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Betahistine

INFORMATION

Uses

Betahistine is used to prevent vertigo.

How it works

Betahistine belongs to the group of medicines called histamine analogues. It acts by improving blood flow in the inner ear, which reduces the buildup of pressure causing vertigo, tinnitus, hearing loss and nausea.

Common side effects

Dizziness, Headache, Insomnia, Skin irritation, Stomach upset, Tachycardia

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Expert advice

Do not start or continue the betahistine tablets:
  • If you are allergic (hypersensitive) to betahistine or any of the other ingredients of betahistine tablet.
  • If you are pregnant or breast feeding.
  • If you have intolerance to some sugars like lactose.
Do not drive or operate machinery after taking betahistine because you may feel drowsy.
Doctor’s advice should be considered in case of following disease conditions: peptic ulcer, asthma, urticaria, rashes or allergic rhinitis, severe hypotension.

Frequently asked questions

Betahistine

Q.Is betahistine FDA approved?
No, betahistine is not approved by FDA

Q.Is betahistine/betahistine dihydrochloride an antihistamine/antibiotic/steroid/addictive?
No, it belongs to the group of medicines called histamine analogues. It is not antihistamine/antibiotic/steroid and it is not an addictive drug

Q.Is betahistine available over the counter?
No, it is available with doctor's prescription only

Q.Is betahistine used for vertigo/tinnitus?
Yes, it is used for vertigo, tinnitus. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

Q.How long can I take betahistine for?
Patient should take betahistine for prescribed dose and duration as advised by doctor

Q.Can I take betahistine with antihistamine/ cinnarizine/citalopram/amitryptyline/cetirizine/ paracetamol/ibuprofen/prochlorperazine?
No, taking other medicines may alter the effects of betahistine. Patient should follow the advice of doctor regarding its use

Q.Does betahistine make you sleepy/cause drowsiness/ weight gain?
Betahistine causing drowsiness is among common side effects. Weight gain may be observed rarely. Always consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.


Content on this page was last updated on 28 September, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)