UK Clinical Pharmacy Association


Issues for surgery

Exacerbation of symptoms associated with Ménière’s disease (e.g. vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss) if omitted.

Advice in the perioperative period

Elective and emergency surgery


Post-operative advice

Restart post-operatively when next dose due.

Interactions with common anaesthetic agents


Interactions with other common medicines used in the perioperative period


Betahistine is a histamine analogue; theoretically concurrent administration of betahistine with H1 receptor antagonists (e.g. cyclizine) may result in mutual attenuation of effect; however, there is only one isolated unconfirmed case report. Bear the interaction in mind in case of an unexpected response to treatment.

Further information

None relevant.


Joint Formulary Committee. British National Formulary (online) London: BMJ Group and Pharmaceutical Press. [Accessed on 4th March 2021]

Summary of Product Characteristics – Betahistine 16mg tablets. Aurobindo Pharma – Milpharm Ltd. Accessed via 04/03/2021 [date of revision of the text September 2020]

Baxter K, Preston CL (eds), Stockley’s Drug Interactions (online) London: Pharmaceutical Press. [Accessed on 4th March 2021]