SERC - CMI
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
What is in this leaflet
This leaflet answers some of the common questions about Serc. It does not contain all of the available information. It does not take
the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
If you have any concerns about taking Serc, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
All medicines have risks and benefits. Your doctor has weighed the risks of you taking Serc against the benefits they expect it will
have for you.
Keep this leaflet with the medicine.
You may need to read it again.
What Serc is used for
Serc is used to treat a disorder of the working of your inner ear. This disorder may include one or more of the following symptoms,
in one or both ears:
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus)
- Loss of clear hearing
- Problems with balance (vertigo)
These symptoms may also be associated with nausea, vomiting and headache. Often these symptoms together are referred to as
Based on animal studies, the active ingredient of Serc tablets, betahistine dihydrochloride, works by improving the blood flow of the
inner ear and restoring it to normal. It also acts on the nerve endings in the inner ear to normalise the way in which the nerves
respond to outside influences.
Your doctor may have prescribed Serc for another reason. Ask your doctor if you have any questions about why Serc has been
prescribed for you.
There is no evidence that Serc is addictive.
This medicine is available only with a doctor's prescription.
Before you take Serc
When you must not take Serc
Do not take Serc tablets if:
you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant. Serc may affect your developing baby if taken during pregnancy.
you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed. Serc may pass into breast milk and therefore there is a possibility that the
breast-fed baby may be affected.
you are allergic to betahistine dihydrochloride or any of the ingredients listed at the end of this leaflet.
you have a rare abnormality of the adrenal gland known as phaeochromochytoma.
you have or have had a peptic ulcer.
Do not give Serc to children under 12 years of age.
Do not take Serc after the expiry date (EXP) printed on the pack.
Do not take Serc if the packaging is torn or shows signs of tampering, or if the tablets do not look quite right.
If it has expired or is damaged, return it to your pharmacist for disposal.
If you are not sure whether you should start taking Serc, talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
Before you start to take Serc
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have allergies to:
any other medicines.
any other substances, such as foods, preservatives or dyes.
Tell your doctor if:
you have or have had a peptic Ulcer,
you suffer from asthma
you have a history of allergic skin conditions
or if you have or have had any other medical conditions.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or intend to become pregnant.
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Serc during pregnancy.
Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
Your doctor will discuss the possible risks and benefits of using Serc during breastfeeding.
If you have not told your doctor about any of the above, tell them before you start taking Serc.
Taking other medicines
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking any other medicines, including any that you buy without a prescription from your
pharmacy, supermarket or health food shop.
Some medicines and Serc may interfere with each other. These include:
any antihistamine medications
These medicines may be affected by Serc or may affect how well it works. You may need different amounts of your medicine, or
you may need to take different medicines. Your doctor will advise you.
Your doctor and pharmacist may have more information on medic