Cyproheptadine may be prescribed to improve a person’s appetite.
Cyproheptadine for appetite may be highly effective in patients who have less desire to eat or need to gain weight. This medication is an antihistamine intended to treat allergies, but it may cause increased appetite as a side effect. A physician may use this in an off-label capacity to help a patient who is having trouble eating, especially if the patient is struggling to meet a recommended daily caloric allowance. It is suitable for long-term use, which can be advantageous for some patients who do not know how long they will need to take the medication.
Cyproheptadine stimulates appetite and promotes weight gain.
Studies evaluating patients taking cyproheptadine to improve their appetite indicate that the drug can be a very effective appetite stimulant. Patients must eat more often while taking the drug and may gain weight. In the case of patients in specific use of medication to stimulate appetite and weight gain, it can be combined with a hypercaloric diet. Those not using it for this purpose may need to be careful about their eating habits to ensure they eat an adequate amount of food.
Side effects of cyproheptadine can include increased appetite.
The side effect profile of this drug is relatively low, which gives it an advantage over some other appetite stimulants. It can be safe when used for long periods of time to stimulate the patient’s appetite and maintain high appetite levels. If side effects occur, the patient may be evaluated for other causes and it may be possible to switch to another medication if cyproheptadine for appetite is the source of the problem.
Cyproheptadine can be used to control appetite suppression caused by other medications.
This medication is often used to control appetite suppression caused by other medications or underlying medical conditions. Administration of cyproheptadine for appetite can be complicated because the patient may have a number of medical issues that need to be considered when calculating dosage and administration practices. The patient may be asked to check regularly and provide information about appetite levels and side effects so the doctor can determine if the drug is working and make adjustments to treatment if necessary.
Patients who are unsuccessful with cyproheptadine for appetite have a few other options. This can include medications designed for a shorter duration of action that can come with greater risks of side effects, but can be very effective. Sometimes complementary therapy, such as acupuncture, is also helpful. Others may benefit from approaching the appetite problem from a different angle; if someone is not eating because of nausea, for example, it can be beneficial to better control the nausea.