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Cisapride (removed from market - there may be special cases where you can still get cisapride)


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    • U.S. Brand Names: Propulsid®
    • Mexican Brand Names: Enteropride;Kinestase;Lornakin;Presistin;Profercol;Tadasil;Unamol
    • Pharmacologic Category: Gastrointestinal Agent, Prokinetic

    • It is used in patients getting tube feedings who have high residuals.
    • It is used to treat heartburn.
    • It is used to treat constipation.
    • It is used to treat poor stomach emptying.
    • Cisapride raises gastric emptying and movement through the GI (gastrointestinal) tract.


    How to take

    • Take 15 to 30 minutes before meals and at bedtime.
    • There is a liquid (suspension) if you cannot swallow pills. Shake well before use.
    • Those who have feeding tubes can also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If more than 1 hour, skip the missed dose and return to your normal time.
    • Do not take two doses or extra doses.
    • Do not change dose or stop drug. Talk with doctor.


    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.



    • Not safe, fast heartbeats can happen. Tell doctor if you have a history of fast heartbeats, kidney failure, low potassium or magnesium levels, or lung failure. Check all drugs with doctor.
    • Unsafe reactions may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking certain other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.


    • If you have an allergy to cisapride or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs involved.
    • If you have any of these health problems: Fast or slow heartbeat, heart disease, hole in the GI (gastrointestinal) tract, bowel block, kidney disease, low magnesium levels, low potassium levels, lung failure, very bad GI bleeding, or a very weak heart.


    • If you have a weak heart, talk with doctor.
    • Check drugs with doctor. This drug may not mix well with other drugs.
    • Avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice.
    • Avoid alcohol, quit smoking, elevate head of the bed, avoid large meals before bed, lose weight, and avoid fatty foods, chocolate, caffeine, or citrus.
    • Tell doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Belly pain.
    • Loose stools.


    • Change in health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you suspect an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • Fast heartbeat.
    • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
    • Very bad loose stools.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada return any unused drugs back to the pharmacy. Also, visit for more facts about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for health help about side effects. You may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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