What is Cinnarizine used for?
Cinnarizine is an antihistamine medication used to control nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness. It is also used to treat vertigo (spinning sensation) and tinnitus (ringing in the ears) associated with Meniere's disease. This medicine works by blocking histamine and muscarinic receptors in the vomiting center of the brain.
This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What are the side effects of Cinnarizine?
Like other medicines, Cinnarizine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Cinnarizine are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Cinnarizine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Cinnarizine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Cinnarizine can cause side effects such as headache, dry mouth, drowsiness, sweating, diarrhea, constipation, and weight gain. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Cinnarizine.
What is the recommended dosage of Cinnarizine?
The dosage of Cinnarizine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Take Cinnarizine with food to prevent stomach upset.
What if you miss a dose of Cinnarizine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Cinnarizine medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses unless otherwise directed.
What if you overdose on Cinnarizine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Cinnarizine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Cinnarizine?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Cinnarizine.
Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Cinnarizine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Cinnarizine can interact with antipsychotics, tricyclic antidepressants, and sleeping tablets.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Cinnarizine?
Is it possible for me to take Cinnarizine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Cinnarizine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Cinnarizine?
How will Cinnarizine work in my body?
How should Cinnarizine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Cinnarizine drug interactions and side effects?
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Cinnarizine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.