Antivert (meclizine) is used to prevent and treat nausea, vomiting, and dizziness. Meclizine is an antihistamine that works by reducing the effects of natural histamine in the body. It can be prescribed for people with muscular sclerosis (MS).
Vertigo and dizziness are common symptoms of MS. People with MS may feel off-balance or light-headed. Less often, they experience vertigo sensation — a feeling that their surroundings are spinning around them. For MS patients, the symptoms are due to lesions between connections that coordinate visual, spatial, and other information to the brain to produce and maintain equilibrium. Brain and spinal cord lesions are common in MS patients.
Other conditions that might cause dizziness include middle ear inflammation and benign tumors on the acoustic nerve that connects the ear and the brain.
Meclizine is administered in a tablet, a chewable tablet, or a capsule. Typically, the drug is taken every 24 hours if needed, but patients should not take any more or less than prescribed by a doctor. For vertigo treatment, meclizine may be needed several times a day.
Common meclizine side effects may include headache, vomiting, dry mouth, tired feelings, or drowsiness.
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