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Tenuate

What is Tenuate

Tenuate 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.

Tenuate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

General medical information about Tenuate

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Tenuate may cause dizziness, blurred vision, or restlessness, and it may hide the symptoms of extreme tiredness. If you experience these effects, avoid hazardous activities.

Tenuate is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Talk to your doctor about stopping this medication gradually.

Do not crush, chew, or open any "once-daily" Tenuate tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole.

Who should not take Tenuate

You cannot take Tenuate if you
- have heart disease or high blood pressure;
- have arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries);
- have glaucoma;
- have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) in the last 14 days; or
- have a history of drug or alcohol abuse.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you have:
- problems with your thyroid,
- an anxiety disorder,
- epilepsy or another seizure disorder, or
- diabetes.

You may not be able to take Tenuate, or you may require a lower dose or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.

Tenuate is in the FDA pregnancy category B. This means that it is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Do not take Tenuate without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant.

Tenuate passes into breast milk and may affect a nursing baby. Do not take Tenuate without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should take Tenuate

Take Tenuate exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.

Take each dose with a full glass of water.

Take Tenuate on an empty stomach 1 hour before meals. An evening dose may be taken to overcome nighttime hunger.

Tenuate is usually taken three times a day (regular-release formula). Follow your doctor's instructions.

The sustained-release formulation is usually taken once a day in the midmorning.

Do not crush, chew or open any "once-daily" (long-acting or sustained-release) diethylpropion tablets or capsules. Swallow them whole.

Never take more of this medication than is prescribed for you. Too much Tenuate could be very dangerous to your health.

Store Tenuate at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

If you miss a dose:

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose or if it is already evening, skip the missed dose and take only your next regularly scheduled dose. A dose taken too late in the day will cause insomnia. Do not take a double dose of this medication.

What happens if you overdose:

Seek emergency medical attention.

Symptoms of a Tenuate overdose include restlessness, tremor, rapid breathing, confusion, hallucinations, panic, aggressiveness, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, an irregular heartbeat, and seizures.

Avoid while taking Tenuate

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Tenuate may cause dizziness, blurred vision, or restlessness, and it may hide the symptoms of extreme tiredness. If you experience these effects, avoid hazardous activities.

Possible side effects of Tenuate

If you experience any of the following serious side effects, stop taking Tenuate and seek emergency medical attention:
- an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives);
- an irregular heartbeat or very high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision); or
- hallucinations, abnormal behavior, or confusion.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take Tenuate and talk to your doctor if you experience
- restlessness or tremor,
- nervousness or anxiety,
- headache or dizziness,
- insomnia,
- dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth,
- diarrhea or constipation, or
- impotence or changes in your sex drive.

Tenuate is habit forming. You can become physically and psychologically dependent on this medication, and withdrawal effects may occur if you stop taking it suddenly after several weeks of continuous use. Talk to your doctor about stopping this medication gradually.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome.

What other drugs will affect Tenuate

You cannot take Tenuate if you have taken a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) such as isocarboxazid (Marplan), tranylcypromine (Parnate), or phenelzine (Nardil) in the last 14 days.

Changes in insulin and other diabetes drug therapies may be necessary during treatment with Tenuate.

Tenuate may reduce the effects of guanethidine (Ismelin). This could lead to an increase in blood pressure. Tell your doctor if you are taking guanethidine.

Before taking this medication, tell your doctor if you are taking a tricyclic antidepressant such as amitriptyline (Elavil), amoxapine (Asendin), doxepin (Sinequan), nortriptyline (Pamelor), imipramine (Tofranil), clomipramine (Anafranil), protriptyline (Vivactil), or desipramine (Norpramin). These drugs may decrease the effects of Tenuate.

Drugs other than those listed here may also interact with Tenuate. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist before taking any prescription or over-the-counter medicines.

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