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Serc (Betahistine)

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Serc16 mg
Serc24 mg

Generic Equivalent of Serc

TypeDrug NameDosage 
Betahistine8 mg
Betahistine16 mg
Betahistine24 mg
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Is Serc A Prescription Medication?

Serc is a prescription medicine available at CanadaWidePharmacy.com.

What Is the Drug Serc Used for?

Serc is a histamine equivalent which is used to decrease the recurrent episodes of vertigo (dizziness) associated with Ménière’s disease (a disorder of the inner ear). To know more about this disease you can visit here. This drug is also used to treat symptoms of ringing in ears, hearing loss that accompanies vertigo in Ménière’s disease.

What Does Betahistine Do?

In Ménière’s disease, vertigo is caused due to build-up of pressure in the ear. The active ingredient in Serc is betahistine dihydrochloride reduces the pressure build-up in the ears. This is carried out in two ways: by increasing the histamine turnover and release, and by increasing the blood flow in the inner ear. Thus, build-up of pressure in the ears is prevented, hence reducing the episodes of vertigo.

How Is Serc Supplied and Stored?

Serc is a product of Mylan Products Ltd. It will be our privilege to offer you the branded as well as generic Serc medication from Canada. Brand Serc comes from Canada and it is manufactured by Abbott, it is available in 16 mg (quantity in 100 and 200) and 24 mg (quantity in 100). These tablets are individually bister packaged and forms as tablets. Generic betahistine is also called Act Betahistine comes from Canada and it is manufactured by Actavis. It is available in 8 mg, 16 mg, 24 mg and in the packages of 100 tablets.

The drug should be stored at a room temperature of 15°C to 30°C in a tightly closed container, protected from moisture. It should be kept out of the reach and sight of children.

What Is the Cost of Serc?

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  • Brand Serc 16 mg: $1.01 per tablet
  • Generic Betahistine 8 mg: $0.38 per tablet
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Is There a Generic Available for Serc?

Generic equivalents of Serc are available as betahistine in the dosage forms of 8 mg, 16 mg and 24 mg.

How Should Serc Be Taken?

Serc should be taken exactly as prescribed by your health care professional. In case of any doubt about the dosage or time of administration, always consult your doctor or pharmacist. It should be taken at the same time every day. This medication can be taken with or without meals. However, if it causes stomach upset, it is better to take it with meals.

What Is the Usual Adult Dose for Serc?

The usual daily dose for adults is 24-48 mg and is to be taken in divided doses as advised by your health care professional.

What Are the Over Dosage Symptoms of Serc?

In case of overdosing of this medicine, one might experience nausea, dry mouth, abdominal pain, drowsiness, heartburn and indigestion. More serious complications (when the dose is above 640 mg) include convulsions and cardiac issues. For managing an overdose, contact your regional Poison Control Centre, hospital emergency department or your health care professional.

How Is Drug Serc Metabolized in Body?

After absorption in the body, Serc (active ingredient: betahistine) is metabolized in liver. The half-life of betahistine in body is about 3.5 hours.

What Are The Possible Side Effects of Serc?

Like other medicines, Serc can also cause side effects in some people. Most people experience very less or no side effects. Side effects that occur are very mild and do not last long. Some of the common side effects that can occur after taking Serc are stomach pain, nausea, vomiting, indigestion, bloating, headache, rashes on skin and itching.

After Serc was introduced in the market, some people also experienced drowsiness, light-headedness, fainting, and heart palpitations because of a decrease in blood pressure. It is not clear yet, whether these side effects occurred from Serc use or other unconnected factors. In case any of the above mentioned side effects affect you in a severe way, contact your health care professional right away. These are not all the side effects that can occur while taking Serc. If you experience any other unexpected effects, immediately contact your doctor.

How Safe Is Serc?

The safety of Serc has not been studied and established in pregnant women and nursing mothers. So, if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant or breast-feeding tell your doctor before you start taking Serc. Serc most likely does not affect the ability to use and drive tools and machinery. However, Ménière’s disease itself can make you feel dizzy and affect your ability to drive and use machines. You should not drive machinery or operate tools if you are experiencing these symptoms.

When Should You Not Take Serc

Do not take Serc if you:
  • Are allergic to betahistine dihydrochloride or any other non-medicinal ingredients in the tablet.
  • Have peptic (stomach) ulcers
  • Your doctor has informed you that you have adrenal gland tumor

What Should You Tell Your Doctor Before Taking Serc

Before you start taking Serc, you should always talk to your health care professional if you:
  • Have liver problems
  • Have or had a history of bad health issues
  • Are taking any other medications including non-prescription drugs like supplements
  • Have bronchial asthma, because asthmatic patients should use Serc with care
  • Are pregnant or planning a pregnancy
  • Are breast-feeding
  • Are less than 18 years of age

What Other Medicines Can Interact With Serc?

Like most medicines, Serc can interact with other drugs. Before you start taking Serc, tell your health care professional about all the medicines that you have been taking including prescription drugs, vitamins, herbal supplements, minerals or any other alternative medicines. Following medicines can interact with Serc:
  • Anti-histamines, which may lessen the effects of Serc. Serc may lessen the effects of anti-histamines.
  • Monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MOAIs) used to treat depression or Parkinson’s disease. These drugs might increase the amount of Serc in blood and your doctor might need to change the dosage of Serc.

Where Can I Buy Serc Online?

If you have been prescribed Serc by your health care professional, you can buy it directly from Canadian Online Pharmacy. The quick shipping service will help you start your treatment right away.

How Is Serc Delivered?

The standard delivery fee is $10.00. The orders are usually shipped in 2-3 working days after the processing of the order. The medication package is delivered by regular mail within 10-14 business days after it has been shipped.

For further information and aid, you can contact our Customer Service at 604-581-4000 or email us at customerservice@canadawidepharmacy.com.

References:

1. http://www.mylan.ca/-/media/mylanca/documents/english/product%20pdf/1.3.1-serc-pi.pdf.
2. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/files/pil.1171.pdf.
3. http://www.mylan.ca/-/media/mylanca/documents/english/product-pdf/pdfs-dec-2015/serc-pm-2016.01.08.pdf?la=en-ca.
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