Ciara Doherty, from Gortlee, tested a diet pill bought from an online store but within days she broke out in a shocking skin condition which covered her face in a red raw rash.
Within 24 hours the rash had spread down Ciara’s neck and she had to see a doctor
Reporter Ciara, 28, the daughter of Brian and Kate Doherty, stopped taking the tablets for two days and the rash began to clear.
Ciara, who has worked with ITV and Newstalk before moving to TV3 a year ago, told donegaldaily.com about the horrific chain of events.
She revealed “The first few days I had lots of energy and no appetite at all. But in the evenings I struggled to stay awake past eight o’clock. However, within days the problems escalated. I started to develop an unsightly rash on my face.
“It started on my nose, my chin and all round my eyes. My skin was hot, red raw, it looked as if it was peeling off. I was shocked and worried it would scar and it felt incredibly uncomfortable.
“At the same time I was suffering from severe nausea, dry mouth and felt utterly restless,” she said.
Within 24 hours the rash had spread down Ciara’s neck and she had to see a doctor.
Ciara added “It felt like every time I touched my skin, more would peel away and when it started appearing on my neck, in larger red patches, I knew I needed to see a doctor.
“The doctor went through all of the possible causes but couldn’t identify anything that had changed in my diet or routine other than my consumption of these tablets. He recommended that I came off Phentramine Rx HCL immediately’.
Ciara stopped taking the tablets for two days and the rash began to clear.
Ciara said: “Within a day I noticed a huge difference. There are still patches of rough, dry skin under my chin and I think it will take sometime before they completely heal”.
The manufacturer of Phentramine 37.5 HCL, the pills which Ciara took, said they stood over their pills.
“Quite clearly on our label it states that you should consult your GP before consuming this product. It is possible that the rash was caused by anything from your diet (possibly seafood?) to other medication you’re taking. Our company only use natural ingredients of the highest human grade specification available,” he said.
Tune in to Quick Fix Diets Do They Work? – Midweek airing Wednesday 2nd February 2011 at 10pm on TV3.