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Meclizine

Generic Name: Meclizine hydrochloride
Dosage Form: tablet

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 1, 2019.

Meclizine Description

Meclizine hydrochloride, an oral antiemetic, is a white, slightly yellowish, crystalline powder which has a slight odor and is tasteless. It has the following structural formula:

Chemically, Meclizine hydrochloride, USP, is 1-(p-chloro-α-phenylbenzyl)-4-(m-methylbenzyl) piperazine dihydrochloride monohydrate.

Inert ingredients for the tablets are: colloidal silicon dioxide; lactose monohydrate; magnesium stearate; microcrystalline cellulose; sodium starch glycolate; corn starch; FD&C Red # 40.

Each Meclizine hydrochloride 12.5 mg tablet contains 12.5 mg of Meclizine dihydrochloride equivalent to 10.53 mg of Meclizine free base.

Each Meclizine hydrochloride 25 mg tablet contains 25 mg of Meclizine dihydrochloride equivalent to 21.07 mg of Meclizine free base.

Each Meclizine hydrochloride 50 mg tablet contains 50 mg of Meclizine dihydrochloride equivalent to 42.14 mg of Meclizine free base.

Meclizine - Clinical Pharmacology

Meclizine hydrochloride is an antihistamine that shows marked protective activity against nebulized histamine and lethal doses of intravenously injected histamine in guinea pigs. It has a marked effect in blocking the vasodepressor response to histamine, but only a slight blocking action against acetylcholine. Its activity is relatively weak in inhibiting the spasmogenic action of histamine on isolated guinea pig ileum.

Pharmacokinetics

The available pharmacokinetic information for Meclizine hydrochloride following oral administration has been summarized from published literature.

Absorption

Meclizine is absorbed after oral administration with maximum plasma concentrations reaching at a median Tmax value of 3 hours post-dose (range: 1.5 to 6 hours) for the tablet dosage form.

Distribution

Drug distribution characteristics for Meclizine in humans are unknown.

Metabolism

The metabolic fate of Meclizine in humans is unknown. In an in vitro metabolic study using human hepatic microsome and recombinant CYP enzyme, CYP2D6 was found to be the dominant enzyme for metabolism of Meclizine.

The genetic polymorphism of CYP2D6 that results in extensive-, poor-, intermediate- and ultrarapid metabolizer phenotypes could contribute to large inter-individual variability in Meclizine exposure.

Elimination

Meclizine has a plasma elimination half-life of about 5-6 hours in humans.

Indications and Usage for Meclizine

Meclizine hydrochloride tablets are indicated for the treatment of vertigo associated with diseases affecting the vestibular system.

Contraindications

Meclizine hydrochloride is contraindicated in individuals who have shown a previous hypersensitivity to it.

Warnings

Since drowsiness may, on occasion, occur with use of this drug, patients should be warned of this possibility and cautioned against driving a car or operating dangerous machinery.

Patients should avoid alcoholic beverages while taking this drug.

Due to its potential anticholinergic action, this drug should be used with caution in patients with asthma, glaucoma, or enlargement of the prostate gland.

Precautions

Pediatric Use

Clinical studies establishing safety and effectiveness in children have not been done; therefore, usage is not recommended in children under 12 years of age.

Pregnancy

Teratogenic Effects

Pregnancy Category B

Reproduction studies in rats have shown cleft palates at 25-50 times the human dose. Epidemiological studies in pregnant women, however, do not indicate that Meclizine increases the risk of abnormalities when administered during pregnancy. Despite the animal findings, it would appear that the possibility of fetal harm is remote. Nevertheless, Meclizine, or any other medication, should be used during pregnancy only if clearly necessary.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Meclizine is administered to a nursing woman.

Hepatic Impairment

The effect of hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of Meclizine has not been evaluated. As Meclizine undergoes metabolism, hepatic impairment may result in increased systemic exposure of the drug. Treatment with Meclizine should be administered with caution in patients with hepatic impairment.

Renal Impairment

The effect of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of Meclizine has not been evaluated. Due to a potential for drug/metabolite accumulation, Meclizine should be administered with caution in patients with renal impairment and in the elderly as renal function generally declines with age.

Drug Interactions

There may be increased CNS depression when Meclizine is administered concurrently with other CNS depressants, including alcohol, tranquilizers, and sedatives. (see WARNINGS)

Based on in-vitro evaluation, Meclizine is metabolized by CYP2D6. Therefore there is a possibility for a drug interaction between Meclizine and CYP2D6 inhibitors.

Adverse Reactions

Anaphylactoid reaction, drowsiness, dry mouth, headache, fatigue, vomiting and, on rare occasions, blurred vision have been reported.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Wilshire Pharmaceuticals, Inc. at 1-877-495-6856 or FDA at 1-800 -FDA- 1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Meclizine Dosage and Administration

The recommended dosage is 25 mg to 100 mg daily administered orally, in divided dosage, depending upon clinical response.

How is Meclizine Supplied

Meclizine Hydrochloride Tablets, USP 12.5 mg - Pink mottled, round shaped, biconvex tablets, debossed with 'I50' on one side and plain on other side.

Tablets are supplied as: Bottle of 100 (NDC 52536-129-01) and Bottle of 1000 (NDC 52536-129-10).

Meclizine Hydrochloride Tablets, USP 25 mg - Pink mottled, round shaped, biconvex tablets, debossed with 'I60' on one side and plain on other side.

Tablets are supplied as: Bottle of 100 (NDC 52536-133-01) and Bottle of 1000 (NDC 52536-133-10).

Meclizine Hydrochloride Tablets, USP 50 mg - Pink mottled, oval shaped, biconvex tablets, debossed with 'I171' on one side and partial breakline on other side.

Tablets are supplied as: Bottle of 100 (NDC 52536-137-01) and Bottle of 1000 (NDC 52536-137-10).

Store between 20°C and 25°C (68°F and 77°F); excursions permitted between 15°C and 30°C (59°F and 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Dispensed in tight, light-resistant containers (USP).

Keep this and all medication out of the reach of children.

Rx only

Manufactured for:
Wilshire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Atlanta, GA 30328

Product of India

Rev. 03/2019
MEC-PI-01

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 12.5 mg Tablet Bottle Label

NDC 52536-129-01

Meclizine HCl
Tablets, USP

12.5 mg

Rx Only

100 Tablets

WILSHIRE®
PHARMACEUTICALS, INC

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 25 mg Tablet Bottle Label

NDC 52536-133-01

Meclizine HCl
Tablets, USP

25 mg

Rx Only

100 Tablets

Mfd. for: Wilshire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
Atlanta, GA 30328

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 50 mg Tablet Bottle Label

NDC 52536-137-01

Meclizine HCl
Tablets, USP

50 mg

Rx Only

100 Tablets

Mfd. for: Wilshire Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,
Atlanta, GA 30328

Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 
Meclizine hydrochloride tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:52536-129
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE (Meclizine) Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 12.5 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE  
STARCH, CORN  
SODIUM STARCH GLYCOLATE TYPE A POTATO  
FD&C RED NO. 40  
SILICON DIOXIDE  
MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
Product Characteristics
Color PINK (mottled pink) Score no score
Shape ROUND (biconvex) Size 7mm
Flavor Imprint Code I50;plain
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:52536-129-01 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
2 NDC:52536-129-10 1000 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA205136 04/15/2019
Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 
Meclizine hydrochloride tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:52536-133
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE (Meclizine) Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 25 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE  
STARCH, CORN  
SODIUM STARCH GLYCOLATE TYPE A POTATO  
FD&C RED NO. 40  
SILICON DIOXIDE  
MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
Product Characteristics
Color PINK (mottled pink) Score no score
Shape ROUND (biconvex) Size 9mm
Flavor Imprint Code I60;plain
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:52536-133-01 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
2 NDC:52536-133-10 1000 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA205136 04/15/2019
Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 
Meclizine hydrochloride tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:52536-137
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE (Meclizine) Meclizine HYDROCHLORIDE 50 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE  
STARCH, CORN  
SODIUM STARCH GLYCOLATE TYPE A POTATO  
FD&C RED NO. 40  
SILICON DIOXIDE  
MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
Product Characteristics
Color PINK (mottled pink) Score 2 pieces
Shape OVAL (biconvex) Size 16mm
Flavor Imprint Code I171
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:52536-137-01 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
2 NDC:52536-137-10 1000 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA205136 04/15/2019
Labeler - Wilshire Pharmaceuticals Inc (078657245)
 
Wilshire Pharmaceuticals Inc
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