Antihistamines for Vertigo
How It Works
Antihistamines block parts of your brain that make you feel sick to your stomach when you have vertigo or motion sickness.
Why It Is Used
Antihistamines may be prescribed to
vertigo that is caused by inner ear problems,
M�ni�re's disease, inflammation of the inner ear
benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), and
inflammation of the nerve to the inner ear (vestibular neuritis).
Antihistamines may also be used to prevent nausea and other symptoms of motion sickness.
Dimenhydrinate may be used to prevent and control nausea and
vomiting caused by
How Well It Works
These medicines do give some people
relief from nausea and vomiting caused by vertigo. But there is no scientific evidence to show
that these medicines help with symptoms of vertigo.1
These medicines may help with mild forms of motion sickness.2
The most commonly reported side effect
is drowsiness. Do not use a medicine that makes you drowsy if you will be
driving or operating dangerous equipment.
Antihistamines may also
cause blurred vision or a dry mouth.
See Drug Reference for a full
list of side effects. (Drug Reference is not available in all systems.)
What To Think About
Most antihistamines should be
avoided during early pregnancy, if possible.
antihistamines to your child unless you've checked with the doctor first.
Complete the new medication information form (PDF)(What is a PDF document?) to help you understand this medication.
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