Why is Ephedrine/Caffeine Combination Deemed Safe?
10 March 2003
the drug Letigen, which is a ephedrine/caffeine prescription drug
in Denmark, was suspended from sale because of reports of serious
adverse health events. As you may know, Dr. Arne Astrup invented
the drug which has served as the model for dietary supplements containing
ephedrine and caffeine. The industry also cites Dr. Astrup's findings
in support of ephedrine's safety.
Letigen is no longer deemed safe, what basis does the ephedrine
industry have for claiming that their ephedrine/caffeine dietary
supplement is safe?
is also important to note that the FDA recently issued a final rule
banning the sale of OTC drug products containing ephedrine and caffeine.
If ephedrine/caffeine combinations are deemed unsafe if sold as
a drug, what makes them safe when sold as a dietary supplement?
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