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Betahistine Medication Questions

Betahistine is known as an anti-vertigo medication. It is commonly used to treat people who have balance disorders and vertigo symptoms usually found in Miniere’s disease. The medication may come in the form of tablets or a solution. It is often taken orally and absorbed fairly quickly. The dosage of the medication may often be one tablet that is taken three times a day, after a meal. This type of medication may often cause many questions regarding the side effects and uses. Read below where some of the commonly asked questions regarding Betahistine have been answered by Experts.

Can Betahistine cause depression and fatigue in an individual?

Betahistine in some cases, may lead to depression and fatigue if taken regularly. If the individual experiences these symptoms, he/she should consult a doctor and may need to stop the medication.

What are the common side effects of Betahistine?

Betahistine may not cause any serious side effects in a person. Some of the common side effects of the medicine are given below:
• Headache
• Nausea
• Upset stomach
• Rash over the body and itching
• Loss of appetite

Would it be safe for an individual to drink alcohol if he/she has been taking Betahistine?

It normally would be safe for an individual to drink alcohol in moderate amounts if he/she has been taking Betahistine.

Can a person take Betahistine along with Statins and medication for blood pressure?

One may take Betahistine along with Statins without any side effects. It is also usually safe to take the medication along with medicines for blood pressure.

What kinds of medicines can a person take to cure spring time allergies if he/she is also taking Betahistine to treat Miniere’s Disease?

One may take any pill with a combination of paracetamol and pseudoephedrine or phenyephrine. These medicines are antipyretic decongestants and can help to control the symptoms of the allergy. These medications are not antihistamines and hence are unlikely to cause any side effects.

What is the treatment for dizziness caused by Miniere’s disease?

The dizziness that is caused by Miniere’s disease may often be treated with a combination of medications and life style changes. One may take medication such as Betahistine, Lorzaepam, and beta blockers such as Propanolol and Intratympanic Gentamicin. Surgery of the inner ear may often be required in some cases. Out of these medications, Betahistine and Serc are often sold over the counter without needing a prescription. Apart from these medications, one may also have to make changes to the lifestyle such as restricting salt intake and opting for a diet that is low in salt, reducing the intake of coffee, chocolate, tea and alcohol.

Can Betaserc cause tinnitus?

Betahistine is an active ingredient in the medicine Betaserc. This ingredient may often lead to ringing in the ear or tinnitus if it is used for a long period of time. However, this may not be a serious side effect as the ringing goes down once the medication is stopped.

How can nausea and giddiness caused by vertigo be treated?

An individual may take medications such as Betahistine and Prochlorperazine. These medications can be used on a regular basis to control nausea and giddiness that may be caused by vertigo. The individual may also need to be examined for low blood pressure in order to ensure that this is not causing the giddiness.
Though Betahistine is a fairly safe drug with not many dangerous side effects, there are certain restrictions that you may have to follow when you take it. You may have questions about these restrictions and other queries about the medicine like correct dosage, side effects if any and how successful it is in treating your symptoms. You may ask an Expert if you have any of these, or other questions about Betahistine.
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