Propulsid - Urgent FDA Warning
Cisapride (Propulsid) is a drug that is commonly used in the treatment of heartburn in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). It has been on the market in the U.S. since 1993. It has now been found to be the cause of dangerous heart irregularities. All patients taking the drug should contact their doctors immediately. The following warning by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) explains why.
-- Medical Editor, MedicineNet.com
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is advising
health care professionals and patients of important new
information, including recommendations for performing
diagnostic tests, that should be considered prior to any
use of the drug cisapride (Propulsid). Cisapride is a
treatment for severe nighttime heartburn in patients with
gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) who do not
adequately respond to other therapies. The new measures are
being recommended to help physicians avoid giving cisapride
to patients at known risk of rare-- but serious--cardiac
events associated with the drug.