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
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