Chemical Name: CYPROHEPTADINE (si-proe-HEP-ta-deen)
Cyproheptadine is an antihistamine used to treat or prevent symptoms of hay fever and other allergies. Cyproheptadine is used to relieve itching associated with some skin conditions and to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. Cyproheptadine may also be used for a hormone disorder (Cushing's syndrome), sexual function problems due to certain drugs, and eating disorders (anorexia nervosa).
Some medicines or medical conditions may interact with Cyproheptadine. INFORM YOUR DOCTOR OR PHARMACIST of all prescription and over-the-counter medicine that you are taking. ADDITIONAL MONITORING OF YOUR DOSE OR CONDITION may be needed if you are taking SSRIs (e.g., fluoxetine, citalopram), MAOIs (e.g., furazolidone, linezolid, moclobemide, phenelzine, procarbazine, selegiline, isocarboxazid, tranylcypromine), other allergy medicines, or any drugs that cause drowsiness such as: medicine for sleep (e.g., sedatives), tranquilizers, anti-anxiety drugs (e.g., diazepam), narcotic pain relievers (e.g., codeine), psychiatric medicines (e.g. phenothiazines such as chlorpromazine, or tricyclics such as amitriptyline), anti-seizure drugs (e.g., carbamazepine), muscle relaxants. Inform your doctor of any other medical conditions including asthma, glaucoma, overactive thyroid, heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, allergies, pregnancy, or breast-feeding. USE OF Cyproheptadine IS NOT RECOMMENDED if you have history of glaucoma (narrow angle), stomach problems (e.g., peptic ulcer, stomach/intestinal obstruction), or urinary problems (e.g., enlarged prostate, bladder obstruction). Contact your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions or concerns about taking Cyproheptadine.
Follow the directions for using Cyproheptadine provided by your doctor. Cyproheptadine MAY BE TAKEN with food if it upsets your stomach. STORE Cyproheptadine at room temperature between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C) in a tightly-closed container, away from heat and light. Do not freeze Cyproheptadine. Do not store in the bathroom. IF YOU MISS A DOSE OF Cyproheptadine and you are taking it regularly, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.
Cyproheptadine MAY CAUSE drowsiness or dizziness. Taking Cyproheptadine alone, with other medicines, or with alcohol may affect your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks. SIT UP OR STAND SLOWLY, especially in the morning. Also, sit or lie down at the first sign of dizziness, lightheadedness, or weakness. BECAUSE Cyproheptadine MAY AFFECT ALLERGY TESTING, you may have to stop taking it for several days before the tests are performed. Consult your doctor for further instructions. Cyproheptadine can affect the results of certain lab test (pituitary-adrenal response). May sure laboratory personnel and your doctors know you use Cyproheptadine. BEFORE YOU BEGIN TAKING ANY NEW MEDICINE, either prescription or over-the-counter, check with your doctor or pharmacist. CAUTION IS ADVISED WHEN USING Cyproheptadine IN THE ELDERLY because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug. DO NOT USE Cyproheptadine in infants. Caution is advised when using Cyproheptadine in children because they may be more sensitive to the side effects of the drug, especially excitement and seizures. FOR WOMEN: IF YOU PLAN ON BECOMING PREGNANT, discuss with your doctor the benefits and risks of using Cyproheptadine during pregnancy. IT IS UNKNOWN IF Cyproheptadine IS EXCRETED in breast milk. DO NOT BREAST-FEED while taking this medicine.
Possible side effects
SIDE EFFECTS that may occur while taking Cyproheptadine include drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, upset stomach, constipation, increased appetite, weight gain, thickening of mucus in the nose/throat, or dry mouth, throat, or nose may occur. If they continue or are bothersome, check with your doctor. CONTACT YOUR DOCTOR IMMEDIATELY if you experience mental/mood changes, difficulty urinating, pounding or irregular heartbeat, stomach pain, yellowing eyes and skin, dark urine, unusual tiredness. AN ALLERGIC REACTION TO Cyproheptadine IS UNLIKELY, but seek immediate medical attention if it occurs. Symptoms of an allergic reaction include rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, or trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
If you take too much
If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose in children may include mental/mood changes, excitement, or seizures. Symptoms of overdose in adults may include severe drowsiness or loss of consciousness, which may be followed by excitement or seizures.
LABORATORY OR MEDICAL TEST may be performed periodically to monitor you progress or check for side effects. DO NOT SHARE Cyproheptadine with others for whom it was not prescribed. DO NOT USE Cyproheptadine for other health conditions. KEEP Cyproheptadine out of the reach of children and pets.