HCI) is an oral appetite suppressant used along with
diet, exercise, and behavior therapy for the short-term
( 8-12 weeks ) management of obesity.
pills are a safe and effective way for rapid weight
loss when it is taken as per directions. Tenuate is
highly addictive and should generally be used with a
behavior modification program. Tenuate comes in two
- Immediate release tablets (Tenuate)
- Controlled release tablets (Tenuate Dospan).
Tenuate comes in doses of 75 mg and is taken according
Tenuate is a weight loss medication.
It is an appetite suppressant that works by stimulating
a vital area in your brain called as the hypothalamus
which controls your appetite.
Tenuate Dospan is best taken once a day in
the mid morning. This sustained-release or long acting
product must be swallowed whole. Crushing or chewing
them will destroy the long action and may cause increased
side effects. TENUATE (25-milligrams) is best taken
on an empty stomach; one hour before breakfast each
morning. It may be taken again in mid evening if needed
to suppress night hunger. Take this medication as prescribed.
Do not take it more often or longer than directed.
Missed dose: If you miss a dose of
tenuate, take it as soon as possible. But do not take
2 doses at once, doubling up of the medicine is a strict
Duration of usage: Tenuate is meant
for short-term use (8-12 weeks). Don't think that continuous
use will increase the benefit of the pill, as your body
starts to build up a resistance to the effects of this
medication after a few weeks of treatment. It is always
not to get addicted to it.
- Tenuate must be stored at room temperature below
77 degrees F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container,
away from heat and light.
- Do NOT store tenuate in the bathroom, near the kitchen
sink or in other damp places. Heat or moisture may
cause the medicine to break down.
- Do NOT keep the medicine past the expiration date.
- Tenuate should be kept out of children's reach.
Tenuate Side Effects
Usage of tenuate, may in some cases lead to:
- Blurred vision
- Dry mouth
- Sleeplessness and irritability
- Stomach upset or constipation may occur the first
few days as your body adjusts to the medication
Other adverse effects include central nervous system
disturbances, gastrointestinal disturbances and changes
in libido. If these effects persist or become bothersome,
you may have to discontinue use.
If tenuate makes you dizzy or lightheaded, avoid driving
or engaging in activities requiring alertness. Alcohol
can increase unwanted side effects of dizziness. Hence,
it is advisable not to drink while taking tenuate. Moderate
amount of chest pain, pounding heart and breathing difficulties
or swelling may also occur while taking this medication.
You must 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.
- Do not drive or do anything else that could be dangerous
until you know how you react to tenuate.
- Do not miss any medical appointments while taking
the drug and before any medical or dental treatments,
emergency care or surgery, tell the doctor or dentist
that you are using tenuate.
- Do not take tenuate if you are pregnant.
- Tenuate is excreted in breast milk. Do not take
tenuate while breast feeding.
- Do not share this medicine with others for whom
it was not prescribed.
- Do not use tenuate for other health conditions.
- Some Drugs or medical conditions may interact with
this medicine. Inform your Doctor or Pharmacist of
all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that
you are taking.
- Do not use tenuate if you are also taking furazolidone,
guanadrel, guanethidine, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors
Take Tenuate ONLY as directed
by your doctor. If too much Tenuate is taken, it may
cause unwanted effects or become habit-forming. Do NOT
take it for a longer time than your doctor