When it comes to over the counter diet pills, stimulants are a very common part of the formula. This, in itself, isn’t necessarily something negative. Certain stimulants, when used properly, can help to provide increased energy levels, a boost to the metabolic rate, and can even offer appetite suppression. When used in moderation, some stimulants can be quite beneficial. However, when they are overused, or when the wrong stimulants are present, then they can be associated with certain dangers that should not be ignored.
Using the wrong stimulants, too much, or the wrong combinations can create both short term and lasting damage to your health. They can harm your ability to sleep, they can make you feel irritable or anxious, and they can lead to headache and digestive upset. That said, they can also cause tremors, heart palpitations, increased blood pressure, and a higher risk of heart attack or stroke, depending on the circumstances.
It is exceptionally important to speak with a doctor before you start to use any product that includes stimulants. It is also very important for you to know what you are using and whether or not it is considered to be safe.
The following are some of the most common stimulants within the weight loss industry:
• Phentermine – this is a prescription drug that is made out of a stimulant that is somewhat like an amphetamine. It is a highly effective appetite suppressant that received its FDA approval back in 1959. That said, it is only safe for certain specific people to use and can be used only for a short period of time as it starts to lose its effectiveness, is associated with mild to severe side effects, and can lead to addiction.
• Ephedrine – ephedrine and ephedra are both banned in diet pills in the United States after several people died from having used them. They can boost the metabolism and reduce the appetite, but it also acts as a bronchial dilator and a cardiac stimulant. It can cause insomnia and can raise the heart rate. It may also lead to psychological side effects such as nervousness, anxiety, and depression. It also comes with the risk of overstimulation of the central nervous system. It becomes even more dangerous when combined with common caffeine.
• Synephrine – this is sold under many different names, including bitter orange, citrus aurantium, and others. It is a stimulant that is frequently called “natural” in order to make it sound safe, but in truth the FDA has released a warning to consumers, cautioning them not to use it for weight loss purposes. It is not only potentially dangerous on its own, increasing the risk of heart attack or stroke, but when it is combined with other stimulants, such as caffeine, that risk grows considerably.