Meclizine and Alcohol
Meclizine is the generic name of this drug which is sold under brand names Antivert, Bonine, D-Vert, Dramamine II, Medivert, Driminate II, Mecilicot, Ru-Vert-M and Meni-D. The drug is a combination of antihistamine and anticholinergic and functions by blocking a chemical signal in the brain which helps to reduce vomiting.
The primary purpose is to treat or prevent motion sickness and is also used for vertigo caused by certain inner ear infections. It is suggested only moderate drinking while using Mecilizine.
At this time the medical community defines moderate consumption of alcohol as no more than two drinks per day and no more than 14 drinks per week. Anything more than that is considered an unhealthy dependency on alcohol that may have adverse social, family and health consequences.
If a person drinks only once or twice a week but drinks on the same days each week and more than two drinks this is considered as an alcohol dependency.
If a person binge drinks at any time during the week this is also considered as alcoholism.
Some consider alcoholism as a disease while others consider it an addiction which is the result of personal choice and character fault. This school of thought blames the alcoholism on life style choices.
Personally I consider alcoholism a genetic tendency as I have seen families of alcoholics even when they live far apart. These unfortunate people are probably dependent on alcohol from the first drink.
When alcohol interacts with prescription over the counter drugs it usually results in negative health effects most especially liver damage as the main organ affected.
Before using Meclizine advise your doctor if you are allergic to any other drug or substance, if you are using dietary or herbal supplements, are pregnant, plan to be or are breastfeeding, have asthma or any other breathing disorder, glaucoma, enlarged prostate or urination problems.
Side Effects are blurred vision, dry mouth, constipation, dizziness or drowsiness. If these occur it is suggested you contact your physician for advice.
This site serves as an information source only and does not dispense medical advice or any other kind of advice. If you are seeking medical advice you are advised to consult your own physician.
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