When I was in college, my friend and I would get "Yellow Jackets," "Silver Bullets," and "Black Beauties" which were ephedra pills that probably had caffeine in them. They were super cheap and you got them from the most trustworthy place ever - a gas station. We'd get them to stay awake and study. I wasn't looking to lose weight, but saw that as an "added bonus." We would be SO AWAKE and SO ALERT and you felt almost invincible. They completely killed my appetite and hers, we lost about 10 lbs, but talk about unhealthy. I'd hardly sleep at all. I wouldn't eat, couldn't eat, but I'd be insanely thirsty. The thing is, we never took the correct dose - 3!!! pills per dose...We only took one pill a day. I am certain if we had taken what it said to, we would have had wound up dead or close to it. The very last time I ever took them, I got very sick. I couldn't stop vomiting (but I hadn't had anything to eat) and my body was shaking, my heart was racing. It was very scary and I went to the doctor ASAP. I'm lucky that was all that happened. Not much later after my incident did an athlete die from taking ephedra... It really hit home. Maybe that was what would have happened to me, had I kept taking them.
It was about 2 years later when they were banned from the US and with good reason. It was foolish of me to take them - but my rationale was that they were legal, over the counter, and I believed them to be safe. When my friend took them, she did not have as many side effects as I did but she was a much larger person (she was 5'9 and I'd guess about 190 lbs) and I was 5'4 and probably 130 lbs. Keep in mind, I was also probably about 19 years old and lacked some insight. She had been taking them maybe a month or so before I started and she had "no" side effects, so I assumed I wouldn't either.
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