Generic name: Dimenhydrinate Injection [ dye-men-HYE-dri-nate ]
Drug class: Anticholinergic antiemetics
Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Feb 20, 2023.
Uses of Dimenhydrinate Injection:
- It is used to help motion sickness.
- It is used to treat or prevent upset stomach and throwing up.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Dimenhydrinate Injection?
- If you have an allergy to dimenhydrinate or any other part of dimenhydrinate injection.
- If you are allergic to dimenhydrinate injection; any part of dimenhydrinate injection; or any other drugs, foods, or substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
- If the patient is a newborn or infant. This medicine has benzyl alcohol in it. Benzyl alcohol may cause severe and sometimes deadly side effects in newborns or infants. Do not give dimenhydrinate injection to a newborn or infant.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with dimenhydrinate injection.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take dimenhydrinate injection with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Dimenhydrinate Injection?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take dimenhydrinate injection. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert until you see how dimenhydrinate injection affects you.
- If you are allergic to tartrazine, talk with your doctor. Some products have tartrazine.
- Avoid drinking alcohol while taking dimenhydrinate injection.
- Talk with your doctor before you use other drugs and natural products that slow your actions.
- If you are 65 or older, use dimenhydrinate injection with care. You could have more side effects.
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before giving dimenhydrinate injection to a child younger than 2 years of age.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using dimenhydrinate injection while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Dimenhydrinate Injection) best taken?
Use dimenhydrinate injection as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- It is given as a shot into a muscle or vein.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- Call your doctor to find out what to do.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Trouble passing urine.
- Pain when passing urine.
- A fast heartbeat.
- Blurred eyesight.
What are some other side effects of Dimenhydrinate Injection?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling sleepy.
- Dry mouth, nose, or throat.
- Thickening of mucus in nose or throat.
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Not hungry.
- Trouble sleeping.
- Feeling tired or weak.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-332-1088. You may also report side effects at https://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Dimenhydrinate Injection?
- If you need to store dimenhydrinate injection at home, talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist about how to store it.
Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about dimenhydrinate injection, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
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