Meclizine: Side Effects, Uses, Interaction and Precautions

meclzine-medication

GENERIC NAME— Meclizine

DRUG CLASS— Antihistamine

BRAND NAME(s)— Antivert, Bonine, Driminate II, Meclicot, D-Vert, Dramamine Less Drowsy, Medivert, Meni-D, Ru-Vert-M

What is Meclizine?


Meclizine is a medication used to prevent or treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness caused by motion sickness. It is also used to cure the symptoms of vertigo.

Meclizine was patented in 1951 and came into the medical use in 1953. It is available as a generic medication. [Trusted Source 1]

How to Use?


Use Meclizine medication exactly as directed by your doctor. Follow all the instructions described on your prescription label. Do not take it in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take this medication by mouth with or without meal. If you are using chewable tablets, chew the tablet before you swallow it.

Store this medicine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and sunlight.

Meclizine Side Effects

Common Meclizine side effects may include [Trusted Source 2] [Trusted Source 3]

  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Allergic reactions
  • Acute glaucoma attack
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Urinary retention
  • Thickening of bronchial secretions

Interactions


Some products that may interact with this drug include [Trusted Source 4] [Trusted Source 5]

  • Cinacalcet
  • Quinidine
  • Terbinafine
  • Some herbal products
  • Antidepressants such as bupropion, paroxetine, duloxetine, fluoxetine, sertraline
  • Alcohol, marijuana
  • Some vitamins
  • Opioid pain or cough relievers such as codeine, hydrocodone
  • Drugs for sleep or anxiety such as alprazolam, lorazepam, zolpidem
  • Muscle relaxants such as carisoprodol, cyclobenzaprine
  • Other antihistamines such as cetirizine, diphenhydramine

Precautions


Before taking this medication, tell your doctor or health care provider if you are allergic to it or if you have a history of any other allergy.

Before using Meclizine, tell your doctor about your medical history; especially of [Trusted Source 4] [Trusted Source 5]

  • Liver problems
  • Kidney problems
  • Seizures
  • Heart problems
  • Breathing problems such as asthma, emphysema
  • Glaucoma
  • High blood pressure
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Stomach/intestine problems such as ulcers, blockage
  • Overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)

It is unclear whether this medication passes into the breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor or health care provider if you are breast-feeding.

It is not recommended to give this medicine to a child younger than 12 years.

What Happens If I Missed A Dose?

As this medication is usually taken only when needed, so there is no need to take a scheduled dose. But, in case you are taking Meclizine medication on a regular basis, then take the missed dose as soon as you remember.

Skip the missed dose if it is almost the time for next scheduled dose. Do not take extra drug to make up the missed dose.

What Happens If I Take An Overdose?

Seek emergency medical help or call the Poison Help line at 1—800—222—1222.

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