What is Serc (Betahistine Hydrochloride) used for?
Betahistine (Serc) belongs to the family of medications used to treat vertigo that comes with Ménière’s disease. Vertigo is a disorder that causes people to get the sensation that the room is spinning. Ménière’s disease is a condition in the inner ear that is also associated with tinnitus, headache and hearing loss.
People take Serc to prevent and reduce the number of episodes of vertigo caused by Ménière’s disease, likely by lessening the pressure in the ear. Increased pressure in the ear is believed to cause dizziness, nausea and a ringing sensation in the ear. If serious enough it can also result in hearing loss as well. Serc tablets are used to manage vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss suffered by people with Ménière’s disease.
Frequently Asked Questions About Serc
Serc is taken daily as per your doctor’s directions. It is an oral tablet that is taken with water and preferably food as well. You’ll want to take this medication as long as your doctor instructs you to. It may take a while to work and when you do begin to feel relief keep taking it, even if you feel well, to make sure the medicine works properly. If you miss a dose do not take it right away to catch up. Simply wait until it is time for your next dose so you can return to your regular schedule. This is not recommended for children. Serc should not affect your ability to drive but the symptoms of vertigo may impede your ability to drive safely.
- Skin irritations
- Stomach upsets
- Fast heart beat
- Difficulty sleeping (insomnia)
These side effects are more serious and you should contact your doctor if you experience them:
- Skin reactions
- Difficulty breathing
This is not an exhaustive list of potential side effects when taking spironolactone. Be sure to make sure you are aware of these when consulting with a doctor or pharmacist
- Antihistamines (e.g., diphenhydramine, cetirizine, chlorpheniramine)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs; e.g., moclobemide, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine)
- Beta-2 agonists (e.g., salbutamol, salmeterol, fenoterol, formoterol)
There may be more interactions with this drug that are not included in this list. Be sure to go over your medications with your doctor or pharmacist before you begin taking this medication
It varies from person to person. Some people may see results in a few days while in some cases it can take a few weeks.
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