What is Dimenhydrinate?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Gravol Dramamine Children's Chewable Gravol Show all

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Dimenhydrinate (marketed under brand names Dramamine, Gravol and Vertirosan) is an over-the-counter drug used to prevent nausea and motion sickness. It is most commonly used as pills, although it is also available in liquid form and in suppositories.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Nausea 24 12
Meniere's disease 6 1
Dizziness 4 2
Insomnia 4 3
Difficulty falling asleep 3 3

Show all 23 reasons taken


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 5
Mild 6
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dimenhydrinate

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 5
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 2
Restless feeling in legs 2
Sleepiness 2
Auditory hallucinations 1
Calming 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dimenhydrinate

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 12
50 mg twice daily 1
100 mg twice daily 1
0mg as needed 1
100mg as needed 1
25mg as needed 1

Why patients stopped taking Dimenhydrinate

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 3
Did not seem to work 3
Other 2
Side effects too severe 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
See all 12 patients who've stopped taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration

Currently taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 1
6 months - 1 year 1
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 14
Usually 4
Sometimes 2
Never taken as prescribed 2
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 1
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 16
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 13
Not specified 8

What people switch to and from

Patients stopped taking Dimenhydrinate and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Meclizine (Antivert) 1
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5 patient evaluations for Dimenhydrinate

Feb 27, 2015 (Started Dec 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Twice daily
Advice & Tips: Makes you very sleepy, which is handy if nausea is keeping you awake.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Dec 13, 2011 (Started Dec 09, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for nausea)
  • Side effects
    Severe (drowsiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Jan 20, 2013 (Started Jan 12, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea and vomiting)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 20, 2012 (Started Mar 16, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for generalized anxiety disorder)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for nausea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks
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