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Ephedra: Toxic or Not?

KEY POINT

In contrast to the positive recommendation given ephedra alkaloids in an industry-sponsored review (see ADIL, September 2000 issue), an article released early by the New England Journal of Medicine identifies a disturbing pattern of adverse effects associated with ephedra-containing products.

SOURCES

Haller CA, Benowitz NL. Adverse cardiovascular and central nervous system events associated with dietary supplements containing ephedra alkaloids. N Engl J Med. Accepted for publication in the December 21 issue.