Diethylpropion for Weight Loss

If you are an adult struggling with obesity, your healthcare provider may recommend a medication called diethylpropion hydrochloride (Tenuate®). This prescription drug is approved to treat obesity for short-term use only (just a few weeks), and is designed to be used along with exercise and an appropriate diet. It is available in short-acting and long-acting tablets that are generally taken one to three times a day.
How does this product work for weight loss? Diethylpropion is chemically related to amphetamines; it works by suppressing the appetite and possibly increasing the metabolism. This medication should not be taken more often or at higher doses than prescribed, as this can lead to addiction or dependence.
(Click What Is Diethylpropion Used For? to learn more about losing weight with this medication.)
Last reviewed by: Arthur Schoenstadt, MD