Dramamine is the brand name version of a medicational treatment called dimenhydrinate. It’s an antihistamine that you can find sold over the counter. Its main purpose is to help stop the symptoms of motion sickness, which can vary from nausea and vomiting to dizziness. Dramamine is also able to be used off-label in order to help treat nausea and dizziness that’s linked to inner ear conditions such as Meniere’s disease.
What are some of the potential side effects you might be at risk for if you were to use this medicational treatment?
Dry mouth, throat, and nose
Thickening of the mucus in the nose or throat
What are some of the more serious potential side effects you might be at risk for if you use Dramamine?
Becoming agitated or having a fast or irregular heartbeat
How is a doctor going to know whether or not this treatment would work for you the way it’s supposed to?
In order for a doctor to know whether or not this treatment is going to work for you, then it’s going to be important that a doctor take their time to really do a careful examination before deciding to prescribe it to you. If this isn’t the case then you can find yourself using something that not only isn’t going to be effective for you, but might put you at risk for side effects you could have avoided.
A doctor doesn’t always make the best choice as far as prescriptions are concerned. In some cases they have a set way of doing things. This means they feel comfortable giving out specific medications that have worked in the past for other patients that have experienced the same thing as you have. Personalization can be time consuming to some doctors and they might not want to take a closer look in order to know for sure. This is why it’s going to be important for you to not be afraid of asking questions.
Luckily, there are some treatments you don’t need to have a prescription for and can purchase over the counter. Even in this case it might still be useful to speak to a doctor first and ask them the following questions:
What information can you give me on this over the counter treatment that will help me be safer using it?
Have other people used this treatment in the past that you know of and how well did it work for them?
Would you advise me to use some other form of over the counter treatment?
Even if you choose not to speak to a doctor or simply don’t have access to one, you can still find information about this treatment from other sources. You can ask a pharmacist if you have access to one. In any case, Dramamine is effective as long as it’s used properly and according to directions.