What is Betahistine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Serc Betaserc Nova-Betahistine Show all

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Betahistine is an antihistamine agent used for the treatment of Meniere's disease (to decrease episodes of vertigo).

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vertigo 33 23
Dizziness 19 12
Meniere's disease 6 3
Ringing in ears (tinnitus) 6 3
Balance problems 2 1

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 4
Moderate 7
Mild 7
None 33

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Betahistine

Side effect Patients Percentage
Dizziness 2
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2
Headaches 2
Nausea 2
Abdominal pain 1
Diarrhea 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Betahistine

Dosage Patients Percentage
8 mg twice daily 2
8 mg daily 1
8 mg three times daily 1
48 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Betahistine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients Percentage
Did not seem to work 13
Doctor's advice 8
Course of treatment ended 7
Other 6
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 32 patients who've stopped taking Betahistine

Duration

Currently taking Betahistine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 1
2 - 5 years 1
10 years or more 2

Stopped taking Betahistine

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 9
1 - 6 months 14
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 3
2 - 5 years 4
10 years or more 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 35
Usually 12
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 1
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 8
Not at all hard to take 39
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 2
$25-49 5
< $25 14
Not specified 29

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Betahistine and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Domperidone (Motilium) 1
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4 patient evaluations for Betahistine

Jul 15, 2013 (Started May 02, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for tinnitus)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (dizziness, tinnitus)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 24 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 12, 2012 (Started Jun 10, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for vertigo)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (stomach pain)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Nov 15, 2011 (Started Aug 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    Mild (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Cost: $25-49 monthly
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

Oct 1, 2010 (Started Aug 02, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 9 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Really increased my tiredness
Side effects: excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence)

  • 0 helpful marks
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