A drug cocktail that supposedly can help a person reduce weight quickly has been described by the Hospital Authority as the most dangerous weight-losing therapy available on the market.
The concoction of six to eight ingredients include diuretic and laxative drugs, medicine for colds, the prohibited drug sibutramine, which can increase the risk of stroke and heart disease, and “animal thyroid gland”, a non-medicine, Ming Pao Daily reported Friday.
The drugs can mostly be purchased online and some Thai words are written on their plastic packaging, the report said.
In the past 18 months, the Hospital Authority has received 16 toxication cases as a result of the therapy.
All the victims are female aged between 15 and 29 years old, and three of them have tried to kill themselves.
In one case, a 24-year-old woman was admitted to the intensive care unit after experiencing spasms. The sodium level in her blood was found to be too low.
In another case, a 23-year-old woman experienced depression and attempted suicide. She has been put under observation for four weeks in the psychiatry division.
A 15-year-old victim, the youngest, suffered from shock after taking the drugs and was diagnosed to have hyperthyroidism, according to another report by Apple Daily.
Tse Man Li, a coordinator with the Hospital Authority Toxicology Service, said that “even an iron man will die” after receiving the drug cocktail.
He stressed that the users will have symptoms such as suicidal tendency and mental disorder, and could die immediately.
Tse said that there is no medical proof showing that the therapy can really help people to reduce weight.
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