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Meclizine - An Overview
Meclizine, marketed under the brand name Antivert, is a type of antihistamine medication. People who need prescription meclizine can connect with a medical provider through Push Health who can prescribe meclizine if clinically appropriate to do so.
What Is Meclizine Used For?
Meclizine is primarily used for the management of nausea and vomiting related to motion sickness. Meclizine for vertigo is sometimes also prescribed if the meclizine is associated with the vestibular system. Meclizine is an antihistamine that works to block the effect of the vasodepressor response to histamine. As an antagonist of H1 receptors, it is thought to help reduce labyrinth stimulation and it also has some dopamine antagonist activity. Meclizine is also being investigated for possible neuroprotective effects in people with Parkinson disease.
Meclizine for Anxiety?
Some people have heard of using meclizine for anxiety. Can meclizine be used to relieve anxiety symptoms? So far, meclizine is indicated for nausea and vomiting related to motion sickness and potentially vertigo and no studies have demonstrated that meclizine for anxiety is of benefit to date.
Meclizine - Dosage and Cost
Meclizine is generally packaged in the form meclizine hydrochloride (meclizine HCl) and is available as meclizine HCl 12.5 mg tablets, meclizine HCl 25 mg tablets, and meclizine HCl 50 mg tablets with other inert ingredients. After oral administration of a meclizine tablet, meclizine reaches its highest plasma concentration within three hours and it has an elimination half-life from the plasma of 5-6 hours. The typical starting dose of meclizine HCl for vertigo and motion sickness is meclizine 25 mg. Meclizine is affordable at most pharmacies, costing under forty cents per pill for prescription versions of meclizine. Meclizine coupons may also be available online to reduce any associated out-of-pocket costs at the pharmacy.
Can I Buy Meclizine Online?
Some versions of meclizine are available as meclizine OTC (over the counter) as part of brands such as Dramamine. Prescription versions of meclizine first require a consultation with a medical provider. As a result, one cannot simply buy meclizine online if it requires a prescription. Push Health can connect people in need of prescription meclizine with a licensed medical provider who can provide the medication if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Meclizine - Side Effects
Meclizine can cause side effects such as dry mouth, fatigue, and drowsiness. Use of heavy machinery or automobiles should be avoided while taking meclizine due to these side effects. Meclizine should not be used by people who have hypersensitivity or have had an allergic reaction to the medication. Meclizine and alcohol should not be used at the same time. Meclizine should generally not be used by people with glaucoma, bronchospasm or prostate issues. Questions and concerns about meclizine's side effects should be discussed with a medical practitioner before starting the medication.
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Last updated May 29, 2020. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.