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Diethylpropion is a medication that is used to help people with obesity lose weight. It is a sympathomimetic drug, which means that it works by stimulating the sympathetic nervous system, increasing heart rate and blood pressure, and decreasing appetite.

How is it available?

Diethylpropion is available in immediate-release tablets, sustained-release tablets, and extended-release capsules. It is usually taken once or twice daily, about an hour before meals.


Studies have shown that diethylpropion can be effective for weight loss in people who are obese or overweight. In one study, participants who took diethylpropion for 20 weeks lost an average of 12 pounds, compared to an average of 4 pounds in the placebo group.

Side effects

Like other weight loss medications, diethylpropion may cause side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, insomnia, and dizziness. It may also interact with other medications and should be used with caution in people with certain medical conditions, such as high blood pressure, glaucoma, or a history of drug abuse.

Use it with diet and exercise

As with any weight loss medication, diethylpropion should be used as part of a comprehensive weight loss program that includes diet, exercise, and behavior modification. At W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa, we use diethylpropion as one of the many tools in our weight loss arsenal to help our patients achieve their weight loss goals.

How can W8MD help?

If you are struggling with obesity and are interested in exploring weight loss options, including the use of medications such as diethylpropion, contact W8MD weight loss, sleep and medspa to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced weight loss physicians. We can help determine whether diethylpropion or other weight loss medications may be a good fit for you, and work with you to develop a personalized weight loss plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

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