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Expiration date: Virtually all food/medicine products sold in us have an expiration date before which it is guaranteed most effectiveness for what the medicine can do. This only means as time pass, the medicine slowly deteriorates and thus becomes less and less effective. For example: if the med is to expire 12/31/12, it should still be good 1/1/13, but may not be in 9/1/15 etc. Consult doc. Good luck. ...Read more
The onset of action is ~1 hour;
the duration of action is ~24 hours.
The time to eliminate 1/2 of the dose is 5 hours (half-life elimination).
wang z, lee b, pearce d, et al, "meclizine metabolism and pharmacokinetics: formulation on its absorption, " j clin pharmacol, 2011a, [epub ahead of print] [pubmed 21903894]. ...Read more
Meclizine: It is safe to take up to four doses in 24 hours. ...Read more
Meclizine: Usually it starts to work within an hour of taking it and effect may last up to 24 hours approximately. ...Read more
I have a bottle of Meclizine 25MG from 2011 that says discard after 2013, would it still be possible to take it?
Yes: If the bottle was closed and the pills are dry and the bottle was kept in a cool place, then you can take them with almost certainly the normal effect for you ...Read more
Iron tablets recalle:
Actually it is iron tablets contaminated with Meclizine that have been recalled. Bottles, marketed as iron (ferrous sulfate) and manufactured by advance pharmaceutical inc. Contained tablets of Meclizine hcl instead! The affected lot number is 12g468. The upc bar code for this lot is 0 0536-5890-01. The recall occurred january 17, 2013.
See fda information at http://www. Fda. Gov/safety/recalls/ucm. ...Read more
Yes: Claritin (loratadine) is used more for allergies and/or urticaria (itching), and Meclizine is used more often for dizziness/vertigo. Taking both together is ok, assuming you are experiencing dizziness or vertigo. If your dizziness persists despite taking Meclizine for a few days, then you will need to have your dr. Investigate other causes and possibly vestibular rehab may be beneficial. Good luck. ...Read more
Drug experimentation: Dr nyughen was quite clear and accurate about this class of drugs. I wonder why you ask the question, being suspicious that teenage drug experimentation may be at play. If I'm wrong, I apologize. If I'm correct, please take your teen or yourself for drug assessment. ...Read more
After three years, there may be some medicine in those tablets, but they are likely less potent than they were before.
It would be best to get a new supply if you might use this medicine. ...Read more
Not best choice: It is a matter of effectiveness. Medicines have an expiration date to regulate usage and effectiveness. If medicine expired it may not work at all as intended. Not recommended to use after expired. ...Read more
Probably not: In my practice, I've had patients take Meclizine for dizziness, and I have patients taking valium for muscle sprains or anxiety. Taking both would probably cause excessive drowsiness. I suggest you consult with your treating physician in detail to get a more specific answer for your particular situation. ...Read more
Yes: But you may get a little dryness in the mouth. ...Read more
No, but yes. . .: Typically, over-the-counter medications (not to be confused w/dietary supplements) are half-dose versions of their branded prescription-only counterparts. However, Meclizine appears to be an exception as it is available by prescription only as Antivert (meclizine) and available over-the-counter as dramamine, both at the same doses. So can you buy Antivert (meclizine) otc? No. But you can buy dose-equivalent dramamine. ...Read more
Yes: These will not cross react and the desired effect of each will be expressed even when you take them together. ...Read more
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