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Dimenhydrinate

Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine that prevents and treats symptoms of motion sickness, such as nausea, vomitting, etc.

US Brand Name Dramamine
Generic Name Dimenhydrinate
Other Brand Name GRAVOL
Manufacturer WALLACE
Packing 10
Form Tablet
Strength 50 mg
Available online

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Dimenhydrinate

Uses

Dimenhydrinate is used in the treatment of allergic disorders, nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness.

How it Works

Dimenhydrinate is known as an antihistamine. Dimenhydrinate reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body, histamine is responsible for inflammation, congestion, itching, and other allergic reactions. .

Common Side effects

Some of the potential side effects of Dimenhydrinate can include the symptoms below;

Feeling Drowsy

Introduction

Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine and anticholinergic. It is usually indicated to prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Use

Dimenhydrinate is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. It is indicated in adults and children above 2 years of age. Motion sickness is a condition where the motion you sense in the inner ear is different from that you visualize. This condition is usually experienced while traveling in a car, bus, plane, etc. It leads to an uneasy condition characterized by dizziness and sweating followed by nausea and vomiting. This drug is sometimes also used to treat Meniere’s disease (a condition of the inner ear characterized by dizziness and loss of balance associated with ringing of the ears and hearing loss) and other inner ear problems. Do not use this medication in children younger than two years unless directed by the doctor.

Dosage and administration

The drug comes as a tablet that is to be taken orally with or without food. It comes in a concentration of 50 mg. The route of administration is oral. The drug is also available as chewable tablets, which are to be chewed before swallowing. Strictly follow the instructions as given by the doctor. Do not take more than the prescribed dose. The recommended dose for an adult is one tablet to be taken 30 minutes before the start of your journey. You can take the subsequent doses every 4 to 6 hours. For children under 12 years of age, the dose may be given as prescribed by the doctor.

Important Precautions

  • Before taking the medicine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to this drug or to any other substances.
  • Tell your doctor if you have any history of liver disorders, cardiac disorders like irregular heartbeat, hypertension, glaucoma, seizures, gastrointestinal problems such as ulcers, hyperthyroidism, or difficulty urinating due to an enlarged prostate.
  • This drug may affect your mental alertness by causing drowsiness, hence, you are advised not to drive or operate any heavy machinery after taking this drug. You are advised not to consume alcohol as well.
  • This medicine is known to contain sugar/aspartame, hence, if you are being diagnosed with diabetes, then you must consult your doctor about the safety of this drug.
  • Pediatric and geriatric patients are more sensitive to the use of this drug.
  • Pregnant women and breast feeding mothers are to use this medication only if it has been prescribed by the doctor.
  • In case of any severe allergic reactions such as breathing problems, sweating, confusion, problems in balancing and coordination, or swelling of the lips, eyes, mouth, etc., seek immediate medical care and discontinue the use of the drug.
  • Side effects

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Thickening of the mucus in the nose and throat
  • Anxiety
  • Headaches
  • Blurred vision
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Problems with coordination
  • Rashes
  • Itchiness