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By Medicover Hospitals / 11 Mar 2021
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What is Dramamine ?

  • Dramamine is an antihistamine that works by reducing the natural chemical histamine effects of the body. The medication is used for treating or preventing symptoms of motion sickness like nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
    1. Dramamine Uses
    2. Dramamine Side effects
    3. Precautions
    4. Overdose
    5. Storage
    6. Dramamine vs Gravol
    7. Frequently Asked Questions
    8. Citations

    Dramamine Uses:

  • Dramamine is an antihistamine that is used to prevent and treat motion sickness symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Unless otherwise directed by a doctor, do not use this medication in children under the age of two. It is used for:
    • Motion Sickness
    • Vertigo
    • Nausea
    • Vomiting

    How to use Dramamine

    • Follow all the instructions given on the product package. Take this medication according to your doctor. If you have any concerns, or doubts regarding the usage of this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist.
    • It can be taken orally, with food, or without food. Use a special measuring device to measure the liquid forms of this medication that has to be taken. You should not use a regular spoon because you may not get the correct measured dosage. Before swallowing the chewable tablets, they should be chewed properly.
    • The dosage is determined by your age, health condition, and response to the treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this medication more frequently than prescribed.
    • To avoid motion sickness, take the first dose 30 to 60 minutes before doing any activity that requires alertness.

    Dramamine Side Effects:

    • Drowsiness
    • Headache
    • Blurred vision
    • Dryness of the mouth
    • Dryness in the respiratory passages
    • Incoordination
    • Palpitation
    • Dizziness
    • Hypotension
    • Allergic reactions
    • Rash
    • Itching
    • Swelling
    • Trouble breathing
    • Mood changes
    • Restlessness
    • Confusion
    • Fast or irregular heartbeat
    • Tremor
    • Difficulty urinating

    Precautions:

    • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to this or diphenhydramine, or if you have any other allergies. Inactive ingredients present in this product might cause some allergic reactions or some other problems.
    • Tell your doctor or pharmacist about your medical history, especially if you have- breathing problems (such as asthma or emphysema), high eye pressure (glaucoma), heart problems, high blood pressure, liver problems, or difficulty urinating (for example, due to enlarged prostate).
    • This medication might cause drowsiness or blurred vision. You may become drowsier if you consume alcohol. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do anything else that requires alertness or clear vision until you are sure you can do it safely. Absorb no alcohol.
    • Sugar and aspartame may be present in liquid products or chewable tablets. If you have diabetes, phenylketonuria (PKU), or any other condition that requires you to limit or avoid these substances in your diet, proceed with caution. Inquire with your doctor or pharmacist about the safe use of this product.
    • Children might be more prone to get the drug's side effects. In young children, this drug can often cause excitement rather than drowsiness.
    • Older adults are more prone to the drug's side effects, particularly drowsiness, confusion, constipation, or difficulty in urinating. Drowsiness and confusion can both increase the chances of falling.
    • This medication should be used during pregnancy when it is prescribed by the doctor and he feels the benefit is more than the side effects.
    • This medication is excreted in breast milk and may have unfavourable effects on a nursing infant. Before breastfeeding, talk to your doctor.

    Interactions:

    • Drug interactions can alter the way your medications work or put you at risk for serious side effects. Antihistamines applied to the skin are examples of products that may interact with this medication (such as diphenhydramine cream, ointment, spray).
    • Inform your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other drowsy medications, such as opioid pain relievers (such as codeine, hydrocodone), alcohol, sleep or anxiety medications, muscle relaxants, or antihistamines (such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine).
    • This medication may cause false test results in certain laboratory tests (including allergy skin tests). Make sure clinical staff and all of your doctors are aware that you are taking this medication.

    Overdose:

  • If someone has taken an overdose of this medicine and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, seek medical advice. Never take more than what is prescribed to you by your doctor.
  • Missed Dose:

  • If you forget to take any dose or by mistake miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember it. If it is already the time for the next dose, skip the forgotten dose. Take your next medicine dose at the regular schedule. Do not double the dose.
  • Storage:

  • Store at room temperature only. Keep it away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture. Keep out of the bathroom. Keep all medications out of the reach of kids.
  • Dramamine vs Gravol:

    Dramamine
    Gravol
    Dramamine is an antihistamine. It works by reducing the effects of the body's natural chemical histamine. Gravol Tablet is a medication that is used to treat and prevent allergies.
    Dramamine is used to treat or prevent motion sickness symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. It alleviates allergic symptoms like a runny nose, sneezing, itching, rashes, redness, and watery eyes. It is also used to treat motion sickness-related nausea, vomiting, and vertigo.
    Dramamine can be taken with food or without food. You can take a Gravol Tablet with or without food.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Drowsiness, constipation, blurred vision, or dry mouth/nose/throat are all possible side effects. Inform your doctor or pharmacist right away if any of these side effects persist or worsen.
    Dramamine, an over-the-counter medication commonly used to treat motion sickness, can also be used to alleviate anxiety during air travel.
    Yes, Dramamine is safe to be taken every day.
    Antihistamines such as dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and meclizine (Antivert) can be effective vertigo treatments.
    Adults and children over the age of 12 should take 1 to 2 tablets once daily, or as directed by a doctor. Ingredients that work: Meclizine HCI is contained in each tablet (25 Mg).
    Take Dramamine 30 to 60 minutes before travelling or any activity that may cause motion sickness for the best results. Dramamine can be taken with or without food. Before swallowing the chewable tablet, it must be chewed.
    Dimenhydrinate-containing products are also used as sleep aids in other over-the-counter medications. Dramamine is available as a tablet, a liquid, and a chewable tablet. When used as directed, the drug is considered safe, but it is not without risks.
    You should avoid it in the following conditions
    • An overactive thyroid gland
    • Increased intraocular pressure
    • Glaucoma with a narrowed pupil
    • Blood pressure is high
    • Peptic ulcer stenosis
    • Urinary bladder obstruction
    • Prostate enlargement
    Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine that works by reducing the effects of the body's natural chemical histamine. Dimenhydrinate is used to treat or prevent motion sickness symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
    Dramamine can treat acute vertigo. So it is mostly preferred for vertigo.

    Citations:

  • Dramamine, https://europepmc.org/article/med/9327113
  • Dramamine,https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jama/article-abstract/303955