The mechanism of action of a betahistine is known partially. Betahistine has a very strong affinity as an antagonist for histamine H3 receptors and a weak affinity as an agonist for histamine H1 receptors. Also, betahistine increases blood flow to the brain.
Therapeutic Indications Of Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
Betahistine dihydrochloride is a medicine that is used for the treatment of Meniere’s disease which is manifested by three different signs; vertigo (dizziness linked with vomiting or nausea), tinnitus (hearing sounds in the absence of external sounds e.g. ear ringing), and hearing loss or reduced hearing ability.
It is also used for the relief of vestibular vertigo symptoms (vertigo even when you are not moving).
Method Of Administration Of Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
Take the medication exactly as recommended by your doctor. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
It may take 2 weeks for your symptoms to start improving. It may also take a few months for optimal relief. The treatment is more likely to prevent disease progression and hearing loss that may result later on when treatment is initiated at the onset of the disease.
No dosage adjustments of this medicine are required if you have liver or kidney problems.
You may take your medicine during meals or decrease the dose if you experience gastrointestinal side effects
The recommended total daily dose is 24 – 48 mg divided into multiple doses to be given throughout the day at equal intervals.
If you are using 8 mg Betahistine dihydrochloride: take 1 -2 tablets orally three times daily.
If you are using 16 mg Betahistine dihydrochloride: take ½ - 1 tablet orally three times daily.
If you are using 24 mg Betahistine dihydrochloride: the total daily dose is 48 mg divided over the day.
Your doctor will be recommending an adjusted dosage regimen if needed depending on how you respond to the medicine.
The use of this medicine is not recommended in children due to a lack of efficacy and safety evidence.
Doses may be changed in special conditions so always follow your doctor's or pharmacist's instructions.
If you take more than you should, talk to a doctor or go to the hospital straight away.
If you forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you remember it unless it is nearly time for your next dose.
Do not take a double dose (two doses at the same time) to make up for the forgotten dose.
Undesirable Side Effects Of Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
Although the following side effects are not common in everyone, some patients may complain from:
Indigestion and nausea
Gastrointestinal side effects (e.g. abdominal pain, abdominal distention, bloating, and vomiting)
Allergic reactions of the skin or tissues under the skin (e.g. hives; itchiness; rash; sudden neck, face, or limbs swelling)
Pregnancy & Breastfeeding Precautions While Taking Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using this medicine during pregnancy and breast-feeding
Non-Pharmacological Treatments & Advice To Reduce Vertigo
Ginkgo biloba has been studied for its effects on vertigo and found to be as effective as the leading prescription medication to treat vertigo. Gingko Biloba extract can be purchased in liquid or capsule form for example Ginkozac Capsules
Some conditions that causes vertigo can be triggered by stress.
Physical therapy like yoga performed in an outpatient setting trains your brain to compensate for the cause of your vertigo
Adequate amount of sleep
Sometimes vertigo is caused by simple dehydration. Reducing your sodium intake may help. But the best way to stay hydrated is to simply drink plenty of water
Warnings & Special Precautions while Taking Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
Stop the medication right away and talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you develop allergic reactions such as shortness of breath, skin rash, swelling of the face or neck, decreased blood pressure, and dizziness.
Talk to your doctor if your symptoms are getting worse or are not improving after a few weeks have passed.
Talk to your doctor before starting this medicine if you have bronchial asthma (respiratory disease-causing respiratory problems like shortness of breath and wheezing) or if you have previously had a stomach ulcer (sore). Your doctor will be closely monitoring you if you have bronchial asthma or a history of stomach ulcers.
Do not repeat the same prescription without consulting your doctor first.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken, or might take any other medications including over-the-counter non-prescription medicines, prescription medicines, herbal supplements, vitamins, and supplements.
Storage Conditions Of Betaserc 16 Mg Tablets
Store below 25°c
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Store in the original package to protect from moisture.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the box/blisters/label. The expiry date refers to the last day of the month.
For More Information About Betahistine
Ask your physician or pharmacist
Visit SFDA website
Visit Drugs.com at Information About Betahistine
Visit Drugbank.com at Information About Betahistine