Fen-Phen (Fenfluramine-Phentermine; generic names Pondimin, Zantryl, Fastin, Ionamin, Redux and Adipex-P): a diet pill that was created to help suppress the appetite of people who were trying to lose a significant amount of weight and/or to maintain their desired weight. The pill worked by causing the brain to release extra Serotonin into the system. Serotonin is a natural chemical in the body that creates a feeling of fullness that in turn reduces a person’s desire to eat. In 1997 the FDA requested that the diet pill be pulled off shelves as medical studies showed an increase of heart valve disease and primary pulmonary hypertension (PPH) in users. The FDA, National Institute for Health, Department of Health and Human Services, in addition to other health monitoring agencies and physicians, have recommended that users of Fen-Phen should at least have an ultrasound done of the heart (echocardiogram) and have a complete medical exam performed to rule out possible heart and lung damage as a result of using Fen-Phen. In some instances, it has taken up to seven years for symptoms to show. In these cases, it is important for those injured to consult with a Fen Phen injury attorney right away to begin working on an injury claim.
Heart Valve Disease Symptoms – Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Symptoms
If you or a loved had taken Fen-Phen or a generic version of the weight loss pill and show signs of any of the following symptoms, you should promptly call your physician:
- Shortness of breath
- Chest pain
- Fainting Dizziness/headaches
- Also, coughing blood
- Low energy/fatigue
- Poor circulation (Blue lips, hands and feet)
- Swelling of the legs (edema)
Consulting With A Fen Phen Injury Lawyer
Injured as a result of using Fen-Phen? You need an experienced Fen Phen injury lawyer. Our team of dangerous drug lawyers will fight to get you the compensation you deserve; especially to cover prolonged medical care, pain and loss of income. We will evaluate your current circumstances and also, help determine whether or not you are eligible to file a claim. So don’t wait; contact us today!