'I paid £130 for a product that didn't work'
Doctors and their bedside manners have a responsibility for online purchasing too as Nadeem's story shows.
I went to see the doctor in 2001. I was worried about my weight. But she was plain rude and pretty much told me to go away. Her only advice was 'stop eating' but I wanted more than that. She really didn't give a shit. It was embarrassing and humiliating.
I had been a regular at the gym and into body-building so I was a big guy but when I changed job, my hours increased and I was too tired to do the gym. My weight went up three stone in 18 months. But I did nothing - not until I got to 22 stone. I knew I needed a change of lifestyle.
I didn't want to go back to the doc so I did a bit of research and found out about Reductil, the anti-obesity drug. People were talking about it on the online forums. I ordered online and paid £130 - a lot of money - for one month's supply of the lower strength version. It wasn't posted in the UK, I remember that, but then I never expected it to be. The pills had no effect whatsoever.
Later on I had a motorbike accident and had to see a different doctor. I asked for Reductil by name and he prescribed it. This time I just paid the regular prescription charge of a few quid.
This time I knew it was working straightaway. I even had the side-effects: headaches. It reduced what I was eating. In fact, I had to force myself to eat. It works on the neurotransmitters in your brain apparently and reduces the desire to eat. It gave me the kick start I needed and I'm now back down to 17 stone in about six months.
But it clear from the forums that a lot of overweight people don't even talk to their doctor. It's a combination of embarrassment and thinking they'll get no help. Given my experience, I can't say they're wrong.
The drugs I bought online were probably fakes but they were a pretty good one. The pack certainly looked like the pack the doctor prescribed for me. But I wouldn't buy online again. You just don't know what you're going to get.
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