What is Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) used for?
Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) is an oral medication prescribed to prevent motion sickness, dizziness, nausea, or vertigo. It operates by blocking receptors in the area of the brain that causes nausea and vomiting. This action may also make it useful for treating inner ear problems causing these conditions. Your physician may prescribe it to treat other unlisted conditions, as well.
How should I use Gravol (Dimenhydrinate)?
One tablet of Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) is typically taken just prior to a trip expected to cause motion sickness, but your particular dosage will be determined by your physician based on the condition being treated, your current health, and the severity of your symptoms. These should be swallowed with a large glass of water and can be taken on an empty stomach. Never split, chew, or crush the tablets prior to use as this may destroy or alter the effects of their contents. Ask your physician any questions you have about the medication to ensure the correct usage.
What are the side effects of Gravol (Dimenhydrinate)?
Some patients using Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) have reported experiencing side effects such as:
Immediately inform your physician if you experience any unusual symptoms that are intense or worrying to make sure the correct response is taken to prevent further problems. Be especially cautious about any signs of an allergic reaction such as hives, swelling, or trouble breathing. These conditions may require lower doses, reduced frequency of administration, or emergency medical attention in more serious cases.
Do not begin using Gravol (Dimenhydrinate) if the patient being treated is under the age of eighteen, if you are breastfeeding, pregnant, or if you have closed angle glaucoma, urinary retention, seizures, raised intracranial pressure, decreased liver function, or decreased kidney function. Also inform your physician if you have Parkinson's disease, hypertension, hypotension, intestinal blockage, open angle glaucoma, porphyrias, an enlarged prostate, hyperthyroidism, moderately decreased liver function, or moderately decreased kidney function. These conditions may cause unexpected problems during treatment requiring reduced dosages or other alterations to your regimen to prevent further complications.
Strictly follow all instructions provided to you by your physician or pharmacist while using Gravol (Dimenhydrinate). Optimum and safe dosage can differ based on the patient and the condition being treated.
As this medication may be unsafe for certain patients, it is essential you always inform your physician if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as well as if you have any allergies, other illnesses, or ongoing health conditions, and if you are taking any other form of medication, supplements, or herbal products.
Immediately seek emergency medical care if you have an allergic or hypersensitive reaction. Common signs of a reaction include hives, swelling, skin rashes, chest pains, as well as trouble breathing or swallowing.