Ephedra side effects can occur even at normal doses. They include fast heartbeat Anxiety, jitteriness and insomnia Allergic reactions, including itching and hives. Higher doses of ephedra can potentially cause very fast heartbeat, high blood pressure, irregular heartbeats, stroke, vomiting and psychosis.
Due to ephedra side effects, taking ephedra should be avoided by people with the following conditions: high blood pressure, heart problems, diabetes, cerebral insufficiency, thyroid problems, depression, anxiety, insomnia, anorexia or bulemia, kidney stones, urinary retention, or an enlarged prostate gland. If you have any of these conditions and want to take ephedra, check with your health care provider first.
Ephedra should generally not be used if you are pregnant or nursing.
Recent research suggests that ephedra as a single herb can be used safely in persons with normal blood pressure levels, not suffering from blood sugar and without heart problems. If taking at recommended doses, ephedra is supposed to be a very safe natural remedy.