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Bonine

Generic Name: meclizine (MEK li zeen)
Brand Name: Bonine, Travel-Ease

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com on Feb 1, 2019 – Written by Cerner Multum

What is Bonine?

Bonine is used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness.

Bonine is also used to treat symptoms of vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) caused by disease that affects your inner ear.

Bonine may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

Follow all directions on your medicine label and package. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all your medical conditions, allergies, and all medicines you use.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Bonine if you are allergic to it.

Bonine should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

Do not give Bonine to a child without medical advice.

Tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding.

How should I take Bonine?

Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets. Use the medicine exactly as directed.

You must chew the chewable tablet before you swallow it.

To prevent motion sickness, take Bonine about 1 hour before you travel or anticipate having motion sickness. You may take this medicine once every 24 hours while you are traveling, to further prevent motion sickness.

To treat vertigo, you may need to take Bonine several times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

This medicine can affect the results of allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Bonine.

Store at room temperature away from moisture, heat, and light.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Bonine is sometimes taken only when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. Skip any missed dose if it's almost time for your next dose. Do not use two doses at one time.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Bonine?

Avoid driving or hazardous activity until you know how Bonine will affect you. Your reactions could be impaired.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Bonine side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Common side effects may include:

  • drowsiness;

  • dry mouth;

  • headache;

  • vomiting; or

  • feeling tired.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Bonine?

Using Bonine with other drugs that make you drowsy can worsen this effect. Ask your doctor before using opioid medication, a sleeping pill, a muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety or seizures.

Other drugs may affect Bonine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell your doctor about all your current medicines and any medicine you start or stop using.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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