- What is meclizine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
- Is meclizine available as a generic drug?
- Do I need a prescription for meclizine?
- What are the side effects of meclizine?
- What is the dosage for meclizine?
- Which drugs or supplements interact with meclizine?
- Is meclizine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
- What else should I know about meclizine?
What is meclizine, and how does it work (mechanism of action)?
Meclizine is an antihistamine with antiemetic (anti-nausea) and antispasmodic (anti-muscle spasm) activity. It also suppresses the nervous system by blocking the action of the neurotransmitter acetylcholine. (Neurotransmitters are chemicals that nerves use for communicating with each other.) Meclizine prevents nausea and vomiting by reducing the activity of the center in the brain that controls nausea. It also prevents motion sickness by reducing excitability of neurons in the motion and balance center (vestibular region) of the brain. The FDA approved meclizine in February 1957.
Do I need a prescription for meclizine?
: Yes, depending on strengths there are none prescription strength products available,
What are the side effects of meclizine?
Meclizine can cause drowsiness. Other side effects include:
- dry mouth,
- blurred vision,
- diarrhea and
- urinary retention (inability or difficulty urinating).
What is the dosage for meclizine?
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
Which drugs or supplements interact with meclizine?
Is meclizine safe to take if I'm pregnant or breastfeeding?
Available information suggests that the risk of harm to the baby is minimal when meclizine is used while breastfeeding.
Meclizine (Antivert, Bonine, Meni-D, Antrizine) is an OTC antinausea medication used to treat nausea and vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness. Side effects, drug interactions, dosage, storage, and pregnancy safety information should be reviewed prior to taking any medication.
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