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Antivert (Generic Meclizine)

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Why is this medication prescribed?

Meclizine is used to both prevent and cure motion sickness-related nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. If taken before symptoms start, it works best.

How should this medicine be used?

Both a conventional, chewable tablet and a capsule are available for meclizine. Meclizine should be used for motion sickness one hour prior to departure. If necessary, doses may be taken every 24 hours. Follow your doctor’s recommendations if you experience dizziness due to an ear issue. Ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any instructions on your prescription label that you are unsure about following. Follow the medication instructions exactly. Never take it in larger or less amounts or more frequently than directed by your doctor.

Chewable pills can be eaten whole or after little chewing.

Other uses for this medicine

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more details if you’re interested in using this drug for any other conditions.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking meclizine,

  • If you have an allergy to meclizine, any other medications, or any of the substances in the meclizine preparation, let your doctor and pharmacist know right away. For a list of the ingredients, consult your physician or pharmacist or look on the label of the container.
  • In particular, mention amobarbital (Amytal), drugs for colds or allergies, painkillers, phenobarbital, sedatives, seizure medications, sleeping pills, tranquillizers, and vitamins to your doctor and pharmacist if you use any of these. These medications may make the sleepiness brought on by meclizine worse.
  • Inform your doctor if you have glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, a blocked urinary tract, or asthma.
    Inform your doctor if you are expecting, intend to get pregnant, or are nursing a baby. Call your doctor if you become pregnant while taking meclizine.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older, discuss the advantages and disadvantages of taking meclizine with your doctor. Meclizine is typically not recommended for usage by older adults since it is less reliable and less efficient than alternative drugs that can be used to treat the same disease.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

If you miss a dosage, take it as soon as you recall. If the next dose is soon due, skip the missed one and carry on with your regular dosing plan. To make up for a missing dose, do not take a second one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Meclizine could have negative effects. If any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away, let your doctor know right once:

  • Sluggishness or exhaustion
  • Mouth ache

Some adverse effects can be very harmful. Call your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • Distorted vision

Other negative effects of meclizine may occur. If you have any strange side effects while taking this medicine, contact your doctor right once.

You or your doctor can submit a report to the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting programme online or by phone if you have a serious side event (1-800-332-1088).

What should I know about storage and disposal of this medication?

Keep this medication tightly closed in the original container and out of the reach of children. Store it away from excessive heat and moisture at room temperature (not in the bathroom).

As many containers (such as weekly pill minders and those for eye drops, creams, patches, and inhalers) are not child-resistant and are simple for young children to open, it is crucial to keep all medications out of sight and out of reach of children. Always lock safety caps and promptly stash medication up and away from young children where it is out of their sight and reach to prevent poisoning.

Unused prescriptions must be disposed of carefully to prevent pets, kids, and other people from ingesting them. You should not, however, dispose of this medication in the toilet. Instead, utilising a medicine take-back programme is the easiest approach to get rid of your medication. To find out about take-back programmes in your area, speak with your pharmacist or the garbage/recycling department in your city. If you do not have access to a take-back programme, see the FDA’s Safe Disposal of Medicines website at for additional information.

In case of emergency/overdose

Call the poison control hotline at 1-800-222-1222 in the event of an overdose. Additionally, information can be found online at Call 911 right once if the person has collapsed, experienced a seizure, is having difficulty breathing, or cannot be roused.

What other information should I know?

Keep all of your doctor’s appointments.

No one else should take your medication. Any queries you may have regarding medication refills should be directed to your pharmacist.

You should keep a written record of every medication you take, including any over-the-counter (OTC) items, prescription drugs, and dietary supplements like vitamins and minerals. This list should be brought with you whenever you see a doctor or are admitted to the hospital. You should always have this information with you in case of emergencies.

Brand names

  • Antivert®
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