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Title: Use of amphetamine-like appetite suppressants: A cross-sectional survey in Southern Brazil
Authors: Lima, M. S. de
Beria, J. U.
Tomasi, E.
Mari, J. D.
Univ Fed Pelotas
Universidade Federal de São Paulo (UNIFESP)
Keywords: amphetamine-like appetite suppressants
general population
Issue Date: 1-Jan-1998
Publisher: Marcel Dekker Inc
Citation: Substance Use & Misuse. New York: Marcel Dekker Inc, v. 33, n. 8, p. 1711-1719, 1998.
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.
ISSN: 1082-6084
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