Diet Pill Addiction and Misuse


Diet Pill Addiction and Misuse

Are you desperate to lose weight and are considering taking diet pills to help with weight loss? If so you're not alone, today people are trying everything they can to lose weight, partially during spring and summer. Many people are taking over the counter diet pills, getting a prescription for weight loss medications, or taking other stimulant drugs to lose weight.


It doesn't matter whether diet pills are purchased over the counter or if they're prescribed to you, they contain chemicals which aren't necessarily good for you.

Stimulants (Amphetamines) Use and Abuse

Many of the diet pills on the market today contain stimulants which not only can be addictive but can also pose serious health problems when they're used, especially when they're abused. Diet pills that contain stimulants can increase your heart rate and your pulse as well as your respiration (breathing), they can also cause sleeplessness. The abuse or misuse of certain diet pills could lead to a heart attack which could be fatal.

You can also have panic or anxiety attacks taking diet pills and anyone who has ever experienced a panic attack will tell you, they're no fun and can be quite frightening. People who already have problems with anxiety, panic attacks, and hypertension should never take diet pills because many of them contain caffeine and stimulants and will make the symptoms much worse.

Diet Pill Misuse

Some people misuse diet pills sometimes because they are hoping to speed up their weight loss. They take more than the recommended dose at a time or take them more often than they should in a day's time. They're not intentionally misusing them they just don't realize how harmful diet pills are when they're misused. Taking larger doses to speed up weight loss is just as dangerous to your health as abusing them to get high.

Diet Pill Addiction

Diet pills can also be addictive which most people don't realize. Unless diet pills are taken as directed and not misused or taken for an extended period of time, you can get addicted to them and require professional help in order to stop using them. Even though some diet pills contain stimulants to help curb appetites, increase energy levels and boost your metabolism, they can be addictive depending on the type of stimulant.

It's not uncommon for people who are addicted to stimulant drugs like crystal meth or prescription painkillers to also abuse diet pills, especially if they're unable to obtain their drug of choice. People who abuse stimulants refer to them as speed or uppers. Crushing diet pills and snorting them is something some people do when they want to get high and they don't realize that this can lead to heart failure.

ADHD Medications and Weight Loss

Today there are also a lot of people taking medications that are prescribed to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) to lose weight. These medications are addictive and can also affect your heart, blood pressure, and even cause psychotic episodes when abused. Stimulant medications like Adderall and Ritalin are often abused not only to lose weight, but also by people who are abusing other stimulant drugs to get high.

Stimulants Found in Some Diet Pills

There are several different types of stimulants that can be found in diet pills and weight loss medications. Even though the amount of stimulant contained in diet pills are small, they still can increase your heart rate, cause nervousness or jitteriness and may cause you to have trouble sleeping. No diet pill should be used for an extended period of time and should never be misused or abused. Caffeine is also a stimulant that's found in many different weight loss products and can cause serious side effects too.

Phentermine, Diethylpropion, and Ephedrine are stimulants that are found in some diet pills and can cause addiction if misused or abused. Remember there are also side effects associated with stimulant use besides the fact they they're addictive, can cause insomnia and increase your heart rate. Some stimulants can cause nervousness, anxiety, depression, agitation and hypertension also.

I understand why a lot of people feel the need to use diet pills when they're overweight but I personally don't feel taking medications or drugs is the way to do it. People don't realize how dangerous some stimulant medications can be especially if they're abused, and there are a lot of people taking diet pills and don't even realize they contain stimulants to begin with. Diet pills are even more dangerous to use if you already have high blood pressure or heart problems like Bubba Smith did. You can die from a diet pill overdose just like any other drug.

Unfortunately today people are looking for that 'miracle drug' that will help them shed unwanted pounds as soon as possible and they'll sometimes take medications before researching them or getting a physician's advice. I know it's easy for me to say just eat as healthy as you can and get some form of exercise everyday if you want to lose weight and lose it slowly. If you do choose to use diet pills at least take them as recommended and make sure your heart is healthy before you do. My best advise if you're going to use weight loss medications to help you shed pounds, consult your physician first and be under doctor's care when you're taking them.

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