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Case Rep Med. 2013;2013:712383. doi: 10.1155/2013/712383. Epub 2013 Mar 14.

Ventricular tachycardia induced by weight loss pills.

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Department of Cardiology, Aarhus University Hospital, Brendstrupgaardsvej 100, 8200 Aarhus, Denmark.

Abstract

A previously healthy 29-year-old man was admitted with palpitations, dizziness, and near-syncope after he had recently started taking weight loss pills purchased on the internet. The pills contained caffeine and ephedrine. An electrocardiogram and telemetry revealed multiple episodes of non-sustained monomorphic ventricular tachycardia, which was successfully treated with amiodarone. In conclusion, unauthorized weight loss pills can be harmful. In particular, ephedrine-containing drugs carry a risk of ventricular tachycardia and should be discouraged.

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