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    These belong to a class of drugs that effect your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing and glucose metabolism.

    They work on a subset of receptors that are responsive to adrenaline and norepinephrine.  Specifically, they can lead to tachycardia (faster heart beat), vasodilation, skeletal muscle tremor, nervousness, metabolic disturbances like hyperglycaemia (increased glucose in blood) and hypokalaemia(decreased potassium in blood), and beta-adrenoceptor desensitization.  The last one is relevant if you are taking something like albuterol for asthma.  Then you would have to increase your dosage for it to work.  

    The blood pressure impact of this drug in particular is seen on the systolic pressure.  That is a potential problem if you are trying to keep your blood pressure down because systolic hypertension is associated with strokes.

    Now -- I am sure that reading that increased your blood pressure.  Relax.  The doses needed to generate those responses are much much much higher than the dose you would get eating the meat.  I'm not saying it's ok to use this drug to increase the meat content before slaughter.  I am suggesting that if you are not a massive meat eater this is going to be less of a concern to you than your cholesterol levels.

    "When puzzled, it never hurts to read the primary documents—a rather simple and self-evident principle that has, nonetheless, completely disappeared from large sectors of the American experience." -- Stephen Jay Gould

    by 8ackgr0und N015e on Sat Jul 27, 2013 at 12:49:04 AM PDT

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