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Diet Pills: The Pharmacopoeia of Weight Loss Pills

Diet Pills

At first glance, weight loss pills appear to be just chemicals. Yes, they are made of chemicals and have many different kinds of composition. Hundreds of natural weight loss pills also can be found. These include herbal treatments, laxatives, natural extracts and formulas that advertise themselves as appetite suppressants, metabolism boosters and immune enhancers.

Some weight loss drugs are available over-the-counter (OTC) and others can only be obtained by prescription. These include scientifically-designed formulas of amphetamines, serotonin correctors, appetite suppressants or metabolic kick-starters.

Most diet pills, whether natural or chemically constructed have some known side effects. Some of these side effects are not worth the risk. Do not be unduly influenced by the word "scientific". Be sure you know what is really meant by the claims that accompany the product. It is performance that counts.

Examples of some complications include a bit of a historical perspective. Fifty years ago digitalis was prescribed as a diet pill to adults or children. Since then amphetamine use has been linked to heart and psychiatric problems and sometimes addiction or death. PPA (Phenylpropanolamine) is better known as Dexatrim, Accutrim, Unitrol, Prolamine and Dex-a-Diet. PPA was sold over the counter since 1979. PPA was shown to have serious side effects such as heart damage, heart attack, kidney damage, kidney failure, stroke, psychosis or death. Performance is what matters, not the “scientific” claims.

Diet pills on the market now include both natural and chemically constructed varieties.

Chemical diet pills

Chemical Diet Pills

Natural diet pills

Natural Diet Pills

Natural does not automatically mean it is good for you. All chemicals are not bad simply because they are chemicals. Remember your basic science. At the most basic level all of these drugs are made of chemical elements. Everything is.

So what should you do? Talk to your doctor. Stay responsible for your own health and check everything yourself before you include it in your diet plan.

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