Last update: June 6, 2014

Ephedra

High Risk for breastfeeding


Poorly safe. Evaluate carefully.
Use safer alternative or interrupt breastfeeding 3 to 7 T½.
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Aerial parts of shrub are used.
It contains ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and flavonoids.
Indications after Commission E of German Ministry of Health: respiratory condition associated to broncho-spasm on children older than 6 y. Do not use for longer than one week. Do not exceed 300 mg of ephedra alkaloids (24 mg Ma-Huang) every day. Ephedrine and pseudoephedrine may produce irritability, tachycardia and other effects on CNS (See ephedrine). They may also reduce production of breast milk. They are often misused to lose body weight and as a “tonic psycho-stimulant” as well.

Alternatives

We do not have alternatives for Ephedra.

Suggestions made at e-lactancia are done by APILAM´s pediatricians and pharmacists, and are based on updated scientific publications.
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References

  1. Chitturi S, Farrell GC. Hepatotoxic slimming aids and other herbal hepatotoxins. J Gastroenterol Hepatol. 2008 Abstract Full text (in our servers)
  2. WHO. World Health Organization. Geneva. WHO monographs on selected medicinal plants. Volume I. WHO monographs 1999 Full text (link to original source) Full text (in our servers)

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