Meclizine is an antihistamine, which acts as an antagonist of so-called H1 receptors. It also exerts a depressive action against the nervous system and an anesthetizing effect locally. Finally, it reduces the excitability of the labyrinth and vestibular stimulation and may influence the activity of receptors that trigger vomiting.

What is Meclizine?

Meclizine is used to prevent nausea, vomiting, dizziness and motion sickness. Sometimes, it is also used to treat nausea in pregnancy and that triggered by exposure to radiation.

How should Meclizine be taken?

Meclizine may be taken in the form of tablets, chewable tablets and capsules. The chewable tablets can be swallowed whole. When used to prevent motion sickness, they should be taken one hour before the beginning of the trip.

Meclizine side effects

Meclizine may trigger drowsiness, fatigue, and dry mouth. This medicine may also lead to fogging of vision. In case that happens it is important to immediately contact a physician.

Contraindications and warnings associated with the use of Meclizine

The effectiveness of meclizine is higher if taken before symptoms appear. Before taking this medication it is important to tell your doctor if:

  • You are taking other medicines, herbal remedies and vitamins, especially amobarbital, medicines for colds or allergies, pain pills, phenobarbital, sedatives, anticonvulsants, sedatives, tranquilizers and vitamins
  • You are pregnant or if you are breastfeeding.
  • You are allergic to meclizine or any other medication
  • You suffer (or have suffered) from glaucoma, prostate, testicles urinary tract blockages or asthma.