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Xenadrine is a nutritional supplement made up of ephedrine, which is extracted from the ephedra plant. Although it is extracted from a natural ingredient, xenadrine has similar physical effects to those of amphetamines, and can significantly raise a person’s heart rate and blood pressure. In 2002, 100 ephedrine-related deaths were reported to the FDA, mostly due to heart-related side-effects. People have also reported dangerous psychotic episodes and its mind-altering side effects are even marked on the label. Because of numerous complaints about the harmful nature of the substance, the FDA, medical associations, and watchdog groups are demanding better labeling or an eventual ban of supplements that contain ephedrine.

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