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Dr. Wendy Askew
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Cyproheptadine Hydrochloride (Definition)

Cyproheptadine hydrochloride is a sedating antihistamine which is a kind of antihistamine type drug (common ...Read more


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I've completely lost my appetite since being on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 45mg a day. Is it safe to take periactin with it to help increase my appetite?

I've completely lost my appetite since being on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) 45mg a day. Is it safe to take periactin with it to help increase my appetite?

Why are you on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine)?: It is never a good idea to follow one drugs complications with taking another drug which will only lead to taking another drug. Who put you on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) and why? You should be discussing any complications you have with the medication with that particular practitioner. Unfortunately, medications like Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) are ridiculously overprescribed. Hopefully you have been prescribed by a competent practitioner for the right reasons. ...Read more

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What's better for adhd children Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) with 2 mg periactin or with 2mg melatonin ?

What's better for adhd children Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) with 2 mg periactin or with 2mg melatonin ?

Side effects : It's not uncommon for adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) to disrupt sleep. Periactin is a sedating antihistamine. Melatonin mimics natural melatonin. The optimal regimen calls for finding the right dose of stimulant with minimal side effects. Less adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) might be optimal for the child, potentially another stimulant altogether! To answer your question, I would pick melatonin, since it's natural. They both work well. ...Read more

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Which are side effects of periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)?

Which are side effects of periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)?

Some common: Many people experience an increase in appetite (leads to weight gain) and some experience drowsiness. This old antihistamine has been replaced by others that tend to be as effective with less side effects. ...Read more

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Would periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) be used in the same capacity as reactin?

Would periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) be used in the same capacity as reactin?

Reactin vs periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride): No they are not similar in any way.Reactin is cetrizine sold in canada under name of reactin, it is once a day allergy medicine, it is second genaration allergy med, and is not as sedating as first generation like benadryl, (diphenhydramine) and periactin periactin is a first generation antihistamine, is sedating and has to be taken 3or4 time a day, generic name cycloheptadine. ...Read more

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After ceasing to take periactin, (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) my behaviour has changed, could be withdrawal?

After ceasing to take periactin, (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) my behaviour has changed, could be withdrawal?

Not withdrawal: Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) (cyproheptidine) makes you sleepy. Sometimes it makes you hungry but it's not habit-forming or addictive. If you feel more alert, less drowsy, have more energy, and decreased appetite that's just the effects of this classical antihistamine wearing off. ...Read more

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Can periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) make you gain weghit!?

Absolutely yes: Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) (cyproheptadine) is a very effective anti-histamine. It is quite sedating and increased appetite is and associated weight gain are well-known side effects. ...Read more

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How can I use periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) to gain weight?

How can I use periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) to gain weight?

Discuss w your DR.: Per Drugs.Com (regarding use of periactin): 'In healthy, thin individuals, weight gain of 4 kg in 56 days has been reported with a dosage of 12 mg orally per day.' ...Read more

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How long to develope tolerance to cyproheptadine periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)?

How long to develope tolerance to cyproheptadine periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride)?

Highly variable: It may be a few weeks or months but I have one patient with chronic hives who has been on the same dose for over four years. ...Read more

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Does periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) make you gain weight? Please, need some answers?

Does periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) make you gain weight? Please, need some answers?

Yes, it can: Periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) (cyproheptadine), is mainly used as an antihistamine, particularly for cold-induced urticaria (welts caused by cold objects). It also has effects on the brain, including sedation and increase in appetite, leading to weight gain. ...Read more

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Are there any alternates similar to periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) (cyproheptadine)?

Could be several but: It depends why you are taking it...This is an antihistamine which helps itching. But, it can make you sleepy, or even hungry(sometimes given to increase appetite). There are several over the counter anti-histamines(which you to be available only by prescription) which are very helpful --allegra, zyrtec, claritin (loratadine). Read the labels and see if they help you. If not check with the dr. Who prescribed it. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Periactin allergy?

What is the definition or description of: Periactin allergy?

Usually not aproblem: Periactin or Cyproheptadine is used to treat allergies or sometimes given to increase appetite since it has a this side effect. Cold urticaria commonly responds to this also. Allergic reactions to this medication are not commonly observed. ...Read more

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Can i get periactin (cyproheptadine hydrochloride) without prescription?

Not in the USA: It is only available by prescription...But Allegra , zyrtec, and Claritin (loratadine) are good, over the counter antihistamines (which used to only be available by prescription). ...Read more

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