There are many articles and posts online that talk about various ways people can lose weight. On the other hand, techniques or methods to gain weight are less prevalent online. Trying to gain weight can be just as difficult as trying to lose weight for some, especially for people with no appetite caused by a health condition, those who have been diagnosed with an autoimmune disease or certain genetics. There are many reasons people would want to gain weight, typically because they think they are too thin or for the necessity of bodybuilding.
Bodybuilders would opt for a diet or a routine that allows them to put on extra pounds, primarily muscle weight. A supplement called Apetamin has recently been trending in weight-gain techniques. Despite not being legal in most areas of the United States, people have different ways to purchase the supplement, such as through online websites or small businesses. What exactly is it, and is it safe to consume? I answer those questions and more below.
Most techniques involving weight-gain involve consuming Apetamin, but what exactly makes it effective? It is a vitamin supplement that contains the substance cyproheptadine hydrochloride, which is a medication that you can only purchase through prescriptions. This substance causes an increase of appetite in our body, allowing you to consume more food, thus leading to weight gain.
It also includes some amino acids and vitamins that are only purchased through prescription, namely lysine. This supplement is a product of a pharmaceutical company in India named TIL Healthcare PVT, and it is more commonly consumed in its syrup form. However, it is also manufactured in the form of pills or tablets. The only distinct characteristics between the two are that the syrup form includes a blend of vitamins and amino acids, whereas tablets contain cyproheptadine hydrochloride.
How Does It Work?
The main active ingredient in Apetamin that is said to lead to weight gain is the cyproheptadine hydrochloride. This particular antihistamine substance stimulates the body’s appetite. Cyproheptadine hydrochloride is mainly used on malnourished children and individuals who are diagnosed with chronic diseases. While there are numerous possible explanations as to how this substance can stimulate our appetite, professionals and experts have yet to gain a complete understanding of how it works.
However, multiple studies show different ways how Apetamin works to increase our appetite. In one scenario, studies show that the cyproheptadine hydrochloride in the supplement disrupts the area of our brain that regulates our desire for food and many of our hormones, thus causing us to have an increased appetite. In another study, evidence shows that the L-lysine amino acid in the syrup form of Apetamin leads to increased appetite and weight gain in animals. However, there has not been evidence to show the same in humans.
Safety of Apetamin
As it says in the earlier part of this article, Apetamin is illegal in the United States and many other countries because the cyproheptadine hydrochloride in it is a prescription-only drug. This ingredient is a prescription-only drug because, as with most products, improper use of this substance can lead to severe health conditions such as liver failure, or worse, death. In addition to that, it is not an approved product by the FDA, which may be why some products do not inform the buyers accurately about what it contains.
In fact, not only is it not FDA-approved, it is listed as one of the FDA’s lists of illegal medical imports. Since Apetamin is an illicit product of many countries, including the U.S., there is little to no chance that you can purchase it in drugstores or supplement stores. Since this product does not entirely disclose its customers the ingredients, it is highly advised that you steer clear of consuming it as you do not know what products are good for you and what is not allowed.
Consuming Apetamin syrup or tablets may have specific side effects on your body. These side effects are most probably due to the antihistamine ingredient inside it, the cyproheptadine. The most common side effects include dryness of the mouth, sinus, and throat. It may also cause dizziness, fatigue, nausea, headache, hyperactivity in children, muscle weakness, and chest congestion. The more severe side effects of this supplement are blurring vision, nervousness, and difficulty in urinating. The worst this product can do to your body is a possible liver failure or toxicity.