What is a generic medication?
Generic medications are significantly discounted copies of brand name medication that have the same active ingredients, intended use, dosage, side effects, effects, and route of administration as the original brand name medication. In other words, generic medications have the same pharmacological effects as their brand-name counterparts. Over half of all prescribed medications are for generic medications.
What Serc is and what it is used for
Betahistine is a type of medicine called a “histamine analogue”. Betahistine is used for: Ménière's disease – the signs of this include: ··feeling dizzy (vertigo) ·ringing in the ears (tinnitus) hearing loss or hearing difficulty This medicine works by improving blood flow in the inner ear. This lowers the build up of pressure
How to take Serc
Always take this medicine exactly as your doctor or pharmacist has told you. Check with your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure. ··Your doctor will adjust your dose, depending on your progress. Keep taking your medicine. The medicine can take a while to start to work. ·How to take Betahistine ·Swallow the tablets with water. Take the tablet with or after a meal. However, Betahistine can cause mild stomach problems (listed in Section 4). Taking Betahistine with food can help reduce stomach problems. How much Betahistine to take Always follow your doctor's instructions because your doctor might adjust your dose. The usual dose is: Adults The usual dose is 24 mg to 48 mg per day. 8 mg tablets: one or two tablets three times a day. 16 mg tablets: half or one tablet three times a day. If you take more than one tablet each day, spread your tablets evenly over the day. For example, take one tablet in the morning, one at midday and one in the evening. Try to take your tablet at the same time each day. This will make sure that there is a steady amount of the medicine in your body. Taking at the same time will also help you remember to take your tablets. Betahistine is not recommended for use in children. If you take more Betahistine than you should If you or someone else takes too many Betahistine tablets (an overdose), you may feel sick (nauseous), sleepy or have stomach pain. Talk to a doctor or go to a hospital immediately. Take the Betahistine pack with you. If you forget to take Betahistine Wait until you have to take your next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten tablet. If you stop taking Betahistine Keep taking your tablets until your doctor tells you to stop. Even when you start feeling better, your doctor may want you to carry on taking the tablets for some time to make sure that the medicine has worked completely. If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Possible side effects
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. Very few adverse effects have been
reported with betahistine.
The following serious side effects may occur during treatment with
Betahistine:Allergic reactions: ···swelling of your face, lips, tongue or neck ·a drop in your blood pressure ·loss of consciousness
If any of these side effects occur you should stop treatment
immediately and contact your doctor.
Other side effects include:
Common (affects less than1 in 10 people): ··feeling sick (nausea) ·indigestion (dyspepsia) headache.
Other side effects that have been reported with the use of betahistine Mild stomach problems such as being sick (vomiting), stomach pain, stomach swelling (abdominal distension) and bloating. Taking betahistine with food can help reduce stomach problems.
Reporting of side effects If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly (see details below). By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
How to Store Serc
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children. This medicinal product does not require any special storage conditions. Do not use this medicine after the expiry date which is stated on the label, carton, bottle after (EXP).The expiry date refers to the last day of that month. Do not throw away any medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help protect the environment.
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