Dramamine is an antihistamine and anticholinergic medication. Its work takes place in the brain decreasing nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.
Dimenhydrinate should be taken by doctor’s advice.
- You can take Dramamine with or without food.
- The first dose should be taken at least 30 minutes before activity or travel.
- Dimenhydrinate should be used exactly as prescribed on the package, if your doctor doesn’t make any other instructions. If Dramamine is taken without a prescription, any warnings and precautions on the label should be followed.
To know more about Dramamine usage, contact your health care provider.
If you have to take Dramamine regularly, follow your dosing schedule. In case of missing a dose of Dramamine it should be used as soon as possible. You shouldn’t take two doses together even if dose is missed. Follow your regular dosing instructions.
Dramamine is stored in tightly closed container at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) and out of the reach of children, away from pets. Brief periods at temperatures of 59 to 86 degrees F (15 to 30 degrees C) are permitted. Dramamine isn’t stored in the bathroom, and it should be away from heat, moisture, and light.
Dramamine Side effects
Dramamine shouldn’t be taken if:
- you are breast-feeding;
- you have allergy to any ingredient in Dimenhydrinate;
- sodium oxybate (GHB) is being used;
- a monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitor (e.g., phenelzine) is being taken or have been taken in the past 14 days.
Your doctor or health care provider should be informed if any of these apply to you.
It is necessary to know before you begin using Dramamine:
- Drowsiness or dizziness may be caused by Dramamine. If you do not know your reaction for medicine you shouldn’t drive a car or do anything else that could be dangerous.
- If you take Dramamine don’t drink alcohol or use other medications that cause drowsiness (eg, sedatives, tranquilizers). Dramamine will add to the effects of alcohol and other depressants. If you don’t know which medicines are depressants, consult your pharmacist.
- If you take Dimenhydrinate alone, with certain other medicines, or with alcohol your ability to drive or to perform other potentially dangerous tasks may be decreased.
- Old people are more sensitive to the Dramamine’s effects, especially dizziness, sedation and light-headedness upon standing.
- The recommended dose shouldn’t be exceeded or Dimenhydrinate should be used more frequently or for longer than prescribed without first checking with your doctor.
- The sensitivity to the sun may be increased while taking Dramamine . If you don’t know your reaction for Dramamine, avoid exposure to the sun, sunlamps, or tanning booths. Try to wear a sunscreen or protective clothing if you must be outside for a prolonged period.
- If you are pregnant and breast-feeding take into consideration that Dramamine has been shown to cause harm to the fetus. In case you are pregnant, your doctor should be informed of this possibility. The benefits and risks of using Dramamine while you are pregnant should be discussed. If you use Dramamine, you mustn’t breast-feed.
- Dramamine shouldn’t be used with medicine that contains diphenhydramine If you use any new prescription or non-prescription medicine which included one used on the skin, you should read the ingredients to see existence of diphenhydramine or another similar medicine (eg, antihistamine) in medicine. If it does, or if you are uncertain if it does, you should see doctor or pharmacist.
- You should contact child’s doctor before using Dramamine by children younger than 2 years of age. Safety and effectiveness in this age group have not been confirmed.
Dramamine Side effects
There is no need to stop taking Dramamine, but better contact your doctor if one of the following effects occur:
- dry mouth, throat, and nose; drowsiness; dizziness; thickening of mucus in nose or throat.
If any severe side effects as severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; convulsions; decreased alertness; difficulty urinating; excessive excitability; fast or irregular heartbeat; fever, chills, or sore throat; hallucinations; mental or mood changes; pounding in the chest; seizures; tremor; unusual bruising or bleeding; wheezing; yellowing of the eyes or skin occur, inform your doctor or call emergency immediately.