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Nicergoline

Last updated on 15/07/2021.

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GENERIC NAME: Nicergoline

CHINESE NAME: 尼麥角林

BRAND NAME(S) IN HONG KONG: Sermion 思爾明

DRUG CLASS: Vasodilators

SUB CLASS: Alpha blockers

USED FOR: Cerebrovascular disease, Dementia, Peripheral circulatory disorders

AVAILABLE DOSAGE FORMS:
– 5 mg, 10 mg, 30 mg (tablets)

What is Nicergoline for?

Nicergoline belongs to a class of medications called alpha blockers. It is used to treat cerebrovascular disease, dementia and peripheral circulatory disorders.

How to use it?

Nicergoline can be taken orally as tablets, ideally before a meal. The tablets should be wholly swallowed, but not chewed or cut.

Cerebral circulatory disorders
Adult
5-10 mg twice or thrice daily.

Dementia
Adult
30 mg once or twice daily.

Peripheral circulatory disorders
Adult
30 mg once or twice daily.

What are the side effects of Nicergoline?

Common side effects of Nicergoline include abdominal stress, flushing, fatigue and skin rash.

Who should not take Nicergoline?

– People allergic to Nicergoline, ergot alkaloids or any component of the formulation.
– Patients with recent myocardial infarction
– Patients with acute hemorrhage
– Patients with orthostatic hypotension
– People below 18 years of age

There are more contraindications to Nicergoline. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication.

Pharmacist Tips:

– Do not chew or cut Nicergoline tablets.

Common dosing schedule:
Depending on the indication, Nicergoline can be taken once to thrice daily before a meal. 

For those taking once daily, Nicergoline can be taken before dinner to circumvent the effect of fatigue during daytime. 

For those taking twice daily, Nicergoline can be taken before breakfast and dinner.

For those taking thrice daily, Nicergoline can be taken before breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

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

Some common medications Nicergoline may interact with:
– Medicines for lowering blood pressure, e.g. Atenolol, Verapamil
– Potent CYP2D6 inhibitors, e.g. Amitriptyline, Clozapine, Desipramine
– Phosphodiesterase inhibitors, e.g. Sildenafil, Tadalafil, Vardenafil
– Dapoxetine

Nicergoline may interact with many other medications. Please notify your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking the above medication, dosage adjustments might be needed.

Where to buy Nicergoline in Hong Kong?

In Hong Kong, Nicergoline is a prescription only medicine, and requires a prescription from a doctor to be purchased in a pharmacy. 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 Nicergoline 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.