Cyclizine helps to reduce sickness and dizziness.
It may be taken by adults and by children over 6 years of age.
The most common side-effects are a dry mouth and feeling drowsy.
|Type of medicine||Antihistamine|
|Used for||Sickness caused by balance or movement problems such as vertigo, travel sickness, and problems affecting the inner ear|
Cyclizine is used to treat sickness, travel sickness, and problems affecting the inner ear and balance. It is an antihistamine.
Nerves situated inside your ear send messages to your brain with information about your movement. Along with messages from your eyes and muscles, these nerves help your body to maintain a good sense of balance. If the nerves in one of your ears send too many, too few, or wrong messages to your brain, it conflicts with the messages sent from your other ear, your eyes, or your body. Your brain then gets confused and this can cause dizziness and vertigo (a spinning sensation), and can make you feel sick.
Travel sickness is caused by repeated unusual movements during travelling. These repeated movements, such as going over bumps or around in a circle, send lots of messages to your brain. The balance mechanism in your ear sends different signals to those from your eyes, which results in your brain receiving mixed and confusing messages. This is what causes you to feel sick.
Cyclizine helps reduce the feelings of sickness and vertigo caused by problems such as these. It is available on prescription, or you can buy it at pharmacies, without a prescription. It can be taken by adults and by children over the age of 6 years.
Some medicines are not suitable for people with certain conditions, and sometimes a medicine may only be used if extra care is taken. For these reasons, before you start taking cyclizine it is important that your doctor or pharmacist knows:
Along with their useful effects, most medicines can cause unwanted side-effects although not everyone experiences them. These usually improve as your body adjusts to the new medicine, but speak with your doctor or pharmacist if any of the following side-effects continue or become troublesome.
|Possible cyclizine side-effects||What can I do if I experience this?|
|Headache||Ask your pharmacist to recommend a suitable painkiller|
|Feeling drowsy, blurred eyesight||This is unlikely, but if it happens, do not drive or use tools or machines. Do not drink alcohol|
|Dry mouth||Try chewing sugar-free sweets or gum|
|Constipation||Try to eat a well-balanced diet and drink plenty of water|
|Skin rash, difficulty passing urine, feeling restless||Stop taking cyclizine and speak to your doctor about these|
If you experience any other symptoms which you think may be due to this medicine, speak with your doctor or pharmacist.