|Type of medicine||Antihistamine|
|Used for||Symptoms caused by balance or movement problems such as vertigo, tinnitus, and Ménière's disease |
|Also called||Mylan® Travel Sickness |
Arlevert® (cinnarizine with dimenhydrinate)
Nerves situated inside your ear send messages to your brain with information about your movement. Along with messages from your eyes and muscles, these nerves help your body to maintain a good sense of balance. If the nerves in one of your ears send too many, too few, or wrong messages to your brain, it conflicts with the messages sent from your other ear, your eyes, or your body. Your brain then gets confused and this can cause dizziness, vertigo (a spinning sensation), tinnitus (a buzzing or ringing in your ears), and can make you feel sick. Cinnarizine helps reduce the feelings of sickness, vertigo and tinnitus caused by problems such as this.
Cinnarizine is also helpful in preventing travel sickness. Travel sickness is caused by repeated unusual movements during travelling. These repeated movements, such as going over bumps or round in a circle, send lots of messages to your brain. The balance mechanism in your ear sends different signals to those from your eyes, which results in your brain receiving mixed and confusing messages. This is what causes you to feel sick.
Cinnarizine is available on prescription, or you can buy it at pharmacies, without a prescription. It can be taken by adults and by children over the age of 5 years.
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking cinnarizine it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome
|Common cinnarizine side-effects - these affect less than 1 in 10 people who take this medicine||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Feeling sleepy||If this happens, do not drive or use tools or machines. Do not drink alcohol|
|Indigestion, feeling sick||Stick to simple meals - avoid rich and spicy food|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, discuss them with your doctor or pharmacist.