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Cinnarizine

Last updated on 09/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Cinnarizine

CHINESE NAME: 桂利嗪

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Moison-6 幸福浪途適, Stugeron 旋可寧, Urizine 暈得寧

DRUG CLASS: Antihistamines

SUB CLASS: Antihistamines (First Generation)

USED FOR: Motion sickness, vertigo, peripheral circulatory disorders

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 15 mg, 25 mg (tablets)
– 50 mg (capsules)

What is Cinnarizine for?

Cinnarizine is a sedating (first generation) antihistamine that can relieve symptoms of nausea and vertigo caused by motion sickness.

How to use it?

Cinnarizine can be taken by mouth, with or without food. Taking Cinnarizine with food may help to reduce gastrointestinal discomfort.

Motion sickness
Adult
Initially 30 mg 2 hours before travel, then 15 mg every 8 hours during the journey if necessary.
Child 12-17 years
Initially 30 mg 2 hours before travel, then 15 mg every 8 hours during the journey if necessary.
Child 5-11
Initially 15 mg 2 hours before travel, then 7.5 mg every 8 hours during the journey if necessary.

Relief of symptoms of vestibular disorders (e.g. vertigo, nausea and vomiting)
Adult
30 mg 3 times daily.
Child 12-17 years
30 mg 3 times daily.
Child 5-11 years
15 mg 3 times daily.

What are the side effects of Cinnarizine?

Common side effects of Cinnarizine include drowsiness and dizziness, dry mouth, nausea, and gastrointestinal discomfort.

Who should not take Cinnarizine?

People allergic to Cinnarizine or any component of the formulation.

Pharmacist Tips:

– This medication can make you dizzy. Avoid driving or operating machinery until you know how you respond to Cinnarizine.
– Avoid alcohol while taking this medication.

Common dosing schedule:
Cinnarizine should be taken with food.

This schedule is for reference only, adjustments may be made according to individual needs.

Some common medications Cinnarizine may interact with:
Cinnarizine may interact with other sedating medications, such as,
– Tricyclic antidepressants, e.g. Amitriptyline, Doxepin
– Alcohol

Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Cinnarizine in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Cinnarizine is an over-the-counter medicine and can be purchased without a prescription from any retail outlet in Hong Kong. This includes grocery stores, convenience stores, medicine shops, and pharmacies. It can also be obtained from doctors. To find a pharmacy near you, refer to the list of pharmacies (“Authorized Sellers of Poisons”) from the Hong Kong Department of Health.

For more information about drug names and ingredients, you can visit Hong Kong’s Drug Office at https://www.drugoffice.gov.hk

Need more information?

For detailed information about the use of Cinnarizine in children, pregnancy and breastfeeding, and for questions about drug interactions, please check with your pharmacist or doctor.

Disclaimer: our goal is to provide you with the most relevant drug information and common dosage for Hong Kong. This information does not constitute medical advice. For specific treatment recommendations and advice, always discuss with your doctor or pharmacist, and follow the instructions included with your specific medicine.