You are here: Home pathway Area of law pathway Xenadrine

Defective Drugs Lawyers and Attorneys Legal Help


Ephedra Dietary Supplement - (Ephedrine in Ma Huang) Dangerous Stimulant Can Kill

Xenadrine RFA-1 contains Ephedra, which has been linked to dangerous side effects. A study commissioned by the FDA shows that Ephedra can seriously harm or even potentially kill some those using the compound. Ephedra is derived from an Asiatic shrub called Ma Huang which contains ephedrine, a stimulant that relaxes bronchial tubes via the central nervous system.

Ephedra is known to cause these serious adverse reactions - paranoid psychosis, depression, stroke, tachycardia,   palpitations, heart attack, convulsions, fever, respiratory depression, vomiting, hypertension and even coma.

The dietary supplement Ephedra is also sold as an energy boosting treatment and for respiratory ailments.

"The use of dietary supplements does pose a health risk to some people," says Neal Benowitz, MD, professor of medicine and chief of clinical pharmacology at the University of , San Francisco. "Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's safe." Benowitz and postdoctoral researcher Christine Haller, MD, reviewed the 139 reports of deaths or injuries the FDA received related to ephedra. Benowitz and Haller claim that Ephedrine "definitely" or "probably" caused harm in 30% of the cases. Of this group of patients, three died, seven suffered permanent injuries and four-needed continuing medical treatment.

The FDA does not regulate products containing ephedra as it is labeled a dietary supplement and dietary supplements are protected under the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994, so the FDA can't regulate ephedra unless it has been proven unsafe. Drug companies have taken advantage of the dietary supplement status of ephedrine to offer products with amphetamine-like qualities, mixing ephedrine, caffeine and other stimulants.

* Xenadrine- EFX is an ephedra free while Xenadrine RFA-1 contains the Ephedra dietary supplement.