Itopride is used to treat gastrointestinal disorders such as dyspepsia, gastroesophageal reflux, nausea and vomiting. It is also used as an alternative therapy for anorexia and heartburn.


What is Itopride?

Itopride is an antiemetic drug. It acts as an antagonist of the dopamine receptor D2 and inhibits the enzyme acetylcholinesterase. In this way, it increases the concentration of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, whose ultimate effect is to stimulate emptying of the stomach.


How should Itopride be taken?

Itopride is typically administered orally in the form of tablets or capsules.


Side effects associated with Itopride

Among the possible side effects of itopride include the following:


  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Redness
  • Tremors
  • Thrombocytopenia
  • Leukopenia


It is important to contact a doctor immediately if you experience:


  • Rash
  • Urticaria
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Swelling of the mouth, face, lips or tongue


Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Itopride

Itopride is contraindicated in case of Parkinson’s disease or gastrointestinal bleeding. It is also contraindicated in babies, pregnant women, children and individuals with kidney or liver failure.


Before starting treatment with itopride, it is important to tell your doctor if:


  • You have any allergies to the active substance, its excipients or to any other drugs, food or various substances
  • You are taking any other medications, herbal remedies or supplements
  • You are suffering (or have suffered) from gastrointestinal bleeding , liver or kidney problems or Parkinson’s disease
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding