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Meclizine is a medication used for the treatment of vertigo and motion sickness. The prescription form of the drug is approved to treat both conditions, while the over-the-counter version is only approved to treat motion sickness. The medicine comes in tablet and chewable tablet form, and is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day. Potential side effects include blurred vision, dry mouth, and drowsiness.

What Is Meclizine?

Meclizine hydrochloride (Antivert®, Bonine®, Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula) is an antihistamine medication used for motion sickness and vertigo. It is available over-the-counter (for motion sickness only) or with a prescription (for motion sickness or vertigo).
(Click What Is Meclizine Used For? for more information, including possible off-label uses.)

Potential Side Effects

As with any medicine, meclizine can cause side effects. However, not everyone who takes the drug will experience problems. Most people tolerate it quite well.
If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
Possible side effects of meclizine include, but are not limited to:
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Blurred vision.
(Click Meclizine Side Effects to learn more, including potentially serious side effects that you should report immediately to your healthcare provider.)
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