Stimulants & Diet Pills
Classes: Caffeine, Ephedrine
Examples: No-Doz, diet pills containing ephedrine
Short-term Symptoms: wakefullness, dizziness, irritability, nausea, nervousness, headache, sleeplessness.
Long-term Symptoms: not indicated for long-term use.
Use Caution with: caffeine-alcohol, quinolones, foods or drinks with large amounts of caffeine, if a person has insomnia, anxiety, liver problems, food allergies, diabetes; ephedrine-MAO inhibitors, anti-depressants, beta-blockers, any prescription or OTC medication, if a person has high blood pressure, diabetes, adrenal gland problems, seizures, severe asthma.
Please note: this information is not intended to provide medical advice or take the place of speaking with a health professional. Always speak with your doctor about any questions regarding any prescription or over-the-counter medications.
What do Northeastern students have to say about misusing laxatives?
Sophomore students from the School of Pharmacy in the Therapeutics with Self-Care Emphasis course made a public service announcement about some facts to consider before using laxatives to lose weight, check out the clip here.