Awful Diet Pills Got a Woman Committed, Claims Lawsuit

And you thought shitting your pants on Alli was bad: A 26-year-old Army Reservist and sociology student is suing an East New York health food store, alleging that "Natural Lipo X," the not-at-all-fake-sounding fat-burning pills they sold her, were so messed up that she was briefly committed:

The details of her allegations, reported by the New York Daily News, are pretty horrifying:

At the height of her sleep deprived delirium, Sainah Theodore, 26, got into arguments with strangers, stopped her car in the middle of a busy intersection and finally tore a screen door at her home and stabbed pillows and pictures until medics had to be called, her lawyer Brian Pascale said Wednesday.


According to the suit, she'd taken the pills with no problem in 2012, but tried again in December and had to stop after five days. First came trouble sleeping, then insomnia, and it only got worse from there. Her lawyer claims before it was all said and done, it'd caused "total destruction of her home." A scheduled deployment to Afghanistan has gotten the kibosh, too.

A man claiming to be the store owner's son told the Daily News that Theodore just wasn't supposed to be fasting while she took the pills: "We can't leave the store to see the customer eats well." Sure, buddy.

Lab tests revealed that the pills contained caffeine, a laxative you're not supposed to include in over-the-counter meds and the banned weight-loss stimulant Sibutramine—none of which were included on the label, of course.


Shady diet pills. Imagine that.

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