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Is Dramamine Vegan?

The holidays are here and with increased travel needed to meet family and friends, motion sickness is a concern for many with about 1 in 3 people being highly susceptible. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), motion sickness is more common in:

  • women during pregnancy, menstruation, and while taking hormone replacement therapy or birth control

  • children ages 2 to 12 years old

  • history of migraines, vertigo, and vestibular disorders


Symptoms of Motion Sickness
What is motion sickness? 

Motion sickness is a feeling of illness or discomfort associated with unpleasant symptoms when one experiences certain types of motion due to conflicting signals being sent to the brain from sensory organs such as the eyes, inner ear, and skin. It usually occurs when traveling in a vehicle such as a car, boat, airplane, or amusement park ride, but motion sickness can also arise while watching movies or playing video games.


Symptoms of motion sickness
  • Nausea/Vomiting

  • Dizziness

  • Sweating

  • Fatigue

  • Headache


What is Dramamine?

Dramamine, manufactured by Prestige Consumer Healthcare, is a commonly used over-the-counter (OTC) brand name for motion sickness and nausea medications containing the antihistamine, dimenhydrinate or meclizine. Dramamine's dimenhydrinate and meclizine:


  • blocks histamine receptors for allergies

  • decreases inner ear/vestibular stimulation for dizziness

  • blocks the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ) for nausea


Dramamine can be used for prevention or treatment, depending on the timing of its administration. For prevention, the first dose should be taken 30 minutes to 1 hour before starting activity, whereas for treatment, the first dose should be taken as soon as symptoms present. It is recommended to speak with a healthcare provider before starting OTC medications to see if it is appropriate for you.


Potential side effects
  • Drowsiness/fatigue

  • Blurred vision/dry eyes

  • Dry mouth

  • Urinary retention

  • Headache

Precautions
  • Dimenhydrinate: Do not use for children under 2 years of age unless directed by a doctor

  • Meclizine: Do not use for children under 12 years of age unless directed by a doctor

  • Glaucoma

  • Difficulty urinating due to an enlarged Prostate

  • Allergic reactions

  • Avoid alcohol and other sedating medications

  • Caution when driving motor vehicles or operating machinery


Are Dramamine products vegan-friendly?

Product

Active Ingredient

Onset & Duration of Action (DOA)

Animal-Free?

Certified Animal-Free?

Dramamine Original Formula

Dimenhydrinate 50mg

Onset: 15-30 minutes DOA: 4-6 hours

No (Lactose)

Not applicable

Dimenhydrinate 50mg

Onset: 15-30 minutes DOA: 4-6 hours

Yes

No

Dimenhydrinate 25mg

Onset: 15-30 minutes DOA: 4-6 hours

Yes

No

Dramamine All Day Less Drowsy

Meclizine HCl 25mg

Onset: 1 hour DOA: 24 hours

No (Lactose)

Not applicable

Dramamine Less Drowsy Chewable

Meclizine HCl 25mg

Onset: 1 hour DOA: 24 hours

No (Lactose)

Not applicable

Animal-Free Dramamine: Dramamine Chewable and Dramamine For Kids
Conclusion 

Dramamine products which contain dimenhydrinate or meclizine, can be used to prevent and treat motion sickness. Out of Dramamine's lineup of 5 OTC motion sickness medications, there are 2 verified animal-free dimenhydrinate-containing choices available for selection, Dramamine Chewable and Dramamine For Kids, which are available for purchase through our online marketplace. It's important to pay attention to the symptoms of motion sickness, age, dose timing for best effect, dose, side effects, and precautions when considering Dramamine products for motion sickness relief. The VeganMed team wishes you safe travels and happy motion sickness-free holidays!


CALL TO ACTION

As a reminder, please comment on this FDA Citizen Petition, requesting clear labeling of animal-derived ingredients in medications. Together, we can make a difference.


Co-authored by: Giovanna Gonzalez

 

Disclaimer: The product and/or information provided on VeganMed is of a general nature and is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. We do not lab test the products to confirm that they are free from animal ingredients, and it is possible that the formulation and ingredients could have changed. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or product. The information provided in this post is accurate and up to date as of the date it was written. However, please note that circumstances and facts may change over time, and new information may become available that could alter the accuracy or relevance of the content. We encourage readers to verify and cross-reference any information provided here with trusted sources or consult relevant professionals for the most current and accurate updates.


 

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