A woman holds Dramamine in her hands to prevent motion sickness

Over-the-counter (OTC) prescription medication abuse remains one of the most popular drug classes of abuse amongst children 14 and over. (1)

This is possibly due to the preconceived notion that over-the-counter medication is safe, plus the ready availability of the medications. Here we take a look at Dramamine abuse.

What is Dramamine?

Dramamine is a brand name for the medication dimenhydrinate. Dramamine product packaging in local storesDramamine is used to treat or prevent dizziness, nausea, and vomiting that is associated with motion sickness disorder. Dimenhydrinate is an antihistamine medication, and is normally available readily over-the-counter at many local pharmacies and convenience stores, providing easy access for teenagers and young adults. (2)

The drug is also found in allergy medications.

Is Dramamine Abused?

Abusing and intentionally misusing Dramamine to achieve a high has been reported. This is often done by deliberately taking much higher doses than normally recommended for its legitimate use. These high doses may produce psychotropic effects that the individual seeks, but will very likely also produce many unintended and dangerous consequences. (3)

What are the effects of Dramamine abuse?

The effects of Dramamine abuse vary depending on the dosage, but typically include the following (3) (4):

  • Euphoria
  • Hallucinations
  • Sedation
  • Anti-anxiety effects

Taking large doses of Dramamine can also produce several unwanted and dangerous side effects, such as (4):

  • Delirium
  • Amnesia
  • Heart attacks
  • Kidney problems

What makes Dramamine abuse so dangerous?

The extremely high doses that are typically taken when Dramamine is misused and abused can be incredibly dangerous.

Dramamine overdose has been shown to be fatal in some cases. (5) Dramamine also has the potential to cause tolerance and dependency in users who frequently abuse it. (4)

Final Note

This article is intended for those considering a new way of life, free of the pain of drug and alcohol addiction. For more information on recovery and anyone seeking help with addiction and substance abuse problems, please call True Recovery at (844) 744-8783 or visit us online.


  1. https://www.drugabuse.gov/drugs-abuse/over-counter-medicines
  2. https://fdb.rxlist.com/drugs/drug-10007-dramamine+oral.aspx?drugid=10007&drugname=dramamine+oral
  3. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26985532
  4. https://www.pharmacytimes.com/contributor/marilyn-bulloch-pharmd-bcps/2017/04/dont-be-an-oblivious-drug-dealer-part-1
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8363125