Dramamine or Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine commonly prescribed in order to prevent and treat the nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness (emesis) and vertigo.
Antihistamines work by blocking the parts of the brain that cause people to feel nauseous whenever they suffer from vertigo or motion sickness.
Watch this Meniere’s Disease sufferer talk about the efficacy of various forms of medication on his condition, including Dramamine, on Youtube.
As well as the above conditions, Dramamine can also be used to treat the nausea and sickness that is related purely to cases of inflammation in the nerve of the inner ear.
It’s important to note, Dramamine taken for cases of vertigo is intended to be a temporary cure to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of the condition, and should never be relied upon for long term use.
Because vertigo is a condition that typically stems from the inner ear and has an effect on the Central nervous System, Dramamine can be extremely effective at relieving the symptoms of this condition temporarily, since it crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease.
The overall effect of Dramamine can be fairly sedating so it is best to avoid activities such as driving heavy goods vehicles while under the influence of the medication.
There is however a version of the drug available that has a far less sedating effect, currently marketed as Less Drowsy Dramamine, which omits the drugs main active ingredient Diphenhydramine and replaces it with Meclizine.
A version of Dramamine for children is also available at a dosage of 25 mg, and there are even flavoured chewable capsules that can be consumed by those who do not like to take pills or liquid medication.
The common symptoms of Vertigo that Dramamine treats:
- Sensation of Spinning or Whirling
- Motion Sickness
- Ringing in the ears
Especially in the case of the horrible nausea and vomiting associated with Vestibular Neuronitis, Dramamine can be essential in relieving unpleasant symptoms and returning something of a normal life to the sufferer.
Who can take Dramamine?
Before beginning to take this medication it is imperative that you inform your doctor if you suffer from one of the following:
- Kidney or liver disease
- An enlarged prostate
- Irregular heartbeat
- Other heart problems
- Difficulty urinating
If you do suffer from any of the above mentioned conditions, you may not be suitable to take the drug, or your doctor may recommend that you take a lower dose.
Also, you can check our dramamine side effects page.
Dramamine is currently classified by the FDA as category B, unlikely to harm an unborn baby, but if you are pregnant you would be best advised to speak with your doctor first before commencing a course of the medication, just to be on the safe side.
If you are a nursing mother you should also steer clear of the drug unless your doctor expressly indicates otherwise, since it passes into breast milk and can cause harm to a nursing infant.
Do not consume more than 400mg of Dramamine in one day. Symptoms of Dramamine overdose include:
- Excessive drowsiness
- Seizures or convulsions
- Difficulty breathing
- Blurred or double vision
- Irregular or fast heartbeat
- Dry mouth, nose, or throat
Link to the Wikipedia entry for the medicine where you can view the full chemical make-up and structure of the drugt: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramamine