Thank you for writing about possible side effects and the unknown long-term consequences of fen/phen.
I am a personal fitness instructor and have helped several people change their lives and accept their less-than-perfect body types.
The people I see on this drug combination have had little nutritional counseling.
Fen/phen is helping reduce people's tendencies to overeat, but many are not opting for a balanced diet.
Obese people have to decide for themselves that they are willing make difficult lifestyle changes, and then they need for the people in their lives to encourage them in every way, shape and form.
Fen/phen (fenfluramine and phentermine) is a popular and potent prescription weight loss combination.
But it is no substitute for learning to eat properly and exercise appropriately. Thanks for your input.
Joe Graedon is a pharmacologist. Teresa Graedon is a medical anthropologist and nutrition expert.
Pub Date: 5/14/96