Dramamine (Dimenhydrinate) – Medical Facts You Need To Know About This Drug
Dimenhydrinate is the generic name of the drug which is available and sold under the brand name Dramamine. It is generally sold as an ‘over-the-counter’ drug at medical pharmacies. It is prescribed in the treatment of travel sickness, nausea, vomiting, dizziness and other diseases. Dimenhydrinate has been produced by mixing two drugs - 8-chlorotheophylline and diphenhydramine.
The drug was launched for the first time in 1949. The drug was originally developed by two Baltimore doctors, for which they were granted permission from the US Army. G.D. Searle and Company was the first company to sell Dramamine, which later collaborated with Monsanto in 2000 and the latter in turn collaborated with a couple of other pharmaceutical companies to market the drug.
How To Use The Drug
The drug is available in the form of tablets and syrup. The recommended dose for adults diagnosed with motion sickness is 50-100 mg which should be taken at least 30 minutes prior to travel and is in turn followed by a dose of 50-100 mg every 4-6 hrs. Children in the age group of 6 to 12 years are normally prescribed a dose between 25-50 mg taken every 6 to 8 hrs. The drug can be taken with meal or without meal. It should be consumed with a glass full of water. However it is recommended to seek your doctor’s advice for the appropriate dose according to your condition.
Overdose of the drug should be avoided as it may cause symptoms such as convulsion, drowsiness, trouble in breathing etc. Medical attention should be sought immediately in such circumstances.
Contraindications And Precautions
You should not consume alcohol during the medication period as it can cause intoxication and reactions. You should take precautions while driving a vehicle, operating machinery or any other activity that requires you to be alert. Let your doctor know if you have kidney disease, bladder problems, asthma, heart disease etc.
There is generally no risk associated with the use of drug by pregnant women. You should consult the doctor before you start taking the medication. The drug is not recommended for children aged below 2 years.
5 Top Benefits Of Dramamine
• It is one of the most effective and prescribed drugs for the treatment of motion sickness.
• The drug is highly useful in the treatment of problems related to body balance.
• The drug is readily available online and offline at all pharmacies.
• The drug is priced reasonably.
• There are no considerable risks associated with the use of this drug if used by pregnant women.
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