Efficacy and safety of ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance: a meta-analysis.

@article{Shekelle2003EfficacyAS,
  title={Efficacy and safety of ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance: a meta-analysis.},
  author={Paul Shekelle and Mary L Hardy and Sally C. Morton and Margaret A Maglione and Walter A. Mojica and Marika J. Suttorp and Shannon Rhodes and Lara Jungvig and James Gagn{\'e}},
  journal={JAMA},
  year={2003},
  volume={289 12},
  pages={
          1537-45
        }
}
CONTEXT Ephedra and ephedrine sometimes are used for weight loss or enhanced athletic performance, but the efficacy and safety of these compounds are uncertain. [] Key MethodDATA SOURCES We searched 9 databases using the terms ephedra, ephedrine, adverse effect, side effect, efficacy, effective, and toxic. We included unpublished trials and non-English-language documents. Adverse events reported to the US Food and Drug Administration MedWatch program were assessed.

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