Our expert says:
They would, but they are serious medicines. First, it has to be prescribed by your doctor, and there are a number of side effects and contra-indications that you need to be aware of:
For example, if you have:
* very high blood pressure.
* high blood pressure in the lung.
* problems with the valves in your heart.
* disease related to blood vessels in the brain.
* severe heart disease including changes in the rhythm or rate of the heart beat.
* narrowing of the blood vessels due to thickening or hardening of the blood vessel wall.
* overactive thyroid gland.
* psychiatric illness including anorexia nervosa (loss of appetite) and depression.
* glaucoma (high pressure in the eye)
then you can't take them. Also, the side effects can be pretty serious:
# difficulty breathing.
# chest pain.
# swelling of the lower limbs and if you can not exercise as much as you usually can.
They are stimulants, which explains why the side effects are so severe (and also why you need a doctor to prescribe them)
I think the point is that they are short term only - this is not a drug you can take for years, it doesn't involve a healthy lifestyle change and my concern is that people who take them will just return to the same situation as before.
I'd avoid them if at all possible, unless a doctor decides it is medically necessary.
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