It is an antihistamine drug that used to treat travel sickness.
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It is available as a prescription drug as well as can be bought as an Over-the-counter drug from the pharmacy.
There are a number of problems treated with Cinnarizine. These include:
In some cases, the doctor may prescribe Cinnarizine in cases that are not listed above.
Take the medicine by mouth, 3 times daily in case of balancing problems. It can also be taken several hours before or every 8 hours when travelling to overcome travel sickness. You can either chew, suck or swallow the tablet whole.
Always take the drug at the same time daily. The drug takes several hours after consumption to show the full effect.
Like all drugs, Cinnarizine can lead to an allergic reaction. One may suffer from swelling of the lips, mouth, face, neck, breathing problems, skin rash or hives. The allergic reaction to the drug is quite rare, however, it is very serious and needs immediate medical attention.
The drug should not be given to children under the age of 5 years.
Cinnarizine can be used by the elderly who do not suffer from Parkinson’s or are not on any sedatives or antidepressants.
Cinnarizine belongs to Category Pregnancy C. Thus, those who are pregnant or planning to get pregnant cannot take the medicine, unless advised by the doctor.
Nursing mothers should not take Cinnarizine.
Do not drive or operate machinery when taking Cinnarizine as it may lead to dizziness and drowsiness.
If you have missed your dose, take the dose as soon as you remember it. If it is time for the next dose, skip the one missed. Never double dose on Cinnarizine.
If you take more Cinnarizine, then call your doctor or local emergency department. An overdose can cause vomiting, drowsiness, tremor, hypotonia, and even coma in extreme cases.
Do not take the drug if you are using antidepressants, medications for insomnia or anxiety. Tell your doctor about all the medications or drug supplements you are using before taking the drug.
The dose for Ménière’s disease in adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 to 3 tablets a day. Children 5 years up to 12 years can take one tablet, 3 times a day.
Adults and children over 12 years of age with travel sickness can take 2 tablets 2 hours before traveling and then 1 tablet every 8 hours during the journey, or as advised by the doctor. Children aged 5 years up to 12 years can take 1 tablet 2 hours before they travel and half a tablet every 8 hours during the journey, if necessary.
Store in a cool, dry place, preferably in the original packaging. Keep out of reach and sight of children. Never take a drug that has passed its expiry date.
Written by: healthplus24.com team
Date last updated: June 08, 2015
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