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vic20581
17-03-09, 08:39 PM
Hia all

Was just wondering how long its ok to be on Stemetil / Prochlorperazine for, i have been on it for 9 mths?
Also do people find that these tablets help them for the dizzies and nausea, i have been exeriencing much more nausea these days than i used to, so not sure they are working for me anymore?
Is there any other tablets that do the same thing.
Any help would be usefull.

roseyrose
17-03-09, 08:52 PM
Hi Victoria - Sorry you've realy been suffering with the nausea as well as the dizzies, nausea used to be my main problem & I found it much worse than the dizziness. I was prescribed stemetil initially & took in on & off for a long time when my symptoms were at their worst. I know it's not a good idea to take it long term but obviously it depends on your doctor. My GP is under the impression there isn't aby problem long term, but it does hinder compensation, I now take it as a last resort or if I really need to go somewhere & are having a bad dizzy day. For me it stops the sickness & nausea but doesn't always help with the dizzies. I've also been prescribed sturgeron (cinnarazine) - this I find is a lot better for the nausea especially if it's made worse by moving around but doesn't help at all with the dizzies. I really wish there was something that could stop the nausea that doesn't hinder compensation - life would be a lot more bearable!

andrewa
17-03-09, 09:32 PM
I only take my Stemetil as a last resort I find it works but leaves me feeling wiped out afterwards for about 5 hours. I really don't want to take it long term as I don't like the side effects also if as you say Rosey it hinders compensation then thats another reason to limit its use. I'm waiting for my MRI scan results after that I'm going to ask the consultant about alternatives, of course he might have some wonderful solution of his own!
Andrew

vic20581
17-03-09, 10:30 PM
Well i have been taking the tablets for 9 mths of 3 a day, and they dont seem to do that much for me.
What side effects have you had?
What mg are your Stemetil?

Pamela
17-03-09, 10:34 PM
Victoria, Stemetil mask the symptoms of dizziness and should only be taken in the short-term. Otherwise they'll hinder your recovery. They're not a drug that should be used for long periods for other health reasons too.
If you're taking them everyday, don't just stop - check with your doctor first. Sea Bands should help with the nausea too.

vic20581
17-03-09, 10:40 PM
Yeah i am on 3 a day, is 9 mths a long time then, will speak to doc when i go back next monday.
I have got sea bands now i bought them the other day, going on a long car drive 2mo so will try them then.

Pamela
17-03-09, 10:43 PM
Lots of people find the Sea Bands good - but you have to position them correctly.
Good look with the journey - I bet you'll be fine style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smile.gif
I used to play games on my phone in the car, someone else I know used to watch dvd's in a portable player in the back of the car. Find what helps you.

J-ames
17-03-09, 11:01 PM
Just to reiterate - i was a long term user of stemetil probally around the same length of time as you - where - since i stopped taking them - i feel personally that ive come on leaps and bounds -

Please note that after long term use you will need to be tapered off them - so please consult with a GP before taking any action.

Motilium 10 is a useful drug for nausea if that is your main concern - its used in the treatment of chemo patients so is pretty effective at combating nausea and sickness and doesnt affect compensation in cases of vertigo - its an over the counter med in the UK.

roseyrose
17-03-09, 11:14 PM
Thanks James - I asked my consultant about other meds for nausea & was told that all effective ones hinder compensation, news I didn't want to hear!

vic20581
18-03-09, 11:58 PM
Thanks everyone for the info, i will defo be speaking to the doc about this on monday, will see about coming off the tabs then.
I will have a look at the tablets you suggested James.
Thanks

vic20581
23-03-09, 06:22 PM
Hi all
Went to the docs and spoke about being on these tabs for long term and she looked up in her medical book and said it doesnt say there is a problem taking them long term, but because i have been having loads of nausea lately we are not too sure if they are working for me anymore, so she has now prescribed Batahistine Hydrochloride 16mg, does anyone know anything about these tabs, has anyone had any experience of these working for you?
Any info would be usefull

Agnes
23-03-09, 08:29 PM
Hi Vic

Any specialist would normally advise you to stop taking any vestibular suppresants as they hinder the compensation process and it doesnt surprise me that your gp doesnt know this, neither did mine, she took me off stemetil and put me on betahistine for two years. Theres some confusion and different opinions about betahistine, some say it is a vestibular suppresant and some say its not. These days i only take a stemetil if im having a particularly bad day. I was told by a neuro-otologist to stop taking betahistine but i weaned myself off them. good luck.

vic20581
05-04-09, 02:17 PM
Hi all
Ok well i have been taking betahistine for a couple of wks now, and to be honest i am worst than ever, i am much more dizzy, my balance is betting worse, i have the same amount of nausea, so now i am thinkin that the Stemetil was working then, oh im so confused as what to do and what to take.

roseyrose
05-04-09, 03:33 PM
Hi Vic - Sorry the nausea is still with you, I found betahistine made me feel worse if anything. Have you tried the Motillium that James suggested?

vic20581
15-04-09, 09:48 PM
Hi all

Dizzies have seem to got worse since been taking betahistine, but the nauaea is better, so went back to the doctor and as the stemitil made my dizzies better i have now been given stemitil and betahistine to take together, has anyone been prescribed both of them at the same time?

vic20581
26-04-09, 08:55 PM
I have now been on Stemitil and Betahistine for 11 days and i feel much better, i dont get much dizzies nor nausea, but i am worried that i am now on 6 tabs a day and these tablets are just covering ther dizziness up arnt they, so i arnt actually getting better like i think i am, so i am going to stop taking both of them from next wk and see how i go, and see if i do get dizzy again, as at the mo i feel like im just fouling myself into thinkin i am better because i feel like it. But i will no for sure when i come off the tablets.
Is this the best thing to do?

Pamela
26-04-09, 11:56 PM
Vic, I'm not sure about Betahistine but Stemetil does mask the symptoms and hinder your recovery in the long-term.
Since you're on these regularly everyday, though, don't come off them without discussing it with your doctor. You might have to wean yourself off them over time.

Pam
29-04-09, 05:08 PM
Hi vic

Definitely don't come off them in one go. You'll need to do it gradually. Talk to your doctor about it.

Reilstone78
18-06-09, 03:21 PM
I was on both these together before and I found them very effective. I am currently 5 days into a new dose of Betahisthine on it&#39;s own as my ears are driving me insane, however I haven&#39;t noticed any improvement. I was just looking for a temporary respite as I&#39;m still waiting to be diagnosed. I may add Stemtil to the mix if it doesn&#39;t start to work soon. I&#39;m not a fan of medication and have only had 3 months medication on/off over the 12 months I have had my vertigo.










I have now been on Stemitil and Betahistine for 11 days and i feel much better, i dont get much dizzies nor nausea, but i am worried that i am now on 6 tabs a day and these tablets are just covering ther dizziness up arnt they, so i arnt actually getting better like i think i am, so i am going to stop taking both of them from next wk and see how i go, and see if i do get dizzy again, as at the mo i feel like im just fouling myself into thinkin i am better because i feel like it. But i will no for sure when i come off the tablets.

Is this the best thing to do?

sallywl
16-09-09, 05:31 PM
I was on both these together before and I found them very effective. I am currently 5 days into a new dose of Betahisthine on it&#39;s own as my ears are driving me insane, however I haven&#39;t noticed any improvement. I was just looking for a temporary respite as I&#39;m still waiting to be diagnosed. I may add Stemtil to the mix if it doesn&#39;t start to work soon. I&#39;m not a fan of medication and have only had 3 months medication on/off over the 12 months I have had my vertigo.







I have just been prescribed these two (betahistine and prochlorperazine)after having both of them plus sturgeron non of which worked independantly, tho the sturgeron did knock me out when I took two before a journey (as the dr suggested) but when I started to come round everything was much much worse!



waiting for 8th oct to come so I can see ent ppl

Agnes
16-09-09, 07:41 PM
Vestibular suppressants such as Stemetil or cinnarazine are fine for the acute period when you first get labs but long term use is not advised and most specialists will tell you to stop taking them. The argument still goes on about betahistine though the general feeling now is they are not a vestibular suppresant. betahistine can take 2 weeks to kick in and they can give you headaches though they are mainly used to treat migraine as far as i know.



Once you wean yourself off the stemetil the best thing you can do to beat the dizzies is be as active as possible, your brain needs to learn to compensate and to do that you need to be active and dizzy im afraid but, over time the dizziness will lessen and things will get easier. keep your activity levels the same on good days and bad days as we are prone to overdo things when we have a good day. baby steps is the key, start off doing little and often, things like making the beds, going for a walk round the garden and build it up over time. you will be surprised how your brain will learn to adapt. vrt is recommended if you can get a referral to a vestibular trained physio.



While you are doing any exercise, if you are dizzy tell yourself, if its making me dizzy its working.



good luck