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What Is Diethylpropion 75 mg?

By Andy Josiah ; Updated July 18, 2017

Diethylpropion 75 milligrams is a designation for Tenuate Dospan, the brand name for diethylpropion manufactured as 75-mg tablets and applied for time-controlled release. Also known by the alternate International Nonproprietary Names diethylpropion and amfepramone -- as well as brand names such as Tepanil, Anorex, Linea, Prefamone, Nobesine and Regenon -- diethylpropion is sold and used as an appetite suppressant.

General Description

Each tablet of diethylpropion 75 mg consists of 75 mg of diethylpropion hydrochloride. Each tablet also contains the following inactive ingredients: carbomer 934P, mannitol, povidone, tartaric acid and zinc stearate. Diethylpropion 75 mg is used as an anorectic, or anorexic. It is designed as a dietary supplement to reduce a person's appetite. You can consult your physician for other uses of the supplement.

Use

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health, people should take diethylpropion 75 mg once a day in the mid-morning while adhering to a low-calorie, well-balanced diet. The tablets should be taken whole, and not in crushed form or chewed. Also, because diethylpropion is a habit-forming drug, don't take a larger dose, increase the number of times you take it, or do so for a longer period than what your physician prescribes.

Precautions

You have to take certain precautions before taking diethylpropion 75 mg. If you have certain medical conditions such as heart disease or hypertension (or high blood pressure), plan to have surgery, or are allergic to diethylpropion among other drugs such as amphetamines and diet pills, you should inform your doctor. Also, pregnant or lactating women are discouraged from taking the supplement. Since diethylpropion 75 mg causes a certain level of drowsiness, NIH advises patients not to use it with alcohol.

Side-effects

Common side-effects of diethylpropion 75 mg include anxiety, depression, dizziness, dry mouth, increased urination, restlessness, tremors, upset stomach and vomiting. More serious side-effects, which require an immediate visit to the physician, include blurred vision, breathing difficulty, chest pain, fainting, fever, fast or irregular heartbeat and sore throat.

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