What is Meclizine OTC?

Category: Over the Counter Drugs

Most popular types: Bonine Postafen Equaline

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See also: Meclizine

Meclizine is an anti-emetic agent used to prevent nausea caused by motion sickness or other drugs. It is available as an over the counter medication as Bonine®; Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula; and in prescription strength as Antivert®.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vertigo 53 19
Dizziness 37 14
Meniere's disease 14 4
Nausea 10 5
Balance problems 5 2
Multiple sclerosis 4 0

Show all 18 reasons taken


  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe
1
Moderate
4
Mild
9
None
25

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meclizine OTC

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 2
Fatigue 2
Sedation 2
Excessive daytime sleepiness (somnolence) 1
Lightheadedness 1
Sleepiness 1

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Meclizine OTC

Dosage Patients
25mg as needed 6
12.5 mg daily 2
25 mg daily 2
25 mg twice daily 1
50 mg daily 1
25 mg three times daily 1
75 mg daily 1
50 mg four times daily 1
12.5mg as needed 1
2 25mg as needed 1

See all 14 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Meclizine OTC

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 12
Other 8
Course of treatment ended 5
Doctor's advice 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
See all 29 patients who've stopped taking Meclizine OTC

Duration

Currently taking Meclizine OTC

Duration Patients
6 months - 1 year 1
2 - 5 years 4
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Meclizine OTC

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 11
1 - 6 months 5
6 months - 1 year 3
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 3
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 25
Usually 9
Sometimes 5
Never taken as prescribed 0
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 0
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 5
Not at all hard to take 31
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 26
Not specified 12
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6 patient evaluations for Meclizine OTC

Sep 11, 2013 (Started Aug 12, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for vertigo)
  • Side effects
    Mild (sedation)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily
Advice & Tips: Did not stop vertigo

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 6, 2012 (Started May 19, 2005)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Meniere's disease)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for vertigo)
  • Side effects
    Mild (lightheadedness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 50 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks

Dec 26, 2010 (Started Dec 26, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for vertigo)
  • Side effects
    Moderate
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I use Meclizine for Vertigo or dizziness attacks. I am dealing with constant tinnitus as well. On 12/26/10, I developed a SUDDEN case of dizziness (less than vertigo) and unsteadiness. I have treated it with 50 MGS of Meclizine.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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