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06 Jan 2010

anxiety disorder &amp  fat burners
Hi Doc. Can fat burners increase anxiety? I have anxiety disorder and have been taking adco mirteron for about 2 years now. The anxiety subsided for quite a while on these and then all of a sudden it just got so bad again. The only think I can think of is the fat burners that I am taking. I have now stopped them (for only a week now) but still feel anxious (not as bad though). How long does it take for the fat burners to work out my system and for my anxiety to go away? Thanks.
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CyberShrink
cybershrink

01 Jan 0001

"Fat burners" are, without exception, quackery, and I cannot understand why they are allowed to be sold. They don't burn fat, and have no proper basis in good research. NOBODY needs to take them or benefits from doing so. But they can, definitely, like other od products sold over-the-counter, have significant side-effects, and some can indeed stoke up anxiety symptoms and other distressing symptoms.
Another problem with dodgy products like "fat burners" is that they tend to get on the market by claiming to be "remedies" or "supplements" or using various such terms to evade the need to provide the authorities with sound scientific research to show that they are either beneficial, effective or safe. So we don't have the body of research we do have with proper pharmaceutical drugs, to answer the sort of sensible questions you are asking.
It is likely ( you don't mention the specific ingredients of the stuff you are taking ) that i is causing your extra symptoms, and that this problem will subside now you have stopped taking them. Usually they should be excreted from the body fairly soon, so within a week or two should be gone - if not, they certainly should not be allowed on the market at all.
If the symptoms persist, discuss this with your shrink, who may want to consider varying your medication to deal with this
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