Antivert (meclizine HCl)

Antivert : Drug Information

What is Antivert?

Antivert is a medication that reduces the effect of histamine chemicals present in our body naturally. Antivert is an antihistamine used to treat or prevent vomiting, nausea, and dizziness caused by motion sickness.

It also treats vertigo symptoms (spinning sensation or dizziness) due to a disease that affects the inner ear. This medication is more effective if you take it before symptoms appear. It comes in the form of regular and chewable tablets and capsules.

Important Information

Before taking this medication, talk to your doctor if you have or ever had kidney or liver disease, glaucoma, asthma, an enlarged prostate, or urination problems.

Antivert can affect your reaction or think, so be careful if you are driving or doing any work that requires your attention.

Taking this medication with alcohol may make you in some life-threatening situation and increase the risk of severe side-effects. So do not mix this medication with alcohol.

Sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, cold or allergy medicine, muscle relaxers, sleeping pills, and treatment for depression, seizures, or anxiety can increase the sleepiness caused by meclizine.

Follow all the directions of your therapist and read all the medication guide indications of the medicine.

What to know before taking Antivert?

Talk to your therapist if you are allergic to meclizine or any of the meclizine preparation ingredients. Ask your doctor or check the package label for a listing of the components.

Tell your therapist what type of prescription and non-prescription medications you are currently taking, especially amobarbital (Amytal), medicines for colds or allergies, pain medications, phenobarbital, sedatives, seizure medications, sleeping pills, tranquilizers, and vitamins. These drugs may raise the drowsiness caused by meclizine.

Tell your therapist if you have glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, urinary tract blockage, or asthma ever.

Your doctor may suggest you some medical tests before prescribing this medication to you. Please follow all the directions that your doctor recommends you. These medical tests may help them understand your medical conditions and the doses schedule to your therapist about all the risks and benefits of meclizine if you are 65 years or older.

Older adults should not take meclizine because it is not as effective or safe as other medications that treat the same condition.

Talk to your therapist if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Suppose you become pregnant while taking Antivert talk to your doctor. If you are breastfeeding, then also talk to your doctor before taking this medicine because it is not suitable for breastfeeding a newborn.

How to take Antivert

Use this medicine precisely the same as you prescribed. Follow all the directions of your prescription label and read the medication guide carefully. If you have any doubt about using the medicine, please consult your doctor about the proper use of this medication.

You can take Antivert with or without food. If your doctor suggests taking this medication with your regular diet, you can continue your regular diet.

To prevent motion sickness symptoms, take this medicine before one hour if you want to travel. While planning to travel, you can take Antivert once in 24 hours.

You may need to take this medication several times if you want to treat vertigo. Follow all the directions of your therapist about the treatment of vertigo.

This medication can interfere with the result of an allergy skin test. Talk to your doctor who suggests you for this test about this medicine. Tell them that you are using Antivert it will help them.

Store Antivert at room temperature and away from light and moisture.

Antivert dosage

Usual adult dosage of Antivert for Vertigo

The usual adult dosage of Antivert is 25mg to 100mg orally every day in divided doses suggested by your doctors.

Usual adult dosage of Antivert for Motion Sickness

This medication’s recommended initial dosage is 25mg to 50mg orally before one hour of traveling.

Usual pediatric dosage of Antivert for Vertigo

This medication’s usual adult dosage is 25 to 100mg orally every day in divided doses for 12 years or older. Your doctor will decide how to divide the dosage.

Usual pediatric dosage of Antivert for Motion Sickness

The usual dosage of this medication is 25 to 50mg orally before one hour of traveling.


Immediately seek for a medical emergency if you accidentally take this medication in excess or call on Poison Helpline 1-800-222-1222.

What to avoid while using Antivert

It would help if you avoided driving or heavy machine operation while under the effect of this medication. This medicine may make you sleepy if you are operating heavy machines or driving, you may sleep, and any accident may occur, so do not drive while under this medication’s effect.

Please do not drink alcohol with this medication because mixing this medicine with alcohol can cause severe side effects and put you in a life-threatening situation.

Keep this medication in its original container in which it comes and keeps it out from the children’s reach. Store your medicines at room temperature and away from moisture and heat. To protect this medication from your child, keep the cap tightly locked and put it at a safe location.

Please dispose of the unused medicine gently that it is out of the reach of children, pets, or other people who do not need this medication to consume. You should not flush the unused medication in your toilet. The best way to dispose of this medicine is to consult with your doctor or read the local or state medication disposal directions.

Please do not give your medicine to others who do not need this. Giving your treatment to others may become fatal for them. Your prescription is just for you; it is a prescription for you according to your medical conditions. Others may have different medical conditions and different doses for the same disease. So please do not share your medication with others while they have the same disease.

Antivert side effects

This medication can cause some side-effects. Some of these side-effects are common, and some are severe. Talk to your therapist if you feel;

  • drowsiness
  • dry mouth
  • headache
  • vomiting
  • feeling tired

Please talk to your doctor to know all the possible side-effects of this medicine. All the possible side-effects are not present here.

What drugs can interact with Antivert

Taking Antivert with other medication can lead you to a worsened medical condition. You may feel drowsy or more severe side-effects if you use this medication with other drugs, especially with alcohol. If you are currently taking any opioid medicines, then you must consult with your doctor about this. Taking this medication with an opioid can make you mentally or physically ill, so be careful if you are currently using any medicine for muscle relaxation, anxiety, seizures, or sleep.

Vitamins and Herbal products may also interact with Antivert. If you use herbal products, vitamins, tell your doctor detailed information about the products you are using.

Below is the list of the medications that may interact with Antivert, so before using Antivert with these medications, immediately consult with your doctor.

  • Advil (ibuprofen)
  • albuterol
  • Aleve (naproxen)
  • aspirin
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Benadryl (diphenhydramine)
  • Celexa (citalopram)
  • Claritin (loratadine)
  • Cymbalta (duloxetine)
  • Dramamine (dimenhydrinate)
  • Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine)
  • gabapentin
  • gabapentin
  • hydrochlorothiazide
  • ibuprofen
  • Lasix (furosemide)
  • Lipitor (atorvastatin)
  • lisinopril
  • Neurontin (gabapentin)
  • omeprazole
  • prednisone
  • Protonix (pantoprazole)
  • Singulair (montelukast)
  • Synthroid (levothyroxine)
  • Tylenol (acetaminophen)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
  • Xanax (alprazolam)
  • Zofran (ondansetron)
  • Zyrtec (cetirizine)

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