Cisapride is used to treat symptoms of nighttime heartburn in people who have not responded to other treatments.
Side Effects Of Cisapride
Cisapride may cause side effects. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:
- upset stomach
- stomach discomfort
- stuffy nose
If you experience any of the following symptoms or those listed in the WARNING section call your doctor immediately:
- vision changes
- chest pain
Warnings & Precautions
Before taking cisapride:
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to cisapride or any other drugs.
- in addition to the medications listed in the WARNING section, tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially antianxiety medications, anticholinergics (atropine, belladonna, benztropine, dicyclomine, diphenhydramine, isopropamide, procyclidine, and scopolamine), anticoagulants (‘blood thinners’) such as warfarin (Coumadin), azithromycin (Zithromax), cimetidine (Tagamet), dirithromycin (Dynabac), diuretics (‘water pills’), miconazole (Monistat), tranquilizers, and vitamins.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had intestinal disorders or bleeding ulcers.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking cisapride, call your doctor.
- you should know that this drug may make you drowsy. Do not drive a car or operate machinery until you know how this drug affects you.
- remember that alcohol can add to the drowsiness caused by this drug.
Dosage Of Cisapride
Cisapride comes as a tablet and liquid to take by mouth. Cisapride usually is taken four times a day, 15 minutes before meals and at bedtime. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take cisapride exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.
Keep all appointments with your doctor and the laboratory. Your doctor will order certain lab tests to check your response to cisapride.
Do not let anyone else take your medicine. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.
It is important for you to keep a written list of all of the prescription and nonprescription (over-the-counter) medicines you are taking, as well as any products such as vitamins, minerals, or other dietary supplements. You should bring this list with you each time you visit a doctor or if you are admitted to a hospital. It is also important information to carry with you in case of emergencies.
All information has been provided courtesy of MedLinePlus from the National Library of Medicine and from the FDA.