Generic Name: Bonine Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.

Uses

What is Bonine® (meclizine) used for?

Meclizine is an antihistamine that reduces the effects of natural chemical histamine in the body.

Bonine® is used to treat or prevent nausea, vomiting, and dizziness caused by motion sickness. Bonine® is also used to treat symptoms of vertigo (dizziness or spinning sensation) caused by disease that affects your inner ear.

Bonine® may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

How should I take Bonine® (meclizine)?

Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not take this medicine in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended.

The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

To prevent motion sickness, take meclizine about 1 hour before you travel or engage in activity that causes motion sickness. You may take meclizine once every 24 hours while you are traveling, to further prevent motion sickness.

To treat vertigo, you may need to take meclizine several times daily. Follow your doctor’s instructions.

This medication can affect the results of allergy skin tests. Tell any doctor who treats you that you are using meclizine.

How do I store Bonine® (meclizine)?

Bonine® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Bonine® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Bonine® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Bonine® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Bonine® (meclizine)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Bonine® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.
  • You have liver or kidney disease, asthma, glaucoma, an enlarged prostate, or urination problems.

This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert.

Drinking alcohol can increase certain side effects of meclizine.

Cold or allergy medicine, sedatives, narcotic pain medicine, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, and medicine for seizures, depression or anxiety can add to sleepiness caused by meclizine.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Bonine® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Bonine®. Bonine® is pregnancy risk category B, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Bonine® (meclizine)?

Common side effects may include:

  • Headache
  • Vomiting
  • Dry mouth
  • Tired feeling
  • Drowsiness

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Bonine® (meclizine)?

Bonine® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Products that may interact with this drug are:

  • Cinacalcet
  • Quinidine
  • Terbinafine
  • The antidepressants bupropion, duloxetine, fluoxetine, paroxetine, or sertraline

Does food or alcohol interact with Bonine® (meclizine)?

Bonine® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Bonine® (meclizine)?

Bonine® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Health conditions that may interact with this drug are:

  • Liver disease
  • Kidney disease
  • Asthma
  • Glaucoma
  • Enlarged prostate
  • Urination problems

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Bonine® (meclizine).

What is the dose of Bonine® (meclizine) for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Vertigo

25 to 100 mg orally per day in divided doses

Dosing dependent upon clinical response.

Use: Management of vertigo associated with diseases affecting the vestibular system.

Usual Adult Dose for Motion Sickness

Initial Dose: 25 to 50 mg orally 1 hour before travel

Maintenance Dose: Repeat dose every 24 hours if needed

Use: Management of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness.

What is the dose of Bonine® (meclizine) for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Vertigo

Age 12 years and older:

25 to 100 mg orally per day in divided doses

Dosing dependent upon clinical response.

Use: Management of vertigo associated with diseases affecting the vestibular system.

Usual Pediatric Dose for Motion Sickness

Age 12 years and older:

Initial Dose: 25 to 50 mg orally 1 hour before travel

Maintenance Dose: Repeat dose every 24 hours if needed

Use: Management of nausea, vomiting, and dizziness associated with motion sickness.

How is Bonine® (meclizine) available?

Bonine® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Tablet

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Bonine®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: October 4, 2017 | Last Modified: October 4, 2017

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