What is this medicine? CISAPRIDE (SIS a pride) is used to treat heartburn in patients with gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Because of the serious risks associated with this medicine it should only be used when lifestyle changes and other medicines have not worked. This medicine in only available from your doctor, who must register with the drug company and meet certain criteria for the use of this drug. Cisapride has not been available in pharmacies since August 2000. For information, the manufacturer has provided the following toll-free number (877) 795-4247.
This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.
How should I use this medicine? Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the label. Take this medicine on an empty stomach, at least 15 minutes before eating and at bedtime. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.
NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.
What may interact with this medicine? Do not take this medicine with any of the following medications:
certain medicines for cancer like daunorubicin and doxorubicin
general and local anesthetics
medicines for fungal infections like ketoconazole and itraconazole
medicines for HIV
medicines for depression, anxiety, or psychotic disturbances
medicines used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) like sildenafil, tadalafil, and vardenafil
phenothiazines like chlorpromazine, mesoridazine, prochlorperazine, thioridazine
some medicines for treating heart-rhythm problems
This medicine may also interact with the following medications:
This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.
What should I watch for while using this medicine? Visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress. For this medicine to work properly it is important to make lifestyle changes. Eat smaller meals, elevate the head of your bed 6 to 8 inches, avoid high-fat foods, chocolate, alcohol, smoking, caffeine and carbonated drinks.
If you have any fainting spells or rapid or irregular heartbeat, stop taking this drug immediately. Contact your health care professional right away for evaluation.
Do not drink grapefruit juice while you are taking this medicine. Grapefruit juice could increase your risk of having serious side effects from this medicine.
Can I stop taking the medication if I feel better? As a general rule, you should always take your medications exactly as prescribed and do not change the dosage or stop taking the medication without first discussing it with your healthcare provider.
I am on so many medications; do I have to take them all? This is called polypharmacymany different medications being used at the same time by one person. Sometimes, being on multiple medications is acceptable and appropriate but at other times it may be problematic. If you are receiving your medications from multiple physicians you need to ensure that they all know what medications you are taking. The best way to do this is to make a list of all the medications you are currently using, including all nutritional supplements, homeopathic remedies, vitamins and over-the-counter drugs (if possible, also include all the diseases you have been diagnosed with). Give a copy to every doctor who takes care of you so they have it on file, this way they can avoid duplicating medications and perhaps even try to consolidate some. After every doctor's visit remember to update the list accordingly. Also, as much as you possibly can, try to use the same pharmacy to fill all your prescriptions, this way any potential drug interactions can be caught and averted.