Alcohol can interact with many types of medications, but how does it interact with Dramamine?

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Important points to remember about alcohol and Dramamine use include:

Avoid drinking alcohol while taking Dramamine because the combination may lead to dangerous side effects

In excessive levels, alcohol and Dramamine use can lead to overdose

If an overdose is suspected, contact medical help immediately

Alcohol & Dramamine

Dramamine is the brand name of the drug dimenhydrinate, which is a common antihistamine used to treat symptoms of motion sickness including nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Dramamine is available in tablets that can be chewed or swallowed and can be purchased over the counter without a prescription.

Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) is not the only over-the-counter antihistamine used for motion sickness. Bonine (meclizine) is also an over-the-counter antihistamine used for the same purpose. Dramamine and Bonine work in similar ways and should be avoided with alcohol due to the risk of drowsiness, dizziness and problems staying alert.

Because Dramamine is so easily accessible, many people take it without speaking to a health care provider. However, there are important aspects to consider when taking Dramamine, especially if you are considering drinking alcohol while on the medication.

Overall, it’s not safe to drink alcohol and take Dramamine at the same time as it could lead to dangerous side effects and increase the risk of addiction.

Alcohol and Dramamine Side Effects

When alcohol is combined with Dramamine, the side effects are amplified because both of these substances are depressants.

Symptoms that may occur if someone takes Dramamine and drinks alcohol simultaneously may include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Decreased alertness
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fainting or blacking out (especially with increased alcohol abuse)
  • Impaired motor coordination
  • Risk of falls, particularly in older people
  • Risk of developing an alcohol use disorder
  • Risk of a Dramamine overdose

Can You Overdose from Alcohol and Dramamine?

It’s possible to overdose on Dramamine on its own or black out from drinking too much alcohol. Combining Dramamine with alcohol only increases the risk of overdose.

Drug overdose can be fatal. If you suspect someone is experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. Do NOT be afraid to seek help. If you do not have access to a phone contact Web Poison Control Services for online assistance.

Signs of an overdose related to Dramamine and alcohol use may include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Inability to speak clearly
  • Confusion
  • Unsteadiness
  • Dilated pupils
  • Flushing of the skin
  • Issues swallowing
  • Hallucinations

If someone overdoses on Dramamine and alcohol, a health care professional should be contacted immediately. An overdose with Dramamine and alcohol is not to be taken lightly and can be fatal.

If you think you might be an alcoholic, you are not alone. Help is available. Reach out to a representative of The Recovery Village today to learn more about alcohol rehab treatment options that could meet your needs.

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