Generic name: Diethylpropion hydrochlorideBrand names: Tenuate
Why is Tenuate prescribed?
Tenuate, an appetite suppressant, is prescribed for short-term use (a few weeks) as part of an overall diet plan for weight reduction. It is available in two forms: immediate-release tablets (Tenuate) and controlled-release tablets (Tenuate Dospan). Tenuate should be used with a behavior modification program.
Most important fact about Tenuate
Tenuate will lose its effectiveness within a few weeks. When this begins to happen, you should discontinue the medicine rather than increase the dosage.
How should you take Tenuate?
Take Tenuate exactly as prescribed. Tenuate may be habit-forming and can be addicting.
If you are taking Tenuate Dospan (the controlled release formulation), do not crush or chew the tablets. Swallow the medication whole.
--If you miss a dose...
If you are taking the immediate-release form of Tenuate, go back to your regular schedule at the next meal.
If you are taking Tenuate Dospan, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until the next day, skip the dose. Never take 2 doses at once.
Store at room temperature in a tightly closed container. Protect from excessive heat.
Tenuate side effects
Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue using Tenuate.
Why should Tenuate not be prescribed?
If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to Tenuate or other appetite suppressants, you should not take Tenuate. Make sure your doctor is aware of any drug reactions you have experienced.
Do not take Tenuate if you have severe hardening of the arteries, an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, or severe high blood pressure, or if you are agitated, have a history of drug abuse or are taking an MAO inhibitor (antidepressant drug such as Nardil) or have taken one within the last 14 days.
Special warnings about Tenuate
Tenuate or Tenuate Dospan may impair your ability to engage in potentially hazardous activities. Therefore, make sure you know how you react to Tenuate before you drive, operate dangerous machinery, or do anything else that requires alertness or concentration.
If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, use caution when taking Tenuate.
This drug may increase convulsions in some epileptics. Your doctor should monitor you carefully if you have epilepsy.
Psychological dependence has occurred while taking Tenuate. Talk with your doctor if you find you are relying on Tenuate to maintain a state of well-being.
The abrupt withdrawal of Tenuate following prolonged use at high doses may result in extreme fatigue, mental depression, and sleep disturbances.
Possible food and drug interactions when taking Tenuate
Tenuate or Tenuate Dospan may interact with alcohol unfavorably. Do not drink alcohol while taking Tenuate.
If Tenuate or Tenuate Dospan is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important that you consult your doctor before combining Tenuate with the following:Blood pressure medications such as IsmelinInsulinPhenothiazine drugs such as the major tranquilizer Thorazine
Special information if you are pregnant or breastfeeding
The effects of Tenuate or Tenuate Dospan during pregnancy have not been adequately studied. If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. This drug appears in breast milk. If Tenuate is essential to your health, your doctor may advise you to discontinue breastfeeding until your treatment is finished.
Recommended dosage for Tenuate
The usual dosage is one 25-milligram tablet taken 3 times a day, 1 hour before meals; you may take 1 tablet in the middle of the evening, if you want, to overcome night hunger.
Tenuate Dospan Controlled-Release
The usual dosage is one 75-milligram tablet taken once daily, swallowed whole, in midmorning.
Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children below 12 years of age.
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose, seek emergency medical treatment immediately.