Betahistine

Description

Betahistine belongs to the class antivertigo which helps in the treatment of Meniere's disease which is an inner ear disorder. It is similar to that of a natural substance called histamine. This medicine is not recommended in the patients with Pheochromocytoma.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Betahistine

  • Nausea
  • Headache
  • Indigestion
  • Bloating
  • Skin rash
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Difficulty in breathing

Uses of Betahistine

What is it prescribed for?

  • Meniere's disease
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    No sufficient information is available about the peak levels of this medicine in the body. It is well observed orally. The presence of food may delay the absorption of this medicine.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 16 to 17 hours.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    Habit forming tendencies were reported
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of this medicine.

Pheochromocytoma

This medicine is not recommended in the patients with a condition called Pheochromocytoma.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended in the patients with a known history of allergy to Betahistine.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for pregnant women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for breastfeeding women unless absolutely necessary. Discuss with your doctor about the potential benefits and risks of this medicine.
General warnings

Gastrointestinal disorder

This medicine may increase the risk of stomach ulcers. Inform the doctor if you have a history of peptic ulcer disease or any gastrointestinal disease. Drink adequate amount of water to prevent stomach irritation.

Asthma

This medicine may increase the risk of breathing problem. Inform the doctor if you have a history of asthma or any lung diseases.

Impaired liver function

Liver injury may cause accumulation of this medicine in the body. Any history of liver disease should be reported to the doctor and necessary precautions should be taken to prevent further accumulation.

Pediatric use

This medicine is not recommended for the children less than 18 years.

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of Betahistine, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it’s almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed dose.

Overdose

Seek emergency medical treatment or contact the doctor in case of an overdose.
All drugs interact differently for person to person. You should check all the possible interactions with your doctor before starting any medicine.
Interaction with Alcohol

Description

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.

Instructions

Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
Interaction with Medicine

Monoamine oxidase inhibitors

antihistamines

Beta-2 agonists

Disease interactions

Pheochromocytoma

This medicine is not recommended in the patients with a condition called Pheochromocytoma.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Take Betahistine with food. Do not take in larger amounts than advised. Consult the doctor if you experience any undesirable effects. Do not stop taking the medicine without consulting your doctor.
Miscelleneous

Food timings: Information not available

Administration time: Information not available

Sleep inducing: Information not available

How it works
It works by increasing the blood flow in the inner ear thus reduces the pressure in the ear and prevents the symptoms.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Approved

Approved

Classification

Category

Antiemetic/antivertigo agents

Schedule

Schedule H

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https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/medicine/2086

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Information on this page was last updated on 18 Apr 2017

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