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HK J Paediatr (New Series)
Vol 10. No. 1, 2005

HK J Paediatr (New Series) 2005;10:55-58

Case Report

Valvular Heart Disease Caused By Chinese Preprietary Slimming Medicine Adulterated With Fenfluramine

K Chang, TWL Mak, L Kwong, KT So


Anorectic drugs containing fenfluramine and dexfenfluramine have been classified as 'off-label' drugs in Hong Kong for several years. In this study, we report a case of valvular heart disease found in a teenager who had been taking Chinese proprietary medicine as a weight reducing agent for six months. Fenfluramine was identified in the diet pills. Two other herbal proprietary slimming products adulterated with fenfluramine and affecting several hundred people were subsequently discovered.

控制食慾的藥物因含有苯氟胺和右旋苯氟胺在香港多年來已劃為非處方藥物。本文報導了一例連續服用中藥性減肥藥物 6 個月的年長兒罹患心臟瓣膜病。證實了這些藥物中含有苯氟胺。隨後發現其餘兩種中藥性瘦身藥物混有苯氟胺成分並影響了數百人。

Keyword : Appetite depressants; Chinese medicine; Fenfluramine; Heart valve diseases



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