What is Avomine 25mg?
Avomine 25mg tablets are an anti-sickness medication (an anti-emetic) used to treat travel sickness.
Avomine is also prescribed for vertigo, and occasionally to combat sickness after an operation.
How does Avomine work?
The active ingredient in Avomine is promethazine teoclate (which is sometimes misspelled as promethazine theoclate). Promethazine is in a group of medicines called phenothiazines, which are used to help with dizziness, lightheadedness, and nausea.
You shouldn’t take Avomine tablets if:
- You are allergic to any of the ingredients
- You’ve taken the depression medication Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs) in the last 14 days.
- You have CNS depression
- You are pregnant or breastfeeding
If any of the following apply to you, make sure your doctor knows:
- You have glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye)
- You have epilepsy
- You have heart, liver, kidney or bladder problems
- You have a chest condition such as asthma or bronchitis
- You have severe headaches with blurred vision, severe stomach pains with vomiting, dizziness, difficulty with keeping your balance, ringing in the ears or other ear problems as well as feeling sick
- You have a bad cough
- You have Reye’s Syndrome
- You are taking any of the following medications: anticholinergic agents, hypnotics to help you sleep, tricyclic antidepressants, sedatives, medications for crampy stomach pain, Parkinson’s disease or bladder problems.
How do you take Avomine?
Always take Avomine travel sickness tablets as directed by your doctor or pharmacist.
How much Avomine to take:
- To prevent travel sickness on long journeys, take one tablet each night at bedtime starting the night before you travel.
- To prevent travel sickness on short journeys, take one tablet 1-2 hours before travelling.
- To treat travel sickness, take one tablet as soon as you feel sick, followed by a second tablet the same evening. If necessary, take a third tablet the following evening.
Do not drink alcohol whilst taking Avomine as this medication can make the effects of the alcohol worse.
Don’t take Avomine for longer than 7 days unless your doctor has specifically told you to do this. You should also avoid strong sunlight when taking this medication as it can make your skin more sensitive to this kind of light.
How effective is Avomine?
Avomine are clinically proven motion sickness tablets. Travel sickness pills are generally more effective when taken as a preventative measure than as a cure. You will probably feel more comfortable if you take Avomine before you travel.
Other preventative measures you can take to help lessen your travel sickness include looking at a fixed point in the distance, taking deep breaths, closing your eyes (or even better, falling asleep) and getting as much fresh air as possible, either by opening a window or stopping regularly.
What are the main side effects of Avomine?
Like all medicines, Avomine can cause side effects, although not everyone will experience them.
Three common side effects of Avomine are:
You shouldn’t drive or operate machinery in the first few days of taking Avomine until you are sure that you won’t be affected by the possible side effects of drowsiness, dizziness, confusion or disorientation.
For a full list of Avomine side effects, please see the patient information leaflet.