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BETAHISTINE

Brand Name(s) : Serc
Warnings
Uses
Side Effects
Precautions
Interactions
Overdose

BETAHISTINE WARNINGS

Betahistine should be used with caution in:

  • patients with a stomach ulcer or who have previously had a stomach ulcer
  • people with asthma
  • people with an intolerance to certain sugars.
  • women who are pregnant, planning to become pregnant
  • women who are breastfeeding

It should not be used in:

  • children
  • people who are allergic to betahistine or to any other ingredients in betahistine
  • people with high blood pressure cause by a tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma)

Also see list of precautions and interactions

STORAGE

Do not store above 25ºC.

BETAHISTINE USES

What is it used for?

  • Betahistine is used to relieve vertigo or dizziness, ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and the symptoms of Ménières disease which is a disorder of the inner ear.
  • It is a histamine analogue, which is very similar to the natural substance histamine.
  • It is used to improve blood flow in the inner ear which lowers the build up of pressure.
  • In general this drug is used to treat dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and to treat hearing loss suffered by people with Ménières disease.
  • Benefits of being on this drug can include relief from dizziness and ringing in the ears.

Listed below are the typical uses of betahistine.

  • Treating dizziness (vertigo), ringing in the ears (tinnitus) and hearing loss associated with Ménières disease.

On occasion your doctor may prescribe this medicine to treat a condition not on the above list.

HOW TO USE/TAKE

How often do I take it?

  • Take this medication by mouth usually three times a day, preferably with food. Swallow the tablets whole with water.
  • Use this medication regularly in order to get the most benefit from it.
  • Remember to use it at the same time each day - unless specifically told not to by your doctor.
  • It may take some hours before the full benefit of this drug takes effect.
  • Certain medical conditions may require different dosage instructions as directed by your doctor.

What dose?

  • Dosage is based on your age, gender, medical condition, response to therapy, and use of certain interacting medicines.

Do I need to avoid anything?

  • You can drive and use machines while taking this medicine as long as it does not make you sleepy. Make sure you know how this medicine affects you before you drive or operate machinery. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details.

When can I stop?

  • It is important to continue taking this medication even if you feel well, unless your doctor tells you to stop.

BETAHISTINE SIDE EFFECTS

Tell your doctor immediately if you develop any of the following symptoms:

BETAHISTINE PRECAUTIONS

Before taking betahistine, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other histamine analogues; or if you have any other allergies.

This medication should not be used if you have certain medical conditions. Before using this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist in case of: an allergy to betahistine or to any other ingredients in the medicine, high blood pressure cause by a tumour of the adrenal gland (phaeochromocytoma).

Before using this medication tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially any of the following stomach ulcer or history of stomach ulcer, asthma, intolerance to certain sugars, you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Does alcohol intake affect this drug?

  • Alcohol is not known to affect betahistine.

The elderly: betahistine can be used in the elderly.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding - please ensure you read the detailed information below

PREGNANCY

Betahistine should not be used if you are, or are planning to become, pregnant, unless considered necessary by your doctor.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during pregnancy whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BREAST FEEDING

It is not known whether betahistine passes into breast-milk. The manufacturer therefore states that it should not be taken if you are breastfeeding unless considered necessary by your doctor.

It is sensible to limit use of medication during breastfeeding whenever possible. However, your doctor may decide that the benefits outweigh the risks in individual circumstances and after a careful assessment of your specific health situation.

If you have any doubts or concerns you are advised to discuss the medicine with your doctor or pharmacist.

BETAHISTINE INTERACTIONS

Your doctor or pharmacist may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

This drug should not be used with the following medications because very serious, possibly fatal interactions may occur:

  • None known.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all prescription and non-prescription/herbal products you may use, especially of antihistamines

This information does not contain all possible interactions. Therefore, before using betahistine, tell your doctor or pharmacist of all the products you use.

BETAHISTINE OVERDOSE

Taking too much betahistine may cause the following: feeling sick, drowsiness, pain in the abdomen, fitting, lung and heart problems.

People who have taken too much betahistine should talk to a doctor or go to a hospital straight away. Take the medicine pack with you.

If you think you, or someone you care for, might have accidentally taken more than the recommended dose of betahistine or intentional overdose is suspected, contact your local hospital, GP or if in England call 111. In Scotland call NHS 24. In Wales, call NHS Direct Wales. In the case of medical emergencies, always dial 999.

MISSED DOSE

If you miss a dose, wait until the next dose is due. Do not try to make up for the dose that you have missed.

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