Dramamine [OTC]; Driminate [OTC]; Motion Sickness [OTC]
Apo-Dimenhydrinate [OTC]; Children’s Motion Sickness Liquid [OTC]; Dimenhydrinate Injection; Dinate [OTC]; Gravol IM; Gravol [OTC]; Jamp-Dimenhydrinate [OTC]; Nauseatol [OTC]; PMS-Dimenhydrinate [OTC]; Sandoz-Dimenhydrinate [OTC]; Teva-Dimenate; Travel Tabs [OTC]
- It is used to help motion sickness.
- It is used to treat upset stomach and throwing up.
- If you have an allergy to dimenhydrinate or any other part of this drug.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you have any of these health problems: Glaucoma, lung or breathing problems, or prostate problems.
- If you are taking potassium tablets.
- If you have taken certain drugs used for low mood (depression) like isocarboxazid, phenelzine, or tranylcypromine or drugs used for Parkinson’s disease like selegiline or rasagiline in the last 14 days. Taking this drug within 14 days of those drugs can cause very bad high blood pressure.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
- If your child is a premature baby or is a newborn. Do not give this drug to a premature baby or a newborn.
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take this drug. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how this drug affects you.
- This drug may affect certain lab tests. Tell all of your health care providers and lab workers that you take this drug.
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking this drug.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you are 65 or older, use this drug with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Do not give this drug to a child younger than 2 years of age.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this drug while you are pregnant.
- If you have phenylketonuria (PKU), talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
- This drug has benzyl alcohol in it. Benzyl alcohol may cause very bad and sometimes deadly side effects in newborns or infants. Talk with the doctor.
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Pain when passing urine.
- A fast heartbeat.
- Blurred eyesight.
- Feeling extremely nervous and excitable.
- Hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not there).
- Feeling confused.
- A very bad skin reaction (Stevens-Johnson syndrome/toxic epidermal necrolysis) may happen. It can cause very bad health problems that may not go away, and sometimes death. Get medical help right away if you have signs like red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin (with or without fever); red or irritated eyes; or sores in your mouth, throat, nose, or eyes.
- Feeling sleepy.
- Dry mouth.
- Dry nose.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Pain where the shot was given.
- Take 30 to 60 minutes before travel if using for motion sickness.
All oral products:
- Take with or without food.
- Measure liquid doses carefully. Use the measuring device that comes with this drug. If there is none, ask the pharmacist for a device to measure this drug.
- Chew well before swallowing.
- Use suppository rectally.
- Wash your hands before and after use.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
- Your doctor may teach you how to give the shot.
- Follow how to use carefully.
- Do not use if the solution is cloudy, leaking, or has particles.
- Do not use if solution changes color.
- If you take this drug on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
Oral products and suppository:
- Store in the original container at room temperature.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Most of the time, this drug will be given in a hospital or doctor’s office. If stored at home, follow how to store as you were told by the doctor.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Check with your pharmacist about how to throw out unused drugs.
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else’s drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. If you have any questions about this drug, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.