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DMHA (octodrine): Is it allowed?

DMHA (also known as dimethylhexylamine and other names) is a stimulant developed in the 1950s for use as an inhalant to treat bronchitis, laryngitis, and other conditions. It was never approved for oral use, but in recent years it has shown up as an ingredient in dietary supplements. It is used most often in supplements marketed as thermogenics (fat burners) and pre-workouts because of its supposed benefits as an appetite suppressant and energy enhancer. It’s also been claimed to enhance focus, memory, and attention; increase pain threshold; and decrease rates of perceived exertion.


  • Is an unsafe stimulant not approved for use in dietary supplements.
  • Poses a risk of serious adverse events (heart attack, stroke, and death).
  • Despite being illegal, is still found in dietary supplements, usually ones for weight loss.
  • Is on the OPSS list of DoD-prohibited substances but will not cause a positive drug test.

If you would like more information, please read the OPSS article about ephedra.


  • Is a prescription drug used to promote weight loss by reducing your appetite. It is also a controlled substance.
  • Can cause a “false-positive screen” for amphetamine on a routine drug test (but not on confirmation testing).
  • Is not permitted for use by most branches of the military, but policies vary.

For more information, including links to service-specific policies, please read the OPSS article about Phentermine

Green coffee beans for weight loss

Green coffee bean extract has been available in dietary supplements for quite some time, but despite the hype and popularity of this ingredient, there’s little science to support its use as a weight-loss aid. Green coffee beans are the raw, unroasted seeds or “beans” of the Coffea plant. Similar to your morning cup of coffee, they contain caffeine in addition to a chemical called chlorogenic acid. The difference, though, is that green coffee beans contain more chlorogenic acid because roasting reduces the amount of chlorogenic acid in coffee beans.

Weight-loss supplements: What you should know

Is your goal to lose weight, get “cut,” meet body-composition standards, or just be healthier? Weight-loss supplements (sometimes marketed as “thermogenics,” “fat burners,” or “appetite suppressants”) might be a tempting solution, especially when you’re faced with obstacles—such as stress, injury, or lack of time—that make it hard to maintain your optimal weight. But before you take a supplement marketed for weight loss or fat loss, here are 3 things you should know.