Pet Medication 101: Dramamine
It’s important to understand a medication’s uses and side effects before giving it to your pet. This medication info sheet is meant to give you a good understanding of what Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) is used for, how it works, and potential side effects in cats and dogs. Always consult a veterinarian before giving your pet any medication.
1. Drug Name:
2. Brand Names:
Dramamine, Gravol, Travtabs, Driminate, Triptone
3. How Dispensed:
Over the counter
50mg tablet, 50mg chewable tablet, 50mg/mL injectable solution
5. Drug Type/Class:
6. Uses in Dogs and Cats:
Motion sickness, nausea, vestibular disease
7. How it Works:
While the exact mechanism of action is unknown, dimenhydrinate is thought to reduce equilibrium disturbances through antimuscarinic effects in the nervous system and histamine H1 antagonism.
8. Side Effects and/or Signs of Overdose:
Sleepiness, dry mouth, difficulty urinating, diarrhea, vomiting, loss of appetite. Signs of overdose include excitement, incoordination, disorientation, seizures, coma.
9. Drug Interactions:
- Anticholinergic drugs (ex. Atropine, Glycopyrrolate)
- Central nervous system depressants (ex. Benzodiazepines, Barbiturates)
- Tricyclic antidepressants (ex. Amitriptyline, Doxepin)
10. Cautionary Statements:
- Never give your pet Dramamine without the approval of your veterinarian.
- Do not use in neonatal pets.
- Use with caution in pets with glaucoma, seizures, elevated thyroid levels, heart disease, high blood pressure, enlarged prostate, GI or urinary blockage, and respiratory disease.
- Use with caution in geriatric, pregnant, or nursing pets.
- Can alter skin testing for allergen-specific immunotherapy.
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