Anorectic Drugs



As Appetite Suppressants

What are Anorectic Drugs?

A number of drugs have been developed and marketed to replace amphetamines as appetite suppressants. These anorectic drugs include benzphetamine (Didrex), diethylproprion (Tenuate, Tepanil), fenfluramine (Pondimin), mazindol (Sanorex, Mazanor), phendimetrazine (Bontril, Prelu-2, Plegine) and phentermine (Ionamin, AdipexP).

What do Anorectic Drugs look like?

Anorectic drugs are sold as capsules or tablets.

How are they used?

They are taken orally. These medications, which are frequently referred to as diet pills, were created and promoted to take the role of amphetamines as appetite suppressants. Many of the effects of amphetamines are produced by anorectic medications, which are often less strong. Due to the similarities between their effects and those of amphetamines, all are considered to be restricted substances.

What are their short-term effects?

They produce many of the effects of the amphetamines, but are generally less potent. All are controlled substances because of the similarity of their effects to those of the amphetamines.

What are their long-term effects?


What are their federal classifications?

Schedule III

Source: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

Click on the link below to download the fact sheet for this drug:

Anorectic Drugs Fact Sheet (PDF)