What is Meclizine?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Antivert

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See also: Meclizine OTC

Meclizine is available in prescription strength (brand name Antivert®). It is uses in the prevention and treatment of symptoms of motion sickness; management of vertigo with diseases affecting the vestibular system

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Vertigo 177 69
Dizziness 109 53
Nausea 28 13
Balance problems 8 2
Multiple sclerosis 5 5

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

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 4
Moderate 11
Mild 18
None 73

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meclizine

Side effect Patients
Drowsiness 8
Fatigue 5
Sleepiness 5
Sudden onset of sleep 2
Dizziness 1
Dizziness upon moving 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Meclizine

Dosage Patients
25mg as needed 14
25 mg daily 9
25 mg three times daily 4
25 mg twice daily 3
12.5mg as needed 3
12.5 mg daily 1
75 mg daily 1
80 mg daily 1
25 mg four times daily 1
50 mg three times daily 1

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Why patients stopped taking Meclizine

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Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 24
Did not seem to work 22
Other 21
Doctor's advice 10
Side effects too severe 6
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 82 patients who've stopped taking Meclizine

Duration

Currently taking Meclizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 4
1 - 2 years 5
2 - 5 years 11
5 - 10 years 12
10 years or more 7

Stopped taking Meclizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 23
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 9
2 - 5 years 6
5 - 10 years 4
10 years or more 5
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 57
Usually 25
Sometimes 18
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 18
Not at all hard to take 81
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 56
Not specified 45

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Meclizine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Dimenhydrinate (Gravol) 1
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 1
Scopolamine (Buscopan) 1
Scopolamine Patch (Transderm Scop) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1

Patients stopped taking Meclizine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Promethazine (Phenergan) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1
Dimenhydrinate (Gravol) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
Pyridostigmine (Mestinon) 1

Show all 6 treatments patients report switching to

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11 patient evaluations for Meclizine

Apr 8, 2016 (Started Nov 29, 2012)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for multiple sclerosis)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2015 (Started Jan 19, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for nausea)
  • Effectiveness
    None (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 12.5 mg Three times daily
Advice & Tips: I didn't notice any big effect when I started taking it and had no change when I stopped.

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Oct 16, 2013 (Started Oct 13, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    Mild (fatigue)
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 80 mg Daily
Cost: $50-99 monthly

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