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The amount of negative customer reviews paired with Australia’s decision to ban Albuterex makes me suspicious. There is a possibility this product contains ingredients other than what is featured on the label, and these undeclared ingredients may damage health.

Albuterex’s high price tag also discourages purchasing this product. You might regret spending money on something ineffective or dangerous. I recommend only buying this product if you find a retailer that offers a money-back guarantee.

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Mutated Nation has created a powerful weight loss supplement called Albuterex. According to advertisements, Albuterex is designed to succeed where other weight loss supplements fail and “will get you shredded beyond your wildest dreams.”

The company states the problem with most weight loss pills is the body’s ability to adapt to attempts at increasing lipolysis or thermogenesis. Consequently, Mutated Nation wanted to make a supplement more intelligent than the body’s natural homeostasis mechanism. Albuterex uses multiple pathways to deliver fat burning effects, which supposedly keeps you in a fat burning state.

The advertised claims make Albuterex appear promising, so I can’t help but wonder why it is banned in Australia, the manufacturer’s homeland. Is Mutated Nation telling the whole story?

Why Is It Banned In Australia?

The Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) tested Albuterex and found unsafe elements in the formula.

The TGA detected two ingredients only meant for prescription medications: yohimbine and theophylline. These substances should not be used unless you are under the supervision of a medical doctor. The import of both ingredients is illegal in Australia.[1]

Albuterex also reportedly contains high caffeine content, which is undeclared on the ingredient label. The TGA is concerned the combination of these undeclared substances could pose serious health risks.[1]

Additionally, Albuterex has not met quality, safety, or efficacy standards as required by Australian legislation. Australian officials urge consumers to stop using the product and refer to your local pharmacy for proper disposal methods. If you cross the Australian border with Albuterex, the product will be seized and destroyed.[1]

Australia is not the only country to ban Albuterex. Canada recently followed suit and banned Albuterex’s use nationwide. Canadian officials fear this product may cause serious side effects such as bloody stool, abnormal blood pressure, tremors, muscle twitching, irregular heartbeat, and seizures. In any case, it is likely to cause unpleasant symptoms like nervousness, increased blood pressure, anxiety, fast breathing, and sleep disorders.[2]

Canadian officials urge citizens to report the product if you find it for sale anywhere in Canada. To file a report, call 1-800-267-9675. For further information, or to report an adverse reaction, call 1-866-234-2345.[2]

It is disconcerting to have reports of illegal ingredients from two different countries. If Albuterex contains unlisted ingredients, then what are the declared ingredients supposed to do?

Declared Ingredients

Albuterex contains 1,750 mg of the Albuterex Shred Complex designed for intense fat burning and elevated energy. It also contains an Electrolyte/Vitamin Complex, but the total amount is not listed. Because there are many ingredients, I will only list the most potent below.

Methylxanthine is the name for any compound formed through the methylation of xanthine. This includes caffeine and theophylline.[3]

Most studies have analyzed methylxanthine’s effects when combined with another substance. Methylxanthine has shown to double the effects of ephedrine. One study dosed subjects with a preparation containing 22 mg ephedrine, 30 mg caffeine, and 50 mg theophylline. The 24-hour energy expenditure of test subjects was increased by 8%. Thermogenesis was also enhanced. These findings suggest this preparation could be useful for treating obesity. [4]

Methylxanthine seems less effective when taken on its own. Its effects are enhanced by stimulants such as ephedrine.[4] Fortunately, Albuterex contains another ingredient chemically similar to ephedrine, although I’m not sure if the dose is high enough to deliver effects.

4-Hydroxy [1-(methyl amino)-ethyl] benzene methanol is a chemical structurally related to ephedrine. It is commonly referred to as 4-hydroxy ephedrine or synephrine.[5][6]

In a clinical trial, subjects given 50 mg synephrine per day showed a 65 kcal decrease in resting metabolic rate. Researchers say this evidence is compelling but not conclusive and “warrants longer term studies to assess its value as a weight control agent.”[7]

Tyrosine is an amino acid used to make chemical messengers.[8]

A study was conducted by the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at Aberystwyth University to determine tyrosine’s effects on exercise performance. Results showed tyrosine lengthens exercise time and delays exhaustion, especially in warm environments.[9]

A typical tyrosine dose is 150 mg per kg body weight per day. Albuterex probably doesn’t contain enough to achieve full effects.

Vitamin B3 Niacin is responsible for regulating sugars and fats. It also balances blood triglyceride levels.[10]

Niacin is necessary for converting carbohydrates into glucose, a primary fuel source. It also improves circulation and balances adrenal gland hormones.[11]

Niacin’s greatest benefit occurs at doses between 2000-3000 mg per day.[10] It is doubtful Albuterex contains enough to deliver results.

Dosing with Albuterex

There are many online advisories warning consumers to exercise caution when determining a dose because exceeding the appropriate dose results in severe side effects. However, the recommended dose is not easily available, although it’s on the label if you buy Albuterex. I tried to contact the company for more information and am still waiting for a response.

Despite a lack of official dosing guidelines, there are many customers who have reported their experience with Albuterex dosing amounts. This feedback provides a vague idea of how different doses affect the body.

Albuterex comes with a scooper that measures one serving (3.95 g). Most places online, including MuscleBeach.com, instruct users to only use ½ a scoop per dose. On Facebook.com, Chestbrah reinforces this suggestion by saying “any idiot that tries to overdose with a full scoop of Albuterex is just ******* yourself up.” Joe Parker responded to this post by saying “seems pretty stupid to make the scooper size an overdose.”

Users should note the manufactures have changed the recommended dosage at least once. Directions on the label will be different if you purchased the product more than a year ago.

Luwii95M describes the changes made to the dosage. “Right guys, I recently bought Albuterex. I took half a scoop (apparently you’re meant to the first time) and felt nothing after 30 minutes, so took another half scoop. Felt nothing. This morning I took a full scoop, felt nothing. I was just looking at the label about 10 minutes ago. The original serving size [was] 4 grams. I’m going off the label on the old Albuterex, so I might try 1 and 1/3 scoops tomorrow, hopefully I feel something.” – BodyBuilding.com

This product was designed for males, although Mutated Nation has developed an Albuterex Femme formula geared towards women. Females usually take a lower dose than males. Several forum users suggest keeping dosing below ½ scoop. On AussieGymJunkies.com, Vizzorz describes the dose he used on female clients while working as a fitness instructor. “People always think they can handle a lot, but I had girls taking 1/3 of a scoop and it was working good. Suppressed their appetite and [they] said they were sweating a lot.”

As far as I can tell, Albuterex is only meant to be used once daily, preferably in the morning. If you have experience dosing with Albuterex, or have access to the product label, please leave a comment below.

Consumer Feedback

Customer reviews are mixed; some people are excited about the product while others experienced unpleasant reactions.

Many people reported a noticeable energy boost that rivals other weight loss products.

“Took half a scoop of Albuterex today, and this stuff is freaken insane, tried other fat burners before but nothing compared to this. Definitely recommend it!” – Hala, AussieGymJunkies.com

Some people find this energy boost to be unpleasant, and even feel sick from it.

“I took 1 scoop this morning and did chest. Not sure why but I didn’t get that pump effect like I do from other pre workouts. I actually felt sick. I felt like vomiting, I felt faint. This lasted from 7:45am till around 3pm? So quite a while. This could be [contributed] to an empty stomach when having it? Not sure but I do know, not the best experience with this stuff right now.” – jcheah95, Steroid.com

Some people experienced severe sickness that lasted the whole day.

“Worst thing I have ever taken… Would not suggest anyone take it lol… Vomiting, [defecating}, sweats, heart racing, unable to move, dizzy, totally ‘out of it’ feeling. This went on from about 11am-8pm.” – Evo, AussieGymJunkies.com

Where To Get It

Albuterex retails for $79.95, although some companies offer it for less.

Here is a list of online retailers:

• EliteHealthSupplements.com – $79.95
• MrSupplement.com.au – $79.95
• WolfPackSupps.co.nz – $79.95
• MuscleBeach.com – $75.00
• NutraPlanet.com – $49.99

Other countries besides Australia and Canada may have decided to ban Albuterex. If you live outside the United States, check with local legislation before ordering this product.

Is It Worth A Try?

The amount of negative customer reviews paired with Australia’s decision to ban Albuterex makes me suspicious. There is a possibility this product contains ingredients other than what is featured on the label, and these undeclared ingredients may damage health.

Albuterex’s high price tag also discourages purchasing this product. You might regret spending money on something ineffective or dangerous. I recommend only buying this product if you find a retailer that offers a money-back guarantee.

References

[1] “Albuterex Xtreme Formula Safety Advisory.” Australian Government Department of Health and Therapeutic Goods Administration. Available from: http://www.tga.gov.au/safety/alerts-medicine-albuterex-xtreme-121221.htm

[2] “Foreign Product Alerts.” Government of Canada Healthy Canadians. Available from: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2013/34863a-eng.php

[3] “Methylxanthine.” Collins English Dictionary. Available from: http://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/methylxanthine

[4] Dulloo AG and Miller DS. “The Thermogenic Properties of Ephedrine/Methylxanthine mixtures: human studies.” Int J Obes. 1986; 10(6): 467-81. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3804564

[5] “(R*,S*)-4-hydroxy-alpha-[1-(methylamino)ethyl]benzyl alcohol.” ChemicalBook.com. Available from: http://www.chemicalbook.com/ChemicalProductProperty_EN.aspx?CBNumber=CB6889490

[6] “Synephrine.” ChemSpider.com. Available from: http://www.chemspider.com/RecordView.aspx?id=6904

[7] Sidney J. Stohs, Harry G. Preuss, […], Gilbert R. Kaats. “Effects of p-Synephrine and in Combination with Selected Bioflavonoids on Resting Metabolim, Blood Pressure, Heart Rate and Self-Reported Mood Changes.” Int J Med Sci. 2011; 8(4): 295-301. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3085176/

[8] “Tyrosine.” WebMD.com. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1037-tyrosine.aspx?activeIngredientId=1037&activeIngredientName=tyrosine&source=1

[9] Tumilty L, Davison G, Beckman M, Thatcher R. “Oral tyrosine supplementation improves exercise capacity in the heat.” Eur J Appl Physiol. 2011 Dec; 111(12): 2941-50. Available from: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21437603

[10] “Niacin and Niacinamide (Vitamin B3).” WebMD.com. Available from: http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-924-niacin.aspx?activeIngredientId=924&activeIngredientName=niacin&source=1

[11] “Vitamin B3 (Niacin).” University of Maryland Medical Center. Available from: http://umm.edu/health/medical/altmed/supplement/vitamin-b3-niacin