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 50 15
Dizziness 38 18
Meniere's Disease 14 4
Nausea 9 5
Balance problems 6 6
Dizziness (vertigo) 4 4

Show all 20 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 29

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
12.5 mg daily 2
as needed 2
25 mg daily 1
25 mg twice daily 1
25 mg three times daily 1
12.5 mg as needed 1
25 mg all the time (24/7) 1

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
2 - 5 years 2
5 - 10 years 8
10 years or more 4

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 26
Usually 12
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 35
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 0
$50-99 0
$25-49 1
< $25 30
Not specified 12
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7 patient evaluations for Meclizine OTC

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thjuland
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thjuland
Sex: M
Data Quality: 2 stars
Sensation: Moderate
Overall: Mild
Cognition: moderate
Vision: none
Speech: none
Swallowing: mild
Upper limb: mild
Walking: moderate
I am: n
I have:
MS

See thjuland's full Meclizine OTC history

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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CallystaANC
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CallystaANC
Gender: F
Data Quality: 1 star
Pain: Little
Fatigue: All
Sleep: Some
Stiffness: Most
function: Little
external_stress: Some
Stickman: most
Description:F51y
CFS:?y
FM:?y
I am: b
I have:
Fibromyalgia

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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

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Opus56379
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Opus56379
Gender: M
Data Quality: 1 star
Depression: 1
Mania: 1
Emotional: 2
Anxiety: 1
Compulsion: 1
External Stress: Low
55 M
Function: Moderate
Distress: Low
I am: n
I have:
Social Anxiety Disorder

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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

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