Ephedra: Mental effects

Last modified: Sunday, 31. May 2009 - 2:14 pm

Opponents of ephedra claim that the product is legal methamphetamine, or speed. In February 2000, medical experts raised concerns about mental side effects of ephedrine such as nervousness and irritability. The group Halt Ephedrine Abuse Today completed an on-line survey of 355 people who had taken ephedra products; more than 60% of respondents reported feeling mental side effects such as nervousness, headaches, insomnia, and paranoia. The 2000 ephedra study published in the New England Journal of Medicine also listed mental side effects, including anxiety, tremulousness, and personality changes. Other possible mental side effects associated with ephedra are depression and paranoid psychosis. Lawyers representing clients who have been allegedly harmed by ephedra have reported that the victims suffer from depression and paranoid psychosis. These types of side effects, as well as some of the other physiological side effects reported by ephedra users, commonly occur with illicit stimulant drugs.

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