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Medication Info Sheet: 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.

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1. Drug Name:

dimenhydrinate

2. Brand Names:

Dramamine, Gravol, Travtabs, Driminate, Triptone

3. How Dispensed:

Over the counter

4. Forms:

50mg tablet, 50mg chewable tablet, 50mg/mL injectable solution

5. Drug Type/Class:

Histamine-1 blocker

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.

Read more:

Your Complete Guide to Vomiting in Cats

Everything You Need to Know About Vomiting in Dogs

Vestibular Disease in Dogs

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