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 27 12
Nausea and vomiting 7 4
Meniere's Disease 5 0
Dizziness 4 2
Insomnia 4 3
Difficulty falling asleep 3 3

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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
Severe 4
Moderate 4
Mild 5
None 7

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Dimenhydrinate

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 4
Restless feeling in legs 2
Sleepiness 2
Auditory hallucinations 1
Calming 1
Difficulty breathing at night 1

Show all 16 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Dimenhydrinate

Dosage Patients
50mg as needed 6
100mg 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
Change in health plan coverage 1
Doctor's advice 1
Expense 1
Other 1
Side effects too severe 1
See all 11 patients who’ve stopped taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration

Currently taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration Patients
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 1

Stopped taking Dimenhydrinate

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 1
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 12
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 14
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 0
< $25 11
Not specified 8
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5 patient evaluations for Dimenhydrinate

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Rejoice
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Rejoice
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 45
Condition: Hemiplegic Migraine 27 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: Mild
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
Hemiplegic Migraine

See Rejoice's full Dimenhydrinate history

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
freka
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freka
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 41
Condition: POTS 3 additional condition(s)
Quality of life:
  • Mental: None
  • Physical: Moderate
I am: b
I have:
POTS

See freka's full Dimenhydrinate history

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
cutekitty4x4
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cutekitty4x4
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 3
Mania: 1
Emotional: 3
Anxiety: 4
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Moderate
17 F
Function: Low
Distress: Moderate
I am: n
I have:
OCD

See cutekitty4x4's full Dimenhydrinate history

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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