Betahistine - oral


Patient Medicine Information
Why do I need this medicine?
Betahistine is used to treat episodes of vertigo (dizziness with sensations of spinning), tinnitus (ringing in the ears), and hearing loss experienced by people with Meniere’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear).
How do I take this medicine?
Take Betahistine exactly as directed by your doctor or according to the instructions on the label. Do not take more or less than instructed by your doctor.

Take it together with food or immediately after a meal to reduce any stomach discomfort that it may cause. Try to take it at the same time each day.

The dose of this medicine will be decided by your doctor. Your doctor will advise you on the treatment timeframe depending on your condition and response to the medication.

Betahistine must be taken regularly for it to be effective. Continue taking this medicine even when you feel better. Do not stop taking it unless instructed by the doctor.
What should I do if I have forgotten to take this medicine?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your normal dosing schedule.

DO NOT double a dose under any circumstances.

If you often forget to take your medicine, let your doctor and pharmacist know.
When should I not use this medicine?
Alert your doctor if you have phaeochromocytoma (rare tumour of the adrenal gland causing high blood pressure) as Betahistine may not be suitable for you.
What should I take note of while taking this medicine?
Inform your doctor if you have the following conditions:
  • asthma
  • heart disease
  • current or a history of stomach ulcer
  • liver disease
Let your doctor know if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
What side effects could I experience?
Betahistine may cause any of the following side effects: headache, nausea, indigestion, vomiting, stomach pain, bloating, tiredness, weakness, skin rash and itching.

This medicine may cause your blood pressure to fall suddenly when you get up from a sitting or lying down position and you may feel giddy. To minimise this problem, stand up slowly.

Inform your doctor if any of these side effects do not go away or are severe, or if you experience other side effects.
Can I take this with other medicines?
Inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any of these medicines:
  • medicines to treat depression e.g. isocarboxazid, phenelzine, tranylcypromine
  • medicines for cold or allergy e.g. cetirizine, chlorphenamine, loratadine
  • asthma medicines e.g. salbutamol, terbutaline
  • selegiline (medicine for Parkinson’s disease)
This list does not include all medicines that may interact with Betahistine.

Always notify your doctor and pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including herbal tonics such as traditional Chinese medicines, supplements and medicines that you buy without a prescription.
What special dietary instructions should I follow?
Avoid alcohol.
How should I store this medicine?
Store in a cool, dry place away from the reach of children.

Protect from moisture and light.

Medicines must not be used past the expiry date.
This information is independently developed by MIMS based on betahistine - oral and is provided for your reference only. It is not a replacement for and should only be used in conjunction with full consultation with a licensed healthcare professional, the information provided by your pharmacist and/or the manufacturer of the medication. It may not contain all the available information you require and cannot substitute professional medical care, nor does it take into account all individual circumstances. Although great effort has been made to ensure content accuracy, we shall not be held responsible or liable for any claims or damages arising from the use or misuse of the information contained herein, its contents or omissions, or otherwise. Copyright © 2020 MIMS. All rights reserved. Powered by MIMS.com
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