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    Information about Cinnarizine

    Cinnarizine uses

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

    How cinnarizine works

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

    Common side effects of cinnarizine

    Sleepiness, Nausea, Weight gain, Indigestion
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    Written By
    Dr. Swati Mishra
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Lalit Kanodia
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    18 Feb 2020 | 05:21 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Cinnarizine

    • Cinnarizine helps relieve nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with Meniere's disease and other middle ear disorders.
    • Take it with food to avoid stomach upset.
    • It may cause dizziness and sleepiness. Don't drive or do anything that requires mental focus until you know how Cinnarizine affects you.
    • Do not drink alcohol while taking this medicine as it may cause increased sleepiness.
    • Stop taking medicine if you experience yellowing of the skin, tiredness, fever, nausea, weakness, red, lumpy, and itchy rash.
    • Inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding.
    • Take caution while taking this medicine if you are suffering from Parkinson's disease as it may worsen the condition.
    • Inform your doctor if you are taking antidepressant or painkiller medicine as it may increase the drowsiness effect of Cinnarizine.
    • Inform your doctor if you notice vomiting, upset stomach, muscle weakness or lose consciousness. 
    • Do not stop taking Cinnarizine without talking to your doctor first.

    Frequently asked questions for Cinnarizine


    Q. Does Cinnarizine make you sleepy?

    Yes, Cinnarizine may make you sleepy as a common side effect, especially at the start of treatment. Therefore, if you develop excessive sleepiness it is advisable not to drive or use heavy machinery.

    Q. Can Cinnarizine help with tinnitus?

    Yes, Cinnarizine is used to improve tinnitus. It is a condition in which the patients hear a sound that is generated by the body, rather than by an outside source. It is usually a symptom of underlying condition or a disease such as Miniere’s disease.

    Q. How should Cinnarizine be taken for motion sickness?

    Two tablets of Cinnarizine can be given two hours before the travel to prevent motion sickness in adults, elderly, and children over 12 years. If necessary, one tablet every eight hours during the journey can be given. However, children between 5 and 12 years can take one tablet two hours before travel. An additional half a tablet every eight hours during the journey can also be given when required.

    Q. Does Cinnarizine cause Parkinson’s disease?

    Cinnarizine can aggravate motor function in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Use of Cinnarizine should be avoided in these patients. Although, this effect is reversible but may last for several days. It may also induce a parkinsonian syndrome in relatively old patients and therefore should be used with caution.

    Q. What are the symptoms of an overdose of Cinnarizine?

    An overdose of Cinnarizine can cause symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, upset tummy, tremors, uncontrollable muscle spasms, muscle weakness or reduced muscle strength, drowsiness, or reduced consciousness. Young children may also experience seizures. If you accidentally take too many tablets or if a young child takes this medicine by accident, inform your doctor and seek immediate medical help.

    Q. Can Cinnarizine be taken long term?

    No, Cinnarizine should not be taken for long term due to its potential side effects. It is mainly used for long term in older patients associated with vertigo. Using it without the doctor's supervision can put them at an unacceptable risk of extrapyramidal adverse effects. Such side effects may include Parkinsonism, which may be irreversible.

    Q. How should I take Cinnarizine?

    The dosage and duration of this medication should be taken as advised by the doctor. Cinnarizine is meant for oral use and should preferably be taken after meals. The tablets may be sucked, chewed, or swallowed as a whole with water.

    Q. Does Cinnarizine cause weight gain?

    Yes, Cinnarizine may cause weight gain as a common side effect. Consult your doctor for any weight-related concerns.

    Content on this page was last updated on 18 February, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)