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Tuesday, April 21, 2015
Addiction and Substance Abuse
Lipodrene safe for `addict`?
My friend is a recovering addict of prescription drugs opiates and sedatives. she is now taking lipodrene. She says it just gives her the energy she didn`t have to take care of her kids. I want to know if this is risky for her or is it non addictive and somewhat safe?
This is a difficult question to answer since on the surface it clearly is not a controlled substance and is not an opiate or sedative. Along with caffeine, other ingredients in this agent are in the family of stimulant medications (although much "weaker") thus I would be reluctant to categorize this agent as "safe" in someone with a history of substance abuse. There are various opinions, though, about how risky it might be.
Previous history might help with this question. I would recommend addressing this question to the outpatient treating chemical dependency physician who is monitoring the patient.
Nicholas A Votolato, RPh BCPP
Assistant Professor of Pharmacy
College of Pharmacy
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Emeritus
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University