December 22, 2014
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Gravol

(dimenhydrinate)

DIN (Drug Identification Number)

02254409 GRAVOL 100MG LONG ACTING CAPLETS
00013609 GRAVOL ADULT SUPPOSITORIES 100MG
00230197 GRAVOL LIQUID 15MG/5CC
00783595 GRAVOL SUPPOSITORIES FOR CHILDREN 25MG
02245867 GRAVOL 50MG SOFTGEL CAPSULE
00013803 GRAVOL FILMKOTE TAB 50MG/QUICK DISSOLVE CHEW TAB 50MG
00013579 GRAVOL IM 50MG/ML INJECTION

What side effects are possible with Gravol?

Many medications can cause side effects. A side effect is an unwanted response to a medication when it is used in normal doses. Side effects can be mild or severe, temporary or permanent.

The side effects listed below are not experienced by everyone who uses this medication. If you are concerned about side effects, discuss the risks and benefits of this medication with your doctor.

The following side effects have been reported by at least 1% of people using this medication. Many of these side effects can be managed, and some may go away on their own over time.

Contact your doctor if you experience these side effects and they are severe or bothersome. Your pharmacist may be able to advise you on managing side effects.

  • constipation
  • dizziness
  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • excitement (especially in children)
  • lack of energy

Although most of the side effects listed below don't happen very often, they could lead to serious problems if you do not seek medical attention.

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

  • blurred vision or any change in vision
  • confusion
  • difficulty passing urine

Stop taking the medication and seek immediate medical attention if any of the following occur:

  • symptoms of a severe allergic reaction (e.g., difficulty breathing; hives; swelling of the face, mouth, tongue, or throat)

Some people may experience side effects other than those listed. Check with your doctor if you notice any symptom that worries you while you are taking this medication.





Are there any other precautions or warnings for Gravol?

Before you begin using a medication, be sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions or allergies you may have, any medications you are taking, whether you are pregnant or breast-feeding, and any other significant facts about your health. These factors may affect how you should use this medication.

Alcohol: Alcohol may add to the side effects of dimenhydrinate (e.g., drowsiness) and should be avoided when using this medication.

Drowsiness: This medication can cause drowsiness. Do not drive or perform other hazardous tasks until you know dimenhydrinate does not affect your ability to do them safely.

Pregnancy: This medication should not be used during pregnancy unless the benefits outweigh the risks. If you become pregnant while taking this medication, contact your doctor immediately.

Breast-feeding: This medication passes into breast milk. If you are a breast-feeding mother and are taking this medication, it may affect your baby. Talk to your doctor about whether you should continue breast-feeding.

Children: The safety and effectiveness of using this medication have not been established for children under one year of age. Caregivers of children between 1 and 2 years old should contact their child's doctor before giving dimenhydrinate.

What other drugs could interact with Gravol?

There may be an interaction between dimenhydrinate and any of the following:

  • alcohol
  • anticholinergics (e.g., benztropine, oxybutynin)
  • antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, chlorpheniramine)
  • barbiturates (e.g., phenobarbital, butalbital)
  • benzodiazepines (e.g., diazepam, lorazepam, oxazepam)
  • muscle relaxants (e.g., cyclobenzaprine)
  • opioid medications (e.g., codeine, morphine)
  • other medications that cause drowsiness (e.g., chlorpromazine, gabapentin, loxapine, mirtazapine, quetiapine, zopiclone, droperidol)

If you are taking any of these medications, speak with your doctor or pharmacist. Depending on your specific circumstances, your doctor may want you to:

  • stop taking one of the medications,
  • change one of the medications to another,
  • change how you are taking one or both of the medications, or
  • leave everything as is.

An interaction between two medications does not always mean that you must stop taking one of them. Speak to your doctor about how any drug interactions are being managed or should be managed.

Medications other than those listed above may interact with this medication. Tell your doctor or prescriber about all prescription, over-the-counter (non-prescription), and herbal medications you are taking. Also tell them about any supplements you take. Since caffeine, alcohol, the nicotine from cigarettes, or street drugs can affect the action of many medications, you should let your prescriber know if you use them.

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