Vertin 16, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Vertin 16?

Vertin 16 is the brand name of tablets used in the treatment of vertigo, tinnitus and meniere’s disease. It is manufactured by two pharmacies; Abbott India Limited and Solvay Pharma India Limited. It is available in the packaging of 10 tablets per strip. It is to be administered orally.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. Is this medicine addictive?
  7. What if I miss the dose of this medicine ?
  8. Can I drive after taking this medicine ?
  9. Can this medicine be taken on an empty stomach ?
  10. Can I take this medicine with alcohol ?
  11. What is the Dosage ?
  12. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  13. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  14. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  15. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  16. Is Vertin 16 available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  17. Frequently asked questions
  18. Reference
Vertin 16 - uses, side-effects, dosage

Vertin 16 – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The generic component of Vertin 16 is Betahistine. It belongs to the class of medicine known as Antivertigo drugs. It is present in the strength of 16 mg in each tablet.

How does it work ?

Betahistine is a histamine analogue. It works by performing vasodilatation in the inner ear. It increase the blood flow in inner ear and reduces the pressure buildup, and provides relaxation in vertigo, tinnitus and other such disorders.

What are it’s uses ?

Vertin 16 is administered in the prevention, control and treatment of following diseases and conditions:

  • Vertigo
  • Hearing loss
  • Tinnitus
  • Meniere’s disease
  • Nausea

How effective is this medicine ?

Vertin 16 tablet is very effective in treatment of all the diseases listed above. One should use it after discussing the condition and other symptoms with a qualified doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Commonly reported side-effects of Vertin 16 medication are listed below:

  • Dizziness
  • Palpitations
  • Abdominal distension
  • Tachycardia
  • Bloating
  • Insomnia
  • Headache
  • Obstruction in air ways in asthma patients
  • Sickness
  • Vomiting
  • Hypersensitivity reactions
  • Indigestion
  • Itchy skin rash
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Pain in the stomach
  • Pounding or fluttering in chest
  • Swelling of eyes
  • Thumping in chest

Is Vertin 16 addictive?

Habit forming tendencies for this medicine has not been reported. Most medicines don’t come with a potential for addiction. The government also categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Finally,  do not self-medicate and increase your body’s dependence on medicines without taking the advice of a doctor.

What if I miss the dose of Vertin 16?

Use the missed dose as soon as you notice. If the time is already close to the next dose,  skip the missed dose and continue your dosing schedule. Do not use overdose to make up the missed dose as it may cause serious side effects.  If you are routinely missing the doses, try to use an alarm or asking a family member or friend to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss modifications in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses.

Can I drive after taking Vertin 16?

It is not safe to drive after taking this medicine if you experience dizziness or a headache as side effects. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes drowsy, dizzy or reduces your blood pressure. Please check for these conditions on your body while using this medicine.

Can Vertin 16 be taken on an empty stomach?

This medicine has to be taken after food. Please follow your doctor’s advice on how you to use this medicine.

Can I take Vertin 16 with alcohol?

Intake of this medicine with alcohol is not recommended. Alcohol intake with medicine may intensify drowsiness. It is better to consult your doctor before consumption of this medicine. Pharmacists also suggest not to take alcohol while using this medicine.

What is the Dosage ?

Typically the dosage of Vertin 16 ranges between one tablet to three tablets per day from one day to up to five days.

Consult with a doctor regarding the dosage and the duration of the course of this medicine, as it varies from one case to another. Dosage depends on physical health, medical history, age and on the disease the medicine is administered for.

Tablet - dosage

Tablet – dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

  • Take this medicine only if prescribed by the doctor
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipients
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any disease
  • Keep this medicine out of the reach of children

Caution should be implied if the patient is :

  • On any other prescribed or non-prescribed medication.
  • Suffering from Asthma.
  • Have a history of tumor of adrenal glands
  • Have a history of Peptic ulcers and intestinal ulcers.
  • Has Urticaria or rashes
  • Is pregnant or planning to get pregnant.
  • Is breast feeding or planning to start breast feeding

This medicine can cause dizziness and drowsiness. Please refrain from driving, operating heavy machinery or doing anything that requires optimum concentration and care during this medication.

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

It can be taken if you are pregnant or are planning to be pregnant. Please share the actual status of your pregnancy with your doctor for the correct prescription of this medicine.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

No, it is not safe to take this medicine during breastfeeding. Please share your breastfeeding plans with your doctor if being prescribed by this medicine.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

No, this medicine should not be given to patients below the age of 18 years. The effects, safety levels and efficiency of this medication have not been studied in children and infants.
This medicine is not intended to be used on infants.

Ask a doctor about proper medication, dosage and frequency of medication before administering this medicine for children.


Vertin 16

Vertin 16

Is Vertin 16 available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, this tablet is not available as an over the counter or OTC product. It is a prescription drug. When being prescribed, please consult with the doctor regarding correct dosage, timing and duration of use of this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

Missed a dose of Vertin 16, what should I do ?
In case you missed a dose of Vertin 16, you can take it  as soon as you remember about it. But if it is close to the time of next dose, skip the missed dose and continue the routine with next dose. Do not take double dose/ overdose of this medicine. Taking extra dose will not improve your symptoms and condition, rather it may cause serious side effects and medicinal poisoning.

How to store this medicine?
This medicine has to be stored in a cool and dry place at room temperature (below 25 degree Celsius), away from the reach of children. It is advised to use an air-tight container for the storage of this medicine. Avoid contact with direct sunlight and artificial UV. Also, discard the medicine post its expiry date.

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