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 of Betahistine

Severe
2
Moderate
3
Mild
5
None
19

Commonly reported side effects, conditions, and hospitalizations associated with Betahistine

Patients
2
Patients
2
Patients
2
Patients
1
Patients
1

Show all 13 reported side effects

Dosages

Most common dosages (by patients currently taking Betahistine)
Dosage
16 mg daily
Patients
6
Dosage
24 mg daily
Patients
5
Dosage
32 mg daily
Patients
3
Dosage
48 mg daily
Patients
3
Dosage
16 mg three times daily
Patients
2
Dosage
16mg as needed
Patients
1
Dosage
10mg as needed
Patients
1
Dosage
24mg as needed
Patients
1
Dosage
0.25 mcg daily
Patients
1
Dosage
1 daily
Patients
1

Dosages based on patients currently taking Betahistine.

Why Patients Stopped Taking Betahistine (multiple reasons could be selected)
Reason
Did not seem to work
Patients
9
Reason
Course of treatment ended
Patients
7
Reason
Doctor's advice
Patients
7
Reason
Side effects too severe
Patients
3
Reason
Other
Patients
3
Reason
Personal research
Patients
1
Reason
Change in health plan coverage
Patients
1
See all 25 patients who’ve stopped taking Betahistine

Duration

Currently Taking Betahistine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
0
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
2
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
0
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
0
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
1
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
3
Stopped Taking Betahistine
Duration
Patients
Duration
0-1 month
Patients
6
Duration
1-3 months
Patients
10
Duration
3-6 months
Patients
2
Duration
6 months-1 year
Patients
1
Duration
1-2 years
Patients
2
Duration
2 years or more
Patients
4

Adherence


Always
Patients
21
72%
Usually
Patients
6
21%
Sometimes
Patients
1
3%
Never taken as prescribed
Patients
1
3%

Burden


Very hard to take
Patients
0
0%
Somewhat hard to take
Patients
1
3%
A little hard to take
Patients
3
10%
Not at all hard to take
Patients
25
86%

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
8
28%
Cost per month
Not specified
Patients
15
52%

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Betahistine after stopping:
Treatment name(s)
Prochlorperazine (Compazine, Stemetil, Buccastem M…)
Patients
1
Last updated:

4 patient evaluations for Betahistine

one_step_closer
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Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 0
Emotional: 1
Anxiety: 2
Compulsion: 2
External Stress: Low
29 F
Function: High
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:F38y
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
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