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What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diethylpropion (Tenuate)?
You should not take this medication if you are allergic to diethylpropion or similar medicines (stimulants, diet pills, cold or allergy medicines), or if you have:
Do not use diethylpropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor such as furazolidone (Furoxone), isocarboxazid (Marplan), phenelzine (Nardil), rasagiline (Azilect), selegiline (Eldepryl, Emsam, Zelapar), or tranylcypromine (Parnate) in the last 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur, leading to serious side effects.
To make sure you can safely take diethylpropion, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:
Diethylpropion may be habit forming and should be used only by the person it was prescribed for. Never share diethylpropion with another person, especially someone with a history of drug abuse or addiction. Keep the medication in a place where others cannot get to it.
FDA pregnancy category B. Diethylpropion is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
Diethylpropion can pass into breast milk and may harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 16 years old.
How should I take diethylpropion (Tenuate)?
Take exactly as prescribed. Never take diethylpropion in larger amounts, or for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Tell your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working as well in relieving your hunger.
Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds after taking the medication for 4 weeks along with a low calorie diet.
Diethylpropion is usually taken once a day in the midmorning.
Do not crush, chew, or break a controlled release tablet. Swallow it whole. Breaking or opening the pill may cause too much of the drug to be released at one time.
Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
Keep track of the amount of medicine used from each new bottle. Diethylpropion is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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