Propulsid, or Cisapride, was a drug used to treat severe nighttime heartburn.  Propulsid was used by adults with gastro esophageal reflux disease, or GERD.  The FDA had approved the use of Propulsid in 1993 (in tablet form) and in 1995 (in suspension form).  Propulsid was manufactured by Janssen Pharmaceutica, a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. 

What are the Side Effects of Propulsid?

Propulsid was associated with hundreds of reports of cardiovascular side effects, including heart rhythm abnormalities and even deaths.  Some other side effects included: 

  • Diarrhea
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Headaches

When was Propulsid Pulled from the Market?

The FDA announced that Janssen would pull Propulsid from the market on July 14, 2000.  However, Propulsid is still available under a limited access program.  Under this program, patients who have no other choices will be allowed to take Propulsid.  If you have taken Propulsid, you should see your doctor.

Do I Need a Lawyer Experienced with Product Liability Issues?

There have been many lawsuits filed against Janssen and Johnson & Johnson.  A personal injury lawyer would be able to help you in determining whether you have a case.