Safety Information on Meclizine
Specific Meclizine Warnings and Precautions
Warnings and precautions to be aware of prior to taking this medicine include the following:
- Meclizine is not recommended for children under 12 years old.
- Elderly individuals may be more susceptible to the side effects of meclizine (and may also be more likely to be taking medications that interact with meclizine). If you are over the age of 60, it might be a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before taking meclizine. Meclizine can worsen many conditions common in the elderly (such as an enlarged prostate or Alzheimer's disease).
- Make sure to check with your healthcare provider before taking meclizine if you have hyperthyroidism, any heart problems (including heart disease), or high blood pressure, as it is possible that meclizine could worsen these conditions.
- Meclizine can cause blurred vision and drowsiness. Be sure to see how meclizine affects you before driving or operating heavy machinery.
- Meclizine can cause breathing problems in people with asthma or COPD, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema. If you have asthma or COPD, check with your healthcare provider before taking meclizine.
- Meclizine can worsen stomach ulcers, GERD, glaucoma, or an enlarged prostate. If you have one of these conditions, do not take meclizine without checking with your healthcare provider first.
- Meclizine may interact with certain other medications (see Drug Interactions With Meclizine).
- Meclizine is considered a pregnancy Category B medication. This means that it probably will not cause problems if used during pregnancy, although the full risks are not currently known (see Meclizine and Pregnancy).
- At this time, it is unknown if meclizine passes through breast milk (see Meclizine and Breastfeeding).