Meclizine hydrochloride (Antivert®, Bonine®, Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula) belongs to a class of medicines known as antihistamines. It is approved for the treatment of motion sickness and vertigo. Some meclizine products are available over-the-counter (for motion sickness treatment only), while others are available by prescription only (for motion sickness or vertigo).
Prescription meclizine comes in tablet form and is available in the following strengths:
- Meclizine 12.5 mg
- Meclizine 25 mg
- Meclizine 50 mg.
Non-prescription versions (Bonine, Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula) come in 25 mg tablets and chewable tablets.
The tablet and chewable tablet forms of meclizine are usually taken by mouth once or twice a day. You can take the drug either with food or on an empty stomach; if the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
(Click Meclizine for more information on when and how to take the tablets, to find out how meclizine works to treat motion sickness and vertigo, and to learn about the side effects associated with this drug.)