Risk of Fen Phen Inducing PPH

When the weight loss drug Fen Phen came out, there was much hope about it. Fen
Phen was a combination of drugs used to treat obesity. It promised to reduce appetite as well as increasing the rate that calories are burned. Despite its promises, Fen Phen has been linked to conditions such as primary pulmonary hypertension. How does this drug work and how has it resulted in such terrible side effects?

The way Fen Phen works is by using two drugs in particular, fenfluramine and phentermine. Fen Phen was designed so that these two drugs would work together to produce the desired effect.

Fen Phen Uses Phentamine & Fenfluramine

Appetite would be suppressed by the drug phentamine and phentamine would also increase the rate calories would burn. The caveat of phentamine was that it could also cause insomnia, restlessness and an increase in blood pressure.

Fenfluramine was added to the drug concoction to counteract the undesired side effects of phentamine. It does this through releasing the neurotransmitter serotonin. Serotonin not only helps in regulating appetite, it also decreases blood pressure and in a way works to calm and relax.

Fen Phen Linked to Primary Pulmonary Hypertension

August 1997 saw the terrible effects of the combination of these drugs in Fen Phen. A report from the New England Journal of Medicine showed how Fen Phen is linked to valvular damage.

The way these heart defects result from the taking of Fen Phen is that, even if taken for a very brief period of time, these negative side effects are still found to occur. Many of the people who have taken Fen Phen were reporting averse side effects including shortness of breath, swelling of the feet and heart murmur.

Along with these reported side effects, many people taking Fen Phen were also diagnosed with primary pulmonary hypertension (pph). If you or someone you love is suffering from pph or any of these other side effects of taking fen phen, you may be entitled to a settlement. Contact national fen phen lawyers at the law offices of Nadrich & Cohen.

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