Pondimin is a brand name form of Fenfluramine Hydrochloride, which has been taken off the market in the United States. It comes along with severe and life-threatening side effects, and there are plenty of safer alternatives. This drug can pose serious risks to heart health and can even lead to death. Let’s examine some of these side effects and discuss why this drug is no longer legal or available to patients in the United States.
What are the Severe Side Effects of Pondimin?
Pondimin was taken off the market due to some of the very severe side effects that it can cause. These side effects can even be life threatening, so the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken it off the market. Let’s look at some of the severe side effects of this drug:
- Incorrect direction of blood flow in the mitral and aortic valves of the heart
- High blood pressure
- Increase of pressure with pulmonary circulation
- Skin inflammation due to an allergic reaction
What are the less Severe Side Effects of Pondimin?
The side effects of Pondimin that are listed above are just some of the most severe ones that can pose a major risk to the user. There are, however, many more side effects that can make it difficult to use this drug. Here are some of the less severe side effects:
- Trouble falling asleep and staying asleep
- False sense of well being
- Abnormal rhythm of heart beat
- Changes in sexual interest, desire, and/or ability
- Blurry vision
- Pain and/or difficulty with urination
- Dry mouth
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea and vomiting or the feeling of needing to vomit
- Weakness in the body
- Frequent urination
- Headache or pain in the head
- Erectile dysfunction
- Inability to make a bowel movement or less frequent bowel movements
- Lack of energy
- Slurred speech
- Cramping in the stomach and/or abdomen
- Changes in ability to taste foods
As you can see, this drug comes along with a whole plethora of side effects that seem far less than pleasant. The removal from the market is due to the severe side effects, though. The less severe ones can be quite uncomfortable for many people, but it is the severe side effects that can actually pose great risk to a patient’s health and even their life. For these reasons, this drug is no longer available in the United States. Please do not try to illegally obtain this drug online or on the street. There are few practices that you can do that are more dangerous than this. Frist of all, it is illegal, so you risk your freedom. It is also dangerous to your health. If you successfully get the right drug, you stand to experience some of the severe side effects that can be fatal. You may also receive something that is not even Pondimin. You will not know what you are getting or what you are taking, and you could put your health and your life at serious risk if you engage in this kind of practice.
While this drug is no longer available in the United States, whether or not you have a prescription, there are plenty of other alternatives that you can use if you are obese and need to lose weight for your health. Talk with your doctor about all of your options as well as the various drugs that are on the market for weight loss. Pondimin has been found to have very severe side effects that far outweigh the side effects of many other weight loss medications, which can still be severe and even life-threatening. Your doctor will be able to assist you in finding the ideal weight loss medication for you and your needs. You may even have to play around with several to find out which ones will be most effective for you while avoiding the more severe side effects. Regardless of what you choose, make sure to consult your doctor or nurse practitioner. Never try to obtain these drugs illegally online or on the street. If you do this you put your freedom, your health, and your life at risk.
Pondimin did show good results with weight loss in users, but the risks of this drug far outweigh the possible rewards and/or results. With weight loss drugs, doctors will weigh the risks of a drug compared to the risks of obesity to determine if a patient is a good candidate for a drug. In many cases, an individual’s obesity poses a far greater risk to them than the side effects of a weight loss drug. However, in the case of Pondimin, doctors finally realized that its risks do actually outweigh the risks of obesity. Many users of this drug (and others that contain Fenfluramine) had such severe side effects, especially ones that affect the heart, that this drug was no longer considered safe or even less of a risk than morbid obesity. Talk with your doctor about some newer alternatives like various forms of Phentermine Hydrochloride. You can find varying doses to help with side effects. You can also find ones that are combination drugs that mix Phentermine with other ingredients that will help to boost weight loss with diet and exercise. Remember to put your health first and to trust your doctor. They have your best interest at heart and are here to help you to get healthy. Bottom line, do not seek out Pondimin in any way. There are plenty of other options if you are struggling with obesity.
Over the Counter Alternatives
There are many options for over the counter alternatives if you are unapproved or unable to get a prescription weight loss drug. All natural supplements like PhenoFen 37.5 are a great alternative for individuals who do not qualify for stronger prescription meds. As with any supplement, make sure that you talk with your doctor or nurse practitioner before adding to your daily dietary intake. It is also important to remember that, just as with prescription weight loss medications, you will need to reduce your daily caloric intake and increase your daily physical activity if you want to be successful with your weight loss goals. Medications and supplements are only intended to help assist you with appetite suppression (and some other benefits like energy). It is up to you to make the major lifestyle changes that are necessary to lose weight and get healthy. Talk with your doc, stay on track, and don’t lose hope. You got this!
Pondimin: Side Effects. (n.d.). Retrieved from WebMD: http://www.webmd.com/drugs/2/drug-19013/pondimin-oral/details/list-sideeffects