ma-huang (Ephedra sp)-oral (cont.)
USES: Ma-huang has been used for breathing problems, asthma, swelling and nasal congestion, and weight loss. Some herbal/diet supplement products have been found to contain possibly harmful impurities/additives. Check with your pharmacist for more details regarding the particular brand you use. The FDA has not reviewed this product for safety or effectiveness. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.
HOW TO USE: Take this product by mouth as directed. Follow all directions on the product package. If you are uncertain about any of the information, consult your doctor or pharmacist. When used in high doses, ma-huang may cause serious side effects including heart attack, seizure and stroke. This herbal product should not be used for more than 7 days at a time. Use this product exactly as directed. Do not increase the dose, take it more frequently or use for a longer period than directed because this product can be habit-forming. Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop using this product without consulting your doctor or pharmacist. If your condition persists or worsens, or if you think you may have a serious medical problem, seek immediate medical attention.
SIDE EFFECTS: Nausea or headache may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, contact your doctor promptly. Unlikely but report promptly: mental/mood changes, dizziness, trouble sleeping, changes in the appearance of the skin, trouble with urination, restlessness. Very unlikely but report promptly: chest pain, fast/irregular pulse, trouble breathing, seizure, fainting, slurred speech, one-sided weakness. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: If you have any of the following health problems, consult your doctor before using this product: heart disease (e.g., heart attack, angina, coronary artery disease), stroke, circulation problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, seizures, thyroid problems (hyperthyroid), glaucoma (narrow angle), prostate problems, any allergies. If you experience dizziness, caution is advised when performing tasks requiring alertness (e.g., driving). Liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar and/or alcohol. Caution is advised if you have diabetes, alcohol dependence or liver disease. Ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product. Ma-huang is not recommended for use during pregnancy. Consult your doctor before using this product. Because of the potential risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this product is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
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