Horse Medicine to Lose Weight

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Losing weight and getting in shape is important to a lot of people, whether you're watching what you eat or burning calories at the gym. Others take to diet fads and pills to achieve the hottest look, and some people are even taking horse medicine.

Thomasville resident Barbara Reynolds said, "I think they are putting themselves in danger because they could have heart attacks and strokes. They don't know the affects of it."

Health websites say the drug Clenbuterol is used to treat asthma in horses. The drug is not illegal for humans and is widely available on the Internet, but doctors say it poses a great threat.

Veterinarian Todd Cooley said, "I don't know the exact mechanism, but I would postulate that because it stimulates the central nervous system it makes people have nervous energy and therefore they lose appetite."

Since the drug is supposed to be used for animals, doctors say it's never been tested on humans. When tested on rats their hearts stiffened, so doctors conclude the drug taken in high doses can increase strokes and heart attacks in humans.

Clenbuterol is being uses as a safe alternative to steroids, but medical experts say there's nothing safe about it.

Experts say Clenbuterol is becoming increasingly popular in models and body builders and known in Hollywood as the size zero pill.