Losing weight not ensuring losing trouble – Health supplements gone wrong

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Losing weight not ensuring losing trouble – Health supplements gone wrong

To be in perfect shape is a dream of many; some achieve it and some don’t. One might avail the toughest road possible to lose the unwanted fat and still may not be content with the aftermath. The practise of intake of health supplements is one shady area. Every one’s body reacts to each of these supplements differently. Two people prescribed with same health supplements for losing weight (under similar circumstances, of course) might have different outcomes all together; one might conquer all the stubborn fat deposition with no side-effects at all while the other person’s body might have reacted to the same situation differently.

Duromine with fenfluramine is an example of one such combination of drugs for temporary loss of weight, which eventually not only degraded the fat content of the body as well as harmed a human being in certain ways. Duramine is the trade name for Phentermine and thus you can easily guess the extent of its actions. When people are in the frenzy to lose all the excess fat, they don’t mind taking a step ahead than what has been prescribed. The society and the subsidiary health issues are responsible as we think the early one can lose weight, the better it is for our image. Along with taking a health supplement, one also follows a stringent work-out routine and diet. Little do people know that the medications prescribed by the trusted doctor are eventually going to intervene with other physiological processes of our body. So should you blame the doctor or the pharmaceutical company or the person who is religiously trying to lose weight? Well the answer is rather stochastic.

Basically, Duramine and fenfluramine are drugs that are responsible for reducing our appetite and are (rather were) prescribed to obese people for losing weight. The combination of these two drugs is more potent rather than individual usage. In 1970s, fenfluramine was prescribed as a single drug and later in1990s, fenfluramine was combined with Phentermine (available since 1959). They are also referred as fen-phen colloquially. With adverse health problems reported, fen-phen was no more made available after 1997.

Why was the drug terminated from being used?

  • Cardiovascular effects – palpitations, tachycardia, high blood pressure; rare cases of stroke, angina, myocardial infarction, cardiac failure and cardiac arrest have been reported.
  • Central Nervous System effects like overstimulation, restlessness, nervousness, insomnia, tremor, dizziness and headache; there are rare reports of euphoria followed by fatigue and depression, and very rarely, psychotic episodes and hallucinations.
  • Gastrointestinal effects include nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, cramps, unpleasant taste, diarrhoea, and constipation.
  • Other impacts like urinating conditions, impotency, facial swelling and changes in libido.

Is all appetite reducing drugs bad?

The simple answer is no. This is mainly because a drug is only labelled ‘bad’ when it produces any side-effects. When a particular medicine is marketed after a long period of clinical research (10 or more years), no researcher ever claims that the medicine is going to work on the whole population without any side-effects as a drug’s efficiency is calculated statistically and not in a deterministic fashion. Consult your dietician and administer Duromine with fenfluramine to see the notable changes as a trial.

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