Meclizine is a generic drug that you should be able to find under brand names like Antivert, Bonine, Dramamine, Verticalm, and Zentrip. It normally comes in the form of tablet, to be taken orally only. You can also find it in chewable form.
How It Works
Natural chemical histamine in your brain controls nausea, vomiting and balance. Meclizine, which is an antihistamine, works by reducing these symptoms and preventing it from happening.
This medication is generally prescribed by doctors to treat and prevent motion sickness. In other words, by taking meclizine, you can reduce or even avoid experiencing nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. If you know that you tend to get motion sickness while on a moving vehicle, taking meclizine is most effective if you take it before starting the journey. It is also used to treat dizziness caused by vertigo. Other uses include preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery or cancer radiation treatment.
To treat motion sickness, you should take meclizine around an hour before travelling. If you are travelling long distance, you may take the tablet every 24 hours. Please double check with a doctor or pharmacist before doing so. On the other hand, if you are taking the medication to treat dizziness caused by an ear condition or vertigo, you will need to get the direction from a medical personnel. Detailed information should also be available on your prescription label. Always follow the directions exactly as stated and consult the doctor if you require any clarification. Please bear in mind that meclizine tablets can be available with different strengths. Therefore, never take more tablet than instructed, or more often than prescribed as this may increases the side effects or complication.
In the event that you get off track from your dosing schedule, try taking the missed dose as soon as possible. But do not double dose by taking the missed dose close to the next one. If you remember to take the next nose at almost the same for the next dose, skip it completely.
Like any other medication, keep meclizine out of reach of children, and store it in the container it came in at room temperature. Ensure that it is away from direct sunlight, heat, and moisture.
By taking meclizine, you may experience some side effects which include drowsiness, fatigue and dry mouth. If these stay on and seem to get serious, contact your doctor. Be mindful that another possible side effect is blurred vision, which requires immediate medical attention.
It is important that you take the following precautionary measures before taking meclizine. Kindly consult your doctor or a pharmacist if you are:
Allergic to meclizine or any other medication.
Currently taking other medications, prescribed or over the counter. Make special note of amobarbital, colds or allergies medications, painkillers, phenobarbital, sedatives and tranquilizers, seizure medications, sleeping pills, and vitamins.
Previously diagnosed or currently experiencing glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, urination problems, or asthma.
Pregnant, planning to start a family, or currently breastfeeding. In the event that you conceive while prescribed to meclizine, let your doctor know.
Make it a habit to save a record of your doctor appointments as well as a list of your medications. As mentioned, meclizine may cause you to be drowsy or less alert than normal. If so, please avoid driving and operating heavy machinery. You may also experience insufficient saliva; to get a temporary relief from dryness of the mouth, you can try taking sugarless candy or gum, or even sucking on a piece of ice.