Should a person take Thermadren if he or she is not active? Should this be taken just to give you energy? Should you take this if you are allergic to aspirin?
Thermadren is the marketing name of the BRAND; the ingredient is ephreda, etc. When it comes to supplementation (because there is no regulation), the same ingredients will be used under various names. This is unlike pharmaceuticals that hold patents on names and ingredients.
Ephedra (Ma huang), an herb that contains the active compound ephedrine, is most often used as a fat loss aid. The ability of ephedrine containing supplements to increase energy expenditure and stimulate the central nervous system leads many, especially athletes, to use them as an energy boost. Ephedrine taken only for increasing energy is unwise, especially prior to exercise. A lifestyle change including improving one's diet and exercise program is safer for increasing overall energy levels. Ephedra should only be used by those with the lowest risk for side effects because of the CNS stimulation and potential increase in heart rate and blood pressure. Read all label precautions for contraindications. Some ephedrine studies on fat loss have used qualified, non-exercising people in the study groups with few side effects. Those using ephedrine for fat loss should, however, include frequent exercise in their lifestyle because it is one component of a healthy lifestyle that decreases the risk of gaining back lost weight. Ephedrine should only be used for fat loss if the client is attempting to adopt a lifestyle consistent with maintaining lost weight. Ephedra itself does not contain aspirin or salicin (one of the first analgesics, used later to make aspirin). Many ephedra products marketed for fat loss also contain aspirin or salicin containing herbs such as white willow bark, sweet birch bark or wintergreen. Salicin from these sources has no history of side effects in persons sensitive to aspirin; however, caution dictates that one should consult their physician on the matter.