Twin Cities Toxicology
Miracle weight loss pill (it sounds terrible)…
I don’t talk much about “health” products such as the different available weight loss agents, so I’m going to start doing that every now and again.  I’ll kick it off with a brief discussion of Redotex, a weight loss supplement with FDA warnings against it since 1987.  It’s a smorgasbord of goodness, including atropine, d-norpseudoephedrine, aloin, diazepam, and triiodothyronine (T3).  That sounds great.  Why would you live a lifestyle of exercise and balanced diet when you could just load up some antimuscarinics, adrenergics, benzos, and thyroid stim?  I prefer the inefficiency of going to the gym, but if they made this stuff in animal shaped gummi-pills, you could count me in.
Redotex is not easily available in the US, but it apparently is widely available in Mexico.  There are 2 pubmed-indexed hits that you’ll come up with on a search for “redotex”, and both of them are Mexico-related.  One is a poison center data survey study with a bunch of cases clustered around the Texas/Mexico border (Forrester MB. Hum Exp Toxicol 2010) and one is a case report of a woman who purchased her Redotex in Mexico prior to consumption (Cantrell L. J Emerg Med 2011).  It seems that there have been no severe outcomes from exposure, or at least none reported.  Not shockingly, some hypertension and tachycardia can probably be expected from ingestion.
-Sam

Miracle weight loss pill (it sounds terrible)…

I don’t talk much about “health” products such as the different available weight loss agents, so I’m going to start doing that every now and again.  I’ll kick it off with a brief discussion of Redotex, a weight loss supplement with FDA warnings against it since 1987.  It’s a smorgasbord of goodness, including atropine, d-norpseudoephedrine, aloin, diazepam, and triiodothyronine (T3).  That sounds great.  Why would you live a lifestyle of exercise and balanced diet when you could just load up some antimuscarinics, adrenergics, benzos, and thyroid stim?  I prefer the inefficiency of going to the gym, but if they made this stuff in animal shaped gummi-pills, you could count me in.

Redotex is not easily available in the US, but it apparently is widely available in Mexico.  There are 2 pubmed-indexed hits that you’ll come up with on a search for “redotex”, and both of them are Mexico-related.  One is a poison center data survey study with a bunch of cases clustered around the Texas/Mexico border (Forrester MB. Hum Exp Toxicol 2010) and one is a case report of a woman who purchased her Redotex in Mexico prior to consumption (Cantrell L. J Emerg Med 2011).  It seems that there have been no severe outcomes from exposure, or at least none reported.  Not shockingly, some hypertension and tachycardia can probably be expected from ingestion.

-Sam

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