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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms

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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms



cyproheptadine  listen  (SY-proh-HEP-tuh-deen)

  A drug that is used to treat asthma, allergies, and colds, and to relieve itching caused by certain skin disorders. It has also been used to stimulate appetite and weight gain, and is being studied in the treatment of weight loss caused by cancer and its treatment. Cyproheptadine belongs to the family of drugs called antihistamines.