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meclizine (cont.)

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking meclizine (Antivert, Bonine, Dramamine II, D-Vert)?

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to meclizine.

Before taking meclizine, tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs, or if you have:

  • asthma or other breathing disorder;
  • glaucoma;
  • an enlarged prostate; or
  • problems with urination.

If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use this medication, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.

FDA pregnancy category B. Meclizine is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether meclizine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Do not give this medication to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take meclizine (Antivert, Bonine, Dramamine II, D-Vert)?

Use this medication exactly as directed on the label, or as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use it in larger amounts or for longer than recommended.

Take meclizine with a full glass of water.

The chewable tablet may be swallowed whole, crushed, or chewed.

To prevent motion sickness, take meclizine about 1 hour before you travel or engage in activity that causes motion sickness. You may take meclizine once every 24 hours while you are traveling, to further prevent motion sickness.

To treat vertigo, you may need to take meclizine several times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

Meclizine can cause you to have unusual results with allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are taking an antihistamine.

Store meclizine at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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