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What should I know about cyproheptadine before taking it?

Cyproheptadine may be an effective medication, but not everyone should take it. Do not take cyproheptadine if you are allergic to the medication. People with narrow angle glaucoma, an enlarged prostate or a stomach ulcer or obstruction should not take cyproheptadine. Cyproheptadine is not recommended for the elderly or someone who is suffering an asthma attack. Be especially cautious before administering cyproheptadine to children, as improper use of cold or allergy medications can, in rare cases, cause death in children.

Certain conditions may warrant special care or dose modifications while taking cyproheptadine. These include: glaucoma, asthma, heart disease, high blood pressure or an overactive thyroid. Cyproheptadine has not been shown to be harmful to unborn babies; however, it is important to talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Nursing mothers should also weigh the benefits of cyproheptadine against any risks of the drug entering their breast milk.

Cyproheptadine can interact with other medications, including other cold medications, sedatives, pain medicines, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, anti-anxiety medications and a class of antidepressants known as MAO inhibitors. Tell your doctor about any medications you are currently taking, including prescription and over-the-counter medications.

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