Cyproheptadine review

Cyproheptadine is a multi-use drug 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 drug is an anti-histamine that also has antagonistic tendencies toward serotonin in the body. This simply means that this drug 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 Cyproheptadine 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 Cyproheptadine are: nausea, vomiting, head aches, hypertension, diarrhea, chest pains, dry mouth, confusion, scratchy throat, and a loss of appetite. Serious side effects that may be a signal of an allergic reaction to the drug are: intense excitement, rashes, problems with vision, difficulty urinating, and weakness in the body. Please proceed to your doctor immediately if these problems occur. It might be best to bring Cyproheptadine users to a hospital if they show even the slightest signs of allergy to the drug; it is better to be safe than sorry.

Before taking Cyproheptadine there are some precautionary measurements that each person should take. Firstly, your doctor must be informed of any drugs, 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. Secondly, you should inform your doctor about any illnesses you have previously contracted. Asthma, diabetes, hyperthyroidism, urinary tract disorders, heart disease, high blood pressure and seizures can all affect Cyproheptadine and how it affects your body. Adult Cyproheptadine users should remember that Cyproheptadine specifically has a strong sedative effect so driving or operating machinery that can harm others is not suggested especially after first taking the drug. Conversely, it has the opposite effect on young children. While adults may feel drowsy after taking Cyproheptadine, children, especially very young children, tend to become excited and very active.

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

This drug is marketed as Periactin and the dosage being administered varies according to 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 drug that can be taken without food.

Cyproheptadine has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of cyproheptadine

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

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

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