Ménière's disease is a progressive disorder of the inner ear characterized by vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. It has a significant impact on the physical and social functioning of affected individuals. 

Betahistine is a histamine-like anti-vertigo drug used to treat symptoms associated with Ménière's disease. It is believed that reduce symptoms through their actions on histamine receptors.

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Betahistine was first approved by the FDA in the 1970s, but was withdrawn after approximately 5 years due to a lack of evidence proving its effectiveness.

 It is currently marketed in Canada by several companies, including Teva Pharmaceuticals.

What is betahistine dihydrochloride used for?

What is betahistine dihydrochloride used for?
What is betahistine dihydrochloride used for?

Find out here What is betahistine dihydrochloride used for? is a drug used to treat the symptoms of Ménière's disease. Symptoms include: dizziness (vertigo)ringing in the ears(dye).

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How to take betahistine dihydrochloride tablets

Always take betahistine dihydrochloride exactly as your doctor has told you. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if in doubt.

Betahistine dihydrochloride tablets are not recommended for use in children and adolescents under the age of 18 years as there are no data on efficacy and safety in these age groups.

The usual dose is:

Adults

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The usual starting dose is one to two 8 mg tablets or a half to one 16 mg tablet three times a day. The maintenance dose is usually in the range of 24-48 mg per day.

It may take a few weeks before you notice any improvement.

How to use

Swallow the tablets with water. Take the tablet with or after meals. . Take this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor if you are not sure.

Initial oral treatment is 8 to 16 mg three times a day, preferably taken with meals.

Maintenance doses are usually in the range of 24 to 48 mg per day. The daily dose should not exceed 48 mg. Dosage can be adjusted to suit individual patient needs. Sometimes, improvement can only be seen after a few weeks of treatment.

No data are available for patients with liver failure.No data are available for patients with renal failure.

There are data limited in elderly, betahistine should be used with caution in this population. Use in children and adolescents (6 to 18 years)

Not recommended for use in children and teenagers under 18 years of age due to a lack of data on safety and efficacy.If you take more betahistine dihydrochloride tablets than you should.

If you have taken more than the prescribed dose, consult your doctor.Symptoms of an overdose of betahistine dihydrochloride tablets are nausea, vomiting, digestion problems, coordination problems, and – with higher doses – seizures.

If you forget to take betahistine dihydrochloride tablets. Wait until you have to take your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed pill.

If you stop taking betahistine dihydrochloride tablets. If you have any further questions on the use of this product, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

  • Betahistine dihydrochloride tablets with food and drink
  • You can take Betahistine with or after meals.

Pregnancy, breastfeeding and fertility

Do not take betahistine dihydrochloride if you are pregnant unless your doctor has decided that it is absolutely necessary. Ask your doctor for advice.

Do not breast-feed while using betahistine dihydrochloride tablets unless instructed to do so by your doctor. It is not known whether betahistine passes into breast milk.

Driving and using machines

Betahistine dihydrochloride tablets are not likely to affect your ability to drive or use tools or machines. 

However, remember that conditions for which you are being treated with betahistine dihydrochloride (vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss associated with Ménière's syndrome) can cause dizziness or feeling sick and may affect your ability to drive or use machines.

Betahistine dihydrochloride tablets contain lactose monohydrate

This medicine contains 50 mg of lactose monohydrate for a strength of 8 mg and 100 mg of lactose monohydrate for a strength of 16 mg.

 Patients with rare hereditary abnormalities of galactose tolerance, individuals with Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not use this medicine. Tell your doctor if you know you have a sugar intolerance.