Can I get a DUI while taking Diet Pills?
It’s January so New Year’s resolutions to lose weight are still top of mind for millions of Americans. The only real way to accomplish this goal is through long-term lifestyle changes but many will choose diet pills as a quick fix. If you are considering using a diet pill to lose weight you should do your research because there are a lot of cons and not very many pros.
Using diet pills is akin to a “get rich quick” scheme but instead of your time and money you’re putting your health on the line.
6 Cons of Diet Pills
1. No oversight and false claims. Diet pills do not require analysis or approval by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before going to market. A report conducted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services found that 20 percent of dietary supplements and weight loss pills had false claims in their labels.
2. No guarantee. Not only do you not know if there are unsafe ingredients but there is no guarantee they will help you lose weight. Many diet pills cause initial water loss but not actual fat loss.
3. Risk of heart attack and stroke. The first ingredient in most diet pills is a prescription level stimulant which can increase the risk for heart attack and stroke.
4. Diet pills are addictive! Many contain a dangerous and addictive mix of ingredients like amphetamines, anti-anxiety drugs and antidepressants.
5. Side effects. Fat blockers decrease your ability to absorb nutrients and can cause an upset stomach. Other side effects include mood swings, headaches, constipation, chest pain, tremors, irregular heartbeat, blurred vision, dizziness, teeth grinding, exhaustion, nausea, anxiety and insomnia.
6. No change in lifestyle. Real long-term weight loss requires a commitment to increased activity, healthy eating and portion control. A diet pill is a quick fix that doesn’t teach any of the needed changes.
A 2010 study showed that nearly 10 million American drove under the influence of some form of medication or drug. A 2009 study found that one-fifth of people killed in car accidents tested positive for some form of medication or drug, excluding alcohol. In addition, 18 percent of car accidents deaths involve drugs.
We typically think of alcohol when we hear that someone received a DUI (driving under the influence) or DWI (driving while intoxicated) but diet pills can also impair a driver and put you at risk for an accident and a charge. This means that if you are setting out to drive you should be careful about taking a diet pill. Fifteen states have laws that say that over-the-counter-drugs should be treated like alcohol in a DUI charge and some states have a zero-tolerance policy where any trace of medicine found in your body while driving will get you a DUI charge.
Remember that a medical prescription does not excuse you from criminal penalties. If anything, it is your responsibility to read warning labels of the bottle and make a decision about your driving capabilities. Never mix alcohol with diet pills or any other medication. If you are not sure whether you are safe to drive then don’t get behind the wheel! Clearly, your life and the lives of others on the road are not worth the risk.
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