Ionamin comes from Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals, a well-known supplements company based in Georgia USA. Hi Tech are well known for their use of stimulants and often dangerous semi-legal ingredients. Ionamin was a brand name for phentermine, a prescription only medication and is not the same as Hi Tech Ionamin despite the name.
Hi Tech Ionamin is not the same as the branded phentermine supplement that used to be available in the USA. However it does not look any safer. Ionamin contains a blend of mainly untested and untried stimulants and might cause side effects including stroke and heart attack that could be potentially fatal for some users. If you use this supplement, you must avoid all other stimulants including alcohol and coffee and seek medical advice immediately in the case of side effects.
Potential side effects include rapid heartbeat, heart palpitations, dizziness, severe headache, stroke, seizure or heart attack. Other side effects may include psychiatric disorders, mood swings vomiting, thirst, jitteriness, anxiety and insomnia.
Hi Tech Ionamin is expensive. If you buy from the Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website, it costs $69.95 for a bottle of 60 capsules (approximately one month’s supply). You can also buy Hi Tech Ionamin from other supplement websites so you can shop around for price. We saw it on sale from My Supplement Store for $49.99.
We do not rate Hi Tech Ionamin at all. This is a shockingly dangerous supplement crammed full of stimulants and named after a Phentermine prescription drug. The clues are all there that it is highly likely to cause numerous side effects. We can see this supplement actually killing someone. If you are walking around with an undiagnosed heart problem, blood pressure condition or a psychiatric illness, it seems likely that Hi Tech Ionamin could tip you over the edge.
Hi tech Ionamin is likely to cause some short-term weight loss but any results are unlikely to be permanent. Losing weight via stimulants is not worth the health risks and if you do decide to go down this road it is essential that you minimise the risks by avoiding all other stimulants, alcohol and by not exceeding the daily serving.
Finally, if you use this supplement and take part in competitive sport, it may get you banned from doping.
In our opinion Hi Tech Ionamin needs to be banned so there is no way we would ever recommend this supplement.
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Hi Tech Ionamin is a weight loss supplement that claims to start working within just 45 minutes of taking it. Based very much on a blend of stimulants, Ionamin falls into the old-fashioned idea of diet pills that caused weight loss by making you run around like a chicken on speed, too wired and stressed to actually eat anything. Original Ionamin was a prescription Phentermine drug that worked like this. Hi Tech have obviously chosen this name for the OTC supplement because it is supposed to work in the same way.
These days taking amphetamines to lose weight is illegal but still Hi Tech harp back to the old days when ephedrine, a type of amphetamine was legal. Ephedrine was banned back in 2004 because it caused numerous deaths, strokes and heart attacks but this has never stopped Hi Tech from tweaking and combining stimulant ingredients in order to get the same effects.
Ionamin contains many different types of phenylethylamine. This natural chemical is present in the body where it is important for mood and psychiatric health but is also made in the laboratory. Although it is natural, phenylethylamine is similar in chemistry to amphetamines and overdoing use will cause the same sort of speedy effects and side effects.
Added to Phenylethylamine, Ionamin contains synephrine and yohimbine, stimulants that can raise heart rate and blood pressure and come with some serious health concerns. Although these stimulants are legal, they are not safe in high amounts or in any amounts if you have health concerns around heart and blood pressure.
Take 1-2 tablets in the morning and 1 tablet after lunch. Do not exceed 4 tablets daily.
However, the most unusual ingredient in the Ionamin formula has to be a shrub extract from Mexico and Texas called Senegalia Berlandieri. This woody shrub is toxic to animals and is a source of alkaloids including e N-methylphenethylamine, tyramine, and phenethylamine but it also contains trace amounts of methamphetamine, nicotine and mescalin – more usually found in cacti. These components are dangerous and Senegalia Berlandieri has not really been tested for human consumption,
We hadn’t heard of Senegalia Berlandieri as a supplement ingredient before. It s most common use is as a bee-friendly flower that helps make a very fine clear Texan honey.
Overall we have some serious concerns about Ionamin and the fact that the product information provides a long list of potential side effects, written in block capitals for added impact, is a matter for concern.
Hi Tech do not usually provide health warnings so the fact that they have done this for Ionamin suggests that this supplement is likely to be dangerous.
Some supplement manufacturers provide health warnings to talk up a supplement to make it seem more dangerous and strong. However this has never been Hi Tech’s style whose usual mode is to gloss over health risks and focus on benefits.
We have covered numerous Hi Tech supplements in previous reviews. These include Hi Tech Raspberry Ketones and Fastin (https://www.dietpillswatchdog.com/fastin/) which contains banned ingredient DMAA.
Hi Tech can’t help harking back to the days when ephedrine was legal in their product information, stating that:
Ionamin is a true “feel good” product, whose Stimulant effects are rapid, yet exceptionally smooth and clean. Ionamin is unlike anything you have ever tried and more effective than the previous Gold Standard of OTC weight loss – Ephedrine – and will help you Lose Weight and Feel Great!
The product information provides a lot of numbers and statistics mixed in with some other unproven sales slogans:
Ionamin is quickly becoming one of the top-selling diet aids in the country for one reason… It works!!!
This is hard to believe given the lack of customer feedback for this supplement.
Ionamin is based upon Proprietary, Clinically Studied, Phenylethylamine Alkaloids derived called (Thermo-Rx). The findings from Hi-Tech’s randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed convincingly that Ionamin — standardised to phenylethylamine alkaloids — promotes significant increases in Resting Energy Expenditure Metabolism (16.6%+) still evident 3 hrs post ingestion.
The clinical study on Ionamin showed an astounding increase in resting metabolic rate that was superior to the findings of previous studies which reported that 10 to 30 mg ephedrine — once believed to be the Gold Standard of Weight Loss compounds — increased energy expenditure by 6.6% to 10% (Versus 16.6%+ Ionamin), which is 66% stronger than 30 mg Ephedrine and 152% stronger than 10 mg Ephedrine.
It is important to point out here that this clinical study was carried out by Hi Tech and not independently. So you cannot really believe all these findings.
Yes, it will probably work as a stimulant similar to taking amphetamines although we have no way of knowing just how strong it is. Stay on this too long and you will probably lose weight. However the side effects are going to be a problem for most people. Dosing yourself with drugs that mimic the effects of illegal drugs is not a safe and effective method of weight loss and it leads us to wonder what Hi Tech will think of next. A heroin substitute perhaps? After all junkies are usually thin?
The other downside to taking strong stimulant weight loss capsules is that once you stop taking the pills and eventually get back to normal, your weight will pile back on. This is no way to achieve permanent and healthy weight loss.
Serving size is equal to one capsule. However the ingredients are combined in a proprietary blend so it is impossible to know the quantities of the individual components.
Proprietary blend (375 mg)
This supplement will certainly cause side effects. The product information warns of some of these including:
Not suitable for individuals under 18. Avoid if pregnant or breast feeding.CONSULT WITH YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO USE IF YOU ARE TAKING MEDICATION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO MAOI INHIBITORS, ASPIRIN, ANTIDEPRESSANTS, NON-STEROIDAL ANTI-INFLAMMATORY DRUGS OR PRODUCTS CONTAINING PHENYLEPHRINE, EPHEDRINE, PSEUDOEPHEDRINE, OR OTHER STIMULANTS. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN PRIOR TO USE IF YOU HAVE A MEDICAL CONDITION, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, HEART, LIVER, KIDNEYS, OR THYROID DISEASE, PSYCHIATRIC OR EPILEPTIC DISORDERS, DIFFICULTY URINATING, DIABETES, HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE, CARDIAC ARRHYTHMIA, RECURRENT HEADACHES, ENLARGED PROSTATE OR GLAUCOMA. IN CASE OF AN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE, SEEK PROFESSIONAL ASSISTANCE OR CONTACT A POISON CONTROL CENTRE IMMEDIATELY. AVOID ALCOHOL WHILE TAKING THIS PRODUCT. INDIVIDUALS WHO CONSUME CAFFEINE WITH THIS PRODUCT MAY EXPERIENCE SERIOUS ADVERSE HEALTH EFFECTS. INDIVIDUALS WHO ARE SENSITIVE TO THE EFFECTS OF CAFFEINE SHOULD CONSULT A LICENSED HEALTH CARE PROFESSIONALS BEFORE CONSUMING THIS PRODUCT. DO NOT CONSUME SYNEPHRINE OR CAFFEINE FROM OTHER SOURCES, INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO, COFFEE, TEA, SODA OR OTHER DIETARY PRODUCTS OR MEDICATIONS CONTAINING CAFFEINE OR PHENYLEPHRINE. DO NOT USE FOR MORE THAN 8 WEEKS.
We couldn’t find any customer reviews for Hi Tech Ionamin.
There is no money-back offers with this supplement.
You can buy Hi Tech Ionamin direct from the Hi Tech Pharmaceuticals website. It is also on sale from numerous online retail outlets such as A1 Supplements and Best Price Nutrition.
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