Meclizine is a custom pharmacy drug classified in the family of drugs known as antihistamines. The release of histamines is part of the body's natural immune response but sometimes this response is overactive and drugs such as meclizine help to decrease the effects of histamines, thus providing relief. Meclizine is prescribed for motion sickness as it helps to relieve its nagging symptoms of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Meclizine is given for dizziness due to vertigo, a common condition caused by diseases of the inner ear.
Your compounding pharmacist can provide various forms of most drugs that will be tailored to your individual needs as a patient. Talk to your doctor about your options. Meclizine often comes in regular, and chewable tablets. Follow your doctor's specific directions on usage and dosage.
Some patients may experience side effects. Discuss all possible side effects with your prescribing doctor. Common side effects seen with the use of meclizine are as follows:
Other side effects could occur. Be sure to monitor your condition and seek medical assistance if you feel it is warranted, or if any side effects are worsening, and/or persisting.
REMEMBER: Any side effect could develop and be potentially serious, so do not wait to see your doctor or get medical treatment if you are concerned or worried.
Allergic Reaction: Some users may possibly experience a severe allergic reaction. Any allergic reaction is considered serious and should be treated immediately by a medical professional. Watch for any signs of a possible allergic reaction especially the following:
There are many drugs, conditions, diseases, etc. that could contraindicate the use of meclizine. Talk to your doctor about your options and risks, and go over all possible contraindications that could apply to you before beginning use of this drug.
Meclizine may be contraindicated for pregnancy. Talk to your doctor.
Do not use this drug if you are pregnant or planning to become pregnant unless your primary care doctor deems it absolutely necessary.
Do not take meclizine if you are breastfeeding or about to begin breastfeeding. If you are currently breastfeeding, your doctor may advise you to stop while using meclizine.
This drug should be given only to people older than 12 years of age.
CAUTION: Caution is advised for anyone planning to use meclizine who has any of the following issues:
If any of the following applies to you, do not take meclizine unless your doctor clears you for use of this drug.
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