What is Dimethylamylamine - (DMAA)?
Dimethylamylamine is a drug made synthetically in a laboratory. It was originally used as a nasal decongestant. Today, dimethylamylamine is sold as a dietary supplement used for attention deficit-hyperactive disorder (ADHD), weight loss, improving athletic performance, and body building.
Some products claim that dimethylamylamine naturally comes from rose geranium oil. Supplements that contain this ingredient sometimes list rose geranium, geranium oil, or geranium stems on the label. However, laboratory analysis shows that this drug probably does not come from this natural source. It is thought that these manufacturers have artificially added this drug to the supplement rather than obtaining it from a natural source. Dimethylamylamine is considered a drug in Canada is not permitted in dietary supplements or natural health products.
Many athletes take dimethylamylamine to improve performance. However, dimethylamylamine was added to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited substances list for 2010. Therefore, competitive athletes should avoid taking it.
Due to safety concerns, dimethylamylamine has been temporarily removed from military stores in the US. It has also been banned in New Zealand. Its use has been linked to several reports of serious, life-threatening side effects.
How does it work?
Dimethylamylamine is thought to have stimulant effects similar to decongestants such as pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, and others. Some promoters say that it is a safer alternative to ephedrine. However, there is no scientific information to back up this claim.
Dimethylamylamine - Uses
Dimethylamylamine is likely unsafe when taken by mouth. Since it is thought to work like a stimulant, there is concern that it might increase the chance of serious side effects such as rapid heartbeat, increase in blood pressure, and increase the chance of having a heart attack or stroke.
In clinical research, taking a product containing dimethylamylamine plus other ingredients seems to increase heart rate and blood pressure.
There have been several reports of dangerous side effects including stroke, a condition called lactic acidosis, heart attack, and death in people who have taken dimethylamylamine.
Special Precautions & Warnings
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of dimethylamylamine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
High blood pressure: Dimethylamylamine might have stimulant effects and can increase blood pressure. If you have high blood pressure, avoid taking dimethylamylamine.
Glaucoma: Dimethylamylamine might have stimulant effects and cause blood vessels to constrict. This could worsen some types of glaucoma. If you have glaucoma, avoid taking dimethylamylamine.
Irregular heartbeat (heart arrhythmia): Dimethylamylamine might have stimulant effects and can cause a rapid heartbeat. This could worsen heart arrhythmias.
Surgery: Dimethylamylamine might have stimulant effects, so it might interfere with surgery by increasing heart rate and blood pressure. Stop taking dimethylamylamine at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.
Dimethylamylamine (DMAA) Dosing
The appropriate dose of dimethylamylamine depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for dimethylamylamine.
Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.
article source: Webmd