Brand Name: Tenuate
Other Brand Names: Depletite, Depletite LA, Tenuate Dospan
Generic Name: Diethylpropion hydrochloride
Tenuate is an appetite suppressant that works by stimulating the central nervous system and raising your blood pressure and slowing your heart rate. This prescription drug has been on the weight management market since 1959, and is a schedule IV controlled substance (meaning it has a low potential for abuse). This drug was designed specifically for treatment of obesity caused the excess intake of calories (known as exogenous obesity) and it is an ideal drug for people who need to lose weight to decease obesity-associated diseases. Tenuate/diethylpropion has qualities similar to amphetamines, and is an effective weight-loss agent when teamed up with a low-fat diet and regular exercise.
Dosage: Taken orally, this medication comes in two different forms – one is a 25mg tablet which is taken regularly throughout the day, and the other is a controlled-release 75mg tablet that is taken once a day. The 25mg immediate-release tablets should be taken three times a day – one hour before meals. The 75mg version should be taken around 10-14 hours before bedtime. Should you miss a dose, take that dose as soon as possible, unless it is almost time to take your next dose. If this is the case, skip the missed one, and carry on with your schedule as you usually would.
Tenuate Side Effects: Some of the more common side effects associated with taking these diet pills are: blurred vision, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or constipation as your body adjusts to this drug. Other side effects include central nervous system effects, gastrointestinal disturbances, dysphoria (mood of restlessness, dissatisfaction, unhappiness), euphoria, headache, hypertension, irregular or pounding heartbeat and changes in libido. Alcohol can increase unwanted side effects of dizziness.
Precautions: Anyone with a history of arteriosclerosis or hardening of the arteries; glaucoma; high blood pressure; cardiovascular disease; pulmonary hypertensional hyoerthyroidism; alcohol or drug abuse; arrhythmias; kidney or thyroid disease; mental illness; or epilepsy. As this drug increases your blood pressure and risk of stroke it should not be taken with any other diet pills or MAO inhibitor drugs.
Consult your doctor if you are taking any medications for hyperactivity; any appetite-control drugs, asthma medications, decongestants or antihistamines; amphetamines, nabilone; methylphenidate; pemoline; amantadine.
While it is a relatively low risk, this drug has the potential to be addictive. It should not be taken for longer than three months, as using it longer may mean users run the risk of developing pulmonary hypertension.
If you are pregnant or think you might be, then do not take this drug as it can harm the fetus.
Pay special attention to oral hygiene while taking a course of diet pills, as like with other appetite suppressants, it gives users a dry mouth, increasing the chances of gum disease.