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Q: What is the difference between ephedra and ephedrine?

A: Ephedrine is the primary stimulating chemical in several plants from the Ephedra genus.



As an ingredient in nutritional supplements, "ephedra" generally refers to dried herb or an extract of dried herb from any of several species in the Ephedra genus. These herbs/extracts can contain ephedrine, pseudoephedrine, nor-ephedrine, N-methylephedrine, and several other chemicals.



Ephedrine is a stimulant, appetite suppressant, thermogenic (fat burner), and decongestant. Pseudoephedrine and nor-ephedrine are primarily used medicinally as decongestants, and N-methylephedrine has similar, albeit less potent, effects.



Some products that contain ephedra are standardized to contain a specific amount of ephedrine per dose; when this is the case it should be noted on the product's label.





Asked By : nascarmedc
Answered By : jon
Edited By : fire
Published Date : 2 / 26 / 2009
Last Edited Date : 2 / 26 / 2009
Question ID : 3121

Categories: [ Effects ] [ Ephedrine ] [ Pharmacology ]



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