Cinnarizine

How It Works:

Cinnarizine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines. Information about the motion is send to brain by nerves inside the ear, eyes and part of the body doing the movement. If there is some kind of conflict between the messages sent by different parts it can cause dizziness and can make you feel sick. The Nerves transmit their message using chemical Histamine (neurotransmitter). Cinnarizine  acts by blocking histamine mediated transmission.

Side Effects:

Palpitations, Increased sensitivity to light, Abdominal bloating, Confusion, Constipation, Drowsiness, Dry mouth, Dry throat, Dry nose, Headache, Inability to empty the urinary bladder

Used For:

Cinnarizine is used in the treatment of vertigo, allergic disorders and motion sickness

Instructions:

  • Take the tablets after food to reduce the risk of stomach upset.
  • Do not start or continue the cinnarizine tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cinnarizine.
  • Stop taking this medicine 4 days before having any allergy test.
  • Consult your doctor if you are taking other medicines that make you sleepy or feel drowsy or medicines like tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking cinnarizine because you may feel drowsy.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is cinnarizine FDA approved?
No, it is not FDA approved

Q. Is cinnarizine short acting/ calcium channel blocker/ steroid?
Cinnarizine is a long acting antihistamines and a calcium channel blocker. It is not a steroid. Your doctor may prescribe cinnarizine for motion sickness during long journey

Q. Is Stugeron available over the counter?
It is available with doctor's prescription only

Q. Cinnarizine/Stugil/Stugeron is used for/ good for sea sickness/ for vertigo/nausea?
It is used for vertigo and nausea due to motion sickness and disorders of the inner ear that may affect balance. It is also used for other balance disorders such as Meniere's disease

Q. How long can I take Stugeron for?
Patient can take this drug for prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor

Q. Can I take cinnarizine/Stugeron with betahistine/paracetamol/ibuprofen/citalopram/warfarin/ diazepam/antibiotics/bisoprolol?
No, taking other medicines may alter the effects of cinnarizine. Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required

Q. Does cinnarizine/Stugeron 15 works?
It works at the prescribed dose and duration for the treatment of motion sickness, disorders of the inner ear that may affect balance and other balance disorders such as Meniere's disease as advised by your doctor

Q. Does cinnarizine or Stugeron cause dizziness/make you drowsy/ cause weight gain?
Yes, it may cause dizziness or make you drowsy. Cinnarizine causing weight gain is very rare Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use

Q. How long does cinnarizine/Stugeron take to work?
Patient can take this drug two hours before starting their journey. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
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