What is Flunarizine used for?
Flunarizine is used to prevent migraine headaches. This oral medication helps reduce the frequency of migraine attacks. It belongs to a group of medicines known as calcium channel blockers. It is also used in the treatment of dizziness and vertigo. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Flunarizine?
The dosage of Flunarizine prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
Flunarizine can be taken with or without food.
What if you miss a dose of Flunarizine?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to take Flunarizine 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 Flunarizine?
Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Flunarizine, seek medical attention immediately.
What other drugs could interact with Flunarizine?
- Valproic acid
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Flunarizine.
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 Flunarizine, and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Flunarizine can interact with muscle relaxants, sedatives, anti-anxiety medications, and anti-seizure medications.
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 side effects of Flunarizine?
Like other medicines, Flunarizine can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Flunarizine 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 Flunarizine cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Flunarizine develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.
Flunarizine can cause side effects such as dry mouth, insomnia, drowsiness, weight gain, nausea, heartburn, and headache. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Flunarizine.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Flunarizine?
Is it possible for me to take Flunarizine with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Flunarizine?
What are the possible drug interactions of Flunarizine?
How will Flunarizine work in my body?
How should Flunarizine be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Flunarizine 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 Flunarizine is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.