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The Goon
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#1 Posted on 16.8.02 0824.09
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There's been a recent investigation into dangers unstated by Metabolife regarding use of ephedra.

It was pulled from shelves here in Canada at the beginning of the year, but I still have buddies who drive into Buffalo to get the stuff at GNC. I've used it in conjunction with my workouts over the years, but I've used such minute quantities, there's been no adverse effects.

Has anyone had any positive/negative experiences? I figure that the truth falls somewhere in between "great weight loss supplement" and "heart attack inducing drug."
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#2 Posted on 16.8.02 0850.18
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I've taken it for weight loss, but not as an energy / work-out supplement. I've never taken more than the maximum dosage (6 per day). I was taking it on work days, because I sit in front of a computer all day and don't get much physical exercise.

It did help me lose some weight, but I'm not really sure how much it helped, since I was also dieting and exercising.

A lot of people I talk to don't like it, because it makes them jittery. It made me a little jumpy, but not too bad. I think it just affects different people in different ways.

I can't imagine popping a couple and then running or lifting, though. That seems dangerous to me. I never took it before working out, and I never would.
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#3 Posted on 16.8.02 0854.25
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I have used it for years with no adverse affects whatsoever. In fact my blood pressure has remained a pretty consistent 120/80 range since college. I started using an ECA stack in 1990 when you could buy the pure ephedrine in bottles of 1000 for about 15 bucks. I took 50mg ephedrine, 250 mg caffeine, and 1 aspirin 3 times per day. Kept wieght down whthout sacrificing muscle mass very well and I didn't have to diet or limit my beer intake. Now I just take Xenedrine and it works well but not as well as my old stack. Unfortunately you can't get the pure ephedrine for that cheap a price any more in the states.
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#4 Posted on 16.8.02 1110.39
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I've tried taking it in Stacker 2 before. By taking them in the morning i'd have energy to exercise after leaving work. The only downside is that I could be sitting a chair, completely at rest and my heart would start racing like I had run a marathon. I know it doesn't affect some people bad and I envy them since I am always tired and need an energy boost. One of the gyms i go too has these "power shots" that have ephedra in them. I've tried them and they do give me a boost for the workout. but then when i get home and crawl into bed i'll be near sleep and my heart will start racing and i'll start breathing heavy, like i'm totally winded. so basically no more power shots for me on a weeknight workout.

I recently tried that new Xenadrine that doesn't contain ephedra and that stuff REALLY f'd me up. I got dizzy and my heart was racing and I just felt really funky. it looks like i'm going to have to shed these last few pounds the hard way with a stricter diet and more cardio.
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#5 Posted on 16.8.02 1453.15
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Thanks, this has been interesting reading. It seems like everyone reacts differently to stimulants such as ephedra. I think it's helped me with my weight loss. I actually do take my small dosage before running-the only side effect I've noticed, other than a higher heart rate, is increased sweating.

This apparent screwup by Metabolife looks like it's going to focus a whole heap of attention on the drug. Wonder if it'll be pulled in the USA like it has been here?
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#6 Posted on 16.8.02 1904.25
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You should definitely avoid stimulants. You == Bizzle Izzle, not everyone. Some people have no problems, but if you keep taking stuff with Ephedra, you are going to have a heart attack. Stay off of the shit.

You should probably avoid anything with Ephedra, Ephedrine, Ma Huang, Psuedoephedrine... I'm sure I'm missing some. These all will have the same effect. If you see any of these on the label, don't take them.

Again, I'm talking to Bizzle Izzle -- who has had the adverse affects that people who have serious problems with these drugs experience. Don't ignore the warning signs, man.


    Originally posted by Bizzle Izzle
    I've tried taking it in Stacker 2 before. By taking them in the morning i'd have energy to exercise after leaving work. The only downside is that I could be sitting a chair, completely at rest and my heart would start racing like I had run a marathon. I know it doesn't affect some people bad and I envy them since I am always tired and need an energy boost. One of the gyms i go too has these "power shots" that have ephedra in them. I've tried them and they do give me a boost for the workout. but then when i get home and crawl into bed i'll be near sleep and my heart will start racing and i'll start breathing heavy, like i'm totally winded. so basically no more power shots for me on a weeknight workout.

    I recently tried that new Xenadrine that doesn't contain ephedra and that stuff REALLY f'd me up. I got dizzy and my heart was racing and I just felt really funky. it looks like i'm going to have to shed these last few pounds the hard way with a stricter diet and more cardio.

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#7 Posted on 16.8.02 1907.38
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I've taken ephedra and other uppers for various reasons over the years. What it all comes down to for me is that they make urination feel wierd.

I generally subscribe to the general rule that anything that makes you pee funny is probably not good for you.
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#8 Posted on 16.8.02 1908.54
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Shit I better lay off of the asparagus then.
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#9 Posted on 16.8.02 2157.51
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Asparagus just makes it smell funny.

Ephedra makes it feel funny.

Big difference in my book...but, as always, YMMV.
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#10 Posted on 17.8.02 0144.54
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Thanks for the advice Guru. I quit the stacker a while back . Sitting still and having a racing heart beat was just too much. And after Monday night where I couldn't sleep because of the power shot at the gym I decided to lay of those occasional shots too. And then i find the carbo drink i had tuesday has freakin ephedra from the Ma Huang. I just can't win. Even in small doses that stuff keeps me up all night. Caffeine in sodas and teas I can handle (I love Mt. Dew) but in high doses like Xendrine minus the ephedra I get really wacked.
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