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Ephedrine

What is it and what are the effects?


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Remember: All drugs, including the misuse of prescribed medication, can pose serious health risks, up to and including possible death.

What is Ephedrine?

Ephedrine is a stimulant that is commonly used in over the counter cough, cold, allergy or hay fever medicines an as well as in prescription asthma and allergy medicines.

What happens when you take it? 

It increases energy and enhances mood (users report feeling more confident and happy).

What are the side effects of Ephedrine?

  • It can cause loss of appetite and low blood pressure.
  • It can become addictive after chronic use.
  • Large doses may cause nervousness, insomnia, headache and sweating.
  • Long-term recreational misuse has been linked to strokes and heart attack.

What does the law say about Ephedrine?

It is legal.

Is Ephedrine addictive?

Ephedrine acts on the dopamine and serotonin receptors in your brain so you can become dependent on it. You may develop tolerance so you need to take more to get the same effect.

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Published February 25th, 2013
Last updated October 28th, 2015
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