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    Information about Flunarizine

    Flunarizine uses

    Flunarizine is used for preventive treatment of migraine.

    How flunarizine works

    Migraine headaches are thought to result from the dilatation of blood vessels in the head. Flunarizine works by preventing loss of tone and dilation of blood vessels, thus preventing the migraine headache.

    Common side effects of flunarizine

    Sleepiness, Weight gain, Muscle pain, Fatigue, Constipation, Nausea, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Rhinitis

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    Expert advice for Flunarizine

    • Flunarizine should be taken at night-time before going to bed.
    • You may have to wait for 8 to 12 weeks to get the full effect.
    • Caution is advised in elderly patients, as it may cause depressive and extrapyramidal symptoms.
    • Do not take alcohol or sleep inducing medicine along with Flunarizine.
    • Flunarizine tablet contains lactose monohydrate. You should not take it if you have galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption.

    Frequently asked questions for Flunarizine


    Q. Is Flunarizine safe?

    Flunarizine is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by the doctor.

    Q. What is Flunarizine used for?

    Flunarizine is a calcium channel blocker and is used to prevent migraine attacks. Migraine is a recurrent throbbing headache that typically affects one side of the head and is often accompanied by nausea and disturbed vision.

    Q. Does Flunarizine cause weight gain?

    Flunarizine can cause weight gain. It is caused by an increase in appetite (feeling hungry) and can be avoided by keeping to your usual diet. Please consult your doctor if you experience weight gain after taking Flunarizine.

    Q. Does Flunarizine work?

    Flunarizine works if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 12 April, 2018, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)