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 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.
Tenuate may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
restlessness or tremor
If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
shortness of breath
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.
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.
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)
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.
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:
These are just a few of the many alternatives to Tenuate. Speak with your doctor about which medications may be right for you.