Amphetamines ("speed"), ephedrine (Ma Huang), synephrine, and pseudoephedrine also are being abused. These substances are related to the natural hormone epinephrine, which is adrenalin. These drugs keep people from sleeping when they are tired, creating a sense of energy and well-being. Ephedrine, now illegal, was often used as a weight loss supplement. Abusing these drugs—especially using large quantities—harms the brain, as well as the nervous and cardiovascular systems. In a review of dietary supplements conducted by the CDC, ephedrine products made up less than 1% of the sales of dietary supplements. They were responsible, however, for a stunning 64% of all serious side effects of supplements reported to the CDC.
As a skilled and experienced Pain Medicine Interventionalist, Dr. Levin evaluates each patient very thoroughly and carefully to help determine appropriate treatment options in order to provide the most effective individualized care. These treatment options may include: Lumbar, Thoracic and Cervical Epidural Steroid Injections utilizing targeted transforaminal techniques, Lumbar and Cervical Sympathetic Blocks, Sphenopalatine, Facial and Head and Neck Procedures, Discography, Percutaneuos Discectomy or Disc Decompression procedures, precision joint and nerve injections, Radiofrequency Neuroablative procedures, Peripheral or Spinal Cord Stimulator trials and implants, Foraminoplasties and several patented and patent pending advanced interventional procedures.