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Ganaton (itopride HCl, GIT regulator)

Written by Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD · Pharmacology

Updated May 31, 2021

Ganaton is the brand name of the drug itopride hydrochloride (itopride HCl). Itopride works to relieve symptoms caused by abnormal gastrointestinal function.



What is Ganaton used for?

Ganaton is commonly used for the treatment of non-ulcer dyspepsias (chronic gastritis), such as the sensation of bloating, early satiety, upper abdominal pain or discomfort, anorexia, heartburn, nausea, and vomiting.

How should I take Ganaton?

As an oral tablet, swallow the tablet whole. Do not crush, chew, or dissolve the tablet. It is best to take it on an empty stomach.

How do I store Ganaton?

This product is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store it in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of itopride that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush this product down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ganaton?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if you are/have:

  • Pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • Taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • An allergy to any of the active or inactive ingredients of Ganaton or other medications.
  • Any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

The safety of Ganaton in children <16 years has not been established.

In general, appropriate caution should be exercised in the administration and monitoring of Ganaton in elderly patients reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There isn’t enough information about the safety of using Ganaton during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking any medication.

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ganaton?

Side effects may occur when using this drug, such as:

  • Anaphylaxis
  • Leukopenia and thrombocytopenia
  • Increased prolactin level and gynecomastia
  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Diarrhea
  • Constipation
  • Abdominal pain
  • Increased saliva
  • Nausea
  • Jaundice
  • Rash, redness, and itching

Not everyone experiences these side effects. In addition, there may be other side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.


What drugs may interact with Ganaton?

Ganaton may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects.

To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist.

For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ganaton?

Ganaton may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ganaton?

Ganaton may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. Therefore, you should always consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using any medication.

What is the dose for an adult?

Recommended dose is one tablet (50 mg) three times a day for up to 8 weeks.

For the once daily (OD) tablet (150 mg), take one tablet per day for up to 8 weeks.

What is the dose for a child?

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients under 16 years old. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Ganaton available?

Ganaton is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Film-coated tablet 50 mg
  • OD film-coated tablet 150 mg

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to the nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.


Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

Written by

Stephanie Nera, RPh, PharmD


Updated May 31, 2021

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