Why Were Ephedrine Diet Pills Popular? :

Ephedrine Diet PillsWhy Were Ephedrine Diet Pills Popular?

At one time, ephedrine was actually quite a common ingredient in many diet pills. It is a drug that is comparable to amphetamines in its structure. However, in February 2004, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) banned the production, sale and purchase of any dietary supplements containing ephedra, ephedrine alkaloids, ma-huang and all the versions of that substance. The reason it was banned is that the side effects associated with its use were very powerful, to the point that it was connected with several deaths.

But if these diet pills were so dangerous, why is it that they became so popular and why is it that they are still being sold illegally online in so many locations?

Ephedrine in diet pills provided many users with a considerable reduction in their appetites. This made it much easier for them to reduce the amount they were eating. That being the case, they could also control their calories more easily and thereby lose weight. The reduced hunger levels were the result of the powerful stimulant effect of the ephedrine. It caused the heart rate and blood pressure to rise.

While this could be advantageous in terms of making it easier to eat less, this also placed great strain on the cardiovascular system. The FDA reports showed that this strain led to heart attacks as well as an increased risk of stroke. While there was some risk of dangerous and life threatening side effects for everyone who used ephedrine diet pills, those risks increased with a family history of heart disease, or with existing high blood pressure or clogged arteries. As high blood pressure and heart disease are often associated with obesity, it means that some of the people at the highest risk of dangerous side effects are those most likely to have taken the pills.

Moreover, even people who were perfectly healthy also had heightened risks when using these pills if they combined their use with other stimulants. This could be something as simple as having a cup of coffee, an energy drink, a cup of tea, and for those who are very sensitive to stimulants, certain sodas and chocolate products.

Cardiovascular side effects included tightness in the chest, irregular heart rhythms, arrhythmias and chest pain.

People also experienced abdominal discomforts such as pain, vomiting, nausea, constipation and diarrhea. Indeed, that did shrink the appetite but that was hardly the way most dieters would want to be able to deal with their hunger pangs.