Why do people take diet pills?
They are taken for weight loss. The pills are mainly taken through the mouth. What the diet pills do is to suppress the appetite by using mild diuretics which in turn helped eliminate excess fluids. An example of of a diuretic is caffeine.
There are two categories of diet pills:
Over counter diet pills or OVC as is commonly known is one. The advantages of OVC is that they are inexpensive and easily accessible. The drawback is the lack of regulation by the FDA (US Food and Drug Administration) so the risks are unknown. Some of the products have to wait until private studies have been performed for the benefits and side effects to be revealed. For this reason caution has to be exercised as there have been some pills that have been dangerous and deadly. Most notable are phenylpropanolamine (PPA), Ephedra, Aristolochic acid and Tiratrical.
What are the side effects of diet pills? This may include dizziness, nausea, excessive urination, chest pains diarrhea among others. So it would be a good idea to consult a doctor when taking these pills so that the effects can be monitored.
Prescription diet pills fall in the second category. The advantage these pills have over the over counter pills is they are approved by the FDA, they are available by prescription through the doctor, the dosage instructions are clear and the dosage is controlled, side effects are carefully monitored.
Prescription pills contain many different ingredients and therefore work in many different ways. Some of the pills are designed to increase the availability of serotonin, which is a chemical neurotransmitter that affects the mood and curbs the appetite.
FDA news alert lists the following dangerous drugs found in weight loss products. Check the medication to see if the ones you are taking contain any of the following listed below. If they do it is advisable to stop using them and look for an alternative.
Sibutramine, a controlled substance.
Phenytoin, an anti-seizure medication.
Phenolphthalein, a solution used in chemical experiments and a suspected cancer-causing agent.
Bumetanide, a diuretic.