Meclizine Hydrochloride (HCL)
An antihistamine medication, meclizine hydrochloride (HCl) is a product that is available over-the-counter and by prescription. The prescription form of this medicine (Antivert®) is approved for the treatment of vertigo and motion sickness, while the non-prescription forms (Bonine®, Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula) are only licensed to treat motion sickness.
Meclizine comes in the form of tablets and chewable tablets. It is typically taken once or twice a day. For the non-prescription versions of meclizine, there is only one standard recommended dosage. For the prescription version, the recommended dosage will vary, depending on the specific condition being treated.
Although many people tolerate meclizine well, the drug may not be safe for everyone. You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking this medication if you have:
- Kidney disease, such as kidney failure (renal failure)
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- Heart disease
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
- An enlarged prostate (also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH)
- Difficulty passing urine
- Difficult passing urine
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
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