How does this medication work? What will it do for me?

Betahistine is belongs to a group of medications used to treat vertigo associated with Ménière's disease. Vertigo is a condition that causes sufferers to have a sensation of rotation or movement of themselves or their surroundings. Ménière's disease is a disorder of the inner ear that causes vertigo in addition to symptoms such as ringing in the ears, headache, and loss of hearing.

Betahistine is used to reduce the number of episodes of vertigo associated with Ménière's disease. It is believed to work by decreasing the pressure in the ear. It is this pressure which is believed to contribute to the sense of dizziness, nausea, and ringing in the ears and hearing loss that people with Ménière's disease experience.

This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.

Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.

What form(s) does this medication come in?

8 mg
Each white to almost white, round, flat-faced, bevelled-edge tablets, engraved "N" on one side and "8" on the other side contains betahistine 8 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium stearyl fumarate.

16 mg
Each round, biconvex, scored, white to almost white tablet with bevelled edges, engraved with "N" on one side and "267" on the scored side, contains betahistine 16 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium stearyl fumarate.

24 mg
Each round, biconvex, scored, white to almost white tablet with bevelled edges, engraved with "N" on one side and "24" on the scored side, contains betahistine 24 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: mannitol, microcrystalline cellulose, and sodium stearyl fumarate.