Almost all clinical trials and academic studies on the effectiveness of ephedrine for weight loss have determined that 25 mg is the best dosage for this supplement. Taking this much ephedrine with caffeine, you can expect to lose an average of 11.4 pounds in just six months. (Of course, your results may be even greater with a healthy diet and lots of exercise.) 25 mg of ephedrine hydrochloride has also been deemed safe with no risk of serious side effects in healthy individuals that are not on any other medications. Despite the fact that 25 mg is the magic number, actually finding a legal diet pill or weight loss product with this dosage of ephedrine HCL can prove difficult. Below is a review of the legally available ephedrine HCL 25 mg tablets currently sold in the USA, Canada, and the UK.
In the past, products from Vasopro and Bolt Ephedrine dominated the market for 25 mg supplements and were mainstays of the typical bodybuilder fat cutting phase. However, after legislation on Ephedrine sales in the US changed many of the original manufacturers had to discontinue their 25 mg products. This was largely the result of the 2004 FDA ban on certain types of ephedra-containing supplements. Specifically, the FDA targeted any suppliers who used ephedrine alkaloids in pills marketed for weight loss, increased energy, and as study focus aids.
But the FDA was unsuccessful in completely banning ephedrine: several court cases determined that ephedrine is safe for use as a nasal decongestant or bronchodilator in smaller doses. That is how products like Ephedrine Plus, Ephed 25, Bronkaid pills and Primatene continue to be sold in pharmacies across most of the USA. Athletes and dieters will often use these products since many of them do give you 25 mg of ephedrine hydrochloride or ephedrine sulfate – a similar but less effective formulation of the alkaloid. But you will notice a common ingredient among all of these brands: gauifenesin. None of the ephedrine HCL or sulfate pills sold today in the USA provide pure single-ingredient ephedrine. This is not ideal for those looking to lose weight or build muscle.
Guaifenesin is added to ephedrine because it is a mucos expectorant and muscle relaxant, making it effective for reliving asthma, cold and sinus symptoms. But this drug can actually interfere with the fat burning potential of ephedrine hydrochloride since it is a central and sympathetic nervous system depressant. Even with gauifenesin, you might not be able to find ephedrine HCL products with 25 mg dosages per pill in your local state. While it is technically legal to sell a 25 mg single dose solid ephedrine pill under USA federal law, many states have outlawed dosages this high.
Because of these restrictions, much of the ephedrine used in the USA for weight loss purposes actually comes from Canada. In Canada, it is legal to sell pure ephedrine and you do not need a prescription or to show ID to buy it. The one limitation is that it can only be sold in 8 mg pills with a maximum of 50 pills per bottle. So long as you do not mind taking three pills at a time to meet your 25 mg dosage, this could be a suitable option for you. The best 8 mg ephedrine pills to look for come from Synergenex and Kaizen which sell for approximately $15 to $10 a bottle.
If you live in the UK you will have a whole different set of ephedrine laws to comply with in this market. While pure 25 mg ephedrine pills are legal here (and can be marketed for weight loss), in order to buy any of these supplements you will need a prescription from your doctor. Since most Brits find it difficult to acquire this, much of the ephedrine purchased in the UK also is ordered online from Canada. It is legal to ship ephedrine from Canada into the UK for personal use, but you may need to comply with certain maximum purchase limits.
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