Generic name: cyclandelate (sye-KLAN-de-late)
Drug class: Peripheral vasodilators
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Nov 25, 2021.
Uses for cyclandelate
Cyclandelate belongs to the group of medicines commonly called vasodilators. These medicines increase the size of blood vessels. Cyclandelate is used to treat problems resulting from poor blood circulation.
Cyclandelate was available only with your doctor's prescription .
Wyeth-Ayerst discontinued the distribution of cyclandelate in April 1997
Before using cyclandelate
In deciding to use a medicine, the risks of taking the medicine must be weighed against the good it will do. This is a decision you and your doctor will make. For cyclandelate, the following should be considered:
Tell your doctor if you have ever had any unusual or allergic reaction to cyclandelate or any other medicines. Also tell your health care professional if you have any other types of allergies, such as to foods, dyes, preservatives, or animals. For non-prescription products, read the label or package ingredients carefully.
Studies on cyclandelate have been done only in adult patients, and there is no specific information comparing use of cyclandelate in children with use in other age groups.
Many medicines have not been studied specifically in older people. Therefore, it may not be known whether they work exactly the same way they do in younger adults. Although there is no specific information comparing use of cyclandelate in the elderly with use in other age groups, cyclandelate is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in older people than in younger adults.
There are no adequate studies in women for determining infant risk when using this medication during breastfeeding. Weigh the potential benefits against the potential risks before taking this medication while breastfeeding.
Interactions with medicines
Although certain medicines should not be used together at all, in other cases two different medicines may be used together even if an interaction might occur. In these cases, your doctor may want to change the dose, or other precautions may be necessary. Tell your healthcare professional if you are taking any other prescription or nonprescription (over-the-counter [OTC]) medicine.
Interactions with food/tobacco/alcohol
Certain medicines should not be used at or around the time of eating food or eating certain types of food since interactions may occur. Using alcohol or tobacco with certain medicines may also cause interactions to occur. Discuss with your healthcare professional the use of your medicine with food, alcohol, or tobacco.
Other medical problems
The presence of other medical problems may affect the use of cyclandelate. Make sure you tell your doctor if you have any other medical problems, especially:
- Angina (chest pain) or
- Bleeding problems or
- Glaucoma or
- Hardening of the arteries or
- Heart attack (recent) or
- Stroke (recent)—The chance of unwanted effects may be increased.
Proper use of cyclandelate
If cyclandelate upsets your stomach, it may be taken with meals, milk, or antacids.
The dose of cyclandelate will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of cyclandelate. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.
The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.
- For oral dosage form (tablets):
- For treating poor circulation:
- Adults—At first, 1.2 to 1.6 grams a day. This is taken in divided doses before meals and at bedtime. Then, your doctor will gradually lower your dose to 400 to 800 milligrams (mg) a day. This is divided into two to four doses.
- Children—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor.
- For treating poor circulation:
If you miss a dose of cyclandelate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.
Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.
Keep out of the reach of children.
Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.
Precautions while using cyclandelate
It may take some time for cyclandelate to work. If you feel that the medicine is not working, do not stop taking it on your own. Instead, check with your doctor.
The helpful effects of cyclandelate may be decreased if you smoke.
Dizziness may occur, especially when you get up from a lying or sitting position or climb stairs. Getting up slowly may help. If this problem continues or gets worse, check with your doctor.
Cyclandelate side effects
Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.
Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:
- Belching, heartburn, nausea, or stomach pain
- fast heartbeat
- flushing of face
- tingling sensation in face, fingers, or toes
Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
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