Generic Name: Dramamine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate) used for?

Dramamine® is commonly used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness.

Dimenhydrinate may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Use exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

For best results, take dimenhydrinate 30 to 60 minutes before traveling or before any activity that may trigger motion sickness.

You may take dimenhydrinate with or without food.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken dimenhydrinate in the past few days.

How do I store Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Dramamine® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Dramamine® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Dramamine® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Dramamine® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Dramamine® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Do not give this medicine to a child younger than 2 years old. Always ask a doctor before giving an antihistamine to a child. Death can occur from the misuse of antihistamines in very young children.

It is not known whether dimenhydrinate will harm an unborn baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are pregnant.

It is not known whether dimenhydrinate passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medicine without a doctor’s advice if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Dramamine® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking this Dramamine®. Dramamine® is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Stop using dimenhydrinate and call your doctor at once if you have:

  • Little or no urination
  • Confusion, mood changes
  • Tremors, restlessness
  • A seizure (convulsions)
  • Fast or irregular heartbeats

Side effects such as dry mouth, constipation, and confusion may be more likely in older adults.

Common side effects may include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat
  • Constipation
  • Blurred vision
  • Feeling restless or excited (especially in children)

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Dramamine® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Dramamine® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate)?

Dramamine® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Liver or kidney disease
  • Enlarged prostate and urination problems
  • Heart disease, high pressure
  • A history of seizures
  • Blockage in your digestive tract (stomach or intestines)
  • Overactive thyroid
  • Glaucoma
  • Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, or other breathing disorder

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate).

What is the dose of Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Motion Sickness

Injectable: 50 to 100 mg IM or IV every 4 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 400 mg within 24 hours.

Oral: Immediate Release: 50 to 100 mg every 4 to 6 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 400 mg within 24 hours.

Extended Release: 100 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 300 mg within 24 hours.

Rectal: 50 to 100 mg every 6 to 8 hours as needed.

What is the dose of Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate) for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Motion Sickness

Injectable:

  • Neonate: Contraindicated.
  • Older Than Neonate: 1.25 mg/kg OR 37.5 mg/m2 IM 4 times a day; Maximum Dose: 300 mg per day.

Oral:

  • Under Age 2 Years: Not recommended.
  • Age 2 to 5 Years: 12.5 to 25 mg orally every 6 to 8 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 75 mg within 24 hours.
  • Age 6 to 11 Years: 25 to 50 mg orally every 6 to 8 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 150 mg within 24 hours.
  • Age 12 Years and Over: 50 to 100 mg orally every 4 to 6 hours as needed; Maximum Dose: 400 mg within 24 hours.

Rectal:

  • Under Age 2 Years: Contraindicated.
  • Age 2 to 5 Years: 12.5 to 25 mg once; do not repeat dose except on the advice of a physician.
  • Age 6 to 7 Years: 12.5 to 25 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed.
  • Age 8 to 11 Years: 25 to 50 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed.
  • Age 12 Years and Over: 50 mg every 8 to 12 hours as needed.

How is Dramamine® (dimenhydrinate) available?

Dramamine® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Injection
  • Oral
  • Rectal

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Dramamine®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 18, 2017 | Last Modified: October 18, 2017

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