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A wide majority of the people through out the world are keen on shedding their weight. Having few extra pounds on the body is almost a crime these days. People go to any extent to get rid off the fat that is deposited in the body. Methods like popping the weight pills, crash dieting, starving are all followed by the youth and the people who are too desperate to lose weight. They are unaware of the devastating effects these may cause in the long run. Various studies have shown that a large number of people are suffering from various diseases and side effects that are caused by these unhealthy methods of losing weight. Its not that losing weight is harmful, but the approaches are not the right ones.

People think it is very easy to lose weight by popping in few weight loss pills. They are completely unaware of the side effects that these pills may cause. It is very important to know everything about them including the side effects of these weight loss pills may cause.

 What exactly are weight loss pills?

Diet pills contain drugs that have capacities to suppress the appetite. Most of these drugs are addictive and harmful. To control the hunger, these drugs alter the natural mechanisms in the body.

How do these weight loss pills suppress the hunger?

Our brain controls the body by giving signals that are passed on to all the cells with the help of the neurons. It sends special signals for the flight and fight responses. High levels of adrenaline are released by the neurons to send these signals. When the body is in either flight or fight state it does not experience hunger. Weight loss pills use this mechanism to kill the hunger in a person

Weight loss pills have drugs that stimulate the neurons to release high amounts of adrenaline. As a result, the body experiences the flight or fight state. The hunger gets killed ultimately. This way, people control their food intake levels by killing their hunger.

What are the different kinds of weight loss pills available in the market?

Solidax ADX, Phentermine, Kava, Xenical, Fat absorber TDSL, Bontril, Meridia, etc, are few of the trade names of the weight loss pills that are available in the market.

What are the side effects of the weight loss pills?

Since the drugs used in these weight loss pills effect the nervous system they may cause lethal side effects at times. The most common sideeffects of the weight loss pills are described below.

Most of the drugs that are used as appetite suppressants are addictive in nature. Once a person gets addicted to them it is very hard to get out of the clutches of these drugs. One such example is Phentermine. This drug is used in most of the weight loss pills.

Few pills affect the lungs by causing Primary Pulmonary Hypertension. This condition may also lead to death.

Headaches, high blood pressure heart palpitations, arrhythmias, heart attack, psychosis, anxiety and depression are other common side effects of weight loss pills.

Few pills lead to water retentions or bloating. Such conditions are often observed in case of laxative diet pills.

Few weight loss pills have phenolphthalein. This chemical is very harmful and can cause cancers.

Dehydration, electrolyte imbalances and potassium deficiencies are also caused by these weight loss pills. Diuretic pills generally cause these side effects.

Other side effects of all weight loss pills irrespective of the drug used are

    • Nervousness
    • Restlessness
    • Insomnia
    • High blood pressure
    • Fatigue
    • Hyperactivity
    • Heart arrhythmias
    • Palpitations
    • Congestive heart failure or Heart attack
    • Stroke
    • Head aches
    • Dry mouth
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea or constipation
    • Intestinal disturbances
    • Tightness in the chest
    • Tingling in extremities
    • Excessive perspiration
    • Dizziness
    • Disruption in menstrual cycle
    • Change in libido
    • Hair loss
    • Blurred vision
    • Fever
    • Urinary tract problems

    Few side effects are observed only during the over dosage of the drug. Such side effects are mentioned below

    • Tremors
    • Confusion
    • Hallucinations
    • Shallow breathing
    • Renal failure
    • Heart attack
    • Convulsions, etc
 
 

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