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what are the side effects of using diet pills if your under 18? im under 18, and i would like to use diet pills. will it harm my health to use them?

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Dr. Scott Mitchell
Bariatrics 23 years experience
How old are you?: Is your bmi 30 or above and if you've been unsuccessful with diet and exercise alone, it would be reasonable to add appetite suppressants to a physician supervised program of proper nutrition and adequate exercise. It also depends on other health conditions you have and medications you may be on. Side effects include increased heart rate, insomnia, dry mouth, constipation. Talk to your doctor!

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Are diet pills safe?

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Dr. Albert Pizzo
Family Medicine 60 years experience
Diet pills: Diet pills are not generally safe. Best to have a healthy life style and gradually reduce you calorie intake and meanwhile increase your exercise. Eat only healthy food and do not overeat.
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A 26-year-old member asked:

What diet pills works over the counter?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
No, not really: Diet pills decrease appetite a bit (they are related to stimulants). Other pills block fat digestion. One's desire to eat can be much stronger that a diet pill's power to decrease his appetite, so he will likely continue to eat too many calories. Also, diet pills don't increase one's desire to exercise. If something as simple as a diet pill was effective, we would not have so much obesity today.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Im almost 300 lbs 5 10" and I was wondering if there is a diet pill I can suggest my doctor prescribes that soonercare medicaid covers?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Maybe, but eat less!: Your medicaid program has a formulary list of all drugs covered (may be online). Look up "appetite suppressants". A person must eat less in order to lose weight. Weight loss diets include natural foods that take time to chew but contain few calories. Examples include carrots, celery, and iceberg lettuce (without salad dressing). When shopping for fruits, buy ones no bigger than a tennis ball.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is it okay to take the diet pill adapax, I lnow your doctor has to perscribe it but I know someone who buys it ff the internet withouta perscription. ?

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Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine 31 years experience
No!: Prescription medications are prescription for a reason: they can be dangerous and deadly if misused or if they interact with other medications. Also, the fda did a study on internet medications and found a high rate of counterfeit medications, some with no medication whatsoever. Erectile drugs were 90% fake, diet drugs were 67% fake.
A 33-year-old member asked:

Can there be any over-the -counter diet pills that honestly work?

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Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 38 years experience
No: Weight gain can be viewed as an issue of too much fuel intake for the amount of work done. No matter what you eat you need to use more calories than you eat to lose weight. Things that suppress your appetite usually work only short term. Weight watchers has the best longterm data on maintained weight loss. No pill has good data because you are not changing eating and exercise.

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