What is Cyproheptadine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Periactin Euro-Cyproheptadine Cypromin

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An antihistamine used for allergic rhinitis and other allergic symptoms including urticaria.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Migraine headaches 10 5
Nightmares 9 6
Insomnia 7 3
Prevent migraine 3 1
Decreased appetite 2 2

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 8
None 11

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Cyproheptadine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 3
Dry mouth 3
Dry tongue 2
Hunger 2
Increased appetite 2
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Cyproheptadine

Dosage Patients
4 mg daily 7
4 mg three times daily 2
4mg as needed 2
4 mg twice daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Cyproheptadine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 4
Doctor's advice 4
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
See all 13 patients who've stopped taking Cyproheptadine

Duration

Currently taking Cyproheptadine

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 4

Stopped taking Cyproheptadine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 6
2 - 5 years 2
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 17
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 1
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 13

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Cyproheptadine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prazosin (Minipress) 3
Levomilnacipran (Fetzima) 1
Montelukast (Singulair) 1
Sertraline (Zoloft) 1
Sumatriptan (Imitrex) 1

Show all 7 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Cyproheptadine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Cetirizine-pseudoephedrine (Zyrtec-D) 1
Levomilnacipran (Fetzima) 1
Prazosin (Minipress) 1
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2 patient evaluations for Cyproheptadine

Jan 25, 2017 (Started Jan 03, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for bipolar II disorder)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Advice & Tips: Take this before bed when you have insomnia, racing thoughts, or any inability to sleep. It usually acts within 2 hours. Don't take too much, as the sleepiness and grogginess can last 12 to 18 hours. When your sleep returns to normal, stop taking Cypromin. If this antihistamine doesn't make you sleepy, try other brands.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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Oct 16, 2009 (Started )

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for weight gain)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for nightmares)
  • Side effects
    Mild (increased appetite)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Advice & Tips: it is great to take if you want to gain weight like i do it is when you go off it you will loose the wieght if you have not trained yourself to stay eating on that pattern but i love it
Side effects: increased appetite

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