Meclizine for the Treatment of Motion Sickness

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Drugs-CapsulesMeclizine (MEK-li-zeen)

Common Drug Names

  • Antivert
  • Bonine
  • D-Vert
  • Dramamine II
  • Dramamine Less Drowsy
  • Meni-D
  • Travel-Ease

Typically Used For

Acts as an anticholinergic (ANN-tye-KOH-lih-NUR-jick) which helps to block a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine (a-SEET-il-KOE-leen) in your central nervous system. By blocking this neurotransmitter, anticholinergics can help to prevent involuntary movements of the muscles in your gastrointestinal tract (i.e. your stomach and intestines). Therefore, anticholinergics can treat motion sickness symptoms by helping to prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness.

Also acts as an antihistamine. Histamine is a substance that is produced by your body which triggers sneezing, runny nose, watery eyes, and itching. Antihistamines, on the other hand, help to combat these symptoms by reducing or blocking your body’s ability to produce histamine.

Standard Warnings

  • Talk with your doctor prior to taking this medication if you are currently breast-feeding, are pregnant, or are planning on becoming pregnant soon.
  • Tell your doctor what current prescribed and non-prescribed drugs, herbs, vitamins, and/or supplements you are taking (Note: You should always keep a list of this information handy for future use).
  • Use as directed per the packaging instructions unless otherwise directed by a medical professional.
  • Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of this medication unless otherwise directed by your health care provider.
  • Tell your doctor or medical professional if you have any allergic reactions to this or any other medications.

Specific Warnings

  • Tell your doctor if you are also currently taking antispasmodics or muscle relaxers that may cause drowsiness as they may interfere with Meclizine.


  • Take with an 8 ounce glass of water.
  • Best if taken at least one hour or up to twenty four hours before traveling or before your motion sickness symptoms are likely to occur.
  • Avoid taking alcohol with this medication.

Some Common Side Effects

  • May include dry mouth (xerostomia), drowsiness, tiredness, and/or blurred vision.
  • Like all medications, allergic reactions may result.  If an allergic reaction does occur, talk with your doctor or immediately seek medical attention.
  • There may be and likely are additional side effects not described above.  Please talk with your medical professional if you are curious about other potential side effects.


The information described above is for informational purposes only (please visit our medical disclaimer page here for more information).  The information on this page merely provides a quick summary related to this particular drug.  Please speak with your doctor, pharmacist, and/or health care provider before using, starting to take, or changing the dosage of this medication.

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