Cypoheptadine review

Cypoheptadine is a multi-use medication that is prescribed mostly for people with allergies, specifically hay fever, and people suffering from anorexia. It relieves the sneezing, itching, bloating and watery eyes that are induced by most allergies. This medication is an anti-histamine that also has antagonistic tendencies toward serotonin in the body. This simply means that this medication stops the different chemicals in the body that cause allergic reactions, usually through blood flow control and blood vessel constrictions. The change in serotonin levels also affects one's mood, so the anorexia is challenged by Cypoheptadine through its antagonistic strategy against serotonin. It is also used to battle insomnia because of its unusually strong sedative effects as an anti-histamine.

Some of the common side effects of Cypoheptadine are: nausea, vomiting, head aches, hypertension, diarrhea, chest pains, xerostomia, confusion, scratchy throat, and a loss of appetite. Serious side effects that may be a signal of an allergic reaction to the medication are: intense excitement, rashes, problems with vision, difficulty urinating, and weakness in the body. Proceed to your doctor immediately if these problems occur. It might be best to bring Cypoheptadine users to a hospital if they show even the slightest signs of allergy to the medication; it is better to be safe than sorry.

Before taking Cypoheptadine there are some precautionary measurements that each person should take. First, your doctor must be informed of any medications, over the counter or prescription, which you are taking. Specifically, you should reveal if you are taking cold medicine, depression medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxants, narcotics and even vitamins. Second, you should inform your doctor about any illnesses you have previously contracted. Asthma, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, urinary tract disorders, heart illness, hypertension and seizures can all affect Cypoheptadine and how it affects your body. Adult Cypoheptadine users should remember that Cypoheptadine specifically has a strong sedative effect so driving or operating machinery that can harm others is not suggested especially after first taking the medication. Conversely, it has the opposite effect on young children. While adults may feel drowsy after taking Cypoheptadine, children, especially very young children, tend to become excited and very active.

Mothers-to-be should be careful about using this medication since it has not been proved safe for fetuses yet. There might be some risk of abnormalities in the fetus; however it has not been proven yet. It's better to inform your doctor and have him adjust the dosage or maybe give you another medication. Nursing mothers should be careful too since this medication might pass through the breast milk. It has been suggested that it would be better to stop breastfeeding while on Cypoheptadine, since most medications are passed on in breast milk.

This medication is marketed as Periactin and the dosage being administered varies according to the patient's age and body mass. For children, the doses vary from 2- 16 mg a day. Adults may use 4-20 mg per day as prescribed by treating doctor. Patients are usually directed to take one pill during various times of the day. This is a medication that can be taken without food.

Cypoheptadine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cypoheptadine

 Molecular formula of cypoheptadine is C21H21N
 Molecular weight is 287.398 g/mol
 Cypoheptadine available : 2mg/5ml syrup, 4mg tablets

Generic name: Cyproheptadine

Brand name(s): Cyproheptadiene, Dronactin, Eiproheptadine, Periactin, Periactine, Periactinol, Peritol

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