meclizine, Antivert, Bonine, Meni-D, Antrizine

  • Pharmacy Author:
    Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

    Dr. Ogbru received his Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy in 1995. He completed a Pharmacy Practice Residency at the University of Arizona/University Medical Center in 1996. He was a Professor of Pharmacy Practice and a Regional Clerkship Coordinator for the University of the Pacific School of Pharmacy from 1996-99.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jay W. Marks, MD
    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD

    Jay W. Marks, MD, is a board-certified internist and gastroenterologist. He graduated from Yale University School of Medicine and trained in internal medicine and gastroenterology at UCLA/Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

  • Medical and Pharmacy Editor: Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP
    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Jerry R. Balentine, DO, FACEP

    Dr. Balentine received his undergraduate degree from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. He attended medical school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine graduating in1983. He completed his internship at St. Joseph's Hospital in Philadelphia and his Emergency Medicine residency at Lincoln Medical and Mental Health Center in the Bronx, where he served as chief resident.

Balance Disorders: Vertigo, Migraines, Motion Sickness and More

Meclizine also has been associated with hypotension (low blood pressure) and heart palpitations.

PRESCRIPTION: Yes, depending on strengths there are none prescription strength products available,

GENERIC AVAILABLE: Yes

PREPARATIONS: Tablets: 12.5, 25, and 50 mg. Chewable Tablets: 25 mg

STORAGE: Meclizine tablets should be stored between 15 C and 30 C (59 and 86 F). Capsules should be stored below 30 C (86 F).

DOSING: When used for treating symptoms of motion sickness, meclizine 12.5-50 mg should be taken one hour prior to travel and then every 24 hours for the duration of the journey. The dosing should not exceed 50 mg  in 24 hours. Vertigo is treated with 25-100 mg daily in a single dose or in 4 divided dose

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers can increase drowsiness caused by meclizine. Combining meclizine with pramlintide (Symlin) increases the effect of both drugs on slowing bowel movement.

PREGNANCY: Meclizine has been used to control nausea during pregnancy. Available evidence does not suggest that use of meclizine during pregnancy is harmful. However, meclizine should be used in pregnancy only if it is clearly needed and under the supervision of a physician.

NURSING MOTHERS: Available information suggests that the risk of harm to the baby is minimal when meclizine is used while breastfeeding.

Medically reviewed by Omudhome Ogbru, PharmD

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 9/18/2015
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