Side effects of Propulsid

Propulsid is brand name for cisapride. It comes in both tablets and suspension. Propulsid contains Cisapride as main active ingredient. Propulsid or Cisapride is used for treatment of heartburn, which occurs due to gastric reflux. It regulates the acid level in esophagus. Cisapride increases the rate of digestion. It also increases bowel movements and strengthens the muscle between stomach and esophagus.

Doctors prescribe it for purposes not listed in medical guide too based on their clinical judgment. Use of this medicine has been restricted to U.S. market only. It is due to safety concerns.

Side effects of Propulsid

Propulsid or cisapride could lead to many side effects. Some of them are common ones. They are very mild side effects and there is no need to worry about them. But there are some severe side effects of Cisapride too. If any of these side effects occur while using this drug, it is advisable to immediately seek medical help.

Less Serious Side Effects of Propulsid

Use of propulsid could cause some side effects, which are not worrisome. They are as follows-

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Stuffed nose
  • Constipation
  • Cough
  • Headache
  • Pain in abdomen
  • Frequent urination

You need not worry if any of these less serious side effects results due to use of Propulsid. They may subside with the time. But if any of these side effects becomes persistent, then it could be harmful. In that case, it is advisable to immediately seek medical assistance.

Serious Side effects of Propulsid

Use of propulsid could lead to many serious side effects. Some of them could prove fatal. Immediately call your doctor if any of these serious side effects occur.

  • Dizziness is one of the serious side effects of Propulsid use.
  • Some patients may have fainting feeling.
  • Irregular or fast heartbeat is another serious side effect of this drug, which could be fatal.
  • Chest pain is another alarming side effect of this drug.
  • Any type of mood or mental change could also occur due to use of this drug.
  • Acute pain in stomach may also occur.
  • Persistent diarrhea is another fatal side effect of this drug.
  • Chronic headache could also occur due to use of this drug, medical assistance is needed in that case.
  • Persistent nausea as a side effect of this drug also needs medical attention.
  • Changes in vision could also occur due to use of Propulsid.
  • Any type of allergic reaction such as itching, rash, swelling, dizziness or breathing trouble could result as a severe side effect of this drug.
  • Prolonged cough or stuffy nose may occur in some patients.
  • Allergic reactions such as closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives could be a result of Propulsid use.
  • Some patients may have feeling like they may pass out.
  • Heart attack could also result due to use of this drug.

If any of these severe side effects occur while using Propulsid, immediately call your doctor, as any of them could prove fatal.