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 38 18
Meniere's disease 14 4
Nausea 10 6
Balance problems 6 6

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  • 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 30

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 5
50 mg daily 2
12.5 mg daily 1
25 mg daily 1
25 mg twice daily 1
25 mg three times daily 1
50 mg four times daily 1
0.5 25mg as needed 1
12.5mg as needed 1
2 25mg as needed 1

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Why patients stopped taking Meclizine OTC

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Reason Patients
Did not seem to work 12
Other 8
Doctor's advice 6
Course of treatment ended 5
Change in health plan coverage 2
Expense 1
Personal research 1
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Duration

Currently taking Meclizine OTC

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 1
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 7
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 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 4
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 26
Usually 12
Sometimes 6
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 36
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 31
Not specified 12
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7 patient evaluations for Meclizine OTC

Apr 1, 2016 (Started Jul 07, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I always keep Meclizine on hand for those bad days.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Oct 5, 2015 (Started Jul 07, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for balance problems)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Dramamine (Meclizine) still works remarkably well and i've had no issues with using it.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Aug 1, 2009 (Started Jul 07, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Since it is available over-the-counter, I always keep some Dramamine (Meclizine) on hand, so I don't have to go see the doctor for it. I need it during/after attacks and in the summer months, when it is humid or the daily temperature changes by more than 20 degrees.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Nov 7, 2008 (Started Jul 07, 1994)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for dizziness)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Works great every time, always keep it on hand.
Cost: < $25 monthly

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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: 25 mg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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