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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Ionamin
Answer: Wouldn't be my first choice.
Ionamin and Weight Loss [posted
Answer: The dosage is fine. So far there doesn't appear to be long term side effects with this one, but I would get regular checks of liver and heart function. Your regimen seems fine except for the lack of monitoring.
Ionamin [posted 7/30/98]
Answer: No, other than direct questions to the medical department of the company that makes Ionamin. Medeva Pharmaceuticals: 800-932-1950.
Ionamin and negative side effects?
Answer: Nobody knows the true incidence of side effects or even if this side effect has anything to do with the drug combination. Currently, the side effects look rare(one in several thousand), but they are very severe. It seems that one needs to be on the drugs for in excess of 6 months and possibly a year to develop the pulmonary and cardiac problems. However, no one knows exactly. I would get an echocardiogram to be sage, but I doubt if your dyspnes(shortness of breath) is due to the drug regimen. I recommend that patients avoid these drugs until the true incidence is known and only take them for severe medical reasons(diabetes, hypertension, etc) where the gain should be greater than the risk.
Answer: Ionamin is a medication prescribed for weight loss programs, in association with dietary modification. Its generic name is phentermine, and this medication, as you stated, does have some side effects, several of which can be significant. The Physician's Desk Reference includes among these side effects: palpitations, high blood pressure, restlessness, insomnia, agitation, tremor, headache, dry mouth, diarrhea, constipation, changes in sexual function or desire. A similar medication, known as Pondimin, or fenfluramine, is also a weight reduction medication and has a similar action in the body. Both medications have received publicity over their role in causing pulmonary hypertension. Although many cases were in patients on combined therapy with both medications, there is the possibility of either drug being responsible. Pulmonary hypertension is a condition in which the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries is abnormally elevated. These are the blood vessels that travel to the lung to receive oxygen, that will then be carried to the rest of the body. This can be caused by chronic lung diseases such as emphysema, heart valve abnormalities, heart failure, and in some cases is due to an unknown cause. Elevations in pulmonary blood pressure leads to abnormalities in lung function, including the ability to oxygenate the blood passing through. Symptoms can include shortness of breath, especially with exercise, easy fatiguability, malaise and lethargy, as well as a dry cough. Of course, many other conditions can cause these symptoms, and are far more common than pulmonary hypertension. However, as you have been taking Ionamin, routine follow up appointments with your health care provider is important to determine the effects of the medication on your weight loss, as well as to see if any potential side effects are occurring.
Answer: Ionamin is a medication prescribed for weight loss programs, in
association with dietary modification. Pondamin is also a weight loss medication,
containing the compound known as fenfluramine. Both medications are designed to enhance
weight loss when taken in conjunction with dietary modification, as well as activity level
changes, and the way in which they aid in losing weight are similar once in the body. Both
also have side effects that you should be aware of, and that you should discuss and
monitor with your healthcare provider. The two medications should not be taken together.
Again, as you have been taking ionamin, routine follow up appointments with your
healthcare provider is important to determine both the effects of the medication on your
weight loss, as well as to see if any potential side effects are occurring, several of
which can be serious.
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