Does Periactin Make You Gain Weight?

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Asked by KATRINA NEAL_CHAMBERS

Does Periactin Make You Gain Weight?

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Hi Katrina, Periactin (generic name cyproheptadine hydrochloride) is an antihistamine. It is commonly used for relief of allergic nasal symptoms. It is also prescribed for relief of cluster headaches and migraine headaches.

Appetite enhancement and weight gain are associated with this drug. I often warn my patients about this. Fatigue and sedation may also be associated with Periactin.

You should review all the potential adverse effects of this medication and discuss the use of it, for weight gain, with your family physician. A prescription will be required. Here is more information on periactin. Good luck, J. Thompson, MD