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Ephedrine Diet Pills-Quick Weight Loss Supplements

Ephedrine diet pills have been around for decades. They are used by dieters that are looking for a fast, inexpensive way to get rid of unwanted fat. This type of weight loss supplement has been known to cause serious health issues and can be addictive. Plus, it can be used as an ingredient in other recreational drugs. Users tend to not be concerned with the lethal side of using these pills; their only concern is getting down to their desired clothing size.

The two main ingredients in these types of diet pills are ephedra, (ephedrine) and caffeine, both substances are stimulants. Medically, Ephedrine can be used for asthma, seasickness, (mixed with promethazine and known as a “Coast Guard cocktail”), and as bronchodilators, for patients that are in respiratory distress. Body builders use Ephedrine, caffeine and aspirin as an ECA stack, to cut down body fat prior to competing. There have been reports that Ephedrine boosts thinking and the user’s concentration better than caffeine.

Due to health risks and proof that users can become addicted to Ephedrine, courts upheld an earlier FDA ban on Ephedrine alkaloids adulterated that was used in diet supplements. In the United States, Ephedrine can only be marketed as a nasal decongestant. Side effects from this supplement can include: heat strokes, aortic aneurysms, (rare), heart attacks, pulmonary edema, dizziness, headache, insomnia, hallucinations, panic and sweating. Reports showed that combinations of the use and sometimes abuse of this supplement could have deadly consequences. Also, Ephedrine has a similar chemical structure to amphetamines and can be used to make meth and Ecstasy.


Research has proven that the ingredients in Ephedrine diet pills do "burn" fat by raising the body’s metabolism and suppressing the appetite. Thermogenesis occurred when food that was consumed is turned to heat. The more thermogenesis that is produced, the more fat the body burn. Ephedrine diet pills promote thermogenesis; jump starts the metabolism, burning body fat. When combined with caffeine, ephedrine speeds up the fat burn, (EC stack). Dieters’ were able to achieve their desired weight goals, but it was only temporary. After stopping their pill regime, they would regained the weight they loss, plus adding on extra.

Deciding to lose weight should be a personal decision and not forced by peer pressure or the way sociality perceive what a person should look like. Dieting to be accepted by others puts a toll on the dieter physically and emotionally. Prior to starting any weight loss program, a doctor should be consulted. Medical experts suggest that the ideal amount to lose in one pound week. No, that is not a “quick fix”, but it is the healthiest way to lose weight. Using supplements such as Ephedrine diet pills is one of many quick fixes that have the potential to be both illegal and deadly.