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Can I buy antivert (meclizine) over the counter?

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Dr. Alvin Lin
Internal Medicine - Geriatrics
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alvin Lin
Dr. Alvin Lin
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Dr. Yash Khanna
ANTIVERT OR MECLIZINE IS AVAILABLE ONLY BY PRESCRIPTION
Dr. Alvin Lin
Not to be contentious, but I checked out CVS as an example and found Dramamine Less Drowsy (active ingredient meclizine) available w/o prescription - http://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/catalog/shop_product_detail.jsp?filterBy=&skuId=950972&productId=950972 Also available at Walgreens - http://www.walgreens.com/store/c/dramamine-meclizine-hydrochloride-less-drowsy-formula-tablets/ID=prod5484086-product
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