How It Works:

Cyproheptadine belongs to the group of medicines called antihistamines and antiserotonergic. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a substance in the body that causes allergic symptoms.

Side Effects:

dizziness, low blood pressure, increased heart rate, emotional disturbance, changes in appetite, acute labyrinthitis, hallucinations, nausea, unable to sleep, tremor, itchy skin rash, loose motions, disturbed coordination, numbness, irritability, sensitivity to sunlight, elation, tingling, vomiting, Temporary sedation and sleepiness, sensation of spinning or rotation, swelling, raised, difficult urination., liver problems, nervousness, abnormal blood counts, restlessness, ringing in ears, excessive perspiration, excitation, rash, pricking, pale red, blurred vision, dryness of mouth, inflammation of nerves, palpitations, confusion, fits, burning of skin, constipation

Used For:

Cyproheptadine is used to treat sneezing, itching, watery eyes, runny nose, and other symptoms of allergies.


Do not start or continue the cyproheptadine tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cyproheptadine or any of the other ingredients of cyproheptadine tablet.
  • If you are taking other medicines such as antihistamines or monoamine-oxidase inhibitors.
  • If you are breast feeding
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking cyproheptadine because your mental alertness may get disturbed. Avoid drinking alcohol as it can increase certain side effects of cyproheptadine. Do not take this medicine while you are breast feeding, Consult your doctor before taking this medicine if you are pregnant.

Frequently Ask Questions:

Q. Is cyproheptadine used to gain weight/for headaches?No, cyproheptadine is used for treatment of allergies. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is cyproheptadine a narcotic/antihistamine/anticholinergic/steroid?Cyproheptadine is antihistaminic drug which may have anticholinergic effects. It is not a narcotic/steroid.
Q. Is cyproheptadine over the counter?No, it is available with doctor’s prescription only.
Q. Is cyproheptadine safe?It is safe if used at prescribed dose and duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is cyproheptadine safe during pregnancy?No, it is not safe in pregnancy. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use.
Q. Can I take cyproheptadine with Benadryl/Tylenol/ibuprofen?Yes, but Benadryl contains some amount of antihistaminic drug which may alter the effects of cyproheptadine. Always consult your doctor for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
Q. Does cyproheptadine get you high/make you gain weight/increase appetite/make you hungry?Cyproheptadine causing these side effects is rare or uncommon. However, always consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
Q. Does cyproheptadine affect birth control?No, it does not affect birth control. Patient should follow the advice of doctor before its use.
Q. Does cyproheptadine have codeine/acetaminophen in it?No, it does not contain codeine/acetaminophen in it.
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