Dimethindene

Description

Dimethindene is an antihistamine medication used for the relief of a runny nose, sneezing, itchy nose, itchy throat, sore throat, etc. caused by allergic rhinitis and other upper respiratory allergies. The topical form of this medicine is also used for the relief of itchy skin in eruptive skin diseases such as chicken-pox or any skin disorders.

Side effects

Major & minor side effects for Dimethindene

  • Constipation
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Tiredness
  • Nausea or Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Increased heart rate
  • Abdominal discomfort
  • Dry mouth
  • Muscle pain

Uses of Dimethindene

What is it prescribed for?

  • Allergic conditions
  • Pruritic skin disorders
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Concerns

Commonly asked questions

  • Onset of action
    The effect of this medicine can be observed within 30 to 60 minutes of an oral administration of the dose.
  • Duration of effect
    The effect of this medicine lasts for an average duration of 8 to 12 hours upon on an oral administration of the dose.
  • Safe with alcohol?
    Interaction with alcohol is unknown. It is advisable to consult your doctor before consumption.
  • Is it habit forming?
    No habit-forming tendencies were reported
  • Usage in pregnancy?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/using this medicine.
  • Usage while breast-feeding?
    This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/using this medicine.

Allergy

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a known allergy to dimethindene or any other inactive ingredients present along with it.

Paralytic ileus

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with a condition of obstruction of the intestine caused due to motility disorder of the intestine.

Urinary retention

This medicine is not recommended for use in patients with urinary retention since it may worsen the patient's condition.
Warnings for special population

Pregnancy

This medicine is not recommended for use in pregnant women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/using this medicine.

Breast-feeding

This medicine is not recommended for use in breastfeeding women unless necessary. All the risks and benefits should be discussed with the doctor before taking/using this medicine.
General warnings

Use in elderly population

This medicine should be used with caution in individuals who are 60 years old and above due to an increased risk of dizziness, drowsiness, and low blood pressure. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Driving or operating machinery

Use of this medicine may cause tiredness, drowsiness, or dizziness in some patients. It is advised that you do not perform any activities such as driving a vehicle or operating machinery if you experience any of these symptoms during treatment with this medicine.

Seizures

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with seizure disorders due to the increased risk of worsening of the patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient

Closed angle glaucoma

This medicine should be used with caution in patients with closed angle glaucoma due to increased risk of worsening of patient's condition. Close monitoring of the clinical condition, appropriate dose adjustments, or replacement with a suitable alternative may be necessary based on the clinical condition of the patient.

Other medicines

Dimethindene may interact with many other medicines and may cause severe adverse effects. Hence, it is advised that you inform the doctor about all your current medicines including any herbs and supplements before beginning treatment with this medicine.

Missed Dose

Oral forms: The missed dose should be taken as soon as possible. It is advisable to skip the missed dose if it is already time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up for the missed dose. Topical forms: Apply the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose. Do not double your dose to make up for the missed one.

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

Bisacodyl

Disopyramide

Terbutaline

Isoprenaline

Disease interactions

Disease

Information not available.
Food interactions
Information not available.
Lab interactions
Information not available.
Oral forms: Take this medicine exactly as instructed by the doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts than prescribed. Seek emergency medical treatment in case of any severe side effects. Ensure that the course of treatment is completed. Do not stop the use of this medicine without consulting your doctor. Topical forms: Apply this medicine to the affected area as instructed by the doctor. Follow all the usage instructions mentioned on the label or the package insert. Do not apply in larger or smaller quantities than recommended. Do not cover the application area with bandages or other coverings unless specifically instructed by the doctor.
Miscelleneous

Can be taken with or without food, as advised by your doctor

To be taken as instructed by doctor

Causes sleepiness

How it works
This medicine works by blocking certain natural substances (histamines) responsible for causing an allergic reaction.
Legal Status

Approved

Unknown

Unknown

Unknown

Classification

Category

Antihistamines, Antipruritic agent

Schedule

Schedule H

[Internet]. Drugbank.ca. 2019 [cited 3 January 2019]. Available from:

https://www.drugbank.ca/drugs/DB08801

[Internet]. Pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov. 2019 [cited 4 January 2019]. Available from:

https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Dimetindene#section=Drug-Indication

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Information on this page was last updated on 4 Jun 2019

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