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The Best Way to Lose Weight With Ephedrine

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The Best Way to Lose Weight With Ephedrine
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Although ephedrine is primarily used as a bronchodilator and decongestant, it is commonly included in weight loss supplements due to its effects as a stimulant. Ephedrine is structurally similar to amphetamines and works in a method much like epinephrine, a stimulating hormone naturally produced by the body, according to the Cleveland Clinic. This stimulant effect causes an increase in basal metabolic rate that contributes to weight loss; it is also the source of ephedrine's potentially serious side effects.

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Step 1

Use ephedrine only under the direct supervision of a medical professional.

Step 2

Take ephedrine with meals if you experience nausea or stomach pain following ingestion. If no side effects occur, states that ephedrine can be taken on an empty stomach.

Step 3

Wait at least four hours between doses of ephedrine and do not exceed the dose recommended by your doctor. Follow any instructions on your package label exactly as stated.

Step 4

Increase your dose only under the advice of your physician. Do not double your dose of ephedrine even if you miss a dose or wish to increase the desired effects of the supplement. Doing so can increase your risk of side effects and may pose a serious risk to your health.

Step 5

Check your blood sugar levels frequently if you are diabetic and taking ephedrine to lose weight. The supplement may alter blood sugar levels, according to

Step 6

Schedule your dose for earlier in the day if the supplement impairs your sleep. Ephedrine's stimulant effects may make falling or staying asleep difficult for some people.

Step 7

Eat a healthy, balanced diet while using ephedrine. Include plenty of whole grains, fruits and vegetables in your daily diet to ensure you obtain adequate nutrition.

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