Which medications in the drug class Antihistamines are used in the treatment of Ramsay Hunt Syndrome?

Updated: Jul 17, 2018
  • Author: Sombat Muengtaweepongsa, MD, MSc; Chief Editor: Niranjan N Singh, MBBS, MD, DM, FAHS, FAANEM  more...
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Antihistamines

These agents prevent histamine responses in sensory nerve endings and blood vessels. They are effective in treating vertigo.

Meclizine (Medi-Meclizine, Dramamine Less Drowsy, Motion-Time, Travel Sickness)

Decreases excitability of middle ear labyrinth and blocks conduction in middle ear vestibular-cerebellar pathways. Associated with therapeutic effects in relief of nausea and vomiting.

Dimenhydrinate (Driminate, Dramamine, Motion Sickness)

A 1:1 salt of 8-chlorotheophylline and diphenhydramine thought to be useful in treatment of vertigo. Through central anticholinergic activity, diminishes vestibular stimulation and depresses labyrinthine function.


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