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Systematic (IUPAC) name
Clinical data
Routes of
tablets, suspension
Legal status
Legal status
Pharmacokinetic data
Bioavailability 30-40%
Protein binding 97.5%
Metabolism hepatic, intestinal
Biological half-life 10 hours
Excretion renal, biliary
CAS Number 81098-60-4
ATC code A03FA02 (WHO)
PubChem CID 2769
DrugBank APRD00454
ChemSpider 2667
Chemical data
Formula C23H29ClFN3O4
Molar mass 465.945 g/mol[[Script error: No such module "String".]]
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Cisapride is a gastroprokinetic agent, a drug which increases motility in the upper gastrointestinal tract. It acts as a serotonin 5-HT4 receptor agonist and indirectly as a parasympathomimetic. Stimulation of the serotonin receptors increases acetylcholine release in the enteric nervous system. It has been sold under the trade names Prepulsid (Janssen-Ortho) and Propulsid (in the U.S.). It was discovered by Janssen Pharmaceutica in 1980. In many countries it has been either withdrawn from the market or had its indications limited because of side effects.

Clinical uses

Cisapride increases muscle tone in the esophageal sphincter in people with gastroesophageal reflux disease. It also increases gastric emptying in people with diabetic gastroparesis. It has been used to treat bowel constipation.

In many countries it has been either withdrawn or had its indications limited because of reports of the side-effect long QT syndrome which predisposes to arrhythmias. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued a warning letter to doctors,[1] and cisapride was voluntarily removed from the U.S. market on July 14, 2000.

Veterinary uses

Cisapride is still available in the United States for use in animals and is commonly prescribed by veterinarians to treat megacolon in cats.

Cisapride is also commonly used to treat g.i. stasis in rabbits, sometimes in conjunction with metoclopramide (Reglan).

See also


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  • Brenner, G. M. (2000). Pharmacology. Philadelphia, PA: W.B. Saunders Company. ISBN 0-7216-7757-6
  • Canadian Pharmacists Association (2000). Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (25th ed.). Toronto, ON: Webcom. ISBN 0-919115-76-4
  • Medline Plus

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  1. "FDA UPDATES WARNINGS FOR CISAPRIDE". Retrieved 2008-10-24.