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Teenager Hospitalized Following Hallucination from Weight Loss Drugs

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Hallucination from Weight Loss Drugs

Are you ever tempted to buy weight loss supplement pills online or a particular weight loss grapefruit diet drink that is widely promoted? A recent news report warns internet consumers that two weight loss supplements including a popular grapefruit drink are responsible for hallucinations in one teenager and kidney failure in a 20-something-year-old that required hospitalization of both.


According to news reports in Asia, a female teenager and young man were hospitalized after experiencing hallucinations and acute kidney failure after taking some online weight loss supplements and drinks.

The supplements taken were identified as “Nutri Drops Grapefruit Diet” and “Nutrex Research Adipodex.”

According to reports, Nutri Drops Grapefruit Diet contains the chemical ingredients sibutramine, benzyl sibutramine (a chemically-related compound of sibutramine) and phenolphthalein.

Sibutramine is commonly used as an appetite suppressant for weight loss. Due to studies that demonstrated an increased risk of heart attack and stroke, this weight loss ingredient was banned in the U.S. However, there are companies that still add sibutramine to their diet products that can be bought online.

Phenolphthalein is a chemical typically found in mild laxatives—which can aid weight loss—and may be responsible for adding a pinkish color to the grapefruit diet drink as it is also a color indicator chemical that goes from colorless to pink in a slightly basic solution.

The other weight loss supplement―Nutrex Research Adipodex—contains a legal (but potent in large enough doses) chemical called “yohimbine” that is not only found in some weight loss products, but is often used on a prescription basis for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.

Yohimbine is believed to aid weight loss by blocking specific receptors that inhibit fat loss. As an erectile dysfunction medication it works by its ability to dilate blood vessels and hence improve on blood flow to a stimulated penis. However, doctors warn that the dose is the poison and too much yohimbine can cause a serious drop in blood pressure and dizziness.

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One of the victims of taking these weight loss products was a teenager named “Amy” who bought her supplements from the online seller Carousell.

Amy is quoted as saying:

"I just wanted to be like my friends and be slim and just be pretty and beautiful and I wanted to find the easiest solution to lose weight and so I turned to slimming pills."

"I did a little research and when I saw the testimonies that the slimming pills were very effective and convincing, I thought I should try it. I started hearing whispers in my head and started having hallucinations and then I just got really scared after that," she said.

The other victim was hospitalized for acute kidney failure that was linked to the Nutrex Research Adipodex supplement.

Health officials are advising consumers to stop using the two products immediately and consult a doctor if they feel any adverse reactions to the supplements.

Having trouble choosing a safe and effective diet pill? Here’s how to lose weight the smart way with this Diet Pill Guide.

Image Source: Courtesy of Singapore Health Sciences Authority

Reference: Channel NewsAsia― “Illegal weight loss products land two in hospital