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My pharmacist said that i could take otc meclizine instead of the xanax (alprazolam) i was prescribed for plane anxiety. is this correct?

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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology 36 years experience
Depends: Meclizine will be better to handle the air sickness symptoms - dizzy, nausea, faint, etc. Zanax better for anxiety/fear. Which is better for you? - you might tell - no one else can. Don't get into the habit of Zanax - use only for the exact need and it can be fine - otherwise it can be habit forming. Hope it helped.
Dr. Kathy Robinson
Family Medicine 32 years experience
Possible: Meclizine is an antihistamine and is mostly used for vertigo. However, it helps some people with anxiety around flying and is a much safer drug than xanax (alprazolam).

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