DIMENHYDRINATE

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Dramamine

GENERIC NAME(S): DIMENHYDRINATE

 

Description: Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine, antimuscarinic and central sedative.  It also exerts a depressant action on hyperstimulated labyrinthine function.

Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness.  May also be used for patient’s with Meniere Disease

Do not use this medication in children younger than two years unless directed by the doctor.

How to use dimenhydrinate

Take this medication by mouth with or without food

To prevent motion sickness, take the first dose 30 to 60 minutes before starting activity such as travel.

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Side effects may range from mild to serious complications.  Consult your doctor immediately when you feel the following symptoms: Drowsiness, constipation, blurred vision, or dry mouth/nose/throat, mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, confusion), fast/irregular heartbeat, shaking (tremor), difficulty urinating, seizures.

Seek emergency medical help if you expereince allergies (rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing) or the symptoms mentioned above while taking this drug.

Precautions

Inform your doctor of your allergies (food or drugs), medical conditions and  medical history before taking this drug, especially of: breathing problems (such as asthma, emphysema), high pressure in the eye (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, liver disease, seizures, stomach/intestine problems (such as ulcers, blockage), overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate).

Do not perform activities that require alertness such as driving and using machinery because this drug can make you drowsy.

Children and older adults may be more sensitive to side effects.  Children may experience excitement instead of drowsiness.

For pregnant and nursing (breastfeeding) women, consult your doctor before using this medication.

 

Interactions

Before using this drug, tell your doctor of the current medications, products (herbal/nonprescription) that you are taking especially of:  antihistamines applied to the skin (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray), alcohol, other antihistamines (such as diphenhydramine), drugs for sleep or anxiety (such as alprazolam, diazepam, zolpidem), muscle relaxants, and narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine).

Overdose

Get medical emergency help immediately when you experience symptoms of overdose.

Symptoms of overdose may include: severe drowsiness, seizures, widened pupils. In children, mental/mood changes (such as restlessness, irritability, hallucinations) may occur before drowsiness.

Missed Dose

Take it as soon as you remember.  Do not increase the dose to catch up. If it is less than 6 hours until the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.

Storage

Store at room temperature away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medications away from children and pets. Discard the drug properly- do not throw in toilet or sink.

 

Brands

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