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August 1997 Issue

FDA Proposes Limiting Popular Dietary Supplement, Ephedra

Q. I've heard the ephedra (ma huang) is dangerous. Should I be avoiding it? A. Probably. After 800 reports of adverse reactions and 18 deaths associated with supplements and teas containing the herb ephedra, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has proposed a new set of stringent guidelines to limit its use. The amphetamine-like compound, ephedra, also known as ma huang, Chinese ephedra and epitonin, is a common ingredient in more than 100

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