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    Ephedrine review by RAND: Athletic Performance


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    Tuesday, September 23, 2003 8:20 pm Email this article
    Ephedrine and caffeine increases athletic performance 20 to 30 percent according to a review of ephedrine studies by the RAND Corporation.

    Ephedrine and Caffeine

    Ephedrine alone or caffeine alone did not increase athletic performance, however, ephedrine and caffeine consistently improved performance by 20 to 30 percent.

    Their analysis included eight published studies using synthetic ephedrine. All but one also included caffeine.

    Ephedra

    There were no studies of the effects of ephedra on athletic performance.

    REFERENCE

    Shekelle P, Hardy M, Morton S, Maglione M, Mojica W, Suttorp M, Rhodes S, Jungvig L, Gagne J. Efficacy and safety of ephedra and ephedrine for weight loss and athletic performance: a meta-analysis. JAMA. 2003 Mar 26, 289(12):1537-45.

    AUTHOR CONTACT:

    Paul G. Shekelle
    Southern California Evidence-based Practice Center-RAND
    Santa Monica, Calif 90407-2138
    USA
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