Generic Name and Formulations:
Cyproheptadine HCl 4mg; scored tabs.
Various generic manufacturers
Indications for Cyproheptadine:
Allergic and vasomotor rhinitis, conjunctivitis, urticaria, angioedema, reactions to blood. Adjunct in anaphylaxis. Cold urticaria. Dermatographism.
≥14yrs: initially 4mg 3 times daily; usual range 12–16mg/day; max 0.5mg/kg per day.
<2yrs: not recommended. 2–6yrs: 2mg 2–3 times per day; max 12mg daily. 7–14yrs: 4mg 2–3 times per day; max 16mg daily.
MAOIs. Glaucoma. GI or urinary obstruction. Elderly. Debilitated. Neonates. Premature infants. Nursing mothers.
Hyperthyroidism. Cardiovascular disease. Hypertension. Increased intraocular pressure. History of asthma. Pregnancy (Cat.B).
See Contraindications. Anticholinergic effects potentiated by MAOIs. Potentiates CNS depression with alcohol, other CNS depressants.
Drowsiness, dizziness, paradoxical excitement, anticholinergic effects, gastritis, hypotension, blood dyscrasias.
Formerly known under the brand name Periactin.
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