The different types of diet pills:
- Carb blockers are intended for short-term use and using them longer than the manufacturer suggest can lead to several side effects including diarrhea, bloating, upset stomach and heartburn.
- Appetite suppressants are most commonly abused. The main ingredient in appetite suppressants are amphetamines that not only suppress the appetite, but increase energy and create a sense of euphoria.
- Fat binders ensure that fat molecules are too large to be absorbed by the intestines and simply pass through in your stool.
- Metabolism boosters often contain addictive and dangerous ingredients such as epedra, which was banned by the Food and Drug Administration. Other ingredients to avoid include pseudoephedrine, ephedrine, norephedrine and methylephedrine.
Signs of diet pill abuse include:
- Significant weight loss or weight gain
- Changes in behavior and attitude
- A steady supply of diet pills on hand
- An increased heart rate
- Even Death