The recommended dosage of meclizine for motion sickness (for the non-prescription version of the drug) is 25 mg to 50 mg once daily. For the treatment of vertigo with the prescription version, the standard dosage is 25 to 100 mg total per day. For preventing and treating motion sickness, the standard prescription dose is 25 to 50 mg taken one hour before embarkation.
Meclizine Dosage: An Introduction
There is only one standard recommended dose for non-prescription meclizine hydrochloride (Bonine®, Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula). For the prescription version (Antivert®), the dose that your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on the medical condition being treated.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dosage unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Dosing for Non-Prescription MeclizineThe recommended non-prescription meclizine dosage for preventing and treating motion sickness in individuals 12 years old and older is one or two tablets (25 to 50 mg) once daily or as directed by your healthcare provider. Meclizine usually works best if you take it before motion sickness symptoms begin, although you can expect some relief even if you wait until symptoms develop.
Dosing for Prescription Meclizine
Prescription meclizine is approved for both motion sickness and vertigo in people ages 12 and older. For treating vertigo, the standard dosing is 25 to 100 mg total per day, given as two (or more) smaller doses per day.
For preventing and treating motion sickness, the standard prescription meclizine dosage is 25 to 50 mg taken one hour before embarkation, repeated every 24 hours if necessary.
General Dosage Information
Considerations for people taking meclizine include the following:
- This medication comes in tablet and chewable tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- You can take meclizine either with food or on an empty stomach. If the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your dosage of meclizine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.