When I described my visit to the neurotologist recently, I mentioned that he prescribed me 12.5 milligrams of meclizine three times per day. This initially seemed like quite a bit to me — but after doing some research, I guess it’s pretty much the lowest dosage possible.
Meclizine, which is often sold under the brand names Bonine and Antivert, is both an antihistamine and an antiemetic (it prevents vertigo). Mine came in 25 mg tablets that I can break in half and tastes like some gross artificial berry that doesn’t actually exist in nature (yes, I had to chew it just to see what it tasted like).
While I was hesitant about taking it at first, I took some yesterday, last night and today, and I find it actually helps substantially. I almost feel 100% while taking it (there’s still a slight twinge of something there once in a while, but it comes and goes).
I was quite worried about the sedating effects of meclizine, but I’ve only been slightly drowsy while on it. It also helped me to sleep much better than I usually do.
What I wonder, however, is if taking meclizine constantly is going to be an effective way to combat benign vertigo and dizziness. I also wonder if it will have an impact on any vestibular compensation that is still happening (although I wonder if after 3 years, the vestibular compensation is pretty much at an end).
If anyone has had an experience with meclizine (or any other drug that was used successfully or unsucessfully to treat their dizziness or vertigo), I’d love to hear what your experience was with it.