Fenfluramine

Description

Fenfluramine is an appetite suppressant that helps in reducing the weight of obese patients. Proper diet and exercise are necessary to control weight.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Fenfluramine

  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Unusual tiredness and weakness
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation

Uses of Fenfluramine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Obesity
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The amount of time required for this medicine to show its action is not clinically established.
  • Duration of effect
    The amount of time for which this medicine remains active in the body is not clinically established.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported.
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use if you have a known allergy to Fenfluramine or any other inactive ingredients present along with this medicine.

Heart and blood vessel disorder

The medicine is not recommended for use in patients with serious heart and blood vessel disorders like hypertension, valvular heart disease, angina, irregular heartbeat, etc. due to the risk of worsening of the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women.
General warnings

Hypertension

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with hypertension (high blood pressure) due to the risk of severe adverse effects. Frequent clinical monitoring, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition.

Liver diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from liver diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of liver function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Kidney Diseases

This medicine should be used with caution in patients suffering from kidney diseases due to the increased risk of severe adverse effects. Close monitoring of kidney function tests is necessary while receiving this medicine. Appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be required in some cases based on the clinical condition.

Driving or operating machinery

This medicine may cause dizziness or drowsiness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery during treatment with this medicine, at least until the response to initial treatment has been determined.

Other medicines

Fenfluramine may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Alprazolam

Acetazolamide

Zopiclone

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take this exactly as advised by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable side effects. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor since this may cause withdrawal symptoms.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

May cause sleepiness

How it works
This medicine alters the levels of a chemical called serotonin in the brain which suppresses appetite.
Legal Status

Banned

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antiobesity agents

Schedule

Schedule H

Fenfluramine [Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2018 [cited 26 December 2018]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/fenfluramine

Fenfluramine - DrugBank [Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2018 [cited 26 December 2018]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB00574

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Information on this page was last updated on 25 Apr 2019

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