More Isn’t Always Better: Why You Shouldn’t Double Your Dose

by Editor on February 6, 2019

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Thinking about doubling your diet pill dose because you forgot to take your diet pill at your regularly scheduled time? Or did you skip a full day’s dose entirely? Or are you considering exceeding the maximum recommended dose to lose weight faster?

Whatever your reasons for why you might feel the urge to increase your dosage beyond the maximum recommendations on the diet pill product label or those given to you by your healthcare provider – don’t.

There’s a reason why maximum dosage recommendations exist. For your own health, safety and best chances for reaching your weight loss goals, it is important that you adhere to the usage instructions (and pay attention to the list of warnings) for any product that you may take. This goes for all types of diet pills, including prescription diet drugs, non-prescription diet pills, and dietary supplements.

Why should you stick to the directions? One of the main reasons why increasing your dose – even on occasion – is a bad idea is it increases your risk of experiencing unwanted side effects.

Many OTC (over-the-counter) diet pills contain caffeine and other stimulants (e.g. synephrine, octopamine, guarana, beta phenylethylamine, kola nut, etc.). In the case of these pills, increasing your dosage means putting more stimulants into your body, which boosts your risk of unpleasant symptoms, such as insomnia, sleep disturbances, jitters, anxiety, mood changes, rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, headache, upset stomach, and even more severe cardiovascular effects, such as high blood pressure, etc.

Other nonprescription diet pills contain ingredients meant to block or bind your body’s absorption of fat or carbohydrates (e.g. orlistat, white kidney bean, prickly pear, etc.). While orlistat, which is the active ingredient in Alli (non-prescription) and Xenical (prescription), is an actual FDA-approved diet drug for obesity treatment compared to the other herbs listed, taking more than the recommended dose of any of these ingredients can cause notable digestive discomfort. Some of these gastrointestinal issues may include stomach pain, diarrhea, constipation, and in the case of orlistat, even oily stools and frequent uncontrolled bowel movements.

Another issue is that upping your dosage may also increase the risk of negative ingredient interactions if you take more than one medication, supplement, etc. In other words, you could disrupt the effectiveness of one ingredient or even make a certain health condition you have worse by adding too much of one or more substances to your body. For instance, if you take diabetes medication, increasing your dosage of a diet pill that contains an ingredient that effects your blood sugar could be disastrous to your health.

Therefore, if you do miss a dose and its close to the time when you’ll be taking your next one, simply skip the dose and continue as normal. On the other hand, if you feel that you can handle more than the recommended daily dose on the product label or what has been prescribed to you by your doctor, speak to your healthcare provider before you make changes. This is vital for your own health, safety and wellbeing.

Ultimately, remember that when it comes to reaching your goals, committing to a healthy weight loss strategy that includes a well-balanced calorie-controlled diet and regular fitness appropriate exercise, is key to achieving your goals as quickly and safely as possible.

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