Tenuate Side Effects

Insomnia, blurred vision, and hyperactivity are some of the Tenuate side effects that were seen in clinical studies. In most cases, side effects occurred when too much of the medication was taken. Some side effects of Tenuate, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider, including heart palpitations, seizures, hallucinations, or depression.

An Introduction to Tenuate Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with Tenuate® (diethylpropion hydrochloride); however, not everyone who takes the drug will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate it quite well. In most cases, side effects occur when too much Tenuate is taken.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Tenuate. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Tenuate side effects with you.)

Possible Tenuate Side Effects

Tenuate has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine. With newer medications, information about the exact percentage with which these side effects occur is available. However, with older medications (such as Tenuate), statistics are not available.
In studies, Tenuate side effects included:
  • Blurred vision
  • Hyperactivity, nervousness, restlessness, or jitteriness
  • Dizziness
  • Insomnia (see Tenuate and Insomnia)
  • Unusual happy feelings (euphoria) or unusual unpleasant feelings (dysphoria)
  • Shakiness (tremor)
  • Dilated (wide-open) pupils
  • Drowsiness
  • A general ill-feeling (malaise)
  • Headache
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea, constipation, or abdominal pain (stomach pain)
  • Dry mouth or unpleasant taste
  • Impotence (erectile dysfunction or ED)
  • Changes in sex drive
  • Menstrual changes
  • Increased sweating
  • Hair loss.
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