Antivert is a brand of meclizine medication; it’s an oral antihistamine used to treat medical issues that affect the inner ear, including motion sickness, nausea, vertigo and dizziness. You can take it with or without food an hour before you need protection. For instance, if you were scheduled to go on a long car trip this week, and you knew that trip would probably give you motion sickness, you could take your first Antivert tablet an hour before you got in the car, and then again once every twenty-four hours as long as you needed to. (It’s best to start taking Antivert before you experience any symptoms of motion sickness.) If you prefer, you could get Antivert in the form of a chewable tablet.
You should get specific directions on how to take Antivert from your doctor. He or she will base the dosage prescribed on how severe your condition is. Make sure you follow that prescription exactly. You’ll want to contact your doctor again should you find that the Antivert is not taking care of your medical condition, or if you show any signs of being allergic to this medication (facial swelling or swelling of the tongue, hives or breathing problems are a few examples of these signs of allergies). When you take Antivert you might find that you experience no side effects at all, or you might experience mild side effects such as blurry vision, fatigue, slight dizziness, constipation or dry mouth.
When you’re taking Antivert, you don’t want to drive or operate machinery. In fact, because blurry vision and drowsiness are sometimes side effects of this medication, you don’t want to do anything that requires clear vision and your full attention in order to be done safely while you are on Antivert. You should also avoid alcohol, or at least reduce your intake of alcohol.
Some people are best advised to avoid taking Antivert. Elderly people may not handle the drug well. And people with asthma, emphysema and other respiratory disorders, as well as people with prostate disorders, glaucoma or a history of seizures may not be able to take this medication either. It’s a good idea to keep a written list of all the other drugs, medications, herbal products, dietary supplements and vitamins you are taking, so you can review this list with your doctor just to be sure that none of them will counteract with the Antivert. You may or may not be able to take Antivert if you’re pregnant. If you find out that you’re pregnant when you’re on Antivert, call your doctor before you take another pill to see what you should do.
To store Antivert, or any meclizine-related medication, keep it in its original container, closed tightly at all times. Store it someplace away from moisture and excessive heat; room temperature is best. It should be someplace where children won’t be able to get at it. Once your doctor tells you to stop taking Antivert, you should carefully and properly dispose of any of these pills you might have left over.
You may have a friend who suffers from motion sickness, and on a long car ride with him or her, for example, you may be tempted to give this friend one of your Antivert pills so he or she won’t get sick. Do NOT do this, however. You should never share your Antivert, or any prescription medication, with anyone else.
Finally, take care to ingest your Antivert tablets at the regular, prescribed intervals. If you forget to take one of these pills at the correct time, take one as soon as you remember. Don’t simply take two pills at the next scheduled time, however. This can be a dangerous practice.