Serc (Betahistine Hydrochloride)

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SERC (betahistine) is a medication designed to address recurring episodes of vertigo associated with Ménière’s disease.

Ménière’s disease is characterized by an accumulation of excess fluid within the ear canals, disrupting the nerves responsible for detecting position, movement, and balance. Individuals with Ménière’s disease experience recurrent bouts of vertigo that can significantly impact their daily lives.

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Description

SERC (betahistine) is a medication designed to address recurring episodes of vertigo associated with Ménière’s disease.

Ménière’s disease is characterized by an accumulation of excess fluid within the ear canals, disrupting the nerves responsible for detecting position, movement, and balance. Individuals with Ménière’s disease experience recurrent bouts of vertigo that can significantly impact their daily lives.

SERC operates by modulating histamine-1 and histamine-3 receptors found on the surface of inner ear nerve cells. These interactions appear to reduce the availability of histamine for activating these nerve cells. Additionally, SERC enhances blood flow to the inner ear and slows down nerve signals within the lateral and medial vestibular nuclei.

It’s important to note that the FDA has not granted approval for SERC for any specific use in the United States. However, SERC is widely utilized in both Europe and Canada.

Additional information

Usage

Usage
It is of utmost importance to adhere to your doctor's precise instructions when taking SERC. If you have any uncertainties regarding the timing or dosage of your tablets, consult your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist for guidance. It is advisable to maintain a consistent daily dosing schedule for SERC. Please note that SERC is not intended for use in individuals under 18 years of age.
SERC can be ingested with or without food, and if it causes stomach discomfort, it may be taken with meals.
Typical Dosage: The typical daily dose ranges from 24 to 48 mg, divided into multiple doses.
For SERC 16 mg tablets: Half to one tablet three times daily.
Or
For SERC 24 mg tablets: One tablet taken twice daily.

Side effects

Side effects
Like all medications, SERC can potentially lead to side effects in certain individuals. However, the majority of people experience minimal or no side effects when taking SERC. When side effects do occur, they are typically mild and of short duration.
Common side effects may include:
• Skin rashes and itching
• Stomach discomfort
• Nausea and vomiting
• Bloating and indigestion
• Headache
Following the introduction of SERC to the market, a few reports emerged of patients experiencing drowsiness, heart palpitations, light-headedness, fainting, or dizziness due to a drop in blood pressure during SERC treatment. It remains uncertain whether these symptoms were directly attributed to SERC or stemmed from unrelated factors.

Special Precautions

Special Precautions
PRIOR to using SERC, it is crucial to have a discussion with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist if:
• You have a history of past health conditions.
• You are currently taking medications, including over-the-counter drugs or natural/herbal remedies.
• You suffer from bronchial asthma, as caution is advised for asthmatic patients using SERC.
• You have any liver-related issues.
• You are pregnant, planning pregnancy, or breastfeeding.
• You are below the age of 18.
Driving and operating machinery: While SERC is not expected to significantly impact your ability to drive or use tools and machinery, it's essential to consider that the underlying condition it's treating (recurrent vertigo associated with Ménière's disease) can cause dizziness or nausea, potentially affecting your capacity to drive or operate machinery. Avoid driving or engaging in hazardous activities if you experience these symptoms.

Overdose

Overdose:
If you suspect you have consumed an excessive amount of SERC, promptly contact your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, the hospital's emergency department, or your regional Poison Control Centre, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
Missed Dose:
If you accidentally skip a dose, simply omit the missed dose and proceed with your next scheduled dose at the regular time. Avoid taking a double dose to compensate for the missed one.

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