Diethylpropion is a central nervous system stimulant which produces effects similar to amphetamines, but less intense.
None in common use; however, most stimulant drugs are referred to on the street as ‘uppers’.
Forms and Appearance
Diethylpropion powder is white and crystalline. As a diet pill, it comes in capsule form.
Medical and Other Uses
Diethylpropion was originally believed to be a ‘safe’ diet pill. However, it has been found to have many of the same problems as amphetamines. It is now used only for a few weeks in weight reduction programs supervised by a doctor.
Methods of Use
It is given orally for medical use, as a capsule. However, there have been reports of injection by abusers.
Effects of Use
Short-term use of low doses can cause:
- feelings of well-being
- often increased alertness
- loss of feelings of tiredness
However, it can also cause
- psychotic episodes (rarely)
- heart palpitations
- increased heart rate
- increased blood pressure
- chest pain and irregular heartbeat
- dry mouth
- abdominal pain
- diarrhoea and constipation
- allergic reactions
- sexual and menstrual problems
Long-term, high dose use can cause a state similar to amphetamine psychosis. (Psychosis is when a person suffers from delusions and hallucinations. Symptoms include hearing voices, paranoia and a fear of harassment.)
Tolerance and Dependence
Tolerance to the effects of the drug develops fairly quickly (within a few weeks), and long-term use can lead to physical and psychological dependence.
If diethylpropion is stopped suddenly, withdrawal symptoms may include: extreme fatigue, ravenous appetite, depression, agitation, and feelings of distress or panic.
Severe overdose can lead to convulsions, coma and circulatory collapse. However, deaths from diethylpropion are very rare.