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Molecule Description

Cinitapride is a gastro prokinetic and antiulcer agent which is used to prevent and treat dyspepsia, gastric ulcer, esophagitis, and heartburn. It is also used to treat delayed gastric emptying and to reduce the acid secretion in the stomach.
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Uses of Cinitapride

  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (acid reflux)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Delayed gastric emptying

Contraindications of Cinitapride

When should one not use Cinitapride

  • In paediatric patients
  • In patients having allergy or gastrointestinal bleeding

Side effects of Cinitapride

Common side effects of this drug are:

  • Commonly reported side effects of Cinitapride include:
  • Drowsiness
  • Diarrhea
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Joint pain
  • Muscle pain
  • Allergic reactions to skin
  • Serious adverse effects include
  • Uncontrolled muscle movements of head and neck
  • Jaundice

Precautions and Warnings of Cinitapride


Can I take Cinitapride during pregnancy?
You should not take this medicine during pregnancy, because the safety of this medicine for use during pregnancy has not been established.

Breast Feeding

Can I take Cinitapride while breastfeeding?
It is probably unsafe to take this medicine if you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed.


Can I drive if I have consumed Cinitapride?
Do not drive while taking Cinitapride because it causes dizziness and drowsiness, which interferes with a person's ability to drive.


Can I consume alcohol with Cinitapride?
Do not drink alcohol along with this medicine, as it causes severe drowsiness and dizziness.

Other General Warnings

Talk to your doctor if
  • You have gastrointestinal bleeding
  • You have partial or complete blockage in intestine
  • You have gastrointestinal perforation (hole in the wall of parts of gastrointestinal track)
  • You have movement disorders

Mode of Action of Cinitapride

How Does It Work?

It acts by increasing the gastrointestinal movement by enhancing the frequency and strength of stomach muscle contractions. It also increases the secretion of acetylcholine in the stomach, thereby increasing the gastric motility, gastric emptying, and improves gastro-duodenal coordination.
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Interactions of Cinitapride

Interactions with other medicines

  • Anticholinergic medicines like Atropine
  • Digoxin
  • Warfarin

Interactions with food items

There are no such findings on its interaction with food.

Dosage of Cinitapride


Take the medication exactly as prescribed. If you take more dose than prescribed, it will cause severe drowsiness, diarrhea, headaches, nausea and vomiting, joint pain, and muscle pain. Contact the nearest emergency department immediately if you encounter symptoms of overdose.
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Missed a Dose

If you missed any dose, take it as early as you remember. If it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosage schedule. Do not take a double dose of medicine to compensate for a missed one.
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Content Details


Dr. Nikita Toshi

BDS (Bachelor of Dental Surgery)


Dr. Ritu Budania

MBBS, MD (Pharmacology)

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Q: Can this medicine form a habit or addiction?

A: Usually, most medications do not cause addiction or dependence. See the product information on the package to check for schedules. Schedule H and X indicate the addiction-forming potential of medicine in India and Schedule II-V in the US.

Q: How to stop using this Cinitapride?

A: Some medications are needed to be stopped gradually by tapering the dose downwards slowly. Consult your physician for information regarding the discontinuation from the medication of Cinitapride.

Q: What should I do if I have taken an expired Cinitapride?

A: Expired medication will become ineffective and will not work for your disease condition. Sometimes expired medicine can cause serious side effects, so avoid using expired medicines.
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)

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