Betahistine hydrochloride is the generic name for the anti vertigo drug SERC. It's chemical name is 2 (2' meihylaminoethyl) pyridine dihydrochloride. It is commonly prescribed for people who have balance disorders or to alleviate the vertigo symptoms associated with Ménière's disease. more...
Betahistine has a similar structure to histamine and acts as an overall histamine agonist. It is believed to work by contracting the smooth muscle surrounding the middle ear which increases the blood flow and reduces the pressure in the vestibular system.
Betahistine is available in 8mg or 16mg tablets taken 3 times daily. Doses may be adjusted to between 24-48mg a day as needed. It is contraindicated for people with peptic stomach ulcers or tumours of the adrenal gland. People with bronchial asthma should be closely monitored.
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