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Taking ganaton for constipation. Feeling giddy. Is it a side effect?

Hi, I am a 34 years female having delayed gastric emptying. I had recently undergone Barium Meal test and the result were found OK. Had consulted my family physician and was advised for Ganaton Total to be taken for 3 months ( 1 per day). After started consuming this tablet I am feeling uneasy like gidiness and need to understand the side affects after using this tablet. Request you to answer my query and advise the same.
Asked On : Sat, 1 Dec 2012
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Hello. I'm Dr. Christensen.
I'm sorry you're having problems with your stomach. The medication you're taking (Ganaton, or itopride) does cause giddiness in many patients. Ganaton works by increasing the concentration of acetylcholine at the ends of the nerves that control stomach and intestinal motion. Acetylcholine is a chemical neurotransmitter that triggers muscle contraction, which enhances stomach motion and improves stomach emptying. However, acetylcholine also plays a role in several central nervous system functions, such as mood, arousal, alertness, memory and decision-making. By increasing acetylcholine levels in your brain, Ganaton could cause nervousness, giddiness, insomnia, irritability, headache and dizziness. Use of Ganaton has also been linked to galactorrhea (nipple discharge in women) and gynecomastia (breast enlargement in men).
In many cases the side effects of Ganaton disappear after several days of use. If your giddiness worsens or persists for more than couple of weeks, see your doctor.
I hope that answers your question, and good luck!
Answered: Thu, 6 Dec 2012
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