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Cinnarizine

Information

Uses

Cinnarizine is used in the treatment of motion sickness, vertigo and meniere's disease.

How it works

Cinnarizine works by preventing constriction of the blood vessels of the inner ear. This improves the microcirculation of the ear.

Common side effects

Sleepiness, Nausea, Weight gain, Dyspepsia

Available Medicine

  • ₹141 to ₹302
    Janssen Pharmaceuticals
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹36 to ₹64
    Geno Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    3 variant(s)
  • ₹98
    Glenmark Pharmaceuticals Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹31 to ₹59
    FDC Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹25
    Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹46
    Wallace Pharmaceuticals Pvt Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹31
    Mankind Pharma Ltd
    1 variant(s)
  • ₹15 to ₹70
    Psychotropics India Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹20 to ₹41
    Baroda Pharma Pvt Ltd
    2 variant(s)
  • ₹40 to ₹493
    A N Pharmacia
    2 variant(s)

Expert advice

  • Take the tablets after food to reduce the risk of stomach upset.
  • Do not start or continue the cinnarizine tablets if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to cinnarizine.
  • Stop taking this medicine 4 days before having any allergy test.
  • Consult your doctor if you are taking other medicines that make you sleepy or feel drowsy or medicines like tricyclic antidepressants.
  • Do not drive or operate machinery after taking cinnarizine because you may feel drowsy.

Frequently asked questions

Cinnarizine

Q. Is cinnarizine an antihistamine?
Cinnarizine has both antihistaminic and calcium channel blocking properties. It acts by relaxing vascular smooth muscles of the blood vessels of the ear and improves the blood circulation.
Q. What is cinnarizine used for?
Cinnarizine is used for the treatment of vertigo and nausea due to motion sickness (also known as travel sickness) and problems with balance (such as Ménières disease) associated with symptoms of feeling dizzy or lightheaded, ringing in the ears and feeling sick (nausea) and being sick (vomiting).
Q. Is cinnarizine available over the counter product?
Cinnarizine is not an over the counter product. It is available on prescription.
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Q. How long can I take cinnarizine for?
You should take cinnarizine for the duration as advised by your doctor
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with diazepam?
The sedative effect of diazepam may increase when given with cinnarizine. You may need to be careful while driving or using any machines. Consult your doctor before taking the medicines together.
Q. How long does cinnarizine take to work?
The patient should take this drug two hours before starting the journey. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.
Q. Is cinnarizine safe during pregnancy?
There are not enough studies on the safety of cinnarizine use during pregnancy. It is advisable not to be used during pregnancy. Please consult your doctor.
Q. Is cinnarizine a steroid?
Cinnarizine is a long-acting antihistamine and a calcium channel blocker. It is not a steroid.
Q. Is cinnarizine a calcium channel blocker?
Cinnarizine is a calcium channel blocker with antihistaminic property. It acts by relaxing vascular smooth muscles.
Q. Is cinnarizine effective?
Cinnarizine would be effective if used for the right indication in a prescribed dose and for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.
Q. Is cinnarizine food and drug administration (FDA) approved?
Cinnarizine is not yet approved by the FDA for use in the United States.
Q. Is cinnarizine addictive?
Cinnarizine is not known to cause any addiction. It does not have any habit-forming potential. However, consult your doctor before taking any medicines.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with betahistine?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with betahistine. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with prochlorperazine?
Cinnarizine when given with prochlorperazine, can cause movement disorders. Consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with cetirizine?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with cetirizine. However, when given together, they can cause drowsiness and you may need to be careful while driving or using any machines. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with sertraline?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with sertraline. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with tramadol?
Cinnarizine may add the central nervous system depressant effect of tramadol. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with paracetamol?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with paracetamol. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with ibuprofen?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with ibuprofen. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with amitriptyline?
The sedative effect of amitriptyline may increase when given with cinnarizine. You may need to be careful while driving or using any machines. Consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Can I take cinnarizine with loratadine?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interaction when taken with loratadine. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor before taking the two medicines together.
Q. Does cinnarizine make you drowsy (sleepy)?
Drowsiness (sleepiness) is one of the common side effect associated with the use of cinnarizine. If you experience any disturbances in sleep while using the drug, consult your doctor.
Q. Does cinnarizine cause weight gain?
Cinnarizine is not known to cause weight gain. However, if you experience any change in weight while taking cinnarizine, consult your doctor.
Q. Does cinnarizine help anxiety?
Cinnarizine is a drug which is indicated for the treatment of vertigo and motion sickness. It is not known to have a significant anti-anxiety effect. Consult your doctor for the right treatment of anxiety disorder.
Q. Does cinnarizine help vertigo?
Yes, cinnarizine is effective in treating vertigo. Consult your doctor for the right dose, frequency, and duration of the drug for the treatment of vertigo.
Q. Does cinnarizine work?
Cinnarizine is indicated in the treatment of motion sickness and vertigo. It is found to be effective especially in the treatment of motion sickness.
Q. Does cinnarizine cause dizziness?
Dizziness is one of the common side effect associated with the use of cinnarizine. If you experience dizziness while using cinnarizine, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does cinnarizine cause Parkinson's disease?
Cinnarizine has been associated with drug-induced parkinsonism, however, it is not very common. If you experience any movement disorder while using the drug, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does cinnarizine work for nausea?
Cinnarizine is indicated in the treatment of nausea associated with motion sickness.
Q. Does cinnarizine interact with warfarin?
Cinnarizine is not known to have any clinically meaningful interactions with warfarin. However, interactions can occur. Please consult your doctor prior to taking the drug if you are on warfarin therapy.
Q. What does cinnarizine contain?
Cinnarizine is the generic name of a drug which has calcium channel blocking and antihistaminic property.

Content on this page was last updated on 12 April, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)