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Craze and Detonate found to contain amphetamine-like substance

Craze, a powdered workout supplement used by athletes has been found to contain an amphetamine-like substance.

Sport's supplements, Craze and Detonate found to contain substances that may be harmful to you
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The ingredient, a methamphetamine analog N,α-diethyl-phenylethylamine (N,α-DEPEA), recently caused several athletes to be disqualified from competition after testing positive for the drug, reported Drug Testing and Analysis, (DTA), via Wiley Online Library.

The supplement is labelled as containing a dendrobium orchid extract comprising several phenylethylamines including N,N-diethyl-phenylethylamine (N,N-DEPEA) according to DTA.

According to, U.S. researchers said the same chemical is also found in another supplement, Detonate, marketed as a weight-loss pill by Gaspari Nutrition.

Other retailers have stopped selling Craze this year, along with soon after USA Today reported that testing of the substance detected amphetamine-like compounds in the product. However, it is still sold online, and at GNC stores.

Unfortunately, the substance has not been scientifically studied in humans, and its adverse effects, if any, are not known.

This is all the more reason to be cautious if you are thinking about using the products Craze, or Detonate as well as any other substances containing the above ingredient.


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