What is Tenuate?

Generic name: Diethylpropion hydrochloride

Tenuate is a prescription diet pill that suppresses the appetite by affecting the central nervous system. It is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity. Tenuate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Tenuate

Health Benefits

Tenuate can help you lose weight by decreasing your hunger or making you feel full longer. This medication is usually prescribed for people who are obese or overweight and have not been able to lose weight through diet and exercise alone. Tenuate may also be prescribed for people who are at risk for developing obesity-related medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol.

Side Effects

Tenuate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

mild headache

dizziness

dry mouth

insomnia

nervousness

restlessness or tremor

blurred vision

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

severe headache

confusion

hallucinations

seizures

shortness of breath

chest pain

fast or irregular heartbeat

nausea or vomiting

unusual bruising or bleeding

unusual tiredness or weakness

Tenuate is a diet pill that suppresses appetite by affecting the central nervous system. It is used as an adjunct to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity. Tenuate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Dosage

Tenuate is available in tablets and extended-release capsules. The usual adult dose is one or two tablets or capsules three times a day, taken 30 minutes before meals. Tenuate may be habit forming. Do not take more of this medication than your doctor has prescribed.

Interactions

Tenuate may interact with other medications. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Especially tell your doctor if you take:

MAO inhibitors (isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine)

diet pills

stimulants

amyl nitrite

other appetite suppressants

This is not a complete list of interactions. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

Mechanism of Action

Tenuate works by affecting the central nervous system. It is similar to amphetamines and should not be used if you have a history of heart disease, high blood pressure, or stroke. This medication may be habit-forming and should only be used as prescribed by your doctor.

Pharmacokinetics

Tenuate is rapidly absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and is widely distributed throughout the body. The half-life of Tenuate is about 3 hours.

Alternatives to Tenuate

There are many alternatives to Tenuate, including:

phentermine

diethylpropion

phendimetrazine

topiramate

zonisamide

bupropion/naltrexone

liraglutide

orlistat

These are just a few of the many alternatives to Tenuate. Speak with your doctor about which medications may be right for you.