I was just wondering, do diet pills cause heart problems? I have taken Dexatrim Results in the past (and still take them on occasion) and they make me feel awful. My chest hurts and it's hard to breathe when I take them. I am 27 years old. I am not particularly overweight I'm about 135 and 5'4". I'm just curious.
Let's just say that some of the diet pills are stimulants, and taken on a regular basis can be a stress on the heart. It's not quite like taking crystal meth or speed, but it's in the same family and can stress your heart by causing it to beat faster and harder than it normally should.
Sometimes they make me feel like my chest is hurting and my arm feels weird. Wouldn't an EKG be able to tell if I had had a heart attack in the past? I just had one about a month ago and I believe that it was normal. Should I be worried?
It depends on what type of heart attack you've had. It is possible to have had a heart attack and not have it show up on the EKG later if it was something called a "Non ST-elevation Myocardial Infarction". In other words, this is a small heart attack (which is still a heart attack), but doesn't go all the way through the wall so it doesn't necessarily leave any evidence behind on the EKG. Larger heart attacks called "ST-elevation Myocardial Infarctions" involve death of heart tissue all the way through the wall and often DO leave traces behind on the EKG.
Yes, stimulants have been shown to cause heart attacks in the past, but usually they're very potent stimulants like cocaine and stuff like that. Though there is question in the air that SOME supplement that a lot of young athletes are taking (especially since a bunch of them have died in the past year) might be contributing to malignant arrythmias and heart attacks.
Hmmm... I also take a lot of other prescription medications (eight to be honest) and wondered if maybe the diet pills interacted with the other meds to do something bad. Honestly, sometimes these pills make me feel *awful*, but I can't stop taking them (long story).
Hmm let's see how many I can remember at the moment... Doxepin, Effexor, Fosamax, Abilify, Wellbutrin, Provigil, Orthotricyclen... something is missing and I can't remember what, but that is most of them.
Sometimes I do. It seems to be if I take my meds around the same time as the diet pills or if I take the pills and then decide not to eat anything for sometime afterwards then I run into problems. I always thought that Dexatrim would be relatively tame.