Betahistine belongs to the group of medications used to treat vertigo associated with Meniere’s disease and balance disorders.
Uses of Betahistine
- Meniere’s disease (triad of loss of hearing, dizziness and tinnitus)
- Tinnitus (perception of ringing or noise in ears)
- Balance disorders
Contraindications of Betahistine
When should one not use Betahistine
- If you are allergic to Betahistine
- If you have a rare tumor of the adrenal gland (Pheochromocytoma)
Side effects of Betahistine
Common side effects of this drug are:
- Feeling sick (nausea)
- Stomach pain
- Indigestion (dyspepsia)
- Mild stomach problems (being sick or feel to vomit)
- Low blood pressure
- Dry mouth
- Allergic reaction
- Stomach swelling (abdominal distension)
Precautions and Warnings of Betahistine
Can I take Betahistine during pregnancy?
Do not use this medicine in pregnancy.
Can I take Betahistine while breastfeeding?
It is unknown that Betahistine passes into breast milk, thus do not breastfeed unless your doctor advised you.
Can I drive if I have consumed Betahistine?
It can cause drowsiness or eyesight problems, be cautious.
Can I consume alcohol with Betahistine?
You must avoid too much intake of alcohol while taking this medicine.
Other General Warnings
Talk to your doctor if
You have asthma, stomach ulcer, low blood pressure problems.
Mode of Action of Betahistine
How Does It Work?
It improves the blood flow in the inner ear and reduces the pressure.
Interactions of Betahistine
Interactions with other medicines
Betahistine may interact with Diphenhydramine, Cetirizine, Chlorpheniramine (Betahistine can decrease the effect of this medicine), Salbutamol (to treat asthma), Salmeterol, Fenoterol, and Formetorol.
Interactions with food items
No information is available on interactions of Betahistine when taken with food, consult your doctor or pharmacist for details.
Dietary Restrictions of Betahistine
- No information is available on dietary restrictions while you are taking this medicine, consult your doctor or pharmacist for further information.
Dosage of Betahistine
Overdose may cause nausea, abdominal pain, fits, pulmonary, or cardiac complications. Immediately rush to a healthcare center if you suspect an overdose.
Missed a Dose
If you missed any dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take the next dose at the scheduled time. Do not take a double dose to compensate for the missed dose.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Q: What should I tell my physician before starting treatment with Betahistine?
A: Before taking this medicine, tell your doctor about your medical history, esp. allergies, ulcers (past or active), asthma, pheochromocytoma (which is a hormone-secreting tumor of the center of the adrenal glands, that are situated over the kidneys).
Last Updated on: 05 Oct 2020 | 10:47 PM (IST)
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