Cinnarizine helps to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting that is associated with motion sickness.
This medicine is also used in the management of inner ear-balance disorders such as vertigo (dizziness with sensations of spinning), nausea experienced by people with Meniere’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear) and symptoms caused by poor blood flow to the brain or limbs.
Cinnarizine may be used to treat other conditions as decided by your doctor.
Take Cinnarizine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.
This medicine should be taken together with food or immediately after a meal.
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.
DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
- Parkinson's disease (a disorder that affects movement of a person, causing symptoms such as tremors, muscle stiffness, slowed movement and impaired balance or walking)
- porphyria (an inherited disorder that may cause skin or nerve problems)
- low blood pressure
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Be sure to check with your doctor or pharmacist before giving Cinnarizine to a child. Children may be more sensitive to the side effects.
Cinnarizine may interfere with results of allergy tests. Discuss with your doctor when you should take this medicine prior to performing allergy tests.
Cinnarizine may cause drowsiness. If affected, do not drive or take part in any activity in which you need to be alert.
Other side effects include any of the following: nausea, vomiting, stomach discomfort or pain, tiredness, excessive sweating, weight gain.
Some side effects may need immediate medical help. Alert your doctor quickly if you experience any of the following:
- uncontrollable movements such as twitching and jerking
- red lesions or rash
- yellowing of the skin and whites of the eyes with stomach pain, persistent tiredness, nausea or vomiting
Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
- medicines to treat depression e.g. tranylcypromine, bupropion
- medicines for sleep disorder e.g. midazolam, diazepam
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Cinnarizine.
Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol intake may worsen the sedative effects caused by Cinnarizine.
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.
Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.