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Study finds eating disorder sufferers abuse diet pills, other OTC products

BY Michael Johnsen

PHOENIX Between 11 million and 13 million people in the United States have eating disorders, and many of them abuse or become dependent upon over-the-counter substances, the Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders announced Wednesday.

“It may surprise many people, including some healthcare providers, that over-the-counter products and supplements for dieting purposes are frequently abused by those with eating disorders,” stated Kevin Wandler, spokesman for Remuda Ranch Programs for Eating and Anxiety Disorders. “A full 64% of eating disorder patients abuse diet pills. The health consequences of diet pill abuse are enormous and include high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythms, tremors, thickening of the heart muscle and kidney damage.”

Other substances abused by individuals with eating disorders include laxatives and diuretics. Although laxatives and diuretics are not often considered drugs of abuse or dependence, individuals can become dependent on them. A recent study found that in a sample of 200 bulimics, 31% used diuretics.  

“It can take the body months to recover from laxative and other over-the-counter substance abuse,” Wandler said.

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Alka Seltzer

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As seen on shelf at Walgreens, having a major pharma player like Bayer HealthCare field what essentially is a hangover-relief product adds credibility, not to mention a little more shelf presence, to similar products like Living Essentials’ Chaser Plus.

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‘The Rock’ asks families to be Diabetes Aware in new PSA

BY Michael Johnsen

NEW YORK The fact of the matter is the average person is inundated with more than 3,000 messages each day, and as a result has gotten pretty good at tuning most of those messages out. So breaking through that clutter with a Hollywood star that may make fans pause for even a second around an important healthcare message is an accomplishment in and of itself.

 

And if you look at the caliber of stars who have participated in breaking through that clutter with Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation — Halle Berry, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Kline — Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is joining some pretty elite, attention-grabbing company.

 

And it doesn’t hurt that Novo Nordisk and the Entertainment Industry Foundation have chosen a popular family/action/adventure star to herald increased awareness around diabetes, either. Johnson’s most recent box office release — Walt Disney’s "Race to Witch Mountain" — already has grossed $106.4 million worldwide, which includes $67.2 million domestically. And the movie became available on DVD Aug. 4, which means Johnson will be top of mind among those movie buffs who recently made a trip to Blockbuster Video or checked their mailbox for their latest Netflix flick.

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