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Flunarizine is used to prevent migraine

How it works

Migraine headaches are thought to result from the dilatation of blood vessels in the head. Flunarizine works by constricting (narrowing) these blood vessels, thus relieving the migraine headache.

Common side effects

Dry mouth, Gastric pain, Weight gain, Sleepiness, Depression, Insomnia

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Expert advice

Do not start or continue the flunarizine tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to flunarizine.
  • If you have Parkinson’s disease.
  • If you have liver disease.
  • If you are suffering from depression.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking Flunarizine because you may feel drowsy.

Frequently asked questions



What is flunarizine dihydrochloride/flunarizine hydrochloride/flunarizine 5 mg used for?
These are the names of drugs containing flunarizine and used for the treatment of preventing migraine attacks


Does flunarizine cause weight gain?
Yes, it may cause weight gain. Always consult your doctor, if you experience this side effect


Does flunarizine work?
Flunarizine works at prescribed dose and duration for the treatment of preventing migraine attacks as advised by your doctor

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How long does flunarizine take to work?
It depends on disease severity and lot of other factors.

Content on this page was last updated on 10 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)