It is available in two forms: immediate-release tablets (Tenuate) and controlled-release tablets (Tenuate Dospan).
Tenuate should be prescribed with a behavior modification program.
Tenuate will lose its effectiveness within a few weeks.
Tenuate, an appetite suppressant, is prescribed for short-term use (a few weeks) as part of an overall diet plan for weight reduction.
When this begins to happen, you should discontinue the medicine rather than increase the dosage.
Tenuate side effects that you should report to your health care professional or doctor as soon as possible:
Side effects may include:
- Unpleasant taste;
- Stomach and intestinal disturbances;
- Shortness of breath or labored breathing;
- Pupil dilation;
- Painful urination;
- Muscle pain;
- Menstrual upset;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Increased volume of diluted urine;
- Increased sweating;
- Increased seizures in epileptics;
- Increased heart rate;
- Inability to fall or stay asleep;
- Hair loss;
- Feelings of elation;
- Feelings of discomfort;
- Feeling of illness;
- Dryness of the mouth;
- Difficulty with voluntary movements;
- Chest pain;
- Changes in sex drive;
- Breast development in males;
- Blurred vision;
- Blood pressure elevation;
- Abnormal redness of the skin;
- Abdominal discomfort;
Tenuate is contraindicated if you have any of the following conditions:
- If you are agitated, have a history of drug abuse or are taking an mao inhibitor (antidepressant drug such as nardil) or have taken one within the last 14 days;
- If you are sensitive to or have ever had an allergic reaction to tenuate or other appetite suppressants;
- If you find you are relying on this drug to maintain a state of well-being;
- If you have epilepsy;
- If you have heart disease or high blood pressure;
- If you have severe hardening of the arteries, an overactive thyroid, glaucoma, or severe high blood pressure;
Do not take Tenuate with any of the following drugs:
- Phenothiazine drugs such as the major tranquilizer thorazine;
- Blood pressure medications such as ismelin;
Safety and effectiveness have not been established in children below 12 years of age.
Tenuate Dospan Controlled-Release
The usual dosage is one 75-milligram tablet taken once daily, swallowed whole, in midmorning.
The usual dosage is one 25-milligram tablet taken 3 times a day, 1 hour before meals you may take 1 tablet in the middle of the evening, if you want, to overcome night hunger.
Symptoms of Tenuate overdose may include:
- Rapid breathing;
- Panic state;
- Overreactive reflexes;
- Lowered blood pressure;
- Irregular heartbeat;
- Elevated blood pressure;
- Abdominal cramps;