pills are used to suppress appetite in obese patients.
It is used in conjunction with a strict diet, and should
never be prescribed as the sole method of achieving
rapid weight loss. Diethylpropion hydrochloride is indicated
for patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of
30 or greater.
Diethylpropion 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.
Follow the directions for using this medicine
provided by your doctor. Take this medicine about 30
minutes to 1 hour before meals. Take your last dose
of the day at least 4 to 6 hours before bedtime.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it
as soon as possible. If it is after 4 pm , skip the
missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule.
Do not take 2 doses at once.
- Store this medicine at room temperature in a tightly-closed
container, away from heat and light.
- It must be should be kept out of children's reach.
- It should stored at room temperature below 77 degrees
F (25 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away
from heat and light.
- Do NOT store Diethylpropion in the bathroom, near
the kitchen sink, or in other damp places. Heat or
moisture may cause the medicine to break down.
- Do NOT keep outdated medicine past the expiration
Duration of Usage:
Diethylpropion is a weight loss
medication meant for short-term use. Continuous use
will lead your body to build up a resistance to the
effects of this medication after a few weeks of treatment.
It is always advised not to get addicted to it. Your
doctor will determine how long you should take Diethylpropion
. Follow your doctor´s advice.
Diethylpropion Side Effects
Side effects, that may go away during treatment,
- difficulty sleeping,
- or dry mouth.
Central Nervous System: In a few epileptics
an increase in convulsive episodes has been reported;
rarely psychotic episodes at recommended doses; dyskinesia,
blurred vision, overstimulation, nervousness, restlessness,
dizziness, jitteriness, insomnia, anxiety, euphoria,
depression, dysphoria, tremor, mydriasis, drowsiness,
Gastrointestinal: Vomiting, diarrhea,
abdominal discomfort, dryness of the mouth, unpleasant
taste, nausea, constipation, other gastrointestinal
Allergic: Urticaria, rash, ecchymosis,
If they continue or are bothersome, check with your
doctor. If you notice other effects not listed above,
contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions,
allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding.
Use of this medicine is not recommended if you have
a history of
- heart disease,
- high blood pressure,
- or brain or spinal cord disorders.
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with
this medicine. Inform your doctor or pharmacist of all
prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you
are taking. Do not use this medicine if you are also
- furazolidone, or monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs).
Take Diethylpropion ONLY
as directed by your doctor. If too much Diethylpropion
is taken, it may cause unwanted effects or become habit-forming.
Do NOT take it for a longer time than
your doctor ordered.