What is cyproheptadine?
Cyproheptadine is a prescription medication that is used to relieve allergy symptoms (allergic rhinitis). These symptoms include sneezing, irritated and itchy eyes, and a runny nose. This medication is also used for the treatment of allergic skin reactions and hives, including hives caused by cold exposure. While Cyproheptadine cannot cure allergies, it can help alleviate symptoms caused by them.
Cyproheptadine is an antihistamine, which means it works by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical that is released by the body in response to certain triggers. It comes in the oral dosage form of a tablet or solution (liquid syrup). Although Periactin (the brand-name medication of cyproheptadine) was taken off the market in the United States, the generic medication, cyproheptadine, is still approved by the FDA, meaning it has been tested for safety and effectiveness.