serious side effects, including heart attacks, seizures, and strokes.

Era of Discovery

1990s-early 2000s

Mechanism of Action

Plant containing ephedrine alkaloids

History of Use in the United States

Popular weight loss ingredient until banned in 2004

Benefit of Weight Loss Agent or Medication

Weight loss

Possible Side Effects

Heart attacks, seizures, strokes

Current Regulatory Status in US

Banned in the US

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