pondimin-fenfluramine (fenfluramine hydrochloride) is an anorectic drug used to manage exogenous obesity as a short-term (a few weeks) adjunct in a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction. The brand name Pondimin is discontinued in the U.S., but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Pondimin (fenfluramine hydrochloride) include:
- dry mouth,
- trouble sleeping (insomnia),
- false sense of well-being,
- rapid heartbeat,
- nervousness, or
The usual dose of Pondimin is one 20 mg tablet three times daily before meals. Depending on the degree of effectiveness and side effects, the dosage may be increased at weekly intervals by one tablet (20 mg) daily until a maximum dosage of two tablets three times daily is attained. Pondimin may interact with antihypertensive drugs, and other CNS depressant drugs. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Pondimin should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our Pondimin (fenfluramine hydrochloride) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.