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Xenadrine Side Effects Lawsuits | Side Effects: Heart Attack, Stroke, Tachycardia

Xenadrine Side Effects May Result In Heart Attack Lawsuits

Xenadrine | Lawsuits, Lawyers | Side Effects: Heart Attacks, Stroke, Tachycardia, Paranoid Psychosis, Depression, Convulsions

Xenadrine RFA-1 contains Ephedra, which has been linked to dangerous side effects. According to a study commissioned by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Ephedra may seriously harm and can potentially kill some who use it. Ephedra is derived from an Asiatic shrub that contains ephedrine. Ephedrine is a stimulant that acts on the central nervous system to relax bronchial tubes.

Ephedra Side Effects

Products containing Ephedra can produce the following adverse reactions: heart attack, stroke, tachycardia, paranoid psychosis, depression, convulsions, coma, fever, vomiting, palpitations, hypertension and respiratory depression.

The use of dietary supplements does pose a health risk to some people," says Neal Benowitz, MD, professor of medicine and chief of clinical pharmacology at the University of California, San Francisco. "Just because it's natural, doesn't mean it's safe." Benowitz and postdoctoral researcher Christine Haller, MD reviewed the 140 reports of deaths or injuries the FDA received related to ephedra. Researchers concluded that ephedrine use "definitely or "probably" caused harm in 31% of the cases. Of these cases, three people died, seven suffered permanent injury and four required ongoing medical treatment. The research adds to the long-standing controversy about the dietary supplement, which is also marketed as an energy booster and treatment for respiratory illness.

However, the FDA does not currently regulate many products containing ephedra because it is labeled as a dietary supplement and thus is protected under the Dietary Supplement Health & Education Act of 1994. Pursuant to the Act, the FDA cannot regulate dietary supplements such as ephedra unless it has been proven to be unsafe. Drug companies have taken advantage of the current status of ephedrine and have attempted to produce a product with amphetamine-like qualities by mixing ephedrine with other stimulants such as caffeine.

*This site does not pertain to Xenadrine- EFX which is an ephedra free product.

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Studies show diet pills still pose risks

Mar 13, 2006 | Ivanhoe Broadcast News
Diet pills have been a topic of controversy since the 1960s when prescription or over-the-counter amphetamines became widely available for the purpose of weight loss. Although the drugs were widely effective at suppressing appetite, patients began to complain of rapid heartbeats and unpredictable mood swings. Doctors also began to notice patients’ blood pressure elevating to dangerous levels. Since that time, there have been hundreds of prescription weight loss drugs introduced to the...

Study Suggests "Ephedra-Free” Supplements May Not Be Risk-Free

Sep 11, 2005 |
A placebo-controlled study conducted at UCSF reveals two popular weight loss supplements that are promoted as “ephedra-free” and safe for dieters could have harmful effects on some people. The findings are published in this month’s issue of the American Journal of Medicine.Both of the weight loss products tested contain Citrus aurantium, or bitter orange extract, a substance that is rapidly replacing ephedra in dietary supplements since its ban by the FDA last year due to...

Commentary: Ephedra: One Down, More To Go

Jan 14, 2004 | BusinessWeek
Dr. Ray Woosley has finally won the battle he has been fighting for more than a decade: He helped prod the Food & Drug Administration to ban the controversial dietary supplement ephedra. But Woosley, vice-president for health sciences at the University of Arizona, is hardly celebrating. In the face of growing concern, the $4 billion herbal supplement industry has been flooding the shelves of health-food stores with ephedra-free products that purport to boost athletic performance and weight...

Diet Supplement Suit Only A Start, Says N.J.

Aug 2, 2003 | Gloucester County Times
Professionals agree that the public should know about the dangers of over-the-counter weight-loss supplements before the first pill is popped. State Attorney General Peter Harvey said that consensus spearheaded the recent lawsuit filed against New Jersey diet pill manufacturer Cytodyne Technologies Inc., whose ephedra-based Xenadrine has been shown to cause serious side effects. "We're taking a very close look at the diet supplement arena," Harvey said. "We have to look at it because if we...

Newton Firm Never Tested Supplements, Exec Says

Jul 24, 2003 | The Star Ledger
A dietary supplement containing an ingredient linked to the death of an Illinois teenager was never tested for safety, the head of the New Jersey company told a congressional investigating committee. Robert Occhifinto, president of NVE Pharmaceuticals in Newton, testified yesterday the company had not used medical professionals in the formulation of supplements containing the controversial herb ephedra. He also acknowledged serving sentences for two criminal offenses once for money laundering...

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