Meclizine: Uses & Side effects

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.


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

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

  • headache;
  • vomiting;
  • dry
  • tired
    feeling; or
  • drowsiness.

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