Alihist 8 mg Tablet

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Overview

Uses of Alihist Tablet
Alihist 8 mg Tablet is used in vertigo and Meniere's disease. It helps to reduce the episodes of vertigo associated with Meniere's disease.
Alihist Tablet side effects
Common
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dyspepsia
How to use Alihist Tablet
Take this medicine in the dose and duration as advised by your doctor. Swallow it as a whole. Do not chew, crush or break it. Alihist 8 mg Tablet is to be taken with food.
Betahistine can cause mild stomach problems. Taking it with food can help to minimize stomach upset.
How Alihist Tablet works
Alihist 8 mg Tablet is a histamine analog. It works by improving blood flow in the inner ear which reduces the pressure of excess fluid in the inner ear. Excess fluid can send signals to the brain causing nausea, dizziness or spinning sensations (symptoms of Ménière's disease). Alihist 8 mg Tablet additionally dampens down the nerve signals sent from the inner ear to the brain. This relieves the symptoms of Ménière's disease.
Alihist Tablet related warnings
Alcohol
Interaction with alcohol is unknown. Please consult your doctor.
Pregnancy
Unknown. Human and animal studies are not available. Please consult your doctor.
Lactation
No information is available on the use of Alihist 8 mg Tablet during lactation. Please consult your doctor.
Driving
SAFE
Alihist 8 mg Tablet does not usually affect your ability to drive.
Kidney
Alihist 8 mg Tablet is probably safe to use in patients with kidney disease. Limited data available suggests that dose adjustment of Alihist 8 mg Tablet may not be needed in these patients. Please consult your doctor.
Liver
There is limited information available on the use of Alihist 8 mg Tablet in patients with liver disease. Please consult your doctor.
What if you miss a dose of Alihist Tablet?
If you miss a dose of Alihist 8 mg Tablet, skip it and continue with your normal schedule. Do not double the dose.

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Expert Advice

  • Alihist 8 mg Tablet can only decrease the number and severity of attacks of vertigo (dizziness), hearing loss and tinnitus (noise in the ear), it will not completely stop them.
  • You may need to take Alihist 8 mg Tablet for 6-12 months to see if it helps to relieve your symptoms. If it helps, then you can continue to use it.
  • Do not take Alihist 8 mg Tablet if you have a history of hypersensitivity to betahistine or you have pheochromocytoma, a rare tumor of adrenal glands.
  • Take special care and inform your doctor if you have
    • History of porphyria
    • Peptic ulcer 
    • Asthma
    • Low blood pressure
    • Hereditary problem of intolerance to some sugars
    • History of allergic reactions

Interaction with Drugs

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Patient Concerns

Questions Related to Alihist

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Diagnosed with Vertigo. How much time it will take to full recovery? What are the reason for Vertigo? Can it reoccur in future? Any other comments please.
Dr. Vijay Verma
Ear Nose Throat Specialist
Duration may vary from 5 days to 3 months avoid jerry movement of head
Severe vertigo on turning head.cervical spodylosis
Dr. Vishant Rana
Homeopathy
Take conium 200 single dose followed by sl30 tds 15 daysProper treatment can be given only after full case taking though this medicine can give quite a relief
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FAQs

Q. Is Alihist useful for the treatment of a migraine associated vertigo?
Alihist is seen to be useful in the treatment of vertigo associated with a migraine in some clinical studies. However, this is not an approved use and it should be taken only when advised by a doctor. It is indicated for the treatment of vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with ménière's syndrome.
Q. Can I use Alihist for the treatment of benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo?
Use of Alihist is seen to provide long-term relief and good clinical outcomes in patients with paroxysmal positional vertigo when used along with physical maneuver. It is also seen to be beneficial in patients who are unfit or are unable to do the physical maneuvers.
Q. Can I take Alihist with paracetamol?
Alihist can be taken with paracetamol. There are no reported drug drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.
Q. Is Alihist addictive?
No, addictive potential has not been reported with Alihist. It shows no withdrawal symptoms when you stop using this medicine.
Q. Is Alihist good for dizziness?
Alihist is not indicated for the treatment of dizziness. It is caused by breathing too heavily (hyperventilation) or anxiety. Many a times patient confuse dizziness with vertigo (spinning sensation). It is only indicated for the relief of vertigo, tinnitus (ringing sensation in the ear) and hearing loss associated with Meniere's disease.
Q. Is it safe to take Alihist with propranolol?
Alihist and propranolol can be taken together. Alihist is given in patients with a migraine for the relief of vertigo and propranolol is indicated for preventing the attacks of a migraine. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are used together.
Q. Does Alihist make you sleepy?
Alihist does not make you sleepy. Common side effects seen with its use are a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Is Alihist available over the counter?
No, Alihist is not an over the counter medicine. It is available with doctor's prescription only.
Q. Can I take Alihist with prochlorperazine?
Alihist and prochlorperazine can be taken together. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are taken together.
Q. Can Alihist cause an increase in blood pressure?
Alihist has not shown to cause an increase in blood pressure. Rather, it can cause a small fall in blood pressure due to its property to dilate blood vessels. Common side effects seen with its use are a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Why is the use of Alihist contraindicated in patients with pheochromocytoma?
Pheochromocytoma is an adrenal gland tumor and it causes excessive release of hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine that control heart rate, metabolism, and blood pressure. Alihist may provoke the release of hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine from the site of this tumor and cause a hypertensive crisis which can be life threatening.
Q. When should I stop taking Alihist?
Do not stop taking Alihist until you are asked by your doctor to do so. Keep taking it for as long as your doctor has asked you to. You may need to take Alihist up to 6 months or more for the right effect to come.
Q. Can I use Alihist for motion sickness?
No, Alihist is not indicated for the treatment of motion sickness as the present clinical data has not proven its efficacy. Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea and lightheadedness when you travel by train, car or by plane. Alihist is used for decreasing the episodes of recurrent vertigo (spinning sensation) associated with Ménière’s disease (an ear disease).
Q. Is Alihist useful in the treatment of anxiety?
No, Alihist is not indicated for the treatment of anxiety. It is a histamine analog indicated for decreasing the episodes of recurrent vertigo (spinning sensation) associated with Ménière’s disease (an ear disease).
Q. Would Alihist be useful for treating an ear infection?
No, Alihist is not indicated for the treatment of ear infection as it has no antibiotic action. It is a histamine analog indicated for decreasing the episodes of recurrent vertigo (spinning sensation) associated with Ménière’s disease (an ear disease).
Q. Can I take Alihist with antibiotics?
Alihist and antibiotics can be taken together. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when Alihist is taken with antibiotics. However, interactions may exist as there is a large number of Flunarizine with different actions and they can have different effects. So, talk to your doctor before using them together.
Q. Is Alihist an antihistamine?
No, Alihist is not an antihistamine. It has a histamine-like action which helps in improving blood flow in the inner ear and decreasing vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss, and nausea.
Q. Can I take Alihist with antihistamine medicines?
Alihist should not be taken with antihistamine medicines like dimenhydrinate as Alihist has histamine like action. Using the two medicines together which have opposite actions may actually lower the efficacy of both the medicines.
Q. Can I take Alihist with ibuprofen?
Alihist can be taken with ibuprofen. There are no reported drug-drug interactions or harmful effects when they are used together.
Q. Does Alihist cause weight gain?
Use of Alihist has not shown to cause weight gain. Common side effects seen with its use are a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Is Alihist safe?
Alihist is safe if used for a prescribed duration in doses as prescribed by your doctor. However, there are some very common side effects that you can experience at effective doses with its use like headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Can I take Alihist with vitamin D?
Alihist and vitamin D can be taken together. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are taken together.
Q. Can I take Alihist with cetirizine?
Alihist should not be taken with cetirizine as it has antihistamine action and Alihist has histamine like action and using the two medicines together may lower the efficacy of either of them.
Q. Can I use Alihist for nausea?
Alihist is useful in the treatment of nausea and vertigo associated with an underlying ear disease like Meniere's disease. It is also seen to be useful in vertigo associated with a migraine.
Q. Would Alihist be useful for treating labyrinthitis?
Alihist does not treat labyrinthitis, however, it is useful in relieving the symptoms associated with labyrinthitis which includes dizziness, loss of balance, nausea, vomiting, tinnitus, and vertigo.
Q. When does Alihist start working?
The maximum level of Alihist is achieved within one hour of oral intake. However, you would start to feel relief in your symptoms in less time.
Q. Can use of Alihist make you lose weight?
Alihist has not shown to cause any weight loss. Common side effects seen with its use are a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia. In case you experience any abnormal weight loss while taking Alihist, consult your doctor as it may be due to an underlying condition that needs attention.
Q. Does Alihist cause headache?
Yes, headache is a commonly reported side effect of Alihist. You can take a painkiller like paracetamol or ibuprofen for the relief of your headache. However, if it is very severe and is not controlled by a painkiller, consult your doctor as Alihist may need a dose adjustment.
Q. Can I take Alihist with warfarin?
Alihist and warfarin can be taken together. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are taken together.
Q. Is Alihist a steroid?
No, Alihist is not a steroid. It is a histamine analog used to treat vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with Ménière's syndrome
Q. Can I take Alihist with amitriptyline?
Alihist has not been clinically studied when used along with amitriptyline. So there are no reports of any drug-drug interactions or harmful effects when these are used together.
Q. Does Alihist cause drowsiness?
Alihist has not been reported to cause drowsiness. Common side effects seen with its use are a headache, nausea, and dyspepsia.
Q. Is Alihist a beta blocker?
No, Alihist is not a beta blocker. It is a histamine analog used to treat vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with Ménière's syndrome. It can cause a small fall in blood pressure due to its property to dilate blood vessels.
Q. Is Alihist a diuretic?
No, Alihist is not a diuretic. It is a histamine analog used to treat vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with Ménière's syndrome. A diuretic is a medicine, which removes excess water and electrolytes from the body through urine.
Q. Is Alihist a blood thinner?
No, Alihist is not a blood thinner. It is a histamine analog used to treat vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with Ménière's syndrome.
Q. Can I take Alihist with propranolol?
Alihist and propranolol can be taken together. No harmful side effects or any other clinical interactions have been seen when the two drugs are taken together.

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