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    Information about Meclizine

    Meclizine uses

    Meclizine is used in the treatment of motion sickness and vertigo.

    How meclizine works

    Meclizine is an antihistaminic medication. It works by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical in the brain that controls nausea, vomiting, and balance. It also makes you sleepy.

    Common side effects of meclizine

    Content Details
    Written By
    Dr. Anuj Saini
    Reviewed By
    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    16 Oct 2019 | 01:30 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Meclizine

    • Meclizine can increase the effects of other CNS depressants (alcohol, barbiturates) medicine.
    • If you are using Meclizine for motion sickness, it should be taken an hour before your travel.
    • Avoid consuming alcohol when taking the Meclizine, as it may cause excessive sleepiness or drowsiness.

    Frequently asked questions for Meclizine


    Q. Is Meclizine a narcotic, addictive, antibiotic, or anticholinergic drug?

    Meclizine is not a narcotic, addictive, or antibiotic drug. It is an antihistaminic drug with less anticholinergic activity

    Q. Is Meclizine available over the counter (OTC)?

    No, Meclizine is not available without a prescription

    Q. Can I take Meclizine for nausea, hangover, anxiety, hives, vertigo; morning and motion sickness?

    Meclizine cannot used to treat hangover, anxiety, hives or morning sickness. It is used to treat vertigo and motion sickness; symptoms include urge to vomit (nausea), vomiting, and dizziness. Please consult your doctor for your medical condition before taking the drug

    Q. Can I take Meclizine with Xanax (alprazolam), Zyrtec (cetirizine), Allegra (fexofenadine), Percocet (acetaminophen and oxycodone), or Zofran (ondansetron)?

    Meclizine can be taken with Zofran. Its use should be avoided when you are already taking Allegra, Percocet, Xanax, or Zyrtec

    Q. Can I take meclizine with amoxicillin, tramadol, lorazepam, phentermine, or ibuprofen?

    Meclizine may show drug interaction with tramadol. It is not reported to interact with amoxicillin, lorazepam, phentermine, or ibuprofen. Please follow the advice of the doctor regarding their simultaneous use

    Q. Does Meclizine cause sleepiness, constipation, weight gain, and raise blood sugar or blood pressure?

    Meclizine may cause sleepiness and constipation, but it is not known to cause weight gain and raise blood sugar or blood pressure. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug

    Q. Is Meclizine safe?

    Meclizine is relatively safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.

    Content on this page was last updated on 16 October, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)