Dramamine has become a generic term, like Kleenex or Xerox. As a result, Bonine, which is a whole different medication, (meclizine hydrochloride, if I remember right,) is sometimes marketed as "Non-Drowsy Dramamine", simply because that's the name most people are so familiar with. It's better all around-- lasts up to 24 hours, as compared to 6 for dramamine, and doesn't leave users as drowsy. And despite what previous posters have written, it HAS worked quickly for me even AFTER I started to feel "green", on a smaller ship in rough North Atlantic waters.
If that "awful feeling" hits you, take a bonine, lie down and close your eyes-- a lot of the problem is caused by the disconnect between what your eyes see (a normal-looking room) and what your inner ear senses-- so with your eyes shut, there's no contradiction. In an hour, you'll feel a lot better-- maybe even hungry!
Just to clarify, Dramamine® products are produced by Pharmacia Consumer, which was acquired by Pfizer in 2003.
Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula
Active Ingredient: Meclizine hydrochloride 25 mg
Dramamine® Original Formula
Active Ingredient: Dimenhydrinate 50 mg
Pfizer also manufactures Antivert® in various doses. Its active ingredient is also Meclizine Hydrochloride.
Bonine used to be manufactured by Phizer as well, but it divested its Bonine franchise in North America in 2003. Bonine has the same active ingredient as Dramamine® Less Drowsy Formula and Antivert®: Meclizine Hydrochloride.
It all comes down to you. Do you get severe motion sickness when traveling in the car, plane or train? If so then you should get the patch from your doctor.
If you suffer from mild motion sickness when traveling in the car, plane, train then i would go for the Bonine.
I would still bring the Bonine even if you don't suffer from any kind of motion sickness, as a just in case. Bonine does work when you take it at the first sign of the queezies.
Gingerale works great for me. I will have a glass of gingerale in my hands especially the first night and next day, until my body gets used to the motion.
Having some carbs in your stomach at all times also helps alot.
Fresh air and activity is the best cure for the queezies. Laying down without any medication is the worst thing you can do if you feel the queezies coming on. Get up get outside into the fresh air, go for a walk or a swim, focus on the horizon - don't look at the water. You will be just fine.
We always use Bonine on our cruises, one chewable tablet in the morning, and we've never had a problem.
If you do get hit by the ickies, my suggestion is to get OUT of the cabin, go on the main deck and get some fresh air and look far at the horizon, not at the water. And do not stay in an enclosed room.
Better to prevent than suffer! Happy cruising!
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I take a bonine every 24 hours and have had wonderful results in very rough weather even though I am prone to severe sea sickness. Some doctors absolutely refuse to Rx the patch because of potentially severe psychiatric side effects that can be destructive
I've never used the patch, but do take Bonine. On my last couple of cruises I have just taken 1/2 pill a night. Even though it is a "non-drowsy" formula, it still makes me tired.
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We cruised over Thanksgiving down to Baja & I was worried about the motion sickness factor, especially since I was in my first trimester of pregnancy. Dr said Bonine ok but no Dramimine. Turned out that I didn't need to take anything, no sickness for me! The first night at dinner I was feeling a little "strange" between the movement of the ship and how they blink the lights off and on while the stewards are dancing, but not so much so that I couldn't eat. I say relax and try not to think about it too much because the mind can play tricks on you!
I was worried when I first cruised as I had always gotten seasick very easily in small boats (ie tours when visiting islands, deep sea fishing, ect.). First cruise I took 1 dramamine pill the entire time (4 day cruise) and the second I took 2 Bonine pills the entire time (one because we were doing a shore excursion that was on a small boat most of the day - this was a 7 day cruise). We were lucky in that we had smooth seas. I didn't really feel much motion at all. I preferred the Bonine as I found it had less side effects for me.
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Bonine is my choice, 1 tablet a day. I had no drowsiness, etc. Worked great. ON my recent 10-day cruise to Panama I struck up a conversation with a woman who had the patch. It was irritating her skin and she was going to have to take it off. I mentioned the Bonine and suggested she check with the ship's doctor about taking it if she had any concerns and IF she could find some at the next port. We saw each other later and she mentioned she had removed the patch and had gotten Bonine and everything was great. As many have metioned previously, check with your own personal physician who is familiar with you and ask about Bonine. Happy Sailing.