Generic name: cyproheptadine (SIP roe HEP ta deen)
Dosage forms: oral syrup (2 mg/5 mL); oral tablet (4 mg)
Drug class: Antihistamines
Cyproheptadine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body. Histamine can produce symptoms of sneezing, itching, watery eyes, and runny nose.
Cyproheptadine is used to treat sneezing, runny nose, itching, red or watery eyes, and other symptoms of seasonal allergies (hay fever). Cyproheptadine is also used to treat other conditions such as eczema or skin reactions to insect bites.
Cyproheptadine is sometimes used to treat certain types of headaches, including migraines.
Cyproheptadine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.
You should not use cyproheptadine if you have narrow-angle glaucoma, a stomach ulcer or obstruction, an enlarged prostate, urination problems, or if you are having an asthma attack. You also should not use cyproheptadine if you are breast-feeding a baby, if you are elderly, or if you have a debilitating disease.
Do not use cyproheptadine if you have used an MAO inhibitor in the past 14 days, such as isocarboxazid, linezolid, methylene blue injection, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, or tranylcypromine.
You should not use antihistamine medication to make a child sleepy.
Side effects :-
Stop using cyproheptadine and call your doctor at once if you have:
- a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out;
- tremor, seizure (convulsions);
- confusion, hallucinations;
- little or no urination;
- fast or pounding heartbeats;
- easy bruising or bleeding;
- ringing in your ears; or
- pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, weakness.
Common side effects may include:
- drowsiness, dizziness;
- dry mouth, nose, or throat;
- blurred vision; or
- feeling restless or excited (especially in children).