Skip to main navigation Skip to main content Skip to footer For Medicare For Providers For Brokers For Employers Español For Individuals & Families: For Individuals & Families Medical Dental Other Supplemental Explore coverage through work How to Buy Health Insurance Types of Dental Insurance Open Enrollment vs. Special Enrollment See all topics Shop for Medicare plans Member Guide Find a Doctor Log in to myCigna
Home Knowledge Center Wellness Library diethylpropion

diethylpropion

Pronunciation: dye eth ill PROE pee on

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride SR

slide 1 of 3, Diethylpropion Hydrochloride SR,

75 mg, oval, white, imprinted with WATSON 782

Image of Diethylpropion Hydrochloride SR
slide 1 of 3

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride

slide 2 of 3, Diethylpropion Hydrochloride,

25 mg, round, white, imprinted with Watson 783

Image of Diethylpropion Hydrochloride
slide 2 of 3

Tenuate

slide 3 of 3, Tenuate,

25 mg, round, white, imprinted with TENUATE 25

Image of Tenuate
slide 3 of 3
What is the most important information I should know about diethylpropion?

What is the most important information I should know about diethylpropion?

You should not take diethylpropion if you are in an agitated state, or if you have pulmonary hypertension, severe coronary artery disease, overactive thyroid, glaucoma, severe high blood pressure, or a history of drug abuse.

Do not use this medicine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.

Do not take diethylpropion together with any other diet pills unless your doctor tells you to.

What is diethylpropion?

What is diethylpropion?

Diethylpropion is a stimulant similar to an amphetamine. Diethylpropion is an appetite suppressant that affects the central nervous system.

Diethylpropion is used as together with diet and exercise to treat obesity in people who have a body mass index (BMI) of at least 30 kilograms per square meter.

Diethylpropion is usually given after diet and exercise have been tried without success.

Diethylpropion may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diethylpropion?

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking diethylpropion?

Do not use diethylpropion if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days. A dangerous drug interaction could occur. MAO inhibitors include isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine, and others.

You should not use diethylpropion if you are allergic to it, or if you have:

  • pulmonary hypertension;
  • severe coronary artery disease;
  • severe high blood pressure;
  • an overactive thyroid;
  • a history of drug abuse;
  • glaucoma; or
  • if you are in an agitated state.

Do not take diethylpropion with any other diet pills unless your doctor tells you to. Taking diethylpropion in combination with other diet pills or appetite suppressants can cause a rare fatal lung disorder called pulmonary hypertension.

To make sure diethylpropion is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • kidney disease;
  • high blood pressure;
  • a heart valve disorder or heart rhythm disorder;
  • seizures or epilepsy; or
  • if you have taken any other diet pills within the past 12 months.

It is not known whether this medicine will harm an unborn baby. If you use diethylpropion while you are pregnant, your baby could become dependent on the drug. This can cause withdrawal symptoms in the baby after it is born. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.

Diethylpropion can pass into breast milk and may affect the nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

Diethylpropion is not approved for use by anyone younger than 16 years old.

How should I take diethylpropion?

How should I take diethylpropion?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Your doctor may occasionally change your dose. Do not use this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Diethylpropion may be habit-forming. 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. Selling or giving away this medicine is against the law.

The immediate-release diethylpropion tablet is usually taken three times a day before meals.

The extended-release diethylpropion tablet is usually taken once a day midmorning.

Tell your doctor if you do not lose at least 4 pounds after taking the medicine for 4 weeks along with a low calorie diet.

Do not crush, chew, or break an extended-release tablet. Swallow it whole.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time that you are using diethylpropion. You may need to stop using the medicine for a short time.

Do not stop using diethylpropion suddenly after long-term use, or you could have unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ask your doctor how to safely stop using this medicine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep track of your medicine. Diethylpropion is a drug of abuse and you should be aware if anyone is using your medicine improperly or without a prescription.

What happens if I miss a dose?

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include restlessness, tremors, overactive reflexes, rapid breathing, confusion, hallucinations, dilated pupils, panic, aggression, or seizure.

What should I avoid while taking diethylpropion?

What should I avoid while taking diethylpropion?

This medicine may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol with this medicine can cause side effects.

What are the possible side effects of diethylpropion?

What are the possible side effects of diethylpropion?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • chest pain, feeling short of breath (especially with exertion);
  • swelling in your ankles or feet;
  • anxiety, feeling nervous or jittery;
  • muscle twitches;
  • feelings of extreme happiness or sadness;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats, fluttering in your chest; or
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out.

Common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, upset stomach, constipation;
  • headache, blurred vision;
  • sleep problems (insomnia);
  • dizziness, drowsiness, tired feeling;
  • depressed mood;
  • dry mouth, unpleasant taste in your mouth;
  • decreased sex drive; or
  • redness, bruising, or rash.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect diethylpropion?

What other drugs will affect diethylpropion?

Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any you start or stop using, especially:

  • insulin or oral diabetes medicines;
  • blood pressure medicine; or
  • medicine to treat mental illness.

This list is not complete. Other drugs may interact with diethylpropion, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible interactions are listed in this medication guide.

Where can I get more information?

Where can I get more information?

Your pharmacist can provide more information about diethylpropion.

This information does not replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise, Incorporated, disclaims any warranty or liability for your use of this information. Your use of this information means that you agree to the Terms of Use. Learn how we develop our content.

Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.

<cipublic-spinner variant="large"><span>Loading…</span></cipublic-spinner>

Page Footer

I want to...

Get an ID card File a claim View my claims and EOBs Check coverage under my plan See prescription drug list Find an in-network doctor, dentist, or facility Find a form Find 1095-B tax form information View the Cigna Glossary Contact Cigna

Audiences

Individuals and Families Medicare Employers Brokers Providers

Secure Member Sites

myCigna member portal Health Care Provider portal Cigna for Employers Client Resource Portal Cigna for Brokers

Cigna Company Information

About Cigna Company Profile Careers Newsroom Investors Suppliers Third Party Administrators International Evernorth

 Cigna. All rights reserved.

Privacy Legal Product Disclosures Cigna Company Names Customer Rights Accessibility Non-Discrimination Notice [PDF] Language Assistance [PDF] Report Fraud Sitemap

Disclaimer

Individual and family medical and dental insurance plans are insured by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (CHLIC), Cigna HealthCare of Arizona, Inc., Cigna HealthCare of Illinois, Inc., and Cigna HealthCare of North Carolina, Inc. Group health insurance and health benefit plans are insured or administered by CHLIC, Connecticut General Life Insurance Company (CGLIC), or their affiliates (see a listing of the legal entities  that insure or administer group HMO, dental HMO, and other products or services in your state). Accidental Injury, Critical Illness, and Hospital Care plans or insurance policies are distributed exclusively by or through operating subsidiaries of Cigna Corporation, are administered by Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company, and are insured by either (i) Cigna Health and Life Insurance Company (Bloomfield, CT); (ii) Life Insurance Company of North America (“LINA”) (Philadelphia, PA); or (iii) New York Life Group Insurance Company of NY (“NYLGICNY”) (New York, NY), formerly known as Cigna Life Insurance Company of New York. The Cigna name, logo, and other Cigna marks are owned by Cigna Intellectual Property, Inc. LINA and NYLGICNY are not affiliates of Cigna.

All insurance policies and group benefit plans contain exclusions and limitations. For availability, costs and complete details of coverage, contact a licensed agent or Cigna sales representative. This website is not intended for residents of New Mexico.

Selecting these links will take you away from Cigna.com to another website, which may be a non-Cigna website. Cigna may not control the content or links of non-Cigna websites. Details