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Cyproheptadine

Cyproheptadine Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Cyproheptadine (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) is used to treat sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms of allergies. Cyproheptadine is in the antihistamine class of drugs. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, loss of coordination, upset stomach, constipation, increased appetite, weight gain, thickening of mucus in the nose/throat, or dry mouth/throat/nose.

Adult dosing for cyproheptadine ranges from 4 mg to 20 mg per day. Pediatric dosing is usually calculated based on body weight. Cyproheptadine may adversely interact with some medications including anticholinergic drugs, antispasmodic drugs, drugs for Parkinson's disease, MAO inhibitors, SSRI antidepressants, anti-seizure drugs, medicine for sleep or anxiety, muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers, psychiatric medicines, or any medication that may cause drowsiness, including cough-and-cold products. This medication should be used only when prescribed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is not known if this medication passes into breast milk. Due to the potential risk to the nursing infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Our Cyproheptadine Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is Patient Information in Detail?

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Cyproheptadine in Detail - Patient Information: Side Effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop taking cyproheptadine and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • confusion, hallucinations, unusual thoughts or behavior;
  • seizure (convulsions);
  • ringing in your ears;
  • feeling like you might pass out;
  • fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • easy bruising or bleeding;
  • urinating less than usual or not at all; or
  • pale or yellowed skin, dark colored urine, fever, or unusual weakness.

Less serious side effects may include:

  • mild drowsiness, dizziness, or spinning sensation;
  • feeling restlessness or excited (especially in children);
  • sleep problems (insomnia), tired feeling;
  • numbness or tingly feeling;
  • increased sweating or urination;
  • blurred vision;
  • appetite changes;
  • dry mouth or nose, upset stomach; or
  • nausea, diarrhea, constipation.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Cyproheptadine (Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride) »

What is Patient Information Overview?

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Cyproheptadine Overview - Patient Information: Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS: Drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, constipation, or dry mouth/nose/throat may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

To relieve dry mouth, suck (sugarless) hard candy or ice chips, chew (sugarless) gum, drink water, or use a saliva substitute.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion, hallucinations), shaking (tremor), difficulty urinating, fast/irregular heartbeat.

Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: seizures.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the entire patient information overview for Cyproheptadine (Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride)»

What is Prescribing information?

The FDA package insert formatted in easy-to-find categories for health professionals and clinicians.

Cyproheptadine FDA Prescribing Information: Side Effects
(Adverse Reactions)

SIDE EFFECTS

Adverse reactions which have been reported with the use of antihistamines are as follows:

Central Nervous System: Sedation and sleepiness (often transient), dizziness, disturbed coordination, confusion, restlessness, excitation, nervousness, tremor, irritability, insomnia, paresthesias, neuritis, convulsions, euphoria, hallucination, hysteria, faintness.

Integumentary: Allergic manifestation of rash and edema, excessive perspiration, urticaria, photosensitivity.

Special Senses: Acute labyrinthitis, blurred vision, diplopia, vertigo, tinnitus.

Cardiovascular: Hypotension, palpitation, tachycardia, extrasystoles, anaphylactic shock.

Hematologic: Hemolytic anemia, leukopenia, agranulocytosis, thrombocytopenia.

Digestive System: Cholestasis, heptatic failure, hepatitis, hepatic function abnormality, dryness of mouth, epigastric distress, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, jaundice.

Genitourinary:Urinary frequency, difficult urination, urinary retention, early menses.

Respiratory: Dryness of nose and throat, thickening of bronchial secretions, tightness of chest and wheezing, nasal stuffiness.

Miscellaneous: Fatigue, chills, headache, increased appetite/weight gain.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Cyproheptadine (Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride) »

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