Use of amphetamine-like appetite suppressants: A cross-sectional survey in Southern Brazil

Use of amphetamine-like appetite suppressants: A cross-sectional survey in Southern Brazil

Author Lima, M. S. de Google Scholar
Beria, J. U. Google Scholar
Tomasi, E. Google Scholar
Mari, J. D. Google Scholar
Institution Univ Fed Pelotas
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Abstract In 1994 a cross-sectional survey was undertaken in Pelotas, Southern Brazil, to assess the prevalence of amphetamine-like appetite suppressant use. 1,277 adults were interviewed, and the prevalence of anorectic drug use was 1.3% (95% CI = 0.7-1.9): 15 women and one man, mainly from higher socioeconomic groups. Most of the users (81%) had a medical prescription. Forty-one different drugs had been prescribed. Mean length of use was 8.7 months. These findings are discussed in terms of the overreliance on anorectics as aids to dieting, the dangers of polypharmacy, and the risks of long-term use.
Keywords amphetamine-like appetite suppressants
anorectics
prevalence
general population
Brazil
Language English
Date 1998-01-01
Published in Substance Use & Misuse. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc, v. 33, n. 8, p. 1711-1719, 1998.
ISSN 1082-6084 (Sherpa/Romeo, impact factor)
Publisher Marcel Dekker Inc
Extent 1711-1719
Origin http://dx.doi.org/10.3109/10826089809058951
Access rights Closed access
Type Article
Web of Science ID WOS:000074906600006
URI http://repositorio.unifesp.br/handle/11600/25854

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