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What is Stugeron
Stugeron (Cinnarizine) is an effective solution for nausea and other symptoms related to travel sickness. Stugeron tablets contain an active ingredient called cinnarizine. Cinnarizine is an antihistamine, which works to alleviate the symptoms of travel sickness, whatever the cause may be. When the signals in the brain become confused, the body can begin to produce a natural substance known as histamine, which in turn tells your body to feel or be sick. Cinnarizine blocks the histamine receptors in the brain’s vomiting centre, so it can no longer tell your stomach to feel sick, and thereby ease the symptoms of your travel sickness.
Travel sickness can be an uncomfortable experience for many people. It usually occurs when you are travelling by boat, car, aeroplane or train, and is caused by the inner ear sending different signals to your brain from those that your eyes are seeing. For example, you could be moving up and down on a boat as it travels through the waves, yet your brain thinks that you are standing still. This confusion can cause you to feel unwell.
The symptoms of travel sickness can include:
- Tinnitus (a ringing sensation in the ears)
How should I take Stugeron tablets?
Stugeron tablets should be taken with water, and preferably after a meal, as this will make it more unlikely to upset your stomach.
The tablets can either be swallowed, chewed or sucked.
The amount of medication needed will differ depending upon your age.
You must follow the dosage instructions carefully and should not exceed the stated dose. If you take too many Stugeron tablets, you should contact a doctor or the nearest Accident and Emergency department, taking the instructions and the packet with you.
Should you forget to take a dose, then you may take another tablet provided that you leave 8 hours.
How do Stugeron tablets work?
Stugeron tablets contain the active ingredient cinnarizine - an antihistamine that helps to reduce feelings of nausea during travel. It blocks the vomiting centre in the brain from receiving any signals from the vestibular apparatus.
How effective are Stugeron tablets?
Stugeron tablets are one of the most effective travel sickness treatments available on the market, providing relief for symptoms such as nausea, dizziness, vertigo, vomiting, and tinnitus
Stugeron works gradually, and from the time that you take your tablet, you should expect to wait between 2.5 and 4 hours before the treatment reaches its full effect.
Can I buy Stugeron tablets online?
Yes. Stugeron 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 answer a few short questions before we can process your order.
Should you require next-day delivery, you can select this option when you get to the checkout stage of the process.
If 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.
What dose should I choose?
Children who are aged 5 to 12 years-old should take one tablet two hours before travelling, followed by half a tablet every eight hours during their journey if needed.
Adults and children over the age of 12 should take two tablets two hours before travelling, followed by one tablet every eight hours during the journey if required.
Do not exceed the stated dose.
Stugeron tablets are not suitable for use by children under the age of 5 or for women who are breastfeeding. Please consult your doctor for an appropriate alternative remedy.
If you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant or are planning to become pregnant, then you should speak to your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medication.
Please read all the instructions before using the product and ensure that you follow them correctly. You will find instructions in the packaging when the product arrives.
How long do I use Stugeron tablets for before I notice a difference?
The cinnarizine contained in Stugeron tablets will work gradually. From the time that you take the tablet, it can take up to 4 hours for the medicine to reach its full effect. So it is better that it should be taken accordingly before the travel.
What are the side effects of Stugeron tablets?
All products with an active ingredient can cause side effects, although they are rare.
Side effects when taking Stugeron tablets can include:
- Dry mouth
- Upset stomach
- Weight gain (when using the product long-term)
Some people, mainly the elderly who have been taking Stugeron tablets for an extended period, may experience unusual body movements, such as trembling, twitching or jerking, as well as muscle stiffness, a feeling of restlessness or slowness.
In a few instances, again, this is mainly when the product is taken over a long period, itchy bumps and rashes may occur on the skin, as well as mouth sores.
You should discontinue use immediately and seek urgent medical help if an allergic reaction occurs. Symptoms of an allergy include:
- A rash (such as hives)
- Swollen eyelids, face or lips
- Complete collapse
If you have any concerns about any potential side effects, please speak to the experts at Click Pharmacy.
When shouldn’t I use Stugeron tablets?
Stugeron tablets are not suitable for use by children under the age of 5, breastfeeding women, or those who have ever had a bad reaction to any of the ingredients previously. You should speak to your GP or pharmacist for alternative remedies.
If you have an intolerance to sugars, speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using this product, as the tablets contain sucrose.
Speak to your GP or pharmacist before taking this medicine if you:
- Have Parkinson’s Disease
- Have Porphyria (a hereditary blood disorder)
- Have liver or kidney problems
- If you are using any other form of medication, such as tranquilisers (drugs that are used to relax muscles or decrease anxiety) and tricyclic antidepressants or hypnotics (drugs that are used to treat mood or sleep disorders)
You should not consume alcohol while taking Stugeron tablets as the medication can make you feel drowsy, and drinking alcohol can make this worse.
Do not use this product if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in the medication.
Please speak to your GP or pharmacist if you have any questions about using this product.
What is the difference between Stugeron tablets and Scopoderm travel sickness patches and acupressure bands?
There are other travel sickness treatments available, including Scopoderm patches and acupressure bands.
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 ten and less, whereas children as young as five can take Stugeron tablets.
Acupressure bands are a non-medical alternative travel sickness remedy, which are placed in between the two tendons on the inner arm. There are no adverse side effects when it comes to using an acupressure band. However, there is little scientific evidence to support that they are an effective treatment for motion sickness symptoms.
Who should not use Stugeron Tablets?
You should not use Stugeron Tablets if you have any of the following:
- Allergy to cinnarizine
- Allergy to any of the inactive ingredients
- Parkinson’s disease
- Liver problems
- Kidney problems
- Lactose intolerance
- Sucrose intolerance
How should I store Stugeron Tablets?
You should store Stugeron 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.
Does taking Stugeron Tablets affect my ability to drive or operate machinery safely?
After taking Stugeron Tablets you are likely to experience drowsiness as a side effect. Experiencing this side effect makes it unsafe to drive or operate machinery safely, meaning you must not participate in activities as such.
Like all medicines, after taking Stugeron Tablets you are likely to experience a number of different side effects. Possible side effects include the following:
- Feeling dizzy
- Feeling drowsy
- Excessive sweating
- Feeling tired
- Dry mouth
- Stomach pain
If any of these side effects worsen, you should stop using Stugeron Tablets immediately and seek medical advice as soon as possible.