Herbal stimulant containing ephedrine has also caused psychosis

BMJ 1996; 313 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.313.7059.756b (Published 21 September 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;313:756
  1. H Doyle, Consultant psychiatrist,
  2. M Kargin, Senior house officer in psychiatry
  1. Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, Middlesex HA1 3UJ

    EDITOR,—In her news article Deb Josefson reports that several deaths in the United States have been attributed to use of the Chinese herb Ma Huang, which contains ephedrine.1 We report on a patient who developed a psychosis due to the same preparation.

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