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Meclizine: Uses, Dosage & Side Effects

Generic name: meclizine [ MEK-li-zeen ]
Brand names: Antivert, Bonine, D-Vert, Dramamine Less Drowsy, Driminate II,
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Meclicot, Medivert, Ru-Vert-M, Meni-D

Drug class: Anticholinergic antiemetics

Medically reviewed by Sanjai Sinha, MD. Last updated on Dec 12, 2022.

What is meclizine?

Meclizine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

Meclizine is used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. It is also used to treat symptoms of vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) caused by disease that affects your inner ear.

Meclizine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.


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

Before you take meclizine, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, asthma, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, or urination problems.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by meclizine.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use meclizine if you are allergic to it.

To make sure meclizine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

FDA pregnancy category B. Meclizine is not expected to harm 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. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

This medicine should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take meclizine?

Use meclizine exactly as directed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

To prevent motion sickness, take meclizine about 1 hour before you travel or engage in activity that causes motion sickness. You may take a dose 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.

This medication can affect the results of allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using meclizine.

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

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since meclizine is sometimes taken only when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid?

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Meclizine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction to meclizine: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common meclizine side effects may include:

  • headache;

  • vomiting;

  • dry mouth;

  • tired feeling; or

  • drowsiness.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect meclizine?

Taking meclizine with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking meclizine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with this medicine, especially:

  • cinacalcet;

  • quinidine;

  • terbinafine; or

  • the antidepressants bupropion, duloxetine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline.

Other drugs may interact with meclizine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, and any medicine you start or stop using.

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  • N07CA — Antivertigo preparations
DrugDrug Description
CinnarizineA drug used for the management of labyrinthine disorder symptoms, including vertigo, tinnitus, nystagmus, nausea, and vomiting.
FlunarizineA selective calcium-entry blocker used as migraine prophylaxis in patients with severe and frequent episodes who have not responded adequately to more common treatments.
BetahistineAn antivertigo agent used for the reduction of episodes of vertigo association with Ménière’s disease.
AcetylleucineUsed for treating vestibular-related imbalance and vertigo.
MeclizineA histamine h2 antagonist used to treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness.
Drugs & Drug Targets
CinnarizineHistamine h2 receptortarget
CinnarizineDopamine D2 receptortarget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Htarget
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 2D6enzyme
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 2B6enzyme
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 2C9enzyme
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 1A1enzyme
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 1A2enzyme
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 2A6enzyme
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent L-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Ctarget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent L-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Starget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent L-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Ftarget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent L-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Dtarget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Gtarget
CinnarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Itarget
CinnarizineD(1) dopamine receptortarget
CinnarizineMuscarinic acetylcholine receptortarget
CinnarizineCytochrome P450 3A4enzyme
CinnarizineSerum albumincarrier
FlunarizineHistamine h2 receptortarget
FlunarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Gtarget
FlunarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Htarget
FlunarizineVoltage-dependent T-type calcium channel subunit alpha-1Itarget
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 2D6enzyme
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 2C9enzyme
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 1A1enzyme
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 1A2enzyme
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 2A6enzyme
FlunarizineCytochrome P450 3A4enzyme
BetahistineHistamine h2 receptortarget
BetahistineHistamine h4 receptortarget
BetahistineMonoamine oxidaseenzyme
MeclizineHistamine h2 receptortarget
MeclizineNuclear receptor subfamily 1 group I member 3target
MeclizineCytochrome P450 2D6enzyme
MeclizineSerum albumincarrier

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1 Strupp M., Brandt T. Diagnosis and Treatment of Vertigo and Dizziness // Deutsches Arzteblatt International. 2008 Vol. 105(10). P. 173–180.

2 Strupp M., Dieterich M., Brandt T. The treatment and natural course of peripheral and central vertigo // Deutsches Arzteblatt International. 2013. Vol. 110(29–30). P. 505–516.

3 Goldman A., Burmeister Y., Cesnulevicius K. Bioregulatory systems medicine: an innovative approach to integrating the science of molecular networks, inflammation, and biology systems with the patient’s autoregulatory capacity // Front Physiol. 2015. Vol. 6. P. 225.

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*The efficiency of multi-target drugs: the network approach might help drug design. Trends Pharmacol.Sci.;GoldmanAW at el.(2015) The information contained in the current instructions for use for Vertigochel® preparations indicates their multicomponent composition and the corresponding mode of action.Therefore, these drugs are classified as bioregulatory.

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description of the disease in the ICD-10 radar reference book.

Dizziness is a false sense of movement or rotation, often accompanied by nausea and vomiting. Risk factors depend on the specific case, gender does not matter.

Vertigo is a symptom of many diseases and the result of a variety of diseases, from damage to the vestibular organs of the inner ear to disorders of the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, or problems in those areas of the brain that are responsible for balance.

Most often, dizziness occurs suddenly and can last from a few minutes to several days. This condition can be very painful, sometimes making it impossible for a person to walk or even maintain balance while standing.

Dizziness is often caused by arthritis of the cervical spine, a disease that most often affects the elderly. In this case, dizziness begins after turning or tilting the head, when the blood vessels that feed the areas of the brain responsible for maintaining balance are compressed.

Another common cause of dizziness is an infection of the vestibular apparatus. This disease usually begins with viral infections of the respiratory tract, such as the common cold or flu, or, much less commonly, with a bacterial infection of the middle ear.

Recurrent vertigo associated with hearing loss and murmurs in one or both ears may result from an inner ear disorder, Ménière’s disease. Migraine sufferers are especially prone to dizziness. Sometimes dizziness occurs as a side effect of certain antibiotics, as a result of alcohol abuse, or as a symptom of food poisoning or heat stroke.

Dizziness can also be caused by salt deposits in the inner ear. In this case, discomfort occurs when the position of the head changes, but usually within a few weeks or months, the severity of dizziness weakens.

Rare causes of dizziness include swelling of the nerve that connects the inner ear to the brain, stroke, head trauma, and multiple sclerosis. These serious illnesses may also be accompanied by other symptoms, such as speech and vision problems and weakness in the limbs. A person who feels dizzy along with these symptoms needs immediate medical attention.


Special research methods may include a caloric test: water of various temperatures is poured into the ear, which makes it possible to determine the condition of the vestibular apparatus. An x-ray of the neck is taken to check for the presence or absence of cervical spondylosis. If, in addition to dizziness, tinnitus is felt, then it is necessary to undergo computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging to exclude pressure from the tumor on the brain tissue.