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What is Serc (Betahistine Hydrochloride) prescribed for?
Vertigo is a sense of the world spinning around you. Rotating and rocking are some of the other sensations one feels when they have vertigo. Dizziness, light headedness, balance disorders along with difficulties in walking to motion sickness are all symptoms as well.
However to understand vertigo, it is help to understand the anatomy of the ear. Sound waves travel through the outer ear canal until they reach the ear drum. From there, it turns into vibrations, which transmits in the middle ear, to the cochlea and finally to the vestinular, which carries the signal to your brain that interprets those nerve impulses as sound.
This medication is used to treat the vertigo in those that have Meniere’s disease, which is a disorder of the flow of the fluids of the inner ear. Symptoms often include ringing, ear fullness, hearing loss, and poor equilibrium. Meniere’s disease usually only effects one ear. This disease can occur at any age. However, it does seem to have more of an impact on individuals in their young to middle aged adulthood. It is considered a chronic condition, but with the right treatments it can help reduce symptoms and minimize any long term impacts it may have on your life.
Take this medication by mouth, usually 3 times a day, or as directed to you by your doctor. Remember dose is based on your medical condition and your overall response to the treatment.
Do not increase your dose or take this medication more often without your doctor’s approval. If you have any questions or concerns regarding this medication, speak with your doctor.
Before taking this medication, it is best to advise your doctor if you are allergic Betahistine Hydrochloride; or to any other medications or allergies in general. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems.
It is best to inform your doctor of your medical history. Therefore, it is best to speak with your doctor if you have ever suffered from any of the following; ulcers (past or present), asthma, pheochromocytoma.
While minor, some of these side effects may occur. They are as follows; Headaches may occur. However if any of these persist or worsen, it’s best to speak with your doctor right away.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: persistent headache, neck stiffness, seizures, slow/irregular heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
There may be a relapse in symptoms as well as side effects. You should speak your doctor before stop taking this medication.
What is the best dosage to take?
The diagnosis with your doctor will be able to determine the best dosage for your treatment. Work with your doctor closely for dosage and dosing schedules.
What happens if I miss a dose?
You should take the missed dose as soon you realize you have forgotten. If the forgotten dose is closer to your next scheduled dose, take the next schedule dose to avoid overlapping in dose.
What is the best way to store this medication?
This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets. Do not throw away this medication in the wastebasket. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist for help in safely disposing of this medication.
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