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Brand Names: Dramamine, Driminate

Generic Name: dimenhydrinate (Pronunciation: dye men HYE dri nate)

What is dimenhydrinate (Dramamine, Driminate)?

Dimenhydrinate is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, dizziness, and vertigo associated with motion sickness.

Dimenhydrinate may also be used for purposes other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of dimenhydrinate (Dramamine, Driminate)?

Stop taking dimenhydrinate and seek emergency medical attention if you experience an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives).

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take dimenhydrinate and talk to your doctor if you experience

  • drowsiness or dizziness;
  • restlessness, excitation, nervousness, or insomnia;
  • blurred or double vision;
  • dry mouth, nose, or throat;
  • decreased appetite, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea;
  • difficulty urinating; or
  • an irregular or fast heartbeat.

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about dimenhydrinate (Dramamine, Driminate)?

Use caution when driving, operating machinery, or performing other hazardous activities. Dimenhydrinate may cause dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision. If you experience dizziness, drowsiness, or blurred vision, avoid these activities.

Use alcohol cautiously. Alcohol may increase drowsiness and dizziness while you are taking dimenhydrinate.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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