Most of the health and fitness articles you see probably talk about weight loss versus weight gain. It’s no surprise, because millions of people in the United States try to lose weight every year. In fact, nearly half of all American adults tried to lose weight between 2013 and 2016.1 and an estimated 45 million Americans go on a diet each year and spend $ 33 billion on weight loss products overall. of weight. every year.
On the other hand, some people really struggle to gain weight. This happens for a variety of reasons. Some people are genetically very thin; some people struggle with genetic or autoimmune diseases that make it difficult to gain weight; some people have poor appetite or eating disorders that lead to reduced food intake; and some people just want to gain muscle mass.
A recent trend in the weight gain industry has prompted people to turn to an illicit supplement called apetamine. Prohibited for sale in the United States, consumers are forced to purchase apetamine from small online websites or social media.2 In this article, learn how apetamine works to gain weight, and why it is illegal and you should be aware of the its side effects.
What is apetamine?
Apetamine is a vitamin supplement used to gain weight. According to manufacturing labels and a list of products from the company that developed apetamine (TIL Healthcare), apetamine syrup contains a combination of a prescription drug called cyproheptadine hydrochloride, vitamins and amino acids (e.g. lysine). TIL Healthcare also has a number of other appetite stimulating products that contain cyproheptadine hydrochloride.
This combination of lysine, vitamins and cyproheptadine hydrochloride is said to act as an appetite stimulant and increase the amount of food you can eat in a day. However, vitamins and amino acids are not known to increase appetite. Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride is an antihistamine (a medicine that relieves allergy symptoms) that has increased appetite which is listed as a known side effect.
How does Apetamin work?
Consumers believe that apetamine promotes weight gain due to its active ingredient cyproheptadine hydrochloride. This powerful antihistamine has been used as an appetite stimulant in malnourished children and people with chronic diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
Researchers and doctors aren’t entirely sure why cyproheptadine hydrochloride stimulates appetite, but there are a few possible scenarios.
For example, cyproheptadine hydrochloride can increase the levels of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor (IFG-1) in underweight children.3 This hormone has been linked to weight gain in underweight children.
Cyproheptadine hydrochloride can also interfere with the hypothalamus, the small section of the brain that regulates appetite, cravings, food intake, and many hormones.
L-lysine, the amino acid found in apetamine syrup, has led to increased appetite and weight gain in animal studies, but there is no research on the appetite effects of L-lysine in children. Human.
Much more research is needed to determine if apetamine is an effective and safe weight gain supplement for humans.
Apetamine versus syrup pills
Syrup is the most common way to take apetamine, but the drug is also available in pill form. The main difference between the two is that the apetamine syrup contains the blend of vitamins and amino acids, while the tablets or capsules contain only cyproheptadine hydrochloride.
Is Apetamin Legal?
It is currently illegal to sell apetamine in many countries, including the United States, because apetamine products contain a prescription drug called cyproheptadine hydrochloride. Cyproheptadine hydrochloride is an antihistamine used to treat allergy symptoms, such as sneezing, itchy and watery eyes, and a runny nose.
It’s only available by prescription due to its potential side effects and safety concerns, which, on the serious side, include liver failure.2 Also, the FDA hasn’t approved or regulated apetamine, which means perhaps many) apetamine products do not accurately reveal what they contain. This presents the risk of toxicity from any undisclosed ingredient.