cyproheptadine - oral
GENERIC NAME: CYPROHEPTADINE - ORAL (sigh-pro-HEP-tah-deen)
USES: This medication relieves seasonal and year-round allergy symptoms such as watery/itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. It is also used to relieve itching and hives caused by some skin conditions. Cyproheptadine belongs to a class of drugs known as antihistamines. It works by blocking the action of certain natural substances in the body (histamine and serotonin).Do not use this medication in children younger than 2 years unless specifically directed by the doctor. To decrease the risk for serious side effects, carefully follow all of the doctor's dosage directions. Do not give other cough and cold medication that might contain the same or similar ingredients (see also Drug Interactions section). Ask your doctor or pharmacist about other ways to relieve cough and cold symptoms (e.g., saline nose drops/spray, using a humidifier or infant nasal suction bulb).OTHER This section contains uses of this drug that are not listed in the approved professional labeling for the drug but that may be prescribed by your health care professional. Use this drug for a condition that is listed in this section only if it has been so prescribed by your health care professional.This medication may also be used to treat a type of hormone disorder (Cushing's syndrome caused by a pituitary gland problem), and sexual function problems caused by certain drugs.
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