Dramamine is useful in preventing as well as treating nausea, dizziness and vomiting caused by motion sickness. It can also be made useful for certain other conditions as and when prescribed by your medical practitioner.
Medication must always be taken as advised by your medical practitioner/physician. If you are unsure, then please contact your physician for precise instructions. On the other hand, the medicine label usually contains dosage instructions which also may be followed.
Dramamine may be taken with a meal or without a meal to prevent stomach problems.
A full glass of water when taken with Dramamine always ensures better absorption.
Medications are prescribed according to a dosage schedule which must be completed in order to reap the benefits of the treatment. Lapsed schedules render Dramamine ineffective. So, never stop in between unless advised by your physician.
One of the best ways to ensure that you do not miss out on a dose is to maintain a fixed regime for consuming Dramamine each day.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Dramamine being an antihistamine as well as anticholinergic seeks to work mainly in your brain so as to decrease nausea, dizziness and vomiting.
You must maintain a schedule for taking the medicine at the same time each day so that you do not miss out on any doses. But, in the advent of a missed dose, take it as soon as you remember so that you can compensate for the loss of the dose.
But, then you may need to adjust your remaining doses accordingly. And if it is almost time for the next dose, then please skip the missed dose and continue with the normal schedule.
Never try to compensate for the missed dose by taking a double dose together. It may cause adverse effects.
Dramamine must be stored at a cool and dark place that prevents it from direct exposure to sunlight. It should also be protected from kids and pets. You can store it at room temperature preferably between 20 to 25 degrees C.
If you are allergic to any ingredient in Dramamine (you may check medicine label) then please do not use it without consulting your doctor.
You must also avoid using Dramamine if you have conditions like you are breast feeding or are into sodium oxybate (GHB), monoamine oxidase or MAO inhibitor.
Ensure that your doctor is aware of your past and current medical history before you start any new treatment or medication. This must include any and all diseases that you have suffered /suffer from, all subscription and over the counter medication that you are taking, including vitamins and herbal supplements. This will help avoid a possible interaction or allergy.
Dramamine is known to make some people dizzy or drowsy. And if you consume alcoholic beverages, then the chances of this happening increase greatly. Hence, alcohol and alcoholic beverages must be strictly avoided while taking Dramamine. If you have experienced drowsiness after taking Dramamine, then avoid tasks that require mental alertness for example, driving, handling heavy equipment or machinery etc.
The medication of Dramamine can make you sensitive towards sunlight. So it is advisable to avoid going out in the sunlight or even the tanning booths. Use a sun-block before you step out in the sun and also wear protective clothing so that you can easily avoid too much exposure to the sunlight.
Extreme caution and care should be taken when Dramamine is prescribed to the elderly as well as to the child patients.
If you are planning to have a baby or are pregnant already then you must seek advice from your doctor before using Dramamine. Discuss the effects and possible risks that Dramamine usage may have on the unborn baby.
If you are breast feeding your child, then too seek medical advice before using Dramamine. Some drugs may be excreted in the breast milk and may harm the baby.