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Washington, DCFen-Phen, at one time a miracle weight loss drug that was pulled from the market due to grievous health concerns years ago, is back in part. That’s because the particular combination of Fenfluramine and Phentermine proved to be toxic, primarily due to the first ingredient, Fenfluramine. Phentermine, at the time and even now, was not seen to be a culprit. And so Phentermine is back, this time married to the anti-seizure medication Topiramate to promote weight loss. But some familiar concerns, akin to PPH and Fen-Phen, are back.

One of the problems associated with the Fen-Phen drug was primary pulmonary hypertension, a heart and lung related condition. The product was pulled from the market for heart risks and other side effects. But now we have another combination that could also foster cardiovascular risks such as increased heart rate, and other side effects.

In fact, according to an ABC News report (7/17/12), the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) initially issued a big thumbs-down to the Topiramate-Phentermine combo in 2010 out of concern for serious side effects. But the expert panel, in the end, did an about-face and recommended approval of the drug two years later in a vote that could only be described as an overwhelming majority. Their reason? There wasn’t anything on the market that could really help severely obese people, for whom traditional efforts involving diet and exercise alone don’t seem to work. Thus, severe obesity is, in itself a health risk. Other factors such as heart disease and diabetes complicates obesity, and the panel felt the new diet drug containing one-half of the drug contained in the original Fen-Phen pills, would carry less risk even in view of side effects, when offset against the risks to a person’s health of severe obesity.

The Fen-Phen of today, so to speak, is the weight-loss drug Qsymia. Originally dubbed Qnexa, ABC News reports that the FDA required manufacturer Vivus to alter the name to avoid confusion with similarly-named drugs. Qsymia, apparently, takes advantage of the tendency of Topiramate to result in weight loss as a side effect, and the capacity of Phentermine to suppress appetite. Overweight Americans who have used Qsymia have said they are less hungry, and food tastes different--enough to foster a desire to eat less. The manufacturer says the new drug must be used in concert with a healthy diet and exercise.

But there are similarities with the Fen-Phen of old. There are risks for elevated heart rate in certain patients, and pregnant women are decidedly off-limits, due to concern for birth defects. According to Dr. Richard Besser, the Chief Health and Medical Officer for ABC and commenting on Good Morning America in July of last year, women interested in going on Qsymia have to medically ensure they are not pregnant at the time they start on the drug, and that monthly pregnancy tests are required while the Qsymia regimen is active and ongoing.

Because Phentermine was part of the Fen-Phen diet pill, the FDA is requiring the manufacturer of Qsymia to undertake long-term studies to watch for heart problems.

Dr. David Katz, director of the Yale Prevention Research Center, referenced Qsymia as useful over the interim. “It will help some people lose weight, and many others will try it, dislike it and stop, and gain the weight back.”

But he also said this:

“Honestly, I won’t be surprised if adverse effects over time result in a reversal of the approval,” for Qsymia, Dr. Katz told ABC.

In the meantime, former Fen-Phen patients who have been off Fen-Phen for several years may still have cause to worry, as primary pulmonary hypertension can show up years later. For Fen-Phen patients who begin showing signs of health problems linked to their use of the now-banned diet drug a Fen-Phen lawsuit may be an option.

The manufacturer of the original Fen-Phen drug was American Home Products, which later became Wyeth, according to The Philadelphia Business Journal (1/8/13). Wyeth was later swallowed up by Pfizer. The Fen-Phen diet pill was pulled off the market in 1997 due to PPH and Fen-Phen, and heart valve problems. Health advocates are watching Qsymia--the combination of Topiramate and Phentermine--to see if there could be similar concerns emerging beyond the capacity for confusion, and an elevated heart rate.

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Fen Phen worked well for me. I took it under supervision at the UCLA Obesity Center. Losing weight was easy. I lost 70 lbs over three months when it was taken off the market. The UCLA did not have even one case of damage due to the drug combination. I believe the only reason it was taken off the market was to avoid lawsuits. I know biostatistics and research design well. I read the research that led to the removal at the time. There was no way to draw a casual relationship between the drugs and heart damage. Indeed some people abused the drug and some took it without supervision. It was among this sub population that a correlation was observed. If supervised and if dosages are monitored, it is a safe combination of drugs. It is a travesty that this drug combination is no longer available.

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OMG, How does FDA allow Americans to eat farm raised seafood which is poisonous and turnaround and removed a inexpensive Product that really worked. I think from what I need to get back to the drawing board and bring the product back and remove Farm raised seafood, Cloned Fruit and veggies American has it all wrong and twisted. Finally something that was affordable and affective SMH gone.

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Being on Fen Phen was the first and only time in my life that I have ever truly felt happy, healthy, and "normal." In addition to being happy, I lost 60 pounds effortlessly, and in the next twenty years was able to keep 40 of them off on my own. Now my weight is creeping up again, no matter how much I diet and exercise. I know that if I could have Fen Phen back, it would see me through another twenty years of happiness and good health.
FWIW, in the intervening years since Fen Phen was taken off the market, and after gaining the 20 pounds back, I tried HCG, to no effect. When I traveled to Mexico and bought some "Fen Phen" there, it was either fake, or a different product (because my Spanish isn't 100%) and again, nothing happened. Later I found a place to buy Fen Phen online from China, the first batch kind of worked but the next few batches gave zero results. And it was expensive.
And yes, I took all the pre-lawsuit heart tests and they found nothing at all of concern. So why won't the Powers That Be bring Fen Phen back for those of us who benefited with no ill effects?? I would absolutely take any tests and sign a waiver or whatever else was needed. It's just wrong that a medication that helped so many so much has been taken away completely from those who need it.

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I took fen phen and it was the greatest thing ever I had always been about 130 lbs for years in end of high school and most of my 20's then in my mid 20's I put on a little weight not much like 10 lbs . Suddenly I was 27/28 engaged and I weighed 160 lbs. at 28 yrs old, my family heard of the fen phen diet immediately got me to a Dr 1996 and I went from 160 down to 116 lbs in 4 months it was fantastic!! Yes I did go to a gym and I was active however I wanted it fast and it was !! I loved it ! I am now 50 and I weigh 180 something lbs. I want to lose this weight again get back to my 130 I can't I want fen phen back NOW!! I am healthy I have a child and normal I just want this weight off my body !! Bring back fen phen please !!!!!

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I read you could get fen phen from a compounding pharmacy, has anyone tried to get it through this type of pharmacy?

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I started on Fen-Phen in the mid '90's but when through a physician who had a weight loss clinic in our area. She also was an internist. All who wanted to join had to undergo a battery of tests to include blood work and an EKG. Also had to present the physician with an entire medical life history. During the six months, I lost 40 pounds with no problems at all. I loved it. I think the problem with all those who suffered bad side affects including pulmonary hypertension and cardiac problems did not go through an intensive workup before the doctor prescribed them the meds. Not everyone who wanted to participate in the weight loss clinic that I was in, did not qualify because of present cardiac and pulmonary issues. Doctors were prescribing to patients just because the patients wanted the meds. I don't think there was anything wrong with the meds if you had no pre-existing conditions. Wish I could go back on Fen-Phen.

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Wife was prescribed and took Phentermine two weeks prior to literally dropping dead in front of our residence. No warning what so ever, just suddenly died. She was fairly young, age 51. She took the drug for two weeks, from Jan 16 to Jan 31 of 2017. it caused her to have extreme mood swings similar to bi polar behavior.

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I read the book before seeking fen-phen. The book was not based on a diet drug. It was teaching about people who have an insulin deficiency and it had already been utilized in Europe for a decade with no fatalities. I repeat, no fatalities or issues. It is because the Doctors were prescribing it for its purpose. This is why it worked for me. I come from a family of insulin deficient people who gain weight even if they eat healthy. Losing weight means sacrificing lots of calories our bodies need. When taking Fen-Phen under the care and treatment of a weight loss center, it was so safe. We only received the 20 mg of phentermine in the morning and ten 10 mg of fen. in the evening. Of course part of your body producing the right amount of insulin would drop you to a normal weight (for you) which took about two to three months, then the phentermine is still given for daily upkeep, but the fen is no longer taken. It was the first time my body was working well. It worked to Increase serotonin an other brain receptors, balanced insulin, no anxiety or depression, no hunger cravings, feel better, energy, and many other important health benefits. Therefore, if American did not go on a craze for weight loss, it would still be here for those it was meant to assist. It decreased the sales of high blood pressure medicine, diabetic medicine, etc. That is why it was removed. Every medication has side effects and everything can be a risk, but the percentage of people that used it that got hurt, it was because their Doctors prescribed it without a thorough exam or tests. We all were tested at the clinic to make sure we were healthy and had insulin deficiency.

It should be available to us. It never stopped in other countries and they do not note harm or deaths. They don't go on diet crazes either.

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I took the natural form of fenphen I only took it 3 times a week and lost the weight I needed so it goes to show that this diet pill is not needed every day taking it this way I lost the weight I wanted in just 2 months so I see no problem with it I agree with others if you don't have a Dr. monitoring your progress you could be taking more than is actually needed and therefore putting yourself at risk

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Hello,

I would never take this pill or any pill related to Fen-Phen. My mother took this pill for 8 months and even though it did in fact make her lose weight it caused her to have a heart problem. She passed away from a heart attack over 17 years ago and I will never take a dietary medication ever because of this. I honestly believe we all have an inner motivation to lose the weight instead of taking the easy way out on taking a pill. Wake up...go to the gym...eat healthy and you will see your energy increasing and your weight decreasing. Do not take the easy way to weight loss, look at my mother now she's in heaven now without her family because she cared more about her weight when we all saw her as beautiful as she ever was.
Hope this will shed some light on what this pill as done to my family and many others.

Thank you,
Amanda

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My brother took this drug and was one of the unfortunate ones that had the BAD side effects...He has both heart and lung disease and is now in the hospital with kidney failure...he's only 66 and has had a heart valve replacement twice...he was so young when it was first done...he had to have it replaced again after ten years...I'm so sad when I think of him and all the suffering he has endured...just to loose some weight...its a sin that these drug companies get away with causing such horrible illness and death.

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I loved the Fen-Phen diet I lost 80lbs and kept it off for awhile after it was banned but unfortunatly gained it back and then some . I wish they would make it legal it was the best thing ever ! I didn't have any complications at the time and I don't believe I have any now .

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when phen-phen was pulled from the US market, was it or is it now available from Canadian pharmacies? And if so, I assume that the name is not similar and would like to obtain it from Canada if it is available there. But, HOW?

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It was a miracle drug. I never had any problem. I would like to take something similar . I would like to lose 40 pounds.
What took its place? Or can someone suggest a new combination . After change women go thru it would help. Please can anyone suggest something.

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I agree that prescriptions should include a waiver and not solely be based on government restrictions or medical disapproval. Taking medications should be at a patient's discretion especially when he/she tries to "do things by the book." I took this medication to try and counteract CFS, but it didn't work for me. As for weight loss try HCG or Better Than HCG. It's a liquid that comes in a blue or brown bottle, sold on Groupon sometimes, no prescription needed. Works amazingly, but you have to follow the schedule exactly. When used appropriately you can loose as much weight as you want, I lost almost 30 lbs in 3 months. Beware though if you don't follow the instructions exactly the opposite occurs...gaining weight really fast. Also taking a Vitamin B supplement is a great addition to the diet as well for help with having energy. Hope this helps someone.

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I took phen fen for 3 months and didn't change my eating habits or exercise habits. I lost 30 lbs in three months and I did not even take the full dose. All I took was half the blue 10 mg of Phentermine and the 1 tablet of Pondimon in the AM. That
was all it took. Somehow that combo worked well. Kept off
weight until I hit menopause. I'd like to take it for 3 months
just to get the 40 lbs off. True Miracle drug !

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I also lost a lot of weight and would be interested in getting it again! Please let me know!

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PLEASE READ THIS! I write this to everyone who is on this page. Fen-Phen was a "bit" out of my time line to start thinking about serious dieting. (I am in my mid 40's). So, it has been approximately 19 yrs that it has been off the market. I have looked into it on line trying to see if it is available some how, some way. I am convinced that it is, but still not quite sure how to obtain it! I am not a "fat" woman nor thin, I refer to myself as a "thick chick" I could be fat if I let myself go there. I am not much of an eater and usually eat 1 time a day, BUT I LOVE my sweets no doubt! So, with that all said, I will say this to you ALL - 1. A lawsuit couldn't have happened if this drug, in some way, didn't affect so many people in the same manner! People died and had many illnesses because of it. It is very, very tough to get an attorney to take a class action law suit over a huge company, the government or any large size entity! Trust me, I am looking into putting a class action into effect against a VERY large entity and am trying to find an attorney, even with reports about the issue. It is not that easy! So please don't say that the lawsuit from Fen-Phen was BS! It truly harmed MANY! BUT, YES, I DO agree with the fact that if "We The People" figure out a way of saving money or something that will cause a large entity to lose $$, the Gov. will find a way to shut us/it down, there is no doubt! Now, After reading your comments, I see a lot of people say, "they didn't change their diets or exercise while being on Fen-Phen, and they lost so much weight in a short time. PEOPLE, weight loss is NOT easy! Also, if you have not changed your habits, almost 20 years later, and having NO Fen-Phen, how in the world can you NOT expect to gain weight? I mean, use some common sense! As we get older, we tend to slow down (metabolism wise) if you don't stay active and change your eating habits, YES you WILL gain weight! If you have tried to change habits and you are only losing 2 lbs a week or even 6Lbs a month, it is because "that is really" how it is suppose to work. If it took years to gain 50Lbs and you lose 50 Lbs in 3 months, something is VERY UNHEALTHY with that. Think about it! I would love to lose weight like that, that quickly, but realistically, it's not good! Just exercise, watch what you eat, and do it the right way! That is exactly what I am starting to do. Is it easy? NO! Will I benefit in the long (long long) run? Yes! I am learning how to change my eating habits. It's amazing when you look at how much GOOD food you can eat in a day (plus a little snack) and still stay within 1200 calories a day VS 1 Ice cream Sundae that has about 2400 calories (even if that is all you eat in a day) Ok, so for 1 day, I fell off the "wagon" so to speak. Ok, so I had a bad food day! It happens. Today I will start again! So - get off your butts, go to the store and get the healthy food! Don't deprive yourself of a sweet treat, and DO IT THE RIGHT WAY~ Look at all the calories and fat in your food! Use the "My Fitness Pal" google it! I am amazed, just amazed at all of the grams of carbs, fat, protein, sugar and other categories of the food I eat. My Fitness Pal breaks it all down. Once you see it for yourself, you will be amazed at what goes into your body. So, lets knock off the, I need a miracle drug! On a side note, My cousin used a weight loss pill for a while (not Fen-Phen). She was not Fat but she felt she needed to lose a few Lbs. Otherwise, very healthy! She was found unconscious, in her room, by her daughter! She had been there like that for a long while before she was found. She was in a coma for a few months, she need some care around the clock, and she suffers with some brain damage! So, is your life really worth a diet pill?

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Phen -fen is the most perfect drug. I never felt better in my life during the 3 mos. I took it, before they took it away from us.
I had more energy, not too much, just enough to work and still feel like walking, exercising, having fun. I didn't crave bad foods, so I ate what I knew would be healthy. I also was happier than I ever remembered being. I was content before, but this gave an extra measure of positive outlook and calm. I was myself, only much better--happier, more energetic, accomplishing much more. AND I lost 30 lbs. in 3 months, which was my perfect weight. I took, at my own expense, all the cardio tests to make sure I hadn't incurred any health deficit. But I knew I hadn't, and I was right.
That was 20 yrs. ago and now that I am older and I don't have the benefit of the wonder drug Phen-fen, I am never energetic and am rather depressed since most of the weight has come back over time. If only I could take Phen-fen again. It does seem rather sketchy the way it was taken off the market for a few people, when most had done so well on it. If a money conspiracy is behind it, those evil people will be repaid for their harm to so many.
Many of us would be happy to sign a waiver to take the drug again. Please let me know if it comes on the market again.

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I was on the phen phen diet and it was wonderful and I lost 40 pounds and I felt great, and no side affects. now that the stopoed prescribing it I have gained back all of the weight and then some I am getting very depressed about it . I wanted to know how I go about getting the phen phen back. I am now so over weight that I have to do something. I have joined a gym have a personal trainer and I have been working out and I have not lost anything. I would appreciate it if you could direct on how to get back on the Phen Phen I would really like to know where I can get this Please let me know . Thank you

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Currently me and a lot of my family members are consuming fen-phen. We get a prescription from a weight loss clinic in Mexico and I have lost 15 pounds in two months! The doctor prescribes fen-phen with a lasic, 1/4 of metformin, and Eli the fat burner. Throughout the day my hunger is out the door and when I poop grease in my body comes out and is visible in the stool floating around. This stuff is amazing! Mexico has the best weight loss clinics! F*ck Trump!!!

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I was prescribed Phenfen back in the 90's. I LOVED IT. I lost 30 lbs. very easily. I too, had to force myself to eat. I wish I could find the Fenflourimine online somewhere. i would buy it in a heartbeat. My MD said, those people who died, and / or had adverse cardiac side affects, mostlikely had the cardiac issues before using the meds. My only issue wasm, it didn't mix well with BACARDI, but that is another story in itself.

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My late wife was prescribed this wonderful drug by her PCP back in the mid-90's. A few years later, ended up very septic and almost died. Her diagnosis was Endocarditis and 2 weeks in the hospital. Then 5 weeks later with mitral valve surgery. She developed antibodies in her blood from 2 blood transfusions. Over the years, had strokes and heart attacks from her inability to her blood thinners regulated. Wasn't able to work due to her poor health and short term memory loss. We weren't able to have children. She was in the class action lawsuit. Was told that she should get at least 1 million but only received $136,000 in 2 lump sums in 2006 and 2011. She passed away 4 years later at the age of 46 from a massive heart attack according to the medical examiner on her autopsy. I notified her attorney shortly after her death and was told "sorry, but there's no more money to be paid out".

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I lost forty pounds on phen phen. Never had a problem. Was never hungry, had to remind myself to eat. Got down to a size six @ 5' 7" and loved life. Was active and I feel very healthy. Never have had a problem for the twenty years in regard to pulmonary anything! What I loved about it was it didn't just stop me from being hungry. It actually made me not think about eating. I know that sometimes even when I am satisfied I still eat because my brain thinks I need it. Phen Phen Phen stopped me from thinking about food. It was like magic. And I never felt drugged. I've tried other things since, trying to find something remotely the same.
Also I have to wonder if those people who had problems would have had them if they hadn't taken Phen Phen. I mean give me a break. The comment here about taking one pill then hearing about the controversy and getting a refund. But now thinking what problems she is having now has to do with her condition. Seriously? Half the people having problems most likely have health issues due to being overweight. They've got to bring Phen Phen back!!

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Took Fen-Phen in the '90's it was the first time I didn't think about food all day long. God it was so great!!! I lost weight and honestly felt calm. I agree with everyone here who says that it was taken off the market because it worked.

My local pharmacist told me it has been taken off the market by the company that made it, but it is not banned. A compounding pharmacy can make it for you. The only draw back is you need a physician to write the script.

Just thought I would add this tidbit of information.

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Has anyone taken Qsymia? Is it effective? How does it compare with Phen-Phen?

Bushels of Thanks.

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FDA "Feed Them to Drug Administration" is all about money. They could care less about you or me darlings. I travel a lot and in several countries when my fellow American passengers and I entered Orly airport the things I heard "here comes the Americams". It is so sad that we are identified by our size. My goodness we are even lobbying for larger seats on planes. Where does it end???
My sibling and I took PHEN-PHEN for years under the guidance of the Doctor without problems and felt the best in our lives. I always ask my sibling how much money is enough for crooks. They can't possibly spend what they have in a1000 year. Their scientist F..#%ed our foods DNA so Our DNA no longer in sync with nature. So no matter how much we diet, jog, walk, or jump around till monkeys get jealous I say we are scr#%d. Bring back PHEN-PHEN. I'll pay more for it to the greedy Bast#%*ds. Each one of us has the right to govern our own body. It is amazing that they don't work as hard stopping illegal drugs.
Signed, EEGR and a I have a right to govern my own body.

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My my sister was prescribed Phen Phen for wait loss....after 6 months the drug was taken off the market.
Now she has pulmonary hypertension.....and need oxygen all the time.
This result happened over the past two years..... Her doctors says that it is related to her use of Phen Phen.

I understand that the class action law suit was settled and people like my sister are incurring not only additional health and medical costs not covered by their medical insurance coverage but their quality of life and life expectancy has diminished.

Is there any help for people like my sister? Who did not realize until very recently that they had suffered adversely from their usage of medically prescribed PhenPhen?

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I agree 100% with Aimee the nurse who posted a few months ago (Nov 2015). I also have a horribly slow metabolism that apparently is beyond any specialist's ability to 'fix' and the ONLY thing that has EVER WORKED for me was Fen-Phen.

When they took it off the market after a few cases (statistically insignificant I might add), my weight continued to increase to the point now that it literally has doubled - and NO amount of dieting and calorie counting has made ANY DIFFERENCE.

NO ONE believe a fat person that they don't stuff their face because they haven't been down this road, but I have, I am, and I have only found one and only one solution that ever worked. And now that they have brought back Phen and added Top to the mix, I am getting my doc to Rx it for me STAT.

I did get two pieces of advice from the cardiologist I just came from to make sure I am okay for this, and I want to share this with everyone who is reading this who is going to do this regiment to speed up their metabolism and lose weight: (1) Get a baseline echocardiogram BEFORE you start, this will let the cardiologist know if there is any damage now and down-the-line if you present any problems, and repeat them every 6 mts. (2) It has been shown that the least potential for damage is when someone does this Rx regiment for 3 mts and then stops. That isn't to say you can't have a echocardiogram then, make sure things are good, and start up again, but he said those who use it for the least amount of time have better odds of NOT having problems.

So for those who don't have a metabolism problem, especially those who think every fat person is due to gluttony or laziness, you have NO IDEA what the heck you are talking about. As the research has demonstrated, obese especially severely obese people are more likely to have more serious complications like diabetes, heart disease due to hypertension, etc than as a result of taking these medications.

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Look lets be real here, it was taken off the market because it worked, and it would have killed the billion dollar diet industry. Why not have people sign a waiver, take at your own risk. We have our government to thank for this.

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I dont think you guys read the article. It is BACK. I know 3 people on this drug currently. I would NOT use it, but I see how its worth it to some. Good luck

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I took phen-phen back in the 90's and lost 60 pounds in 6 months. No side effect not sure about my heart. I do believe and always have thought they took it of the market because it really works. I'm sure viagra has just as many heart problems and I'ts still on the market. If asked I would take phen-phen again. I'm almost at my highest weight ever 269. My health insurance will not cover gastric surgery. I feel I will not live a long life with having tryed everything else that doesn't work. Help!

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I agree with comment on FDA wanted it gone cause it worked and medical and pharm was loosing money , there is lots of things they never "let" happen because of that ! I took fen-phen in the 90's for 4 months no problems and lost 60lb. Still have no problems with heart valve and such.I have found the combo of OTC supplements of 5HTP, L-theanine and phenteramine ,does a good job ,not as good as fen-phen but better job than just the phenteramine by itself.if I could drive to Canada and fen-phen ,I would be in my car in the way to skinny again!

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I used this phen phen in the 90's, 1st time in 95 lost 60 pounds then again in 97-98 after the birth of my son lost 85 pounds never had a problem, helped me eat right never issues with heart and any side affects and have never been able to find anything close to helping me curb my appetite and loose weight like phen phen. Is there anything that anyone else knows that is even close to phen phen ?

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I use fen phen diet pill and lose 50 pd felt better then I ever when something works leave it along now I cant lose weight even if I cut my head off pleas help me again I am 70 years old and walk ever day and try to eat right nothing help

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I took this drug in the 90's and it was wonderful. I kept my weight at the weight I wanted to be after losing 70lbs on the drug. Today I have gained it all back. I am a type 2 diabetic. I have never had any problems from taking this drug. I wish I could get my hands on some more. I think it would be worth the risk to take it because I never felt better in my life when I was taking it. I believe the people who had problems would have had the problems sooner or later. There are too many people who have taken it with no problems and lost the weight they wanted to.

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I have looked high and low for anything remotely close to the fen-phen diet that helped me lose over 50 pounds back in the 90s to give me back my life! No doctor will prescribe me anything. They say I'm a great candidate for gastric bypass though, because I'm morbidly obese! The problem is, I don't eat huge amounts of food! I'm a nurse that's lucky if I get one proper meal a day. It's my metabolism that's the issue and once I lost all that weight with fen- phen, I was able to maintain and keep it off for years. It's just very hard to get motivated and find the energy to go to the gym when you weigh 250 pounds and your used to weighing 120. Your back hurts, your joints hurt, your out of breath in 3 minutes and your embarrassed, knowing everyone is judging you, thinking, "Yeah fatty, go eat another Big Mac!" And the whole time you wish you could scream at all the skinny people staring at you that you starve yourself every single day, but it doesn't help. They wouldn't believe you anyway, just like your doctor doesn't. "Calories in equal calories burned so if you're fat, you must be overeating and not exercising." I was thin my early years..... thin and gorgeous. I have a newfound respect for fat people. We are looked at in a very harsh light and no one REALLY wants to help fix the problem. I HAVE dieted AND exercised and was under a doctor's care with some appetite suppressant I didn't need and he was shocked to find I had only lost 2 pounds in 2 months. He said even if I hadn't followed the diet plan and didn't stick to my exercise program (which I did) he had never had anyone lose less than 10 pounds in a month. He at that point thought there must be something going on with my metabolism, but when all my tests came back "on the low side of normal", he stopped looking down that avenue. Well, did anyone test my metabolism BEFORE I got fat? No, of course not. Why would they? But who is to say that prior to becoming fat, my "normal" wasn't on the HIGH side? I mean, as a nurse, I see it all the time. Babies with a "normal" heart rate of 60 when the typical baby's heart beats around 120! Every single person is different! I took fen-phen with no side effects and had wonderful results. I would very, very happily take it again today if I could find it. I agree with whomever it was that said the side effects that allegedly are from this medicine far outweigh all the side effects of being morbidly obese. They should let US choose if we want to take the risk. I mean you can have a stroke or seizure from topiramate, but they prescribe it for mirgaines! Every drug out there has risks. We should get to choose if those risks are worth us getting to lose weight and ENJOY our lives, play with our kids, get out of our houses and LIVE!!

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I wish they would bring back FEN-PHEN. Best diet pill with NO side effects.

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This drug is over the counter meth. Get rid of it

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I used Fen-Phen and lost 50 pounds. It was wonderful. I was 40 years old and tried everything to lose weight. I was under a nurse practitioners care and had absolutely NO PROBLEMS. I am now 58 years old and would take it again to lose 20 pounds that don't budge, no matter how much exercise I do!! Please contact me if it ever comes back on the market. I will be first in line!!

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I agree with Renee. Fen-phen was awesome! I lost weight easily. I also did not have any problems with then or now. I wish it would come back. I have relatives in the health field and I was told the people who had the problems were abusing it. They were taking more than the recommended dosage. Don't know if that's true or not, but I had no problems what so ever. More is NOT always better.

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Fen-phen was a life saver for me, lost much weight and had no problems then or now from having taken this product. I would like take it again if made available. Is there anywhere I can purchase it?

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Phen-Fen was the best thing EVER! In 2013, the CDC, who had researched the claim of heart-valve issues with Phen-Fen for 10 years and found no link at all to heart valve disease. This reports was only made available to me after harassing them for years. The reason Phen-Fen was taken off the market was because it actually worked and decreased food sales by 40% and blood pressure and diabetes meds had a huge decrease in sales. The poisoning food industry and big pharma forced FDA to make up the lie about heart valve disease to get it out of the USA. The greedy crooks don't give a darn about your health just how many dollars they can make off the shortened life.

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I also used phen-phen in the 90's and had awesome results . I have had no side effects . I went from 140 down to 115 and now I have gained that weight plus and I am now 220. This was the only method that had ever helped me. I have tried all different diet supplements and fads exercise and nothing helps ! . I am also pre menopausal and that makes this issue even more difficult . please bring it back so that I may live a peaceful life again.........

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Is fenfluramine produced or sold anywhere outside of the U.S.?

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I was on Fen/Phen back in 1996 and lost 108 pounds and had absolutely no problems with medication. I thought it was wonderful and I wish they would bring it back.

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I took one only tablet then the scandal erupted. I returned the package and received a refund from the drug company. A few years later I developed heart valve disease and pulmonary hypertension. The cardiologists always ask if I had rheumatic fever (I didn't) and neither has anyone else in the family had heart issues like this. By the time it developed, I never thought about the tablets. Now it's likely to be too late to claim compensation.

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I too used phen fen with great success. I did not suffer from mood swings and because I was not starving all the time, I was able to make healthy food choices and I was able to eat with more portion control. I felt happier and lost 45 pounds with no medical issues. Please bring it back.

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I believe that the big pharmaceutical companies were behind the withdrawal of phen fen. They make billions of dollars selling drugs for obesity-related conditions, there is no way they would allow a weight loss product that actually worked as Phen fen did. Mayo clinic actually released a report disproving the heart valve issues but it was buried. Big business wins again, meanwhile boesity is epidemic in our country.

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I also used the phen-phen diet and lost weight and felt good,then they took it off the market. I wish they can bring it back, some people really benefited off it.

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I too use the drug back in 96 or 97 and went from a size 10 down to a size 5 with no health issues at all. I wish they would be bring it back because it helped tremendously. I am now 182 pounds and having a hard time keeping the weight off. With Fen Phen it gave me the energy I needed to work out plus curve my appetite so I wont crave the sweets.

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BRING FEN-PHEN BACK. I lost 45 lbs in 1996. No health problems. Now 222lbs. On a CIPAP, bad knee, Gerd, Lost Gall-bladder recently. I got to find the Fenfluramine.

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Want to buy phen/fen

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I was prescribed Fenfluramine to treat my O.C.D. Not only did the drug Fenfluramine removed almost all of my symptoms, I also lost some weight. When it was taken off the market, I tried other drugs among them Zoloft, which I am taking now, but none did what Fenfluramine did for my symptoms. My psychiatrist told me that if I had to have problems with Fenfluramine, I would've had them already after taking it for a few years. So, needless to say that I was not happy with the decision to have it taken off the market. If I was able to buy even a remotely similar product, I would do it without hesitation.

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LOVE-LOVE-LOVED Phen-fen. Easily lost 50#
Just before it was taken off the market. Have gained back Since. Always in search for the new Phen-fen. Can't find it.
I am on Belviq for month, not like phen-fen at all. Lost about 2# in a month. Can't afford to take this for 2 years.
Anything in Mexico worth looking into ?

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this is to all who wants phen-phen, try (qsymia) all it is , is repackaged phen-phen in a legal standpoint. i was on it for 3 months and lost 45 pounds and still love my chicken wings lol. give it a try u wont be disappointed. i was a former phen-phen user.

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Add me to the list of satisfied users. Without much effort, I lost 62 lbs. on Fen-Phen. My side effects? Sleeping like a baby. Waking up easily and ready to go. Diminished appetite. Less cravings for sweets. Sure, I sweated a lot during the first two months when I lost 3 inches in my waist (41 to 37") and I would occasionally "soof", a word the Dutch use to describe "zoning out", but it seemed the more I ate, the more I lost. Without it, I slowly climbed back to 220, then 230, then 240, now at 250.

I took a heart test back then and have since had a tube up my groin to my heart (angiogram?) following an unrelated case of myocarditis and my heart looks in great shape.

I wasn't comfortable needing pills to maintain my weight, BUT I am now taking high blood pressure medicine and anti-inflammatorys for my joints, which I may not need if I was lighter.

I've been tempted to buy it in Mexico, but I don't want to be a sucker and buy something fake. I wish it was back.

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I used Fen-Phen and lost weight gradually and under a Doctor's care. I felt good, never had any troubles with the drug and kept weight off, for awhile. This was probably back in the 80's. Now a little older my weight has gone up and no matter how I have changed my eating habits or how many miles I walk I consider myself just fat. I want this to come back so I can use it for my weight problem. I think people with heart problems and other related symptoms, shouldn't be allowed to obtain the drug and let us healty people use the drug that worked for us.

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240 to 165, i have two wardrobes, i still have all the new cloths I bought in 97 when i lost over 70 lbs, then they pulled the drug and i am up to 235. the subway diet, chicken, no red meat, cut out the candy, soda and i have gained weight,,, what do they care if we live or die,, they are going to make $$$$ no matter what our state of health is,, I would take it if it was available,, i am calling around to find a doctor who will give this new drug,,, i am tired of all this,, exercise and diet crap,,, my back is jacked, my back goes out if i walk too far... exercise,,,, i really wish i could......

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Its patently obvious that they want to profit from the garbage food industry which makes everyone fat and then to profit from all the diabetes, cholesterol and blood pressure meds. People who are thin, alert and energetic are much too hard for these satanic slave masters to control. The agenda is so very obvious. Otherwise, they would've just left the old ephedra diet pills you could buy without a prescription. They worked almost as well as the old fen phen and they worked a helluva lot better than the watered down garbage they call phentermine/adipex, qysmia, belziq, orilistat, etc. Basically, they relabled phentermine as Ritalin and Adderall and prescribe them to young ppl who don't need them because it screws up their metabolism when the get older then they will also become fat and diabetic and the viscious, evil Big Pharma cycle continues.......

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I was prescribed Fen-Phen way back when it was first introduced but i felt like crap on it, irritable, depressed, lashing out, crying. when it was removed by FDA my doctor prescribed phentermine after about 1 year of nothing. It worked. But then they took that off the market and many of us resorted to buying it online and who know *what* we purchased, that's the problem. Fast forward I was put on Adderall 10 years ago and it helps with ADHD but I've actually gained weight now that I've bene at the same dosage or less for at least 5 years. My new doctor's are afraid of it and they play games with how they write the scripts and the insurance co won't pay when the scripts are incorrectly written. I've been forced to go without my medication several times with no taper and now they are refusing to write the script at all deciding that it's not good for me. And it begins: : first I get tired, then I get depressed then I get anxious and extremely depressed and within two weeks I've begin loosing things- again. All the ADHD behavior returns - I start 10 different tasks without realizing it, my house became a mess, I loose the car keys, the car, forget where I am or what I'm doing, and then the rage returns. This is what I was like prior to being treated for ADHD. Thus, I've resorted to tapering off the medication by using cold medication (ephedrine makes me irritable, speeds up my heart and raises my blood pressure and creates anxiety and mood swings) and now i'm back to exhaustive searches online looking for phentermine on line. Because the Fen-Phen scare had lawyers chasing clients I became part of the class action lawsuit 10 years ago and thru those lawyers I was able to get heart valve and other tests like EEG. My heart is fine . but since they abruptly removed me from the adderall meds, my blood pressure has gone thru the roof and I'm back on phentermine or whatever it is I'm buying ....

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Please bring back phen phen, I lost weight when I took it and had no side effects. It is the only thing that has worked for me.

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Phen fen worked! I lost weight and kept it off by moderating how often I took the pills. It should still be available to help people lose weight. Lawyers are always looking for drugs to sue about...it's the money game, and big pharma and the health care industry loves to treat the symptoms of overweight like diabetes and hypertension...again a money/insurance bonanza. They don't care about the fat person who needs to lose weight, feel better and get well. I wish Phen fen was on the market now. Let me make my own decision if I want to take it or not. I was in the settlement, it was easy and I did get money but I wish it was still on the market because I was thinner and looked and felt great, no pre-diabetes and no borderline hypertension. I run and workout regularly but nothing did as well as phen/fen. Bring it back!!

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i love phen phen i vote to bring it back i agree stop listening to lawyers if you watch tv and who doesn't you can't go 30 minutes without a commercial for lawyers if you took this drug and suffered this call who ever we will get you money bs..bring bank phen phen

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A company called Arena pharmaceuticals spent 14 years developing a drug to replace Fen Phen. The bad part of the drug combination was the Fen part and they have a new drug that was just approved called Belviq. Several years of clinical trials of of Belviq showed no issues with Valvulopathy like Fen had. More recently, a small safety study was just done that shows that Belviq and phen combined have very few side effects. There is your new and improved weight loss miracle pill.

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I love this weight loss pill, it gave me energy. I felt great and didn't think of food all day.
Lost the weight and kept it off. It was taken from me & all of you who loved it. (Because of some folks that cried wolf-B.S.)
I have gained back what I have lost. I keep trying everyday of my life to lose the weight, doing everything that is out there to do.
Exercise, eating right, lots of H2O. I stay away from sugars & carbs. What the hell am I missing.
I want the fen phen back. Why not.... It worked..

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This was the best EVER for weight loss. I had all the heart valve damage tests and everything was fine. Now I have gained the weight back and then some. I now take diabetes meds, high cholesterol meds, and blood pressure meds. Willing to trade these for the fen phen!

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I took it loved it there is nothing that works anymore adepex joke does not work on me at all

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Interesting

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can you get this med without a prescription?

if not, can you supply me with a weight program that does work?

Thank you.
Charles A Rose,l PhD

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Both my sister and I took fen-phen. For the first time in our lives we woke up in the morning without thinking of food but wanted Togo walking. Our meals finally were in the right portion, we were without any problem. I was seen by the doctor's office every week to check blood pressure. My sister on the other hand who lives in CA was telling me the doctor gave those without asking any question and as many asshe wanted like candies.
We were only taking the morning prescription and we felt fine and lost weight.
We were happy so please bring those back, now her daughter is thinking of going for the Bypass operation and tell me what is more dangerous, fen phen or operation.
Stop listening to lawyers they only want to make money and would they take Viagra out? Of course not even if there was problem.

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I used phen-phen and was so happy when I went from size 24 to 14 now 2014 im back to 24 ..My doctor at the time told me the government would get rid of the drug because it would kill the diet drugs which is a big market.Every drug even advil can cause damage to organs,being obes will kill you before the drug phen-phen ..The drug had people with diabiets off of injections which gave less money to health care.

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I used fen-phen right before it was taken off the market, and it worked great! I was so disappointed as nothing else before or since even came close to how well it worked. Bring it back and let me decide if I want to take the risks. Have you noticed medication commercials lately and all the side effects to watch out for? And here we have poor fen-phen which would make drug companies BILLIONS but nooooooooo.. can't do that! Why not? It WORKS!

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I too took Fen-Phen for a few months before they took it off the market. I lost over 50 lbs without changing my lifestyle. I was just recently on the Qsymia and it has more bad side effects then Pondamin did!!!! It does not work as good as the ole Phen Fen did!!!! PLEASE bring it back!!!! I do not have heart valve problems like they say others have. Like people say, there is money to be made in the treatment, not in the cure!!!!!! Money hungry people. It worked and they don't want you to have what works!!!!!

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back in 1988 i was put on a drug called-pondimun--because of my weight.the dr. said to come back in a month and i went back 29 days later to find out i had lost 30 pounds without changing any of my habits or routines and i had absolutely no side effects.in 1996 i was put on the fen-phen diet and lost 17 pounds in 2 weeks and i took a psychotic breakdown.
i entered the lawsuit and because i didnt die or have heart problems i was kicked out ot the lawsuit.
i think if the fda would just look at pondimun they wouldnt need to mix it with any other drug for people to lose weight.

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I too was a fen phen user and lost a lot of weight
It did work so well
Have tried alternative ways of taking fat off but only one worked
HCG IS AWESOME but so expensive seems like a expensive habit once every 3 months or 2 months depending for weight loss
I am afraid my body prefers to be a size 14 I am sad to say
Weighed in at 195 and know this caused back pain leg and feet pain so I am trying phentermime by itself
I will let you know how it works day 1 was great

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I used fen-phen yrs ago and it worked great! I wasn't obese, but was overweight. I lost the weight with little to no side effects. Every now and then I would be a little jumpy, but it was totally worth it. I had no preexisting conditions and was devastated when they pulled it. I go to the gym and try to eat healthy, but the fen-phen gave me a jumpstart. PLZZZZZ put it back on the market! One w/o the other just doesn't work!

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I am looking to get Phen Fen because I took it back in 94 - 95 and I too, lost weight. I felt a little jittery at times but that was all. I only took it for 2 months and lost what I wanted and that was that.
I am overweight now, and run, exercise and try to eat healthy but my weight is a pound or so less a month. I have tried several diet pills but none work and it's just a waste of time that I refuse to waste my money on anything out there. I am looking to get a liposuction which will cost over $7000 that I don't have and I can't do because I don't have that money. I am a mom of 6 kids, my skin is pretty elastin and have NO scars but I am a size 13 looking to be at least a size 9 or 7 at the most. I am short therefore the 170 pounds on me are really weighing me down since I run every morning, go to work and then go to college at night. Please bring the Phen Fen pill back or take everything else that has caused a person a problem.

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I took phen-phen and loved it !! It was the easiest way for me to lose and at 250 I needed help.. The problem I feel is doctors giving it to people NOT OBESE .. My neighbor had got it from her doc and she was tall and weight 135 ... Doctors should stick to rules.. I felt great and it helped me , after 15 years I still have no side affects

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I would love for Fen-Phen to come back on the market. It was never meant for people who only needed to lose 10 pounds or reach a size zero. My doctor was very strict and you had to see her to get a refill. If you lost to much weight to fast she wouldn't let you refill. She also made sure you had no health issues from being on it, which was part of a routine checkup to be on it. If you ask me the problem was it actually worked!! That my friends was bad for business. They stood to lose trillions on the crap they put out that does nothing. Every drug on the market can and is misused by someone. It just seems fun to me that men have died from Viagra and have also had many health issues because of it. Yet its still on the market along with a list of others. ALso isn't it funny that those two drug gave a good blue print to what worked yet they cant come up with a healthier replacement all these years later.

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I wish they would bring it back, my heart doctor even said people who already had problems are the ones who got sick
and other just went crazy. All I took was the one dose in the AM and took out half of the phentermine. That dose alone
worked wonders

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I also did Phen Phen diet. It worked very well in a short time. I did not see any harm in it. Where i went we had to go in once a week for a check up. I think the biggest
problem was some people were just getting and taking it
without a weekly exam . And they probobly already had a heart issue because they were over weight. Had everyone been monitered they might not of had problems
with it. So if there was something wrong they might have found it sooner.

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I took fen phen for about a year. I felt better than anytime in my life. So what's worse? 60 or 100 lbs overweight for your heart or fen phen? Should be my decision..I want my fen phen back!

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I took it for a couple months back in 96 after my daughter was born. Both myself & my Mom were very jittery but we lost an extremes amount of weight on just the little time we were on it! I wish it was available today. My Dr. Only had us on it for a short time so no adverse side effects or reactions...

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Ho bisogno di perdere peso

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I took it and I am fine. Just think, with that 2 k you could go out and buy a new horse. That's what I would do if I were you. Anyway, that is what you should do.

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I was in the original lawsuit but due to all of the cheating going on and the lawyers that cheated their clients, and putting all of us on hold for the longest time, then they came back and said you don't have that much damage to your valve, so sorry, your out of luck. Right. Well to this day I still have a problem with the valve, can do a lot of things I use to be able to, shortness of breath, something I will have forever, no matter how much I try to build up to doing something, it's just not going to happen.

So I see there are still problems out there with these drugs, and I so wish I hadn't waited to get into the lawsuit, if I had done it right away I would have gotten a settlement but waiting too long kept me from getting anything. A token payment of $2000 now don't bother us anymore. Not bad enough for surgery but bad enough for lifestyle change.

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