Sunday, March 15, 2009

The New Diet Pill

Some students are using Adderall as a weight loss drug, and this trend may be more dangerous than some have suspected.

Adderall is a prescription drug designed to help people with ADHD or narcolepsy and one of the many side effects is a decreased appetite. However, many students don't know that other side effects of this drug include: an irregular heartbeat and the possibility of heart failure or seizures.

The drug is also related to crystal meth, in that they are both amphetamines. Adderall, in its intended use, is not very addictive; however, used in excess for weight loss it can become both psychologically and physically addictive.

"I think I would still use adderall as a diet pill," Heather Hall said. "All medications have side effects, if you use them responsibly and watch your symptoms then they shouldn't be a problem."

If this trend continues, student can expect an increase in the use of illegal drugs.

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