August 25, 2006

Depression drugs for weight-loss

Who knew that anti-seizure medication coupled with anti-depressants could help you lose weight?

A lot of people apparently.

A new breed of 'Diet' Pills from the Wall St Journal. 

While there are no hard data on the trend, doctors and patients say it has been increasing for several years and that the drugs are being used by Americans -- especially women -- of all sizes, from obese people to anorexics. Adderall, a stimulant that was originally marketed as a diet drug in the 1970s under a different name, is said to be the weight-loss agent of choice for everyone from soccer moms to Hollywood starlets, debutantes and college kids, many of whom take it without a prescription.

"People are looking for a quick fix," says Christine Gerbstadt, spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association. "Taking a pill is so much easier than going to the gym or cutting back on portions."

It's risky though.  Adderall carries a black box warning against misuse which could cause sudden death or serious cardiovascular problems.

Posted by Jill Fallon at August 25, 2006 2:45 PM | Permalink