Definition of fenfluramine in English:

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Pronunciation: /fenˈflo͝orəˌmēn/

Entry from US English dictionary


An SSRI appetite-suppressant drug once prescribed for obesity, but withdrawn from the US market in 1997 because of safety concerns. It was one component of fen-phen.
Example sentences
  • In the 1990s, a combination of two drugs, fenfluramine and phentermine - fen-phen - was shown to have a mild short-term effect in helping overweight people lose a few pounds.
  • Because of the withdrawal of fenfluramine from the U.S. market, phentermine is now used as a single weight-loss agent.
  • US health officials last week warned Americans about two potentially deadly Chinese weight-loss pills that may contain fenfluramine, a diet drug pulled from the US market after it was linked to heart problems.
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