Gravol - Uses - Dosages - Side Effects - Precautions

Gravol: Frequently Asked Questions Answered

What is Gravol?

Gravol is the trade name for an antihistamine called dimenhydrinate which is a non-prescription drug used for the treatment and prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness. It is also used for treatment of vertigo and symptoms of allergies such as runny nose, sneezing, rashes, itching, redness, irritation (skin or eye) and watery eyes. Antihistamines are a class of drugs that block the activity of histamine, a compound responsible for local immune responses to various allergies.

What are the uses of Gravol?

Gravol is generally prescribed for the treatment and prevention of the following conditions:

  • Motion sickness

Gravol is administered for management of motion sickness, a condition characterised by specific symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, vomiting and uneasiness while travelling.

  • Vertigo or vestibular disorders

Gravol is also prescribed for treatment of vertigo and certain vestibular disorders associated with symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, and visual and auditory disturbances.

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What are the side effects of Gravol?

The major side effects associated with this medicine are as follows:

  • Headache
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth
  • Difficulty in passing urine
  • Rash

Minor or rare side effects associated with this medicine are as follows:

  • Constipation or abdominal discomfort
  • Sleeping disturbances
  • Vision abnormality

You should avoid driving or operating any machinery while taking this medicine because it can cause drowsiness and vision disturbances. You can consult experts at Yashoda Hospitals to get a medical opinion about this medicine.


Frequently Asked Questions about Gravol

1. Can you take Gravol on an empty stomach?

This medicine can be taken on an as-needed basis. You can take it with or without food or as per the prescription given by your doctor. However, the dosage and mode of consumption of Gravol depend on why you are taking it. Do not self-prescribe, consult a doctor.

2. What can you not take with Gravol?

You should avoid the following while you are taking Gravol:

  • Alcohol
  • Consumption of alcohol along with Gravol can increase drowsiness and dizziness.
  • Zafirlukast
  • Dimenhydrinate can reduce the blood levels of Zafirlukast, which in turn reduces its effectiveness.
  • Alprazolam
  • Alprazolam along with Gravol can increase drowsiness or sleepiness.
  • Betahistine
  • Intake of Betahistine and Gravol together can render one of them ineffective.
  • Chlordiazepoxide, chlorpheniramine, amitriptyline, amantadine, duloxetine, topiramate or zonisamide
  • Taking any of these drugs along with Gravol can increase the risk of associated side effects.

3. How much Gravol should I take to sleep?

Generally, the recommended dose range for Gravol is 50 to 1,500 mg daily in the form of a tablet or capsule. Adults can take up to 50 mg of Gravol to get around 4 hours of sleep or 100 mg for around 8-12 hours of sleep. Consult your doctor first.

4. Is it safe to take Gravol every night to sleep?

You can take Gravol for better or uninterrupted sleep, based on the prescription given by your doctor. However, you cannot take it every night because long-term usage can lead to tolerance, dependence and withdrawal symptoms, and the effect of the exact dosage may decrease with time.

5. How long does Gravol take to be effective?

Usually, oral administration of Gravol takes around 15-30 minutes to produce an effect in most individuals. The effect of the same medicine lasts up to 3 to 6 hours on average.

6. Can you take Gravol if you have been drinking?

No, you should never consume alcohol while taking Gravol because it can increase drowsiness and sleepiness. Hence, you will be unable to perform your routine activities properly.

7. Does Gravol affect the liver?

Patients with liver disorders should take Gravol cautiously because they face an increased risk of associated severe adverse effects. Patients with liver disorders will require proper dosage adjustments or replacement with appropriate alternatives. It’s recommended to inform your doctor about your underlying conditions before taking the medicine.

8. Can you take Gravol and Ibuprofen together?

So far, no study has shown any type of interaction between Gravol and Ibuprofen. However, this does not indicate that no interaction exists between them at all. It’s better to consult your physician before taking Gravol and Ibuprofen together. Do not self-prescribe.

9. What are the long-term effects of taking Gravol?

The long-term effects of taking Gravol are as follows:

  • A continuous state of confusion and depression
  • Fatigue and weakness
  • Compromised cognitive abilities
  • Vomiting
  • Trouble in urinating
So, consult your doctor and discuss the possible long-term effects.

10. Does Gravol help with acid reflux?

Many people get relief from acid reflux issues after taking Gravol. However, Gravol is an antihistamine and can only be used to treat or prevent nausea and vomiting caused by motion sickness and to deal with allergies, depending on individual cases.

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