What is it and what are the effects?
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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.
Taking ephedrine increases energy and enhances mood (users report feeling more confident and happy).
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
Risk of addiction
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.