Proper Use

Drug information provided by: Micromedex

This medicine can be taken with food or a glass of water or milk to lessen stomach irritation if necessary.

Dosing

The dose of this medicine will be different for different patients. Follow your doctor's orders or the directions on the label. The following information includes only the average doses of this medicine. If your dose is different, do not change it unless your doctor tells you to do so.

The amount of medicine that you take depends on the strength of the medicine. Also, the number of doses you take each day, the time allowed between doses, and the length of time you take the medicine depend on the medical problem for which you are using the medicine.

  • For oral dosage form (tablets):
    • For allergy symptoms:
      • Adults and teenagers—12.5 milligrams (mg) before meals and at bedtime; or 25 mg at bedtime as needed.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Your doctor will determine dose based on the weight and/or size of the child. The dose is usually 6.25 to 12.5 mg three times a day; or 25 mg at bedtime as needed.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For prevention of motion sickness:
      • Adults and teenagers—25 mg twice daily; this initial dose should be taken one-half to one hour before traveling. The dose may be repeated eight to twelve hours later if needed. On other days of travel, 25 mg may be taken on arising and again before the evening meal.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Your doctor will determine dose based on the weight and/or size of the child. The dose is usually 12.5 to 25 mg one-half to one hour before traveling. The dose may be repeated eight to twelve hours later if needed.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For nausea and vomiting:
      • Adults and teenagers—25 mg for the first dose, then 12.5 to 25 mg every four to six hours if needed.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Your doctor will determine dose based on the weight and/or size of the child. The dose is usually 0.5 mg per pound of body weight (1.1 mg per kg) or 12.5 to 25 mg every four to six hours as needed.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For sedation:
      • Adults and teenagers—25 to 50 mg.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Your doctor will determine dose based on the weight and/or size of the child. The dose is usually 12.5 to 25 mg.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .
    • For control of pain or anxiety before or after surgery:
      • Adults and teenagers—50 mg the night before surgery; 25 to 50 mg after surgery.
      • Children 2 years of age and older—Your doctor will determine dose based on the weight and/or size of the child. The dose is usually 0.5 mg per pound of body weight (1.1 mg per kg) or 12.5 to 25 mg the night before surgery or after the surgery.
      • Children younger than 2 years of age—Use and dose must be determined by your doctor .

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double doses.

Storage

Store the medicine in a closed container at room temperature, away from heat, moisture, and direct light. Keep from freezing.

Ask your healthcare professional how you should dispose of any medicine you do not use.

Do not keep outdated medicine or medicine no longer needed.

Keep out of the reach of children.