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What are special precautions for cyproheptadine (Periactin)?

You should be aware of special precautions before taking cyproheptadine (Periactin). Your doctor and pharmacist should discuss these precautions with you, which include:
  • Discuss with your doctor if you think you are allergic to cyproheptadine or any other antihistamines.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor and pharmacist every nonprescription substance you are taking, including vitamins, aspirin or any dietary supplements, including any prescription drugs you are taking.
  • Cyproheptadine may interact with other drugs, such as antidepressants, seizures, pain medications, drugs used for colds and coughs, sedatives, sleeping pills or tranquilizers and vitamins.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor if you have asthma, glaucoma, problems urinating, heart disease, high blood pressure or overactive thyroid gland.
  • Make sure you tell your doctor about your plans to get pregnant, if you are currently pregnant or if you are breastfeeding. Cyproheptadine might cause harm to a developing baby.
  • Cyproheptadine may cause drowsiness, so do not operate machinery or drink alcohol.
  • Talk to your doctor about cyproheptadine if you are older than 65.

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