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Meclizine

Generic Name: Meclizine [MEK-li-zeen] meclizine [MEK-li-zeen]
Names of brands: Antivert, Bonine, D-Vert Dramamine Less Drowsy, Driminate II, etc. List the 9 brands.
Class of Drug: Anticholinergic antiemetics

What Is Meclizine?

Meclizine is an antihistamine that minimizes the effect of the chemical histamine that is naturally present in the body.

Meclizine is a medication used for treating or preventing vomiting, nausea, and dizziness triggered by motion sickness. It can also be used to treat vertigo symptoms (dizziness as well as spinning) due to a condition that affects the inner ear.Meclizine can also be used for reasons not mentioned in this guideline.

Warnings

Do not use this medication if you are intolerant to meclizine.Before taking meclizine, consult your physician whether you suffer from kidney or liver disease such as asthma, glaucoma, prostate cancer, or urinary tract problems.

The medication could affect your reactions or thinking. Be cautious if you drive or do any other activity that requires you to be vigilant.Alcohol consumption can cause an increase in certain adverse effects associated with meclizine.Medicine for colds or allergies, sleep medication, muscle relaxers, and medicines for depression, seizures, or anxiety can contribute to the sleepiness caused by meclizine.

Before you Take this Drug

It is recommended not to use meclizine if you are allergic to it.

To make sure meclizine is safe for you, inform your doctor if you have one of the following ailments:

  • Liver disease;
  • Kidney disease;
  • Asthma;
  • Glaucoma;
  • Prostate cancer,
  • Urinary problems.

FDA classification for pregnancy B Meclizine is not expected to harm the unborn baby. Discuss with your physician if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while receiving treatment.It's not clear if meclizine gets into breast milk or whether it is harmful to the baby who is nursing. Inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding a child.This medicine should not be administered to a child younger than 12.

How to Take Meclizine?

Follow the exact instructions given by your physician. Follow the instructions on the prescription label. Don't take this medication in smaller or larger doses or for a longer period than the recommended time.The tablet that you chew should be chewed prior to when you take it in.

To prevent motion sickness Take meclizine for about an hour prior to traveling or engaging in an activity that can trigger motion sickness. You can take meclizine every 24 hours when you travel to help prevent motion sickness.In order to treat vertigo, it is possible to take meclizine at least a few times per day. Follow the instructions of your doctor.This medication may influence the results of skin tests for allergies. Be sure to inform any doctor treating your condition that you are taking meclizine.Maintain at room temperature and free of heat, moisture, and light.

What Happens If I Miss a Dose?

Meclizine is often taken only in the event of need, so it is possible that you are not following a regular dosing regimen. If you take the medication regularly, make sure to take the missed dose as quickly as you can remember. Do not take your missed dose if you are nearing the time for the next dose. Don't take any additional medication in order to replace the dose you missed.

What Happens If I Overdose?

Get medical attention in an emergency or contact the Poison Help line toll-free at 1-800-222-1222.

What Should be Avoided?

This medication can affect your reactions or thinking. Be aware if you are driving or engaging in any activity that requires you to stay aware.Alcohol intake can trigger certain adverse effects associated with meclizine.

Side effects Of Meclizine

Contact a medical professional immediately. If you notice any of the following symptoms that indicate an allergy reaction to meclizine, difficulty breathing; hives; and swelling of your lips, face, and tongue.

Common meclizine side effects are:

  • Headache;
  • Vomiting;
  • Dry mouth;
  • Fatigue tiredness
  • Drowsiness.

This is not an exhaustive overview of the various adverse consequences. Other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical adverse effects. You can report symptoms to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Interaction with Other Drugs

Combining meclizine with other medications that make you sleepy or cause your breathing to slow down can make these effects worse. Consult your physician before taking meclizine in conjunction with a sleep drug, a narcotic pain medication, or a muscle relaxer medication for depression, anxiety, or seizures.

Inform your doctor about any medications you are taking, as well as the medicines you are starting or stopping using in the course of treatment for this medication in particular:

  • Cinacalcet;
  • Quinidine;
  • Terbinafine;
  • The antidepressants duloxetine, bupropion, and fluoxetine. They also have paroxetine or sertraline.

Other medications can interfere with meclizine, for example medications that are prescribed and available over the counter such as vitamins, herbal products. Be sure to inform your healthcare professionals about all medicines you take now as well as any medication you stop or start using

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