What is Betahistine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Serc Betaserc Ronistina

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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


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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 2
Moderate 3
Mild 5
None 19

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Betahistine

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

Show all 12 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Betahistine

Dosage Patients
16 mg three times daily 2
120 mg 1
16 mg daily 1
30 mg three times daily 1

Why patients stopped taking Betahistine

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 10
Course of treatment ended 7
Doctor's advice 7
Other 4
Side effects too severe 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 27 patients who’ve stopped taking Betahistine

Duration

Currently taking Betahistine

Duration Patients
6 months-1 year 2
2 years or more 3

Stopped taking Betahistine

Duration Patients
0-1 month 5
1-3 months 13
3-6 months 2
6 months-1 year 1
1-2 years 3
2 years or more 4

Adherence


Always
Patients
19
66%
Usually
Patients
7
24%
Sometimes
Patients
1
3%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
2
7%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
1
3%
A little hard to take
Patients
4
14%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
24
83%

Cost per month


Cost per month
$200+
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$100-199
Patients
0
0%
Cost per month
$50-99
Patients
2
7%
Cost per month
$25-49
Patients
4
14%
Cost per month
< $25
Patients
9
31%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
14
48%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Betahistine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Prochlorperazine (Compazine) 1

Patients stopped taking Betahistine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Betahistine

one_step_closer
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one_step_closer
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 2
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
29 F
Function: Moderate
Distress: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Borderline Personality

See one_step_closer's full Betahistine history

Jul 15, 2013 (Started May 02, 2013)

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

  • 0 helpful marks
myth1977
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myth1977
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Some
Fatigue: Most
Sleep: Most
Stiffness: Some
function: Some
external_stress: Little
Stickman: most
Description:F39y
FM:19y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See myth1977's full Betahistine history

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
Motivatories
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Motivatories
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Relapse: Severe
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: none
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See Motivatories's full Betahistine history

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
Last updated:
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