What are Anorectic Drugs? Anorectic drugs are dietary supplements that will reduce appetite, resulting in lower food consumption and eventually weight loss. When prescribed, anorectic drugs are meant to only be taken for a short period of time. These drugs were originally marketed to replace amphetamines as an appetite suppressant. The effects of both are very similar. Due to the stimulant effects of Anorectic drugs and their relationship to amphetamines they can become very habit forming and cause serious health problems. Most common anorectic drugs include:
Benzphetamine: The brand name for Benzphetamine is Didrex. Benzphetamine is a dietary supplement that affects the central nervous system. It is very similar to amphetamines. Users can create a very high tolerance and easily become addicted to this drug. Side effects from this drug can include:
- Feeling short of breath
- Chest pain
- Swelling in your ankles or feet
- Increased heartbeats or trembling in your chest
- Confusion or irritability
- Irrational thoughts or behavior
- Dangerously elevated blood pressure
- Severe headache
- Blurred vision
- Buzzing in your ears
Diethyproprion: an appetite suppressant. It works by acting on the appetite center in the brain to cause a temporary reduction in hunger or craving for food. Short-term weight reduction in the management of obesity as part of a diet plan, exercise, and behavior therapy
Mazindol: a sympathomimetic amine, which is like an amphetamine. It is also known as an “anorectic” or an “anorexigenic” drug. Mazindol stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite.
Phendimetrazine: Phendimetrazine is a sympathomimetic amine, which is similar to an amphetamine. It is also known as an “anorectic drug addiction” or “anorexigenic” drug. Phendimetrazine stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. Side Effects Include:
- Cardiovascular: Palpitation, tachycardia, elevated blood pressure.
- Central Nervous System: Overstimulation, restlessness, insomnia, agitation, flushing, tremor, sweating, dizziness, headache, psychotic state, blurring of vision.
- Gastrointestinal: Dryness of the mouth, nausea, diarrhea, constipation, stomach pain.
- Genitourinary: Urinary frequency, dysuria, changes in libido.
Misuse of this drug may cause convulsions, coma, and death
Phentermine: Phentermine is a stimulant that is similar to an amphetamine. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant that affects the central nervous system.
When prescribed Anorectic drugs, they are meant to only be used for short periods of time and are easily abused. People who use these drugs get used to the feeling or the weight loss and gain a high tolerance and become addicted without even realizing it. If you or someone you love has developed an addiction to Anorectic drugs is it best to seek help as soon as possible.