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Dramamine Less Drowsy

Generic Name: meclizine (MEK li zeen)
Brand Name: Antivert, Bonine, D-Vert, Dramamine Less Drowsy

Medically reviewed on December 12, 2017

What is Dramamine Less Drowsy?

Dramamine Less Drowsy is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

Dramamine Less Drowsy is used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. This medicine is also used to treat symptoms of vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) caused by disease that affects your inner ear.

Dramamine Less Drowsy may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

Important Information

You should not take this medication if you are allergic to Dramamine Less Drowsy.

Before you take Dramamine Less Drowsy, tell your doctor if you have liver or kidney disease, asthma, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, or urination problems.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by Dramamine Less Drowsy.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Dramamine Less Drowsy if you are allergic to it.

To make sure Dramamine Less Drowsy is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have any of these conditions:

  • liver disease;

  • kidney disease;

  • asthma;

  • glaucoma;

  • enlarged prostate; or

  • urination problems.

FDA pregnancy category B. Dramamine Less Drowsy is not expected to harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether meclizine passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Dramamine Less Drowsy should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I take Dramamine Less Drowsy?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take Dramamine Less Drowsy in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

To prevent motion sickness, take Dramamine Less Drowsy about 1 hour before you travel or engage in activity that causes 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 Dramamine Less Drowsy several times daily. Follow your doctor's instructions.

This medication can affect the results of allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using Dramamine Less Drowsy.

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

What happens if I miss a dose?

Since Dramamine Less Drowsy is sometimes taken only when needed, you may not be on a dosing schedule. If you are taking the medication regularly, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

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 Dramamine Less Drowsy?

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Dramamine Less Drowsy side effects

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

Common side effects may include:

  • headache;

  • vomiting;

  • dry mouth;

  • tired feeling; or

  • drowsiness.

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.

See also: Side effects (in more detail)

What other drugs will affect Dramamine Less Drowsy?

Taking Dramamine Less Drowsy with other drugs that make you sleepy or slow your breathing can increase these effects. Ask your doctor before taking this medicine with a sleeping pill, narcotic pain medicine, muscle relaxer, or medicine for anxiety, depression, or seizures.

Tell your doctor about all medicines you use, and those you start or stop using during your treatment with Dramamine Less Drowsy, especially:

Other drugs may interact with meclizine, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your healthcare providers about all medicines you use now, 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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