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Buzzed by "diet pills"

answered 02:20 PM EST, Thu January 12, 2012
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My friend swears by these diet pills she gets over the internet. She says they give her an energy buzz and really reduce her appetite. I keep telling her they can’t be safe but she says I am overreacting and don’t know what I’m talking about and that she’s been talking them for more than 2 months now, has lost like 10 pounds and hasn’t experienced any side effects. Is there such a thing as a safe diet pill that really works to help people lose weight? Should I be worried that she is using these pills for so long and that really who knows where they come from? I am worried about her but she won’t listen to me. I have been thinking about talking to her parents but this is such a betrayal of her trust so I do not want to do this if she is right and I am wrong.

Jody Hansen Says...

Jody Hansen J. Hansen
MA, LPC, NCC, FAPA

Yes, you are correct. The pills that your friend is taking could cause damage to her. Certainly,finding them over the internet is not a wise way to purchase medications. How would one verify if the seller is reputable? There is no "quick fix" for weight reduction. If that were the case, someone would be a millionaire. The only quotient is reduction in the caloric intake and increase in calorie burning activity. You are a good friend to be concerned with her wellbeing. You must think about this: Would you be okay should something happen to your friend as a result of these pills? If you think that you would have regret, then I believe contacting her parents would be the thing to do. If you friend is truly that, she eventually would know that you had her best interest at heart. Once you inform her parents, then you must be able to "let it go" recognizing that you have no further control. Have strength and go with your instincts. Good luck.

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