Pulmonary hypertension associated with use of Phentermine

Woo Dae Bang, Ji Ye Kim, Hee Tae Yu, Sung Soo Cho, Ji Yong Jang, Chang Myung Oh, Boyoung Joung, Hyuk Jae Chang

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Abstract

Weight-control drugs (known as anorexigens) such as fenfluramine have been linked with pulmonary hypertension in previous reports. In our case, a 29 year old woman was admitted for shortness of breath and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension. Three months ago, she had been taking phentermine for five weeks. Other factors that might have contributed to the development of pulmonary hypertension were excluded. With treatment, her symptoms improved. This is the first case that can suggest a possible connection between phenermine single medication with pulmonary hypertension. Phentermine has been considered a relatively safe drug to treat obesity, and further investigation is needed to decide the safety and dosage of phentermine.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)971-973
Number of pages3
JournalYonsei medical journal
Volume51
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2010 Nov 1

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Bang, W. D., Kim, J. Y., Yu, H. T., Cho, S. S., Jang, J. Y., Oh, C. M., Joung, B., & Chang, H. J. (2010). Pulmonary hypertension associated with use of Phentermine. Yonsei medical journal, 51(6), 971-973. https://doi.org/10.3349/ymj.2010.51.6.971