TENUATE® (diethylpropion hydrochloride)
TENUATE® (diethylpropion hydrochloride) is a sympathomimetic amine, which is similar to an amphetamine. It is also known as an “anorectic” or an “anorexigenic” drug. Tenuate stimulates the central nervous system (nerves and brain), which increases your heart rate and blood pressure and decreases your appetite. Tenuate is used as a short-term supplement to diet and exercise in the treatment of obesity.
This medicine is an appetite suppressant used along with diet, exercise, and behavior therapy for the short-term management of obesity.
How To Take This Medication
Follow the directions for using this medicine provided by your doctor. Take this medicine about 30 minutes to 1 hour before meals. Take your last dose of the day at least 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
Is Diethylpropion the Right Drug For You?
Diethylpropion, the generic form of Tenuate, is a prescription diet pill that is sometimes prescribed to obese individuals in order to help them to lose weight when their own unassisted have not been adequate for bringing their weight down to a healthy level. It is a medication that is prescribed only to people who have a minimum BMI of 30 and who are at a heightened risk of certain serious health conditions because of the excess weight that they are carrying on their bodies. Some of those conditions can include diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, or even certain kinds of cancer.
For use in assisting with weight loss, diethylpropion works in a way that is comparable to the impact of amphetamines. It functions through the stimulation of the central nervous system – including both the brain, itself, and the nerves in the body – so that the heart rate and blood pressure will rise. When those effects occur, many people experience a considerably reduced appetite. A reduced appetite means that a dieter won’t suffer from hunger pangs after having eaten the smaller meals and less food every day, which is required in order to lower calorie intake and to promote weight loss.
At the time that diethylpropion pills are prescribed, the doctor will also provide directions for appropriate diet and exercise programs that will encourage the weight to be lost. The reason is that the drug, on its own, will not cause a dieter to shed any excess fat. Instead, it is designed to help to eliminate the symptoms that are most commonly associated with the failure of dieting efforts. For this reason, the pill cannot be taken on its own to produce weight loss, but is a part of a greater effort to eliminate the extra pounds.
Diethylpropion is a drug that can be used only over a limited period of time. It is designed to give the dieter an advantage so that he or she can alter his or her lifestyle habits in order to make them more conducive to weight reduction. Throughout the weeks that the pills are taken, they gradually reduce in effectiveness until they aren’t used anymore and the dieter can continue with the proper eating and exercise routines.
It is important that diethylpropion be taken exactly as prescribed, as taking too much, or taking it longer than recommended can lead to addiction, withdrawal symptoms, and severe side effects. Even when taken properly, the use of this medication comes with the risk of certain side effects, which should be discussed with the doctor before it is taken for the first time.