Have You Experienced Severe Health Complications Related to Taking Fen Phen?
Back in the mid 1990s, people were thrilled when a new “miracle” diet drug hit the market – Fen Phen was considered the answer to many people’s weight loss prayers. Commonly sold under the brand name Redux, Fen Phen (or Phen Fen) combined two drugs (fenfluramine and phentermine) that separately didn’t have much influence on weight loss, but when taken together resulted in patients losing dramatic quantities of weight very quickly.
By 1996, as many as six million Americans were taking Fen Phen/Redux to treat obesity, and people were indeed losing weight. Unfortunately, many people who were taking this medication to get healthy were also developing dangerous heart valve problems directly linked to the medication.
What Were Fen Phen’s Most Serious Side Effects?
In 1997 the FDA issued a warning that taking Fen Phen could lead to:
- Heart valve disease
- Pulmonary hypertension
- Shortness of breath
- Extreme fatigue
- High blood pressure
The New England Journal of Medicine published an article about 24 Midwestern women who had developed heart valve disease as a result of taking Fen Phen. By September, 1997, Fen Phen was completely recalled, and hasn’t been legally sold in the U.S. since.
If you experienced injuries or illnesses because of taking Fen Phen, contact Goldberg & Osborne for more information. You may be eligible to file a claim regarding your health complications. To start the process, please feel free to fill out our online claim form.
What Should I Do If I Took Fen Phen?
If took Redux/Fen Phen for any period of time, you would be wise to see your doctor and get a complete physical examination to see if you show any symptoms of heart or lung disease. If possible, compare your results with your prior medical history to see if there is a difference. You may also wish to ask your doctor to perform an echocardiogram to examine the health and function of your heart.
If there is any evidence that you have suffered injuries from taking Fen Phen, contact the personal injury attorneys at Goldberg & Osborne. Our legal professionals have experience handling drug-related injury claims, including Fen Phen claims.
Unfortunately, many victims do not realize that states have established statutes of limitations for personal injury claims. If you or a loved one has suffered as a result of taking Fen Phen, we encourage you to contact us without delay. We want you to get the compensation that is rightfully yours before your time runs out.
Contact Goldberg & Osborne for a free evaluation of your Fen Phen-related injuries. Our toll free number is (800) 549-8048. You can fill out our short online form and submit it as well. Once your information is received, someone will contact you to assess and confirm your case.