Diethylpropion review

Diethylpropion, known as Diethylcathinone, or Amfepramone, is a type of sympathomimetic stimulant drug that is marketed as an appetite suppressant. It is known in the market under the name Tenuate or Tenuate Dospan, and sometimes also known as Amfepramone. It is very similar to amphetamine. Diethylpropion is also known as anorectic or anorexigenic drug.

This drug is a chemical analog to a similar antidepressant bupropion, which was later on found out to be effective as drug to stop smoking. Diethylpropion stimulates the central nervous system which may increase the heart rate, blood pressure and decreasing a person’s appetite.

Basically marketed as an appetite suppressant, this controlled substance is used to treat obesity, used for diet, and may even sometimes be used to counter depression. The drug diethylpropion has been listed in the FDA as a pregnancy category B drug, meaning that it is found to not cause any harm to an unborn baby. However, expecting mothers should not take this drug without consulting their doctors.

Diethylpropion is classified as a controlled substance Schedule IV, meaning it can be obtained only with a prescription. The drug comes in 25 mg tablets and 75mg control-released tablets by the names Tenuate, Ten-Tab and Teparil.

The drug diethylpropion affects the central nervous system, having side effects such as nausea, headaches, bouts of insomnia, psychosis, and the more serious side effects such as pulmonary hypertension, and ultimately a stroke.

Less common side effects include xerostalmia, or a metallic taste in foods; blurred vision or photosensitivity, and allergies and rashes. Greater and more serious side effects include decrease in the user’s libido (sexual activity) which may lead to eventual impotence. There have been reported neurological and psychological side effects brought about by diethylpropion use such as depression, anxiety, drilling headaches, restlessness, tremors, dizziness and seizures.

Caution is always emphasized when using diethylpropion, especially if working on such excruciating activities such as driving or machine operation. Diethylpropion is a stimulant drug, masking tiredness, which causes fatigue leading to problems in vision, speech and motion. Diethylpropion is habit forming, and hence, should be given attention when ingesting.

Patients with a recorded history of heart diseases or high blood pressures are not advised to take diethylpropion. This also includes patients diagnosed with the condition arteriosclerosis or the stiffening of the arteries. Patients suffering from glaucoma are prohibited to take the drug.

Patients under monoamine oxidase inhibitor drugs (MAOIs) within the last two weeks may not be able to take diethylpropion, as mixing MAOIs with diethylpropion may have a lethal effect on the user. Patients with a known history of drug and alcohol abuse are prohibited from using the drug as it is habit forming and may have a hard time stopping the use of the drug.

Diethylpropion may not be used with other anorectic drugs that may be prescribed, over the counter or herbal drugs. Pregnant women should only use this drug if clearly needed. Breastfeeding women should weigh the benefits of using the drug against the potential risk it may bring to the nursing infant prior to usage of the drug.

Diethylpropion has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of diethylpropion

• Molecular formula of diethylpropion is C13H19NO
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-diethylamino-1-phenylpropan-1-one
• Molecular weight is 205.2961 g/mol
Diethylpropion available : 25mg tablets and 75mg tablets

Brand name(s): Adiposon, Amfepramon, Amfepramone, Amphepramon, Amphepramone, Anfamon, Anorex, Cegramine, Danylen, Derfon, Dobesin, Frekentine, Keramik, Keramin, Magrene, Moderatan, Modulor, Neobes, Nopropiophenone, Obesitex, Parabolin, Prefamone, Regenon, Reginon, Silutin, Tenuate, Tepanil, Tylinal

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