Dramamine or Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine commonly prescribed in order to prevent and treat the nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness (emesis) and vertigo.

Antihistamines work by blocking the parts of the brain that cause people to feel nauseous whenever they suffer from vertigo or motion sickness.

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When it is used as a treatment for vertigo, the drug may be used to successfully relieve the symptoms of Labyrinthitis, Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo, Vestibular Neuritis, and Meniere’s Disease.

Watch this Meniere’s Disease sufferer talk about the efficacy of various forms of medication on his condition, including Dramamine, on Youtube.

As well as the above conditions, Dramamine can also be used to treat nausea and sickness that is related purely to cases of inflammation in the nerve of the inner ear.

It’s important to note, Dramamine taken for cases of vertigo is intended to be a temporary cure to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms of the condition, and should never be relied upon for long-term use.

Dramamine is a non-prescription medication available freely over the counter at most dispensing pharmacies and can be taken orally via capsules or in liquid form. The drug should typically be taken every 4-6 hours as needed at the dose instructed on the packet, usually at a dose of between 50-100mg.

Because vertigo is a condition that typically stems from the inner ear and has an effect on the Central Nervous System, Dramamine can be extremely effective at relieving the symptoms of this condition temporarily, since it crosses the blood-brain barrier with ease.

The overall effect of Dramamine can be fairly sedating so it is best to avoid activities such as driving heavy goods vehicles while under the influence of the medication.

There is however a version of the drug available that has a far less sedating effect, currently marketed as Less Drowsy Dramamine, which omits the drugs main active ingredient Diphenhydramine and replaces it with Meclizine.

A version of Dramamine for children is also available at a dosage of 25 mg, and there are even flavoured chewable capsules that can be consumed by those who do not like to take pills or liquid medication.

Dramamine is commonly marketed under the brand names Dramamine, Driminate, Gravol, Vomex, Gravamin, and Vertirosan.

The common symptoms of Vertigo that Dramamine treats:

  • Sensation of Spinning or Whirling
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Motion Sickness
  • Ringing in the ears

Especially in the case of horrible nausea and vomiting associated with Vestibular Neuronitis, Dramamine can be essential in relieving unpleasant symptoms and returning something of a normal life to the sufferer.

Who can take Dramamine?

Before beginning to take this medication it is imperative that you inform your doctor if you suffer from one of the following:

  • Kidney or liver disease
  • An enlarged prostate
  • Glaucoma
  • Asthma
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Other heart problems
  • Difficulty urinating

If you do suffer from any of the above-mentioned conditions, you may not be suitable to take the drug, or your doctor may recommend that you take a lower dose.

Dramamine is currently classified by the FDA as category B, unlikely to harm an unborn baby, but if you are pregnant you would be best advised to speak with your doctor first before commencing a course of the medication, just to be on the safe side.

If you are a nursing mother you should also steer clear of the drug unless your doctor expressly indicates otherwise, since it passes into breast milk and can cause harm to a nursing infant.

Children younger than two years should not take the drug, unless under the direct supervision of a doctor or other qualified medical practitioner.


  • If you are driving, operating machinery, or performing hazardous activities that require your full concentration, you should use caution when taking Dramamine, as one of the common side effects of the medication can be increased drowsiness.
  • If you do start to experience drowsiness, feelings of dizziness, or blurred vision, it is imperative you stop the above activities, so as not to be a potential health hazard to yourself and others in your vicinity.
  • Also, when taking the drug, take care to use alcohol sparingly if at all, as it can dramatically increase the symptoms of drowsiness and dizziness that can be side effects of taking Dramamine.
  • Consume each dose of Dramamine with a full glass of water, and to ensure you get the correct measure, use the liquid form of the drug with a special dose-measuring spoon or beaker, which your local pharmacist should be able to supply you with.
  • The medication should be stored at room temperature and kept well away from damp and excessive heat or humidity.


Do not consume more than 400mg of Dramamine in one day. 

Symptoms of Dramamine overdose include:

  • Excessive drowsiness
  • Seizures or convulsions
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Nausea
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Irregular or fast heartbeat
  • Dry mouth, nose, or throat

Link to the Wikipedia entry for the medicine where you can view the full chemical make-up and structure of the drug: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dramamine


Some side effects of Dramamine may not be reported. It's not enough to notice that you're on high on Dramamine
Always consult your doctor or healthcare specialist for medical advice.


Applies to dimenhydrinate: oral liquid, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable.

Stop taking dimenhydrinate (the active ingredient contained in Dramamine) 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 - so called Dramamine high;
  • 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.


Applies to dimenhydrinate: compounding powder, injectable solution, oral liquid, oral tablet, oral tablet chewable


Nervous system side effects have commonly included drowsiness and sedation. Depression, impaired motor skills, CNS stimulation, nervousness, dizziness, excitation, and restlessness have been reported. 

CNS stimulation may paradoxically occur in some patients. Headache and tinnitus have been reported rarely. Convulsions and coma have also been reported.


Genitourinary side effects have included urinary retention and dysuria as a result of the anticholinergic effects of dimenhydrinate (the active ingredient contained in Dramamine)


Hypersensitivity side effects have been reported in patients receiving dimenhydrinate (the active ingredient contained in Dramamine) products containing tartrazine dye. 

These have included bronchial asthma and have occurred more likely in patients sensitive to aspirin.


Gastrointestinal side effects reported as mild have included dry mouth, dry nose, dry throat, constipation, and diarrhea. Anorexia and epigastric distress have been reported.


Respiratory side effects have included dryness of the respiratory passages, thickening of bronchial secretions, and respiratory depression.


Cardiovascular side effects have included hypotension, palpitations, and tachycardia.


Ocular side effects have included blurred vision, diplopia, and dry eyes due to anticholinergic effects.


Other side effects have included lassitude.

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