General considerations for when and how to take Tenuate include the following:
- The medication comes in short-acting and long-acting tablet forms. The short-acting tablets are taken three times a day, one hour before meals, while the long-acting tablets are taken just once a day in the mid-morning.
- The long-acting tablets must be swallowed whole; do not break, chew, or crush them.
- Tenuate should be combined with an appropriate diet. It is not meant to be used without dieting.
- Do not take the medication more often or at higher doses than prescribed, as this can lead to addiction or dependence.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- Whether you are taking short-acting or long-acting Tenuate tablets
- Other medical conditions you may have
- Other medications you may be currently taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Tenuate Dosage for more information.)
As with any medicine, side effects are possible. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Common side effects include, but are not limited to:
- Insomnia (see Tenuate and Insomnia)
- Shakiness (tremor)
- Nausea and vomiting.
(Click Tenuate Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)