Generic Name: meclizine, Oral tablet

Antivert,Dramamine Less Drowsy,Medivert,Meni-D

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  • Antivert
  • Dramamine Less Drowsy
  • Medivert
  • Meni-D
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Highlights for meclizine

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MECLIZINE (MEK li zeen) is an antihistamine. It is used to prevent nausea, vomiting, or dizziness caused by motion sickness. It is also used to prevent and treat vertigo (extreme dizziness or a feeling that you or your surroundings are tilting or spinning around).
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This drug also comes in other forms, including Chewable tablet
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Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.
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Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.
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meclizine Side Effects

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Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • fainting spells
  • fast or irregular heartbeat

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • constipation
  • difficulty passing urine
  • difficulty sleeping
  • headache
  • stomach upset
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meclizine May Interact with Other Medications

Oral tablet
  • barbiturate medicines for inducing sleep or treating seizures
  • digoxin
  • medicines for anxiety or sleeping problems, like alprazolam, diazepam or temazepam
  • medicines for hay fever and other allergies
  • medicines for mental depression
  • medicines for movement abnormalities as in Parkinson's disease, or for stomach problems
  • medicines for pain
  • medicines that relax muscles
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How to Use meclizine

Oral tablet

Take this medicine by mouth with a glass of water. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If you are using this medicine to prevent motion sickness, take the dose at least 1 hour before travel. If it upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Take your doses at regular intervals. Do not take your medicine more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of these conditions:

  • asthma
  • glaucoma
  • prostate trouble
  • stomach problems
  • urinary problems
  • an unusual or allergic reaction to meclizine, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant
  • breast-feeding
What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

If you are taking this medicine on a regular schedule, visit your doctor or health care professional for regular checks on your progress.

You may get dizzy, drowsy or have blurred vision. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs mental alertness until you know how this medicine affects you. Do not stand or sit up quickly, especially if you are an older patient. This reduces the risk of dizzy or fainting spells. Alcohol can increase possible dizziness. Avoid alcoholic drinks.

Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy, and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

This medicine may cause dry eyes and blurred vision. If you wear contact lenses you may feel some discomfort. Lubricating drops may help. See your eye doctor if the problem does not go away or is severe.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.

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