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BioMed Research International - Volume 2015 2015, Article ID 120679, 10 pages -

Review Article

Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Sapienza University of Rome, 00185 Rome, Italy

School of Life and Medical Sciences, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield AL10 9AB, UK

Department of Human Sciences, European University of Rome, 00163 Rome, Italy

Department of Psychiatry, University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, CA 94143, USA

Department of Psychiatry, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, 413 45 Gothenburg, Sweden

International Association for Applied Human Sciences, 00100 Rome, Italy

Department of Neuroscience and Imaging, Gabriele D’Annunzio University, 66100 Chieti, Italy

Received 28 May 2015; Accepted 2 August 2015

Academic Editor: Adair Santos

Copyright © 2015 F. Saverio Bersani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Obesity and overeating are among the most prevalent health concerns worldwide and individuals are increasingly using performance and image-enhancing drugs PIEDs as an easy and fast way to control their weight. Among these, herbal weight-loss products HWLPs often attract users due to their health claims, assumed safety, easy availability, affordable price, extensive marketing, and the perceived lack of need for professional oversight. Reports suggest that certain HWLPs may lead to onset or exacerbation of psychiatric disturbances. Here we review the available evidence on psychiatric adverse effects of HWLPs due to their intrinsic toxicity and potential for interaction with psychiatric medications.

Autor: F. Saverio Bersani, Marialuce Coviello, Claudio Imperatori, Marta Francesconi, Christina M. Hough, Giuseppe Valeriani, Gianf



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