Diet Pills For Weight Loss
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Diet Pills – a boon or a curse?
Once we hit rock bottom and realize that we are borderline obese,
our reflex is to find the easiest way to lose weight. While we still
may be exercising, we do resort to easier options like starving
ourselves or using diet pills.
Most of these diet pills are a money-making fad and harm the body in
the most dangerous of ways. These include some appetite suppressants
such as caffeine pills, phenylpropanolamine and ephedrine
hydrochloride (which is not an appetite suppressant but often
mistook as one), Redux and Phen/Fen. These may either be available
only through prescription or are OTC. Majority of these may be
addicting, and some may have traces of laxatives. Phenolphthalein is
classified as a probable carcinogen, and sibutramine (sold as
Meridia) was recalled from the market in 2010 as it was known to
raise the risk of stroke and heart attacks.
Problems From Taking Diet Pills
Diet pills, in any quantity can cause any of the following
conditions: restlessness, high blood pressure, insomnia, fatigue,
hyperactivity, heart arrhythmias, congestive heart failure or heart
attack, palpitations, stroke, migraines, xerostomia, nausea,
diarrhea or constipation, tightness of the chest, heavy
perspiration, disruption in menstrual cycle, dizziness, change in
sex drive, blurred vision, hair loss, fever and urinary tract
problems. Overdoses can cause tremors, shallow breathing,
hallucinations, heart attack, renal failure and convulsions.
Prescription Diet Pills
Prescription diet pills such as Phen/Fen (phentermine/fenfluramine)
should never be taken without a prescription from a doctor. Their
effectiveness is doubtful, and its pros and cons should be measured
before their intake. Only extreme obesity should be the criteria for
its usage. In addition to the health risks above, taking Phen/Fen
increases Primary Pulmonary Hypertension- a disease that attacks the
lungs, has a poor prognosis, and may be fatal.
So Called Natural Weight Loss Pills
Caffeine pills and/or Ephedrine Hydrochloride should never be taken
for weight loss, and their use should be in intervals. Ephedrine is
used occasionally as a treatment for asthma, but usually for hay
fever and allergies since it acts as a bronchial dilator. Both give
the side effects of diet pills, with an addition of a higher risk of
addiction (not only physical but psychological too), migraines,
heart attack, high blood pressure, arrhythmias, heart palpitations.
When it comes to ephedrine, it may promote anxiety, psychosis and
While these may be really tempting to try, they are not worth the
pain and agony you may have to suffer as a result of their use.
For vegetarians and non-vegetarians, the key to a healthy lifestyle
is only this: Maintain a balanced diet and keep equilibrium between
the calories eaten with calories burned.