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Old August 25th, 2014, 11:26 AM
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Just wondering what others feel works better for motion sickness a pill or the patch. I know all the other remedies but I'm not interested in hearing about those just pill v's patch.
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Pill: Meclizine. Over the counter. Fewer side effects. (However, it makes me extremely tired)

Patch: Scopolamine. Prescription required. Greater chance of side effects or reaction.

Both work.

My wife used the patch for our first five or six cruises. She wore the same patch for seven days. The therapeutic level of medication is gone after 3 days. Can you say "placebo" effect. She no longer uses either.

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One would assume a prescription medication would be more effective but if it runs out at 3 days it would be useless for most cruises as it seems unlikely you would get a whole bunch at once.

I would choose based on how extreme your motion sickness is. If you are hit with even the slightest movement visit your doctor and get a recommendation. If you're just worried it might happen on rough seas grab some otc pills for just in case. Be aware of the time to become effective, the pills for instance are to be taken about 4 hours prior to effectiveness. If you wait until you feel it it the seas might be calm before the pills kick in.
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One would assume a prescription medication would be more effective but if it runs out at 3 days it would be useless for most cruises as it seems unlikely you would get a whole bunch at once.
The standard prescription has four to seven patches. You change them every three days. My wife is cheap.

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Ginger pills work best; over-the-counter, cheap, and absolutely no side affects.

All those other pills and patches can have unwanted side affects; drowsy, dizzy, light-headed, loss of appetite, etc.

But no matter what you decide to use, you must start using them 3 days prior to the cruise. If you wait until you start feeling seasick, it's too late.

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I normally take the OTC pill for the first few days then stop and I'm always fine. I was just curious about peoples thought between the two. I'll be on a 130ft boat so I don't know how rough the waters will be in BVI on this type of vessel in Febuary. I was thinking the patch might just be easier but if it has a greater risk of side effects I might just stick with what I've used in the past. I take the pills as a just in case , m not sure if I would even really need them on a cruise....maybe I'll give it a try on day.

Pete....maybe I'll pick up some ginger candies just for the heck of it .

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I talk to people all the time who tell me they never get seasick on small boats, but do when on a big cruise ship. And conversely, I've had people tell me they never get sick on a cruise ship, but do on a small boat.

The motion is just different and affects different people different ways. The motion on a small boat is quicker and more 'jerky', whereas the motion on a big ship is slower and more 'methodical'.

When I first went into the Navy, I was on a small destroyer off the East Coast and we hit a storm with 75' swells for 3 days! Obviously, they don't have stabilizers like cruise ships do, so needless to say, our ship was being tossed around pretty good. I got seasick for the whole 3 days and I was throwing up so hard, I would not have been surprised to see my shoes coming out of my mouth! But the upside of it was that as they say in the Navy, once you've gotten that seasick, you'll never get seasick again. They were right. In 46 years of sailing on all sizes of boats and ships in all types of water and weather, I've never gotten seasick.

The good thing about those small boats around the islands is that they anchor or dock every afternoon, so it'll never be a full-time motion. Plus, they normally hug the islands when cruising and will stay away from any rough seas.

I know you'll have a great time as it's an awesome way to see the islands. I've always wanted to rent a big sailboat and spend a couple of months casually sailing around the area. I love to sail and to me, that's the only way to get around the islands.

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Right Pete, I know we're going to be anchored during parts of the day to enjoy the water toys as well as visit the islands. I know we're going to be anchored for Peter Island, Jost Van Dyke, Virgin Gorda, Norman Island , Salt Island and stay the night in port in Tortola.
I do know it has some type of stableizers but like you said staying so close to the islands it might not be bad at all. Thinking I'll stick with my pills just in case.
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My story is similar to what Pete Experienced.
I was on a troop carrier bound for Vietnam and the ship went thru a typhoon.
Just about everyone got sick and I certainly was no exception. Ever since then I have been on many boats and quite a few ships and I never got seasick again.

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No medication, prescription or otherwise, will have exactly the same effect and impact on everyone. For any individual, some may work and some may not.

I know a purser that is prone to seasickness, so practice doesn't always make perfect.
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We have cruised a lot, but never transatlantic in late Oct and early Nov. We are interested in what to expect re seas and motion. My seasickness symptoms, experienced on one cruise with heavy seas, was more severe headaches rather than nausea. If we would experience heavy seas, I would get a scrip for a patch, having used one on a small yacht in the Galapagos Islands. What should we anticipate re Atlantic seas?
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My husband and I used the pill on our first couple of cruises, then switched to the patch. We have had no side effects from the patch, but the pill made us drowsy. The patch isn't cheap, but they are worth it in my opinion because you do not have to remember to take them, etc.
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