What is cinnarizine?

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Generic Name: Cinnarizine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is cinnarizine used for?

Cinnarizine is commonly used for

  • Peripheral vascular disease;
  • Cerebrovascular disorders;
  • Motion sickness;
  • Vertigo and vestibular disorders.

How should I take cinnarizine?

  • Before you start this treatment, read the manufacturer’s printed information leaflet from inside your pack. It will give you more information about the tablets and will provide you with a full list of the side-effects which you may experience from taking them.
  • Take cinnarizine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist tells you. It is usually taken three times daily.
  • Cinnarizine should be taken with food.
  • The tablets should be swallowed preferably with a drink of water.
  • Do not drink alcohol while you are taking cinnarizine tablets.
  • Children under five years of age should not take cinnarizine tablets.
  • If you are taking cinnarizine to prevent travel sickness, take the first dose two hours before you are due to travel. If you are going on a long journey, you can then take further doses every eight hours if needed. If you are giving cinnarizine to a child, check the label carefully to make sure you are giving the correct dose for the age of your child. Make sure you leave eight hours between each dose.

How do I store cinnarizine?

Cinnarizine is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store cinnarizine in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of cinnarizine that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush cinnarizine down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using cinnarizine?

  • Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic cinnarizine.
  • Tell your doctor if you have certain health conditions such as Parkinson’s disease, porphyria, hepatic or renal insufficiency.
  • Patients with rare hereditary problems of fructose or galactose intolerance, Lapp lactase deficiency, glucose-galactose malabsorption or sucrase-isomaltase insufficiency, should not take this medicine because it contains lactose and sucrose.
  • This medicine may lead to drowsiness and impaired concentration, which may be aggravated by simultaneous intake of alcohol or other central nervous system depressants. Patients should not operate hazardous machinery or drive motor vehicles or perform potentially hazardous tasks where loss of concentration may lead to accidents.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using cinnarizine during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking cinnarizine.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from cinnarizine?

  • Drowsiness;
  • Nausea;
  • Vomiting;
  • Diarrhea;
  • Constipation;
  • Anorexia;
  • Increased appetite;
  • Epigastric pain;
  • Blurred vision;
  • Muscular weakness;
  • Headache;
  • Euphoria;
  • Weight gain.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with cinnarizine?

Cinnarizine may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects, such as:

  • Barbiturates;
  • Hypnotics;
  • Narcotic analgesics;
  • Tricyclic antidepressants;
  • Sedatives and tranquilizers;
  • Monoamine-oxidase inhibitors.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with cinnarizine?

Cinnarizine may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with cinnarizine?

Cinnarizine may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using cinnarizine.

What is the dose of cinnarizine for an adult?

Vestibular symptoms

Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: 2 tablets three times a day.

Motion sickness

Adults, elderly and children over 12 years: 2 tablets 2 hours before you travel and 1 tablet every 8 hours during your journey.

What is the dose of cinnarizine for a child?

Vestibular symptoms

Children 5 to 12 years: One-half the adult dose.

Motion sickness

Children 5 to 12 years: One-half the adult dose.

How is cinnarizine available?

Cinnarizine is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Cinnarizinee15 mg per tablet.
  • Cinnarizinee25 mg per tablet.
  • Cinnarizinee75 mg per tablet.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services (115) or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of cinnarizine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Review Date: October 19, 2016 | Last Modified: January 4, 2017

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