Phen (Fen-Phen)

Since the diet-drug combination of fenfluramine and phenteramine, commonly known as fen-phen. Withdrawn from the market (see MedicineNet’s Doctor’s View, (“September 19, 1997 FenPhen Combo Finished in FDA Finale”), people with an interest in promoting weight loss may turn to Herbal PhenFen.

phenHerbal Phen-Fen,much easier to obtain than fenphen ever was. As a “dietary supplement,” Herbal PhenFen is available without prescription in drugstores. Also in health-food stores and from Nutri/System, a diet-program company. It costs about $10 a week.

The prescription combination consisted of fenfluramine. Which raised the level of the chemical serotonin in the brain thereby making a consumer feel full and eat less. aPhenteramine, which increased the metabolic rate so that the person burned up more calories.

Although a promotional brochure states that Herbal PhenFen is “just like” prescription fenphen. This is not true. The September, 1997 issue of Consumer Reports notes that Herbal PhenFen is a “combination of extracts of Saint-John’s-wort, a mood-boosting herb. And ma huang, a stimulant also known as ephedra.”

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