What Is Cisapride Used For?

Medically Reviewed on 12/28/2022
Cisapride Uses
Cisapride increases bowel movements and treats heartburn, constipation, and vomiting.

Cisapride is a medication used to treat heartburn in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. Because of its potential side effects, cisapride should only be used under the supervision of a doctor, when all other medications have failed.

What is cisapride?

Cisapride is a gastroprokinetic drug, which improves the motility of the upper gastrointestinal tract and is used to treat constipation. The drug has been banned since August 2000. 

  • Many countries have limited the usage of cisapride due to its various side effects.
  • There are many other alternatives and safe medications that work similarly to cisapride.

How is cisapride taken?

Cisapride is taken orally on an empty stomach at least 15 minutes before eating and bedtime.

Inform your pediatrician before giving it to children. Special care has to be taken when cisapride is given to children.

Take cisapride as directed by your doctor. If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is close to the time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and take it at the next scheduled time, then resume your regular dosing schedule.

It is advised to take ECG and renal function tests before taking this medication.

What are the uses of cisapride?

Cisapride has very few benefits, such as:

  • Increases bowel movements and is used to treat heartburn
  • Treats constipation
  • Used to treat vomiting

What are the side effects of cisapride?

Common side effects include:

Some of the side effects where you may need medical attention include:

Rare side effects include:


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What are the precautions to be taken before taking cisapride?

Cisapride should be taken only under a doctor's prescription. Inform your doctor if you have any of the following conditions:

As this medicine causes drowsiness, avoid activities that require full alertness, such as driving and swimming.

How to store and dispose of the cisapride

Cisapride should be stored in a secure location away from children, at room temperature, and from moisture and excessive heat. The unused cisapride should be thrown away after the expiry date.

Medically Reviewed on 12/28/2022
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