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Legal Status (US) OTC in combination products
Legal Status (Canada) Legal and unrestricted
FDA Classification Drug
Class Stimulant
Addiction Risk Addiction-yellow.png Low to Moderate
Brand names Bronkaid

Ephedrine is a stimulant drug sold in the United States under the combination product Bronkaid.

Ephedrine is no longer legally available in the United States in pure form, but was formerly available as a supplement for weight loss. It remains available in Canada.

Legality and Availability[edit]

United States[edit]

Ephedrine is currently only available in the U.S. in combination with guaifenesin. Purchasing ephedrine products typically requires one to sign a log book or scan their state ID, as it can be used to manufacture meth.

Pharmacies typically sell Bronkaid (25 mg ephedrine / 400 mg guaifenesin) for about $7 for 60 pills (approximately $4.50 per gram), making it similar in cost to pseudoephedrine for use as a stimulant.


In Canada, ephedrine can be purchased freely and is classified as a supplement (as it occurs naturally in the ephedra plant).

Athletic Organizations[edit]

Ephedrine is banned in the Olympics[1] and is prohibited by the NCAA[2].

Drug Testing[edit]

A standard 5-panel (AMP+OPI+THC+COC+PCP) drug test will not detect ephedrine in theory, but false positives for amphetamine or methamphetamine have been reported, as ephedrine is a member of the amphetamine class. Assuming you live in a country where over-the-counter ephedrine is legal, or have a prescription, it may be necessary to disclose ephedrine use.

Official Uses[edit]

Ephedrine is available over the counter for asthma treatment, as it is a bronchodilator.

Unofficial Uses[edit]

Ephedrine is a potent stimulant and acts on dopamine and adrenaline receptors. However, in the U.S. its use for athletics is limited because it is only available mixed with guaifenesin, which is a weak muscle relaxant.