Q. what does Tenuate do ?
A. Tenuate is used as an appetite suppressant. It is used in conjunction with an overall diet plan to reduce weight.
Q. How does Tenuate work ?
A. Tenuate is an appetite suppressant, which works by stimulating the hypothalamus gland and affecting certain neurotransmitters to decrease appetite. The hypothalamus is the region of the brain that controls the autonomic nervous system, regulating sleep cycles, body temperature, appetite, etc.
Q. Do you need a physical examination before you can start taking Tenuate ?
A. It is advisable to consult your doctor about the potential risks involved with taking Tenuate. It should NOT be taken if you have any of the following conditions: heart disease, high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis (narrowing of the arteries), hyperthyroidism (overactive thyroid gland), diabetes, glaucoma, or a history of drug abuse. Do not take Tenuate if you are taking furazolidone, guanadrel, guanethidine, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Q. What is the recommended dosage of Tenuate ?
A. 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.
Q. Does Tenuate have any known side effects?
A. Common side effects include blurred vision, dry mouth, sleeplessness, irritability, stomach upset or constipation. It may also elevate blood pressure and heart rate.
Q. How long can the medication be taken?
A. Tenuate is approved for the short-term treatment ( 8-12 weeks ) of obesity. To continue losing weight and prevent its return, you must develop and continue on a long-term basis - good dietary, exercise, and behavioral habits.
Q. Does long term use of Tenuate affect health?
A. Since Tenuate is prescribed for short term treatment of obesity; there are no clinical findings of the long term effects of this drug.
Q. How effective is Tenuate ?
A. Tenuate is an effective form of therapy for the patient who needs to lose weight, to decrease risk of diseases associated with significant obesity. The magnitude of the weight loss will depend on the degree of caloric restriction and the use of exercise.