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Twenty-five years ago the great Athenian doctor Hippocrates believed that balance is health and that imbalance is the cause of all illness and pain For more than three hundred years this concept has been in disfavour Now clinical experiences with PhenFen suggest that Hippocrates was right While both phentermine and fenfluramine have been available since the mid-seventies patients were generally reluctant to use them because of the always present fear of addiction During many instances when people did try either one of these new drugs they could not tolerate the side effects The pills in fact do work because they trick the brain into thinking that the stomach is full But they also seem to affect the brain in other less desirable ways The thought process behind creating a superdrug such as PhenFen was that by combining the two medications one could take advantage of their different pharmacologic actions getting in essence better effectiveness while hopefully minimizing the mild side effects Michael D Myers 1997 Despite the side effects that are still present drug companies are making lots of money off of PhenFen It is the second fastest growing drug in the country In 1996 it earned about 191 million for its maker Wyath-Ayerst CNN 1997 Obesity poor nutrition and inactivity are estimated to contribute to about 300000 deaths a year National Institution of Health 1996 thus there is an increased demand for such pills as PhenFen In this paper I will discuss the two drugs that make up PhenFen Fenfulramine and Phentermine and discuss the side effects for each of the pills I will introduce Serotonin and Dopamine two of the brains neurotransmitters and the effect of PhenFen on them I will also discuss who should and who shouldnt use this potentially dangerous diet Finally I will look at a case study from Michael D Myers which makes some very important conclusions about the diet Fenfluramine Fenfluramine was discovered
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