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Antivert is an antihistamine medication approved to treat vertigo and to treat and prevent motion sickness. When used for motion sickness or vertigo, this drug requires a prescription. However, there are over-the-counter versions available for motion sickness only. The medicine comes in tablet form and is typically taken once or twice a day.
What Is Antivert?Antivert® (meclizine hydrochloride) is a medication used to treat vertigo and to treat and prevent motion sickness. It is available both with a prescription (for motion sickness or vertigo) or without a prescription (for motion sickness only).
How Does Antivert Work?Antivert belongs to a class of drugs called antihistamines, meaning that it blocks histamine receptors. However, it probably works for motion sickness by blocking acetylcholine receptors (by its "anticholinergic" activity).
- This medication comes in tablet form. It is usually taken by mouth once or twice a day.
- It does not matter if you take Antivert with food or on an empty stomach. If the medication seems to bother your stomach, try taking it with a little food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as directed.
Antivert Dosing InformationThe dose of Antivert your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
- How you respond to Antivert
- The medical condition being treated
- Other medications you are taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.