An SSRI appetite-suppressant drug once prescribed for obesity, but withdrawn from the US market in 1997 because of safety concerns.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.
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- 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.