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General Information on Cyproheptadine

Generic Name : Cyproheptadine

Pronunciation : si proe hep' ta deen

Latest prescription information about Cyproheptadine. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.5 | Therapeutic Classification : Antihistamines And Decongestants

Why is Cyproheptadine Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihistamine, prescribed for allergic rhinitis.  It blocks the action of histamine, which reduces allergy symptoms.

When should Cyproheptadine not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in newborns, nursing mothers and patients with hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Cyproheptadine?

Adult- The total daily dose for adults should not exceed 0.5 mg/kg/day.
Child- The usual dose is 2 mg (1/2 tablet) two or three times a day.

How should Cyproheptadine be taken?

It comes as a tablet, capsule and syrup to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Cyproheptadine?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, increased eye pressure, ulcer, difficulty in urinating, heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, overactive thyroid, any allergy, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breast feeding.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid exposure to sunlight; otherwise it may cause sunburn.

What are the side effects of Cyproheptadine?

   Central Nervous System : Sedation, sleepiness, dizziness, disturbed coordination, confusion, restlessness, excitation, nervousness, tremor, irritability, sleeplessness, tingling, convulsions, emotional state, hallucination and faintness.
   Skin : Rash, edema, excessive sweating, hives and photosensitivity.
   Eye and ENT : Blurred vision, double vision, fainting and ringing in the ear.
   Heart : Low blood pressure, palpitations, fast heart rate and shock.
   Blood : Anemia and decrease in white blood cells and platelets.
   Gastrointestinal : Liver failure, dryness of mouth, stomach distress, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and jaundice.
   Genitourinary : Urinary frequency, difficulty in urination, urinary retention and early menses.
   Respiratory : Dryness of nose and throat, sputum, tightness of chest, wheezing and nasal stuffiness.
   Miscellaneous : Fatigue, chills, headache and increased appetite/weight gain.

What are the other precautions for Cyproheptadine?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Cyproheptadine?

Store it at room temperature. Keep away from children. Do not allow the liquid to freeze.


Schedule : G

Drugs that are to be used only under medical supervision.

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