Dimenhydrinate - Drug Information

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General Information on Dimenhydrinate

Generic Name : Dimenhydrinate

Pronunciation : di-men-hy-dri-nate

Latest prescription information about Dimenhydrinate. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y43.0 | Therapeutic Classification : Antiemetics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Dimenhydrinate

India : 

International : 

Dramamine, Dramamine Chewable, TripTone

Why is Dimenhydrinate Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is an antihistamine and anticholinergic agent, prescribed for nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness.  It works by preventing problems with body balance.

When should Dimenhydrinate not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in newborns and patients with hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category B :

Animal studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and appropriate studies on pregnant women are lacking.

What is the dosage of Dimenhydrinate?

Motion Sickness- Adults - PO- 50 to 100 mg 30 min prior to travel, followed by 50 to 100 mg every 4 to 6 hours. Maximum: 400 mg/day.
Children (6 to 12 y of age) - PO- 25 to 50 mg every 6 to 8 hours. Maximum: 150 mg/day.

How should Dimenhydrinate be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, with or without food.

What are the warnings and precautions for Dimenhydrinate?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), lung disease, sleep disorder, intestinal obstruction, difficulty in urinating, sugar, ulcers, prostate enlargement, increased eye pressure, heart disease, irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, blood disorder, thyroid disease, who are taking other medications, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
It may cause drowsiness or dizziness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
Avoid becoming overheated; otherwise heatstroke may occur.
Avoid exposure to sunlight.
It should not be used in children less than 2 years old.

What are the side effects of Dimenhydrinate?

Drowsiness, excitement, headache, dizziness, blurred vision, ringing in the ears, dry mouth, nose, or throat, incoordination and fainting.

What are the other precautions for Dimenhydrinate?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Dimenhydrinate?

Store it at room temperature.

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