When we were in Hawaii a couple of weeks ago, we were on a twisty road and a couple of us started getting car sick. We stopped at a small grocery store and purchased a box of Bonine. This cost almost 6 dollars for only 8 pills! The pills were chewable, which was a plus because they got into the system very quickly. The active ingredient in Bonine is 25 mg of meclizine hcl.
I saw my Dr. today for another acute ear infection, which is causing me to be nauseous and dizzy, and my Dr. said to look for meclizine. She said it used to be prescription only, but is now available over the counter. While at the pharmacy I looked for meclizine, and could not find it, so I asked for some help. The pharmacist pointed out a box of Bonine, but then showed me a bottle of meclizine made by Rugby, which was only $4.99 for 100 caplets, so that is what I purchased.
Rugby Meclizine is an antimetic, and according to the label, it is used to “prevent or treat nausea, vomiting, or dizziness due to motion sickness”. The 100 count bottle contains pills in the form of caplets that are small white pills, oval in shape, and they are narrow and only about 1/2″ in length. These are very easy to swallow.
This medication can be used by children and adults 12 years and older, and you can take 2-4 of the caplets in a 24 hour period. Rugby Meclizine works within 30 minutes after taking it, and although it is so much cheaper than the Bonine brand that we bought in Hawaii, it contains half the active ingredient. Each caplet contains 12.5 mg of meclizine hcl, while Bonine has 25 mg.
Still, even if I doubled the dosage with the Rugby brand, that would equal 50 caplets for $4.99, compared to 8 chewable tablets for $6.00. That is a huge price difference! Another plus to taking the Rugby Meclizine is that each caplet also contains 51 mg of calcium, something that the female body needs to help build strong bones, so I am getting that as a bonus.
Not everyone can take meclizine. If you are pregnant or nursing, have glaucoma, emphysema, chronic bronchitis, or enlarged prostate you should not take meclizine. Taking meclizine can cause drowsiness, and if you drink alcoholic beverages, or take sedatives or tranquilizers these can increase the drowsy feeling. Because it can make you sleepy, you should take care when operating a car or machinery.
Obviously it can be very convenient to take a medication in chewable form, it can be taken when you don’t have any water on hand, and the medicine gets into the body quickly. In my case, I might be taking this medicine for a while, and I was more interested in the money saving aspect.