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 160 62
Dizziness 108 55
Nausea 29 14
Balance problems 8 2
Dizziness (vertigo) 5 7
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 19
None 74

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Meclizine

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

Show all 10 reported side effects

Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Meclizine

Dosage Patients
25mg as needed 16
25 mg daily 7
12.5mg as needed 6
25 mg twice daily 3
25 mg three times daily 3
50 mg daily 2
25 mg four times daily 2
3 other daily 1
12.5 mg daily 1
12.5 mg twice daily 1

See all 17 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Meclizine

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 23
Course of treatment ended 22
Other 19
Doctor's advice 7
Side effects too severe 5
Expense 3
Change in health plan coverage 1
Personal research 1
See all 75 patients who’ve stopped taking Meclizine

Duration

Currently taking Meclizine

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 8
1 - 2 years 7
2 - 5 years 14
5 - 10 years 13
10 years or more 5

Stopped taking Meclizine

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 18
1 - 6 months 28
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 58
Usually 25
Sometimes 19
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 4
Somewhat hard to take 3
A little hard to take 19
Not at all hard to take 82
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 1
$25-49 4
< $25 56
Not specified 47

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Meclizine after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Nortriptyline (Pamelor) 1
Scopolamine (Buscopan) 1
Topiramate (Topamax) 1

Patients stopped taking Meclizine and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Promethazine (Phenergan) 2
Diazepam (Valium) 1
Medical marijuana (Cannabidiol/Tetrahydrocannabinol Balanced Mixture) 1
Pyridostigmine (Mestinon) 1
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12 patient evaluations for Meclizine

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LadySirona
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LadySirona
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Depression: 3
Mania: 2
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 3
Compulsion: 3
External Stress: Overwhelming
58 F
Function: Low
Distress: High
I am: n
I have:
Bipolar Disorder

See LadySirona's full Meclizine history

Mar 10, 2017 (Started Aug 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Can’t tell (for Nausea)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: not very effective for me md took me off it
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
suzzie
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suzzie
Sex: F
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Severe
Overall: Moderate
Cognition: moderate
Vision: moderate
Speech: moderate
Swallowing: moderate
Upper limb: moderate
Walking: severe
I am: vg
I have:
MS

See suzzie's full Meclizine history

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
The-Gig
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The-Gig
Gender: M
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: All
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: All
function: None
external_stress: All
Stickman: all
Description:M60y
FM:20y Dx
CFS:13y Dx
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See The-Gig's full Meclizine history

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.

  • 0 helpful marks
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