Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Prescription Stimulants Often Used for Weight Loss

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Prescription Stimulants Often Used for Weight Loss

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AT THE ANNUAL MEETING OF THE SOCIETY OF BEHAVIORAL MEDICINE

NEW ORLEANS--High school and college students frequently misuse methylphenidate and dextroamphetamine/amphetamine for the purpose of weight loss, a study has shown.

Students are known to commonly misuse prescription stimulants to enhance concentration and alertness before a big exam or term paper. Most college students who admitted to misusing these drugs for weight loss also reported engaging in other unhealthy weight loss behaviors, some of which are strongly suggestive of an underlying eating disorder, according to Amy J. Jeffers, a graduate student in psychology at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond.

For example, more than 20% of students using prescription stimulants in an effort to lose weight indicated they had also used laxatives or diuretics for the same purpose. A similar proportion reported having deliberately induced vomiting toward that end.

An anonymous 30-minute online survey was completed by 705 students at a large university, 26% of whom indicated they were currently dieting. Overall, misuse of prescription stimulants for the purpose of weight loss was reported by 11.7% of respondents: 13.1% of women and 9.7% of men. White students were significantly more likely to have engaged in this practice than blacks by a margin of 14. …

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