Tenuate is a name brand medication prescribed by doctors to patients who require additional assistance beyond conventional weight loss methods to treat significant obesity. It is meant to be used alongside exercise, a reduced-calorie diet and a behavior change program. The generic name for this diet drug is Diethylpropion.
Diethylpropion is what is known as a sympathomimetic amine, which is not unlike an amphetamine. This type of drug is also often referred to as an anorectic or anorexigenic drug due to its ability to decrease appetite. Tenuate stimulates the central nervous system (brain and nerves) to increase blood pressure and heart rate. However, it is not entirely known how this medication works to help a person lose weight. It could be from a decrease in appetite, an increase in the amount of energy the body uses or by its affect on certain parts of the brain.
Tenuate is an oral medication and should be taken exactly as it has been prescribed to you. It will be prescribed based on your specific condition, health requirements and how well you respond to the treatment. It should be taken around the same time each day. If you find that your experiencing unpleasant side effects while taking Tenuate, inform your doctor immediately.
Common side effects include dizziness, dry mouth, irritability, difficulty sleeping, vomiting, nausea, constipation or diarrhea. It may also cause more serious side effects such as a rise in blood pressure, mental/mood changes, irregular, fast or pounding heartbeat, uncontrolled muscle movements, change in sexual interest, etc.
Do not stop taking this medication without informing your doctor first. That said, seek immediate medical attention if you experience a severe allergic reaction. Also, this medication can cause withdrawal side effects. To help prevent these withdrawal effects, your dose will be gradually reduced.
Tenuate is generally prescribed to be taken for only a few weeks at a time. Continual long-term use may reduce the effectiveness of this drug. It should also not be taken with other appetite suppressants. It may also negatively interact with other medications and may also not be safe for some individuals with certain health conditions.
Since this is the case, it is imperative that you tell your doctor about any minor or major medical conditions that you may have (past or present) and inform him or her of any medications (prescription or OTC) that you may be taking as well as any herbal supplements. It is important to be honest about your medical history with your doctor to help him or her provide you with the most effective and safest treatment for weight loss.