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Drug Information

What is Itopride used for?

Itopride is used for the treatment of gastroesophageal reflux disease, functional dyspepsia and other intestinal motility disorders.

Itopride may also be prescribed for other conditions as determined by the doctor.

How does Itopride work?

Itopride belongs to the class of drugs called gastrointestinal tract regulators. Itopride acts by increasing the concentration of acetylcholine, which in turn promotes gastric motility and improves gastro-duodenal coordination.

How to take Itopride?

The dosage and the drug form depend on the age, weight and medical condition of an individual. Take Itopride as prescribed by your doctor.

Swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush or chew the tablet. Take the drug with or without food.

If you miss a dose of Itopride, please take it immediately once you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for the missed.

What are the drugs that interact with Itopride?

Drugs that interact with Itopride include the following:

  • Aclidinium
  • Atropine
  • Benactyzine
  • Benzatropine
  • Chlorphenoxamine
  • Darifenacin

This is not a comprehensive list of drug interactions. Consult your doctor to know more about other possible drug interactions.

What are the side effects of Itopride?

The following are the most common side effects of Itopride:

  • Diarrhoea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Headache
  • Dizziness

The following are the severe side effects, and you may require immediate medical attention:

  • Sleep disturbances
  • Galactorrhea
  • Gynecomastia
  • Jaundice

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Please consult your doctor to know more about other possible side effects.

What special precautions Itopride?

  • Avoid using the medicine if you are allergic to Itopride or similar drugs.
  • Avoid consumption of alcohol as it may worsen the side effects of
  • Do not stop using the medication abruptly unless instructed by the doctor. Stopping the medication suddenly may cause the illness to return.
  • Do not exceed the dose more than prescribed.
  • Do not drive or operate heavy machinery if Itopride causes dizziness or blurred vision.

You are advised not to take Itopride if

  • it has passed the expiry date of the medicine printed on the pack.
  • the foil or packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering or there is discolouration.

What should you tell your doctor before taking Itopride?

  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of heart, liver, kidney or respiratory diseases.
  • Inform the doctor if you are taking any other drugs, OTC medications, herbal products or nutritional supplements.

Frequently Asked Questions about Itopride

  1. How should Itopride be stored?
  2. Store Itopride at room temperature (20 – 30°C), away from direct sunlight.

  3. Is it safe to use Itopride in patients with thrombocytopenia?
  4. No. It is not safe to use Itopride in patients with thrombocytopenia condition.

  5. Can I give Itopride to my 10-year-old child?
  6. No. Itopride is not recommended for children under the age of 16 years.

  7. Is it safe to alter the dose of Itopride?
  8. No. You should not change the dose of Itopride unless suggested by the doctor.

  9. Can Itopride be used in elderly?
  10. Itopride should be used with caution in elderly because this drug may reduce the hepatic and renal function.


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