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Making the most of OTC meds – meclizine

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This article begins a series on making the most of over-the-counter drugs. Usually medical questions begin with, “I have such and such a problem – what can I do for it?” Today’s approach takes the opposite tack. With a limited supply of drugs on hand, how can you maximize their use? Employing a medication for its FDA-approved use will severely limit your treatment options. Meclizine is a good place to start because this medication exists as both an OTC and prescription medication. The over-the-counter formulation comes as a 25 mg tablet (Bonine, Dramamine, several generics), whereas the prescription options (Antivert) are 12.5, 25, and 50 mg. Obviously, the OTC formulation could be halved or doubled to achieve the prescription dose.
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