Dramamine is a medication that belongs to a group of drugs called antihistamines. It works by decreasing the effects of natural histamine in the human body. This medication is taken by patients to prevent and treat such symptoms as dizziness, vomiting and nausea linked with motion sickness.
Before you start taking Dramamine, the doctor need to be familiar with your medical history, especially if you have such serious conditions as allergies, kidney and liver problems, hypertension, heart diseases, urination issues, enlarged prostate, seizures, glaucoma, blockage in intestines or stomach, asthma and other breathing disorders. Dramamine is not intended to be used by kids who are less than 2 years old. Pregnant and breastfeeding women should be very careful with its intake because of possible risks.
How to Use Dramamine Correctly
Take this medicine as directed by doctors or the label. It’s not allowed to use Dramamine in higher doses or for longer than needed. To achieve the best results, take it about 30-60 minutes before any activity that may make you experience motion sickness, such as traveling. Use regular doses with or without food. Dramamine is a medication designed to be taken when needed, so most patients don’t usually keep to any dosing schedule. If you’re on a special dosing schedule, use any missed dose as soon as you remember. Avoid overdosing indicated by such symptoms as irritability, hallucinations, drowsiness, seizures and others. Avoid consuming any alcoholic beverages when taking Dramamine because of increased side effects. Its intake may result in blurred vision and impair your normal reactions or thinking, so you shouldn’t drive or do other activities that require your full alertness. Older patients are more prone to the side effects caused by its use, especially confusion, constipation and dry mouth.
Possible Side Effects
You need to get emergency medical help if you have any signs of allergic reactions, such as swelling, hives and difficulty breathing. Stop taking Dramamine and go to the hospital once you experience the following severe side effects:
Mood changes and confusion;
No or only little urination;
Seizures and tremors;
Irregular or fast heartbeats;
Mild side effects caused by this medicine include:
Blurred vision and drowsiness;
Dry mouth and feeling excited.
Dangerous Drug Interactions
There are certain drug interactions that should be avoided when taking Dramamine. They can be dangerous, because they increase the risk of severe side effects and change the way meds work. Don’t take Dramamine along with such medications as other antihistamines and drugs that make you feel sleepy and slow down your breathing. Avoid muscle relaxants, narcotic pain killers and anti-seizure pills. Inform doctors about any other drugs you’re using, including over-the-counter and prescription, herbal supplements, vitamins and minerals.