Yellow Jacket is a type of ephedra diet pills that is also being marketed as an energy supplement. The formula for this product consists of 25 mg of ephedrine in addition to 200 mg of caffeine. The official name for this drug type is barbiturates. It is important to note that as of April 2004, all dietary supplements containing ephedra have been banned by the FDA.
What this means is that the manufacture, purchase, and sale of Yellow Jacket is illegal in the United States. That said, they are also not legal in Canada and many other countries around the world that have found the potential side effects of ephedra to be too dangerous. The only approved uses for ephedra are in its synthetic form as a nasal congestion, asthma, or minor eye irritation treatment.
Other active ingredients in the Yellow Jacket formula include sida cordifolia, citrus aurantium, ginseng, kola nut extract, capsicum, and ginger root.
The main ingredient in Yellow Jacket is ephedra, which is a natural plant substance. Ephedrine is the actual ingredient within the formula, and is the main component of ephedra that gives it properties that are similar to amphetamines. This type of substance acts as a stimulant within the body which impacts the blood pressure and heart rate so that the result is an energy boost and appetite suppression.
The reason that Yellow Jacket and other ephedra (and ephedrine alkaloid) containing products were banned as dietary supplements is that there were reports of dangerous cardiovascular effects. Irregular heart rhythm and elevated blood pressure were among these concerns. Moreover, the FDA determined that any weight loss that resulted from the use of products that contained ephedra was only short-term. Moreover, the FDA also determined that ephedra supplements cause the blood pressure to increase, placing additional stress on the circulatory system. This stress to the circulatory system was associated, by the FDA, with heart disease and strokes. The result of this ban was that all dietary supplements containing ephedra, including Yellow Jacket, were banned from sale. That said, they are still being sold in countries outside the United States.
In order to compensate for the illegality of ephedra in the United States, many diet drug manufacturers started to alter their formulations to use herbal stimulants, such as bitter orange, instead. However, it is important to note that the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine has declared that these substitutes for ephedra in diet pills are not any safer than the ephedra itself.
Following the ban, other drug manufacturers started to produce supplements that do not contain ephedra under the name Yellow Jacket Energy Pills, with a formula that includes B-complex vitamins, caffeine, ginseng, guarana, and yerba mate, instead.