Did you use the diet drugs fen-phen or Redux before they were taken off the market last fall? Have you been checked yet for signs of heart or lung disease?
By now, you probably know that fenfluramine (the “fen” in fen-phen) and dexfenfluramine (trade name Redux) were pulled from the shelves, but you may not have heard that the Department of Health and Human Services has recommended that anyone who’s used these drugs for any length of time get checked, particularly if they’re planning any invasive medical or dental procedure.
These drugs have been linked to a heart valve disease that can occur without any obvious symptoms. Your physician will know what to look for.