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What does Cyproheptadine treat?

Cyproheptadine is an antihistamine prescribed for the treatment of various allergies. It works on alleviating symptoms of diverse allergies ranging from itching, hives, runny nose, watery eyes, hay fever, nasal inflammation and more. This acts by blocking the action of histamine and serotonin in your body. Your physician may use this to treat other ailments based on their discretion.

Dosage Instructions

Follow the Cyproheptadine dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. Take it with food so that you can prevent a stomach upset.

Missed a dose?

Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time is closer to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose.

Overdosed?

Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention.

Drug Interactions

Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Cyproheptadine is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine and so on which may increase the effect of Cyproheptadine.

It may interact with: 

  • Carbamazepine 
  • Linezolid   

It could also interact with other allergy medications, anti-anxiety drugs and anti-seizure drugs. This is not an exhaustive list though.

Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.

Possible Side Effects

Cyproheptadine might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.

Some of the side effects could be diarrhea, sneezing, constipation, nausea, runny nose, sleep problems, dizziness, dry mouth and blurred vision. This is not an exhaustive list though.

In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.

What to ask your doctor before you start on Cyproheptadine

  • Can I take Cyproheptadine along with other drugs? 
  • Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Cyproheptadine? 
  • What is the dosage of Cyproheptadine to be consumed? 
  • How should I use Cyproheptadine? 
  • How will Cyproheptadine work on my body? 
  • How can the drug interactions and side effects of Cyproheptadine be minimized or completely avoided?

Disclaimer

The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Cyproheptadine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.

 

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