Tenuate, or Diethylpropion, is used as a short term supplement to diet and exercise in a monitored weight loss program. It is an appetite suppressant that can be addictive so should only be used for a few weeks to avoid forming a habit.
Tenuate works by stimulating your hypothalamus and central nervous system. It increases your blood pressure and heart rate. Similar to an amphetamine, it affects certain neurotransmitters to decrease your appetite.
Its nature as an amphetamine makes it addictive though, so it is only recommended for a maximum of a few weeks use.
How do you take Tenuate?
Doctors usually recommend that you take Tenuate on an empty stomach, preferably an hour before meals. The pills should be taken whole or chopped in two – crushing or chewing can increase side effects and reduce Tenuate’s long-lasting action.
Only take as much as your doctor prescribes as there is a risk of overdose. Tenuate should also not be taken in conjunction with other diet pills. If you miss a dose then do not double-dose the next day. A dose taken late in the day may also cause insomnia.
Who should not take Tenuate
You should consult your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:
Heart disease, Arteriosclerosis, Glaucoma, Thyroid problems, Anxiety, a seizure disorder such as epilepsy, Diabetes, a history of drug/alcohol abuse.
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid Tenuate, as well as those who have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in the last 2 weeks. Always check with your doctor first.
Tenuate Side Effects
Tenuate is habit-forming and is often qualified as addictive by doctors. Usage should be limited to only a few weeks. Users should speak to their doctors about any side effects that occur but I have listed some of the most common below.
If you notice these side effects, stop taking Tenuate immediately and call for emergency help:
Hallucinations or confused behaviour
Allergic reaction (typically swelling of the lips, tongue or throat)
High blood pressure or irregular heartbeat.
Tenuate – Interactions with other drugs
You should always consult with your doctor about every other medication you take, but here is a brief list of some drugs that have had reported interactions with Tenuate.
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors such as Marplan, Parnate or Nardil.
- Insulin treatments may need to be changed.
- Tricyclic antidepressants such as Elavil, Asendin, Sinequan, Pamelor, Tofranil, Anafranil, Vivactil or Norpramin.