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Could taking phentermine alone cause pulmonary hypertension?

Could taking phentermine alone cause pulmonary hypertension?

Yes: It has been associated with higher incidence of pulmonary hypertension but it is dependent on how long you are on it and certain predisposing genetic factors. ...Read more

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Dr. Eric Weisman
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Hypertension (Definition)

A blood pressure reading has two numbers: a systolic blood pressure and a diastolic blood pressure. The systolic blood pressure is the maximum pressure the blood exerts on the vessels when the heart is beating. The diastolic blood pressure is the pressure the blood exerts on the vessels in between heartbeats. Hypertension, or high blood pressure, begins when the systolic blood pressure remains above 140 or when the diastolic blood pressure remains above 90. Hypertension can be a result of increased blood flow through vessels or increased resistance to ...Read more


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Does taking phentermine alone cause pulmonary hypertension?

Does taking phentermine alone cause pulmonary hypertension?

Phentermine: While it is uncertain, a prospective surveillance study1 of 579 patients—205 with primary pulmonary hypertension and 374 with secondary pulmonary hypertension—showed no relation between primary pulmonary hypertension and Phentermine (odds ratio 0·6, 95% ci 0·2—2·2). ...Read more

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Can taking phentermine cause pulmonary hypertension?

Phentermine: While it is uncertain, a prospective surveillance study1 of 579 patients—205 with primary pulmonary hypertension and 374 with secondary pulmonary hypertension—showed no relation between primary pulmonary hypertension and Phentermine (odds ratio 0·6, 95% ci 0·2—2·2). ...Read more

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Took phentermine for a few months 3+ years ago, lost weight, kept it off. Worried about pulmonary hypertension, would this have already shown up?

Took phentermine for a few months 3+ years ago, lost weight, kept it off. Worried about pulmonary hypertension, would this have already shown up?

No: That is diagnosed by a cardiologist doing a catheterization study on you. It is not a study lightly to be done. He would probably first want to do an echocardiographic study to study the internal structure of the papillary muscles in your heart which developed problems in the past when this drug was prescribed for weight loss. You should talk to a good cardiologist about this issue. ...Read more

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How do u know if u have pulmonary hypertension from phintermine?

How do u know if u have pulmonary hypertension from phintermine?

A rare side effect: If mild, you may not feel anything at all. If severe and prolonged, you may have trouble with your heart--right-sided heart strain/failure. You may notice neck vein distention. You may notice shortness of breath, especially on exertion etc. If you used Phentermine for longer than 6 month, or have any such symptoms above, consult doc. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) can show this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What are your chances is getting pulmonary hypertension from phintermine? Low or high?

What are your chances is getting pulmonary hypertension from phintermine? Low or high?

A rare side effect: If mild, you may not feel anything at all. If severe and prolonged, you may have trouble with your heart--right-sided heart strain/failure. You may notice neck vein distention. You may notice shortness of breath, especially on exertion etc. If you used Phentermine for longer than 6 month, or have any such symptoms above, consult doc. An echocardiogram (ultrasound) can show this. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Do panic attacks cause pulmonary hypertension? Or could pulmonary hypertension cause panic attacks?

No and yes: Panic attacks, while frightening cannot cause any disease themselves. Pulmonary hypertension is a chronic heart/lung disease which develops over years. Any disease process which causes shortness of breath can trigger panic attacks in people who are prone. Panic attacks are an inappropriate triggering of the system which helps us recognize when we are in danger, so shortness of breath can trip it. ...Read more

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How to know the cause of my moderate pulmonary hypertension?

Pulmonary HTN: If confirmed by a catheter study then there is a differential diagnosis list to assess cause, do not smoke, do drugs, avoid amphetamines etc:go and discuss with whoever made the initial diagnosis ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension cause troubles breathing?

Can pulmonary hypertension cause troubles breathing?

Yes: Common symptoms include breathlessness, chest pain, dizziness, chronic fatigue, edema (leg swelling), and light-headedness or fainting at rest or with exercise. ...Read more

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Why does haemolytic anaemia cause pulmonary hypertension?

Why does haemolytic anaemia cause pulmonary hypertension?

Depends: Not all hemolytic anemias cause pulmonary hypertension. Sickle cell anemia does because sickled cells block the blood vessels in the lung and elsewhere. ...Read more

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Can pulmonary hypertension cause tachycardia?

Can pulmonary hypertension cause tachycardia?

Yes: If the heart function is reduced (called heart failure) by working against the pulmonary hypertension, then one way the heart compensates to increase blood flow is by increasing the heart rate, i.e. Tachycardia. ...Read more

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Autonomic dysfunction causes my pulmonary hypertension, if treated is it still fatal?

Autonomic dysfunction causes my pulmonary hypertension, if treated is it still fatal?

Interesting: I have not seen Autonomic Dysfunction as a cause of PHTN. I would have expected to see that you have gone through much more extensive testing than your record details before one comes to that conclusion. Your question is best reserved for a specialist in PHTN and the doc who has been ordering your tests / making the diagnoses. ...Read more

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What is the cause of irregular heartbeat, could it be associated with moderate pulmonary hypertension? Also heart rate less than 60b/min?

What is the cause of irregular heartbeat, could it be associated with moderate pulmonary hypertension? Also heart rate less than 60b/min?

Reviewing a case: These little text boxes are not enough to review a complex case. You might consider having a consult with a physician here on HealthTap. ...Read more

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Methamphitamines caused primary pulmonary hypertension what's best?

See a specialist: This is a serious condition and is best handled by a physician who specializes in this condition. ...Read more

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Would pulmonary hypertension cause high blood pressure?

Would pulmonary hypertension cause high blood pressure?

Blood pressure: Usually when there is pulmonary hypertension of significance, there is normal or decreased systemic blood pressure. Sometimes in the early phase of pulmonary hypertension there can be systemic hypertension but not when right heart dysfunction results from the elevated pulmonary resistance ...Read more

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If the moderate pulmonary hypertension has no symptoms, than what causes my chest pain?

If the moderate pulmonary hypertension has no symptoms, than what causes my chest pain?

Many things: Why is there moderate pulmonary hypertension.
That should be determined if possible. A better description of the chest pain is needed. Exact location, what brings it on, is it worse taking a deep breath, Has there been chest or rib trauma in the past, is an xray of the chest and ribs normal, has there been a history of cancer, is there tenderness in the area of the pain, is there pain lifting? ...Read more

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Is pulmonary hypertension reversable if caused by asd or valve once the problem is corrected?

Usually: A really bad atrial septal defect that causes longstanding pulmonary hypertension will damage the vessels permanently (eisenmenger's). Get it fixed now if you can. There's other good reasons as well. ...Read more

Dr. Charles Burger
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Pulmonary Hypertension (Definition)

Elevated blood pressure in the lungs that can be a primary problem or due to other causes. The right side of the heart pumps blood to the lungs and if the blood pressure in the lungs is elevated, the right side of the heart can fail. Pulmonary hypertension can be difficult to diagnose and usually requires echocardiography ...Read more


Dr. Gail Altschuler
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Phentermine (Definition)

Phentermine is been around for about 60 years. Phentermine is an appetite suppressant the bariatrician in the winter of 2008. Has a article gives a great description of the medication phentermine. I have used Phentermine over the last nine years without any complications whatsoever. We only give a half of a 37.5 mg ...Read more