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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Ephedrine
Answer: Nothing offhand, but ephedrine by itself can cause a rapid heart beat. Tegretol does have some cardiac effect, but usually not on rate.
Answer: Elavil can cause irregular heart beats as can Ephedrine but, probably there won't be any interactions.
Answer: About the only major problem would be irregular heart beats. An elevated blood pressure might be seen in some patients as well. This will have no effect on "getting rid of fat"-if it did we would prescribe it in this way for obese patients. It can result in physical/psychological dependency if used in large doses. Basically like speed.
Ephedrine in Drug Tests [posted 10/8/98]
Answer: Depends on the drug test sensitivity, sensitivity. Occasionally would be positive for amphetamines.
Ephedrine [posted 8/14/98]
Answer: I'm not sure that ephedrine would do anything in terms of muscle strength or mass. Acutely it helps strength, but not chronically.
Ephedrine [posted 8/7/98]
Answer: Ephedrine is used to increase heart rate, blood pressure and performance. This is normally released by your body under stress to enhance performance in life/death situatioC="b This drug is the reason people can perform superhuman feats while stressed or frightened. However, it should be used with caution and will do nothing to enhance long term strength or performance. Many people think that it is one of the reasons that people with high stress jobs have more heart attacks. It clearly should not be used routinely except for semi-medical emergencies (asthmatic attacks, etc.). It has some of the same effects as cocaine - known to increase sudden cardiac death.