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- Patient Information Leaflet
What is Avomine
Avomine tablets are a convenient and easy medication used to prevent and treat the nausea and vomiting associated with travel sickness.
Avomine tablets contain the active ingredient, promethazine, an antihistamine which works by blocking the action of histamine from binding its receptors to an area of the brain known as the vomiting centre.
When travelling by car or boat, for example, the constant movement can cause too many signals to be sent to the brain’s vomiting centre, resulting in symptoms such as nausea, vertigo and vomiting. The promethazine works to block the action of histamine in the vomiting centre, thereby preventing the feelings of nausea.
Avomine tablets are suitable for use by adults and children aged 5 years and older.
What dose should I choose?
Adults and children over 10 years
To prevent travel sickness on longer journeys, 1 tablet should be taken each night before bed, starting with the night before travel.
- To prevent travel sickness on shorter journeys, 1 tablet should be taken 1 to 2 hours before commencing travel.
- To treat travel sickness, take 1 tablet as soon as symptoms appear, followed up with a second tablet in the evening. If necessary, you can also take a third tablet on the next evening.
Children aged 5 to 10
- To prevent travel sickness on longer journeys, half a tablet should be taken each night before bed, starting with the night before travel.
- To prevent travel sickness on shorter journeys, half a tablet should be taken 1 to 2 hours before commencing travel.
- To treat travel sickness, half a tablet should be taken as soon as symptoms appear, followed up with a second tablet in the evening. If necessary, a third tablet can also be taken on the next evening.
To treat vomiting, sickness or vertigo that is not caused by travel sickness, one tablet (or half a tablet if between 5-10 years old) should be taken three times a day.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
If you forget to take a dose, do not double up the dose. Instead, take a tablet as soon as you remember and then continue in accordance with the instructions.
Avomine tablets are not suitable for children under the age of five.
If you are pregnant, might become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, or if you are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed, speak to your doctor or a pharmacist at Click Pharmacy before using these tablets.
Please read all the instructions before using the product and ensure they are followed properly. You will find instructions in the packaging when the product arrives.
How should I use Avomine tablets?
Avomine tablets can be taken both with or without food in accordance with the dosage instructions.
You should not take Avomine for longer than seven consecutive days without seeking medical advice. If symptoms persist or get any worse, consult your doctor.
How do Avomine tablets work?
Avomine Tablets contain the active ingredient promethazine. This is an antihistamine that helps reduce feelings of nausea during travel by preventing nerve signals from reaching the receptors in the vomiting centre of the brain.
How long do I use Avomine tablets for before I notice a difference?
The promethazine contained in Avomine tablets will work gradually. From the time that you take your tablet, it can take up to 4 to 6 hours for the medicine to reach its maximum effect.
You should follow the dosage instructions carefully to ensure the best results from your medication.
What are the side effects of Avomine tablets?
All products with an active ingredient can cause side effects, although they are rare.
Side effects can include:
- Upset stomach
- Increased sensitivity to sunlight
- Dry mouth
- Muscle cramps, or jerking and twitching in the muscles
- Loss of appetite
- Difficulty passing water
- Increased weight gain (long-term use)
Avomine has also been known to interfere with the results of skin prick tests for allergies, and pregnancy tests, causing false negative or false positive results.
You should discontinue use immediately and seek urgent medical help if an allergic reaction occurs. Symptoms of an allergy include:
- A rash
- Swelling of the tongue, throat or face
If you have any concerns about any potential side effects, please speak to the experts at Click Pharmacy.
When shouldn’t I use Avomine tablets?
Avomine tablets are not suitable for use by children under the age of 5 or adults who have been taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) antidepressant within the preceding fortnight.
It should also not be given to children with any symptoms of Reye’s syndrome, which is a condition affecting the liver and brain.
If you are pregnant, breast-feeding or taking any other medication, you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product.
You should consult your doctor or pharmacist before taking Avomine tablets if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- Cystic fibrosis
- Impaired liver function
- Kidney problems
- Coronary artery disease
- Closed-angle glaucoma
- An obstruction between the stomach and intestines
- An enlarged prostate gland
- Any condition which may cause drowsiness or reduced awareness
You should also avoid drinking alcohol whilst you are taking Avomine tablets. The medication can make you feel drowsy and dizzy, and alcohol consumption can make this worse. You should also avoid driving, using tools or operating machinery.
Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients included in the medication. Carefully read the patient information leaflet before starting a medication.
Speak to your GP or pharmacist if you have any questions.
What is the difference between Avomine tablets and Bach Rescue Remedy and Scopoderm Patches?
There are other travel sickness treatments available, including Bach Rescue Remedy and Scopoderm patches.
Bach Rescue Remedy is a herbal treatment that comes in either a spray, as drops or as pastilles. Whilst it is designed to relieve stress and calm the nerves, it does not contain any actual medication that is effective for symptoms of travel sickness.
Scopoderm patches contain a substance called hyoscine hydrobromide, which is one of the most widely used medications to treat the symptoms associated with travel sickness. Whilst the patches are discrete and easy to apply, they are only suitable for children aged 10 and over, whereas Avomine tablets can be taken by children as young as 5.
How effective are Avomine tablets?
Avomine tablets are one of the most effective treatments available to combat the symptoms of travel sickness, such as nausea, dizziness, vertigo, vomiting and tinnitus (ringing in the ears).
Can I buy Avomine tablets online?
Yes. Avomine tablets do not require a prescription and are, therefore, readily available to purchase online via retailers such as Click Pharmacy, who will deliver to your preferred address. However, to ensure that this product is the best choice for your needs, we will ask you to complete a short medical questionnaire before we are able to process your order. This includes some very simple and quick questions.
If you require next-day delivery, you can select this option when you get to the checkout stage of the process.
Should you need information or advice in advance of your purchase, you can speak to one of the experts at Click Pharmacy, who will be happy to help.
How should I store Avomine Tablets?
You should store Avomine Tablets in a cool dry place, out of reach from children, and at room temperature. These tablets should not be exposed to extreme temperatures or direct sunlight.
Can I take Avomine Tablets on an empty stomach?
You can take Avomine Tablets with or without food. However to prevent unwanted side effects it is advised to take these tablets after consuming a well balanced meal or a snack.
How long is the shelf life of Avomine Tablets?
The shelf life of Avomine Tablets varies depending on your purchase. You should always follow the use by instructions on the exterior of the packaging.
Can I drive or operate machinery after taking Avomine Tablets?
After taking Avomine Tablets you may experience drowsiness as a side effect. As a result of this side effect you must not drive or operate machinery until this side effect wears off.
Like all medicines, after taking Avomine Tablets you are likely to experience a number of different side effects. It is important to note that not everyone experiences the same side effects. Possible side effects include the following:
- Feeling drowsy
- Feeling dizzy
- Feeling tired
- Feeling sleepy
- Feeling sick
If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Avomine Tablets immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.