Generic Name: Cyproheptadine Syrup (SYE proe HEP ta deen)
Uses of Cyproheptadine Syrup:
- It is used to ease allergy signs.
- It is used to treat hives.
- It may be given to you for other reasons. Talk with the doctor.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Cyproheptadine Syrup?
For all patients taking cyproheptadine syrup:
- If you have an allergy to cyproheptadine or any other part of cyproheptadine syrup.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Bowel block, enlarged prostate, glaucoma, trouble passing urine, or ulcers in your stomach or bowel.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson's disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking cyproheptadine syrup within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you are 65 or older.
- If you are breast-feeding. Do not breast-feed while you take cyproheptadine syrup.
- If your child is a premature baby or is a newborn. Do not give cyproheptadine syrup to a premature baby or a newborn.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with cyproheptadine syrup.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take cyproheptadine syrup with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Cyproheptadine Syrup?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take cyproheptadine syrup. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how cyproheptadine syrup affects you.
- This medicine may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take cyproheptadine syrup.
- Talk with your doctor before you drink alcohol or use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- You may get sunburned more easily. Avoid sun, sunlamps, and tanning beds. Use sunscreen and wear clothing and eyewear that protects you from the sun.
- If you are 65 or older, use cyproheptadine syrup with care. You could have more side effects.
- Overdoses have happened with cyproheptadine syrup in children. Overdose of cyproheptadine syrup can cause very bad health problems and may lead to death. Talk with the doctor if you have questions.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using cyproheptadine syrup while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Cyproheptadine Syrup) best taken?
Use cyproheptadine syrup as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with cyproheptadine syrup. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure cyproheptadine syrup.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take cyproheptadine syrup on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times cyproheptadine syrup is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of liver problems like dark urine, feeling tired, not hungry, upset stomach or stomach pain, light-colored stools, throwing up, or yellow skin or eyes.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- A fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Feeling very tired or weak.
- Feeling confused.
- Change in balance.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Mood changes.
- Fever or chills.
- Sore throat.
- Not able to sleep.
- Any unexplained bruising or bleeding.
- A burning, numbness, or tingling feeling that is not normal.
- Change in eyesight.
- Ringing in ears.
- Sweating a lot.
What are some other side effects of Cyproheptadine Syrup?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Hard stools (constipation).
- Loose stools (diarrhea).
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Belly pain.
- Dry mouth.
- Dry nose.
- Stuffy nose.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Feeling tired or weak.
- More hungry.
- Weight gain.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Cyproheptadine Syrup?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about cyproheptadine syrup, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take cyproheptadine syrup or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about cyproheptadine syrup. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to cyproheptadine syrup. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using cyproheptadine syrup.
Review Date: March 7, 2018
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