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Diet Pill Abuse

Diet pills are one of the most unhealthy and potentially dangerous ways to lose weight.

Diet Pill Abuse

Many individuals turn to using, and eventually abusing, diet pills in their pursuit of thinness. Both prescription and over-the-counter diet pills are regularly used by individuals with eating disorders. Diet pill abuse is one of the least healthy and most dangerous ways to lose weight. Diet pills are so dangerous because they are so prevalent. Just about every pharmacy, grocery or health food outlet has diet pills for sale – usually available to minors. These substances can be highly addictive and are can lead to or exacerbate deadly eating disorders like anorexia nervosa, bulimia or compulsive eating.

Diet Pill Abuse Behavior

Individuals often start by taking just a few diet pills, but this behavior can easily spiral out of control into full-blown addiction. Caffeine, ephedrine and phenylpropranolamine are only a few  of the addictive and dangerous substances that can be found in diet pills. It’s also important to note that herbal “alternatives” to diet pills can be just as deadly. These “natural” substances stimulate the central nervous system and can have potentially serious side effects.

Complications from Diet Pill Abuse

Complications from diet pill abuse include, but are not limited to:

  • Death
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Congestive heart failure
  • Paranoia
  • Dry mouth
  • Heart palpitations
  • Stroke
  • Headache
  • Seizures
  • High blood pressure
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of sex drive
  • Blurred vision

Get Help for Diet Pill Abuse Today

At Rader Programs we understand and can successfully help individuals who are abusing diet pills as part of their eating disorder. Our multidisciplinary treatment team has the expertise to address the psychological and medical components of diet pill misuse and possible dependence.

Let Rader Programs help you stay healthy for a lifetime.

For more information on Rader Program's diuretic abuse treatment and other treatment programs, call 1-800-841-1515 or request a free assessment today.