Nearly every medication you take comes with a standard warning – and that is to not consume it in combination with alcohol. This includes prescription opioids but also over-the-counter products, including acetaminophen, ibuprofen and Dramamine. 


While the two substances can be consumed with minimal side effects in moderation on their own – i.e., medication should be consumed according to the product label and alcohol should be consumed responsibly – the consumption of the two in combination often increases the negative side effects. 

What is Dramamine? 

Dramamine is an antihistamine medication, meaning it works on certain areas of the brain to block the effects of histamine, the chemical in the body responsible for triggering allergic reactions such as sneezing, watery eyes, itchiness, and runny nose. It also produces a sedative effect, which is effective in treating motion sickness. 

Dramamine helps to relieve symptoms associated with motion sickness, including dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. It does this by blocking the signals the inner ear sends to the brain—these signals identify movement. However, when what the eyes perceive and what the inner ear signals do not line up, the symptoms of motion sickness occur.

By blocking the signals between the inner ear and the brain, Dramamine helps minimize the unpleasant sensation of motion sickness.  

In addition to these benefits, however, Dramamine does have a number of side effects associated with its use. These include: 

  • Severe drowsiness
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Dry mouth
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Impaired coordination 

Not everyone who takes Dramamine will experience side effects, or even experience them to the same effect. Some may feel increasingly drowsy, while others may only feel a little tired. For this reason, it is important to follow the proper dosing instructions. This will minimize the risk of side effects and allow for more effective treatment. 

What are the effects of alcohol consumption?

Those who have consumed alcohol know that it has an effect on the body, both long-term and short-term. While the long-term effects can be unpleasant, it is the short-term effects that can be worsened immediately if the alcohol is consumed in combination with other sedatives. 

The possible short-term effects include: 

  • Stomach problems, including discomfort, vomiting, nausea, diarrhea
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Impaired coordination, judgment and decision-making abilities
  • Blackouts
  • Coma

Not everyone who drinks alcohol will experience these symptoms to a severe level, especially if alcohol is reasonably consumed, i.e., in limited quantities with plenty of food and water and no possibility for interactions with other substances.

Can you mix Dramamine and alcohol?

When taking Dramamine, it is usually not recommended to also consume alcohol. This is because alcohol and Dramamine have a number of similar side effects, and taking the two at the same time can significantly worsen the effects of the other. This includes significantly dangerous drowsiness to the point of sedation.

Dizziness and impaired coordination/response time may also worsen if you consume alcohol with Dramamine. This can make operating machinery or vehicles especially dangerous. 

And lastly, the risk of overdose is increased when multiple substances are consumed. As mental wherewithal decreases, it can be very easy to even accidentally overdose. This may include taking a dose of Dramamine after forgetting about the first, losing count of alcoholic drinks and continuing to have more or suffering a severe, unexpected reaction from the combination of the two.

In order to prevent any form of overdose, significant reaction, or impaired state of mind, it is important to follow prescription instructions and avoid consuming drowsiness-inducing substances together. 

Treatment for substance use and alcohol abuse

Sometimes, those who are prescribed medication find themselves consuming more than they initially were prescribed, struggle to stop taking medications even if negative side effects occur and seek to enhance effects by using them in combination with other substances. This can lead to misuse, abuse and/or addiction if left unaddressed. 

Thankfully, treatment and proper recovery methods are available for those who battle substance use disorder of this kind. With personalized treatment programs, anyone, regardless of the severity or length of a substance use disorder, can find recovery. 

To speak with a treatment provider today, contact Real Recovery by calling 855-363-7325 or contacting us online.