I cannot remember for the life of me what the best way to take the pills is. I have done the patch on 2 cruises (worked fine but itched) so on this last cruise I took the pills at night, but it seems like they made me very sleepy the next morning, so does that mean it is better in the morning to take them? Any opinions out there? I think the pills worked best for me and would like to take them again. Any helpful info out there?
I've experimented with this myself. What I find works best for me is to take 1/2 of a pill in the evening or before bed. I also take the non-drowsy formula. Good luck.
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I researched Bonine and it says that you can't drink alcohol if you are taking it. also people with glaucoma should avoid taking it. I think I will resort to my ginger capsules and ginger tea instead. Gravol just knocks me out and I suspect it also raises the pressure in the eyes. Wish they could come up with something safe and simple for sea sickness!
Have you tried the Sea Bands? they work very well for people who experience sea sickness with little to no side effects.
I have my Bonnine only as a back-up plan. The ships have such wonderful stabalizers that the Bonine hasn't been necessary. I don't personally like to medicate myself if it isn't necessary. I do know from friends that the Bonine works fairly quickly if you take it when you feel the queezies coming on.
Another point to ponder, if your stomach gets to feeling queezey shortly after dinner, chances are its something you ate and not motion sickness. After all,most folks induldge when it comes to food on a cruise.
Jean, as i stated, i cannot speak from personal experience. All i know is what my girlfriend and others have told me, that the Bonine worked for them when they took it at the first sign of the queezies. MY guess would be that like any medication, each person reacts to it differently. and you need to find what works for you. I am glad that you found your remedy.
The only reason I stated that it usually doesn't work once you start feeling ill is so that no one will count on that. I hate to hear of anyone being seasick! There is wayyyy too much fun to be had, (and too much money spent!) to be walking green around the ship...
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Nothing works better than Bonine, It's meclizine the same thing the ship's doc will give you. I have had alcohol and Bonine with no ill effect. It is not true that bonine will not make you drowsy, it will, but not as much as the older remedies. I take it only if the water is extremely rough but it does work. My wife is lucky she takes nothing even in 30 ft seas. the patches are scopolamine, a very powerful drug that can make you dizzy at home for weeks after you remove them.
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Try taking Bonine before you actually go on your cruise - I find it makes me extremely sleepy - even the non-drowsy formula. If you give it a "test run" at home - you will know for sure how it affects you.
I use the patch - and have no side effects - except dry mouth. But it is worth it to really enjoy cruising - I can't drink with it on but that saves me mega bucks for shopping