We quite often get requests to prescribe Tenuate Dospan for weight loss. We will absolutely never do this but we thought that it might be worth our while doing a blog on the reasons why this medication should not be prescribed.
Tenuate Dospan (diethylpropion) is an unlicensed appetite suppressant that works similarly to an amphetamine, working directly on the central nervous system and affecting the heart rate and blood pressure levels. It is regarded as an unsafe substance by most healthcare professionals but is still being prescribed by a few rogue doctors at unlicensed slimming clinics.
The drug was previously licensed in the UK but the European Commission took a decision to withdraw this license in 2000. Due to the objections of the license holders, the licenses were reinstated that same year only to be taken away once again.
In 2002, the European Court invalidated the decision of the European Commission to withdraw the licenses for Tenuate Dospan. Although the drug is not banned, its use is frowned upon by most in the medical profession, given the addictive nature of the substance and the potential for long term cardiovascular side effects.
We do not deny that there is a yawning gap in the market for safe weight loss medications but it is really not worth putting your health at risk even further by consuming a medication that could hasten the sort of long term consequences of carrying too much weight anyway.
There is one exciting new weight loss medication that could be licensed very soon – Qnexa. This medication has shown huge promise in clinical trials and we believe that it will be a blockbuster medication if it is ultimately licensed.