Just days after delivering her twins, the last of her six children, reality star Kim Zolciak was seen walking the streets with a surprisingly small waist. Yes, diet and exercise are part of it but she’s got a secret weapon, and a big sponsorship deal. Kim is taking Xenadrine and is acting as a spokesman for the drug.
But the next question is, is it safe? Turns out, Xenadrine comes with some big risks, which may not be worth it for normal moms looking to lose the baby weight. According to WebMD, Xenadrine contains ephedrine, the same substance found in amphetamines, making it a lot like speed. Ephedrine has been linked to increased heart rate and blood pressure. That might not be so bad if the outcome wasn’t so bad:
According to FDA records obtained by the watchdog group Public Citizen, ephedrine was linked to 32 heart attacks, 69 strokes, and altogether 81 deaths from 1993 to 2000.
Doctors–and the drug’s warning label–also recommend people with mental illnesses don’t take Xenadrine because it’s been known to have severe psychiatric side effects.
So while Kim is getting a nice check, the product she’s pushing probably isn’t a good look for the rest of us.