Entry from US English dictionary
A prescription appetite-suppressant drug that binds to receptors on the hypothalamus, and is one of the pair of drugs known as fen-phen. It is still prescribed independently for obesity, following the withdrawal of fenfluramine, the other component of fen-phen.
- The prescription diet drug phentermine (the phen in the now infamous phen-fen debacle) can indeed cause impotence.
- At the same time, the use of fenfluramine and phentermine together was gaining in popularity, and cases of PPH associated with these drugs soon appeared.
- 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.
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