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Hello! I am currently taking 75mg Amitriptylin,40mg Fluoxetine, and 5mg Abilify (aripiprazole). I have been dieting and exercising for a while with almost no results so I am considering trying Hydroxycut. I am just wondering if it is safe to take Hydroxycut with my other medications. Thanks!

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Rebecca

I'm afraid there is no specific data on potential interactions between herbal products such as Hydroxycut and traditional medicines.

I would therefore urge caution if you choose to go ahead. The drugs you are already taking are a complex mix, and it is impossible to tell whether adding in an unknown product could precipitate other more serious problems than weight gain (quite possibly a side effect of the medication anyway).

Products such as Hydroxycut have no clinical evidence base (i.e. proven efficacy in controlled tests), otherwise it would be sold as a medicine. Instead it relies on marketing claims and anecdote of people who claim it has benefitted them. Whether that is true cannot be proven.

Irrespective of the cause, weight gain is always due to consuming more calories than are burned off though normal living and activities. Drugs cause weight gain because they change the rate of metabolism, or reduce the mood and motivation which normally promotes physical activity. If you wish to control weight gain, you need to address both these factors - try to cut down on calories by eating more healthy, low calorie foods; and try to increase activity levels with mild exercise (walking, cycling etc.).

I hope this helps.

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