Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate) – a cheaper diet pill


Diethylpropriod is the generic equivalent of Tenuate, a popular appetite suppressant (diet pill).

Tenuate is an appetite suppressant used along with diet, exercise, and behavior therapy for the short-term management of obesity.

Appetite suppressants are not a substitute for proper diet. For maximum effects, this must be used in conjunction with a diet and exercise program.

How to take Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

Take on an empty stomach, once daily, 30-60 minutes before breakfast. Do not increase your dose or take it more often than prescribed because this drug can be habit forming.

Also, if used for a longer period of time, do not suddenly stop this medication without first consulting your doctor. This medication is usually taken for 8 to 12 weeks.

Side Effects of Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

Side effects, that may go away during treatment, include restlessness, nervousness, difficulty sleeping, or dry mouth. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.

Precautions when taking Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

Do not exceed the recommended dose or take this medicine for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.

Exceeding the recommended dose or taking this medicine for longer than prescribed may cause serious side effects.

Keep all doctor and laboratory appointments while you are using this medicine. Before you begin taking any new medicine, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that could be dangerous until you know how you react to this medicine.

Before you have any medical or dental treatments, emergency care, or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using this medicine.

For women: this medicine is excreted in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you are using this medicine, check with your doctor or pharmacist to discuss the risks to your baby.

Drug Interactions with Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

Inform your doctor about all the medicines you use, (prescription and nonprescription) especially if you take high blood pressure medicine or MAO inhibitors (e.g., furazolidone, phenelzine, selegiline, tranylcypromine) or any other weight loss medicine.

Avoid “stimulant” drugs that may increase your heart rate or blood pressure such as decongestants or caffeine. Decongestants are commonly found in over-the-counter cough and cold medicine.

What to do if you miss a dose of Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

If you miss a dose, do not double the next dose. Instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage of Diethylproprion (generic Tenuate)

Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.