comes in 12.5 or 25mg
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.
Important information about meclizine
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 meclizine
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:
enlarged prostate; or
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.
Meclizine is available over the counter but should not be administered unless under the supervision and guidance of a veterinarian.
Name Brands and Other Brands
This drug is registered for use in humans only.
Human formulations: Bonine, Antivert and various generic brands.
Veterinary formulations: None
Meclizine uses for your Pet:
The most common use for meclizine is to reduce symptoms associated with motion sickness in dogs or in cats.
Meclizine can also be used to help with nausea unrelated to motion sickness, such as that related to inner ear vestibular disease.
Precautions and Side Effects
While generally safe and effective meclizine can cause side effects in some animals.
Meclizine should not be used in animals with known hypersensitivity or allergy to the drug.
Meclizine should be used with caution in animals with glaucoma, prostate gland enlargement and certain stomach and urinary bladder abnormalities.
Meclizine should also be avoided in animals with overactive thyroids, seizure disorder, heart disease or high blood pressure.
Meclizine may interact with other medications.
Consult with your veterinarian to determine if other drugs your pet is receiving could interact with meclizine. Such drugs include heparin, tranquilizers and sedatives.
Adverse effects include sedation, lethargy, vomiting, diarrhea or lack of appetite.