I had read on this forum that someone had suggested taking ginger capsules to prevent seasickness. Has anyone tried this? I've taken Bonine before and it still made me sleepy even though it's not supposed to. Any ideas? Only a few more days!!!!
I've heard they are good for upset stomach but I don't know about seasickness.
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A friend of mine went on a sailboat cruise (large sailboat) he took 1 ginger pill in the morning and 1 at night and was never sick. He started taking them a couple days before he left. Also, try Meclazine (spelling). You need a prescription for that, but I took it my last cruise during really rough seas (20+ ft.) and it never made me sleepy. Either that or I was scared to death.....one of the two.
Meclazine is the Rx name for Bonine. You can get it over the counter, if you buy a bottle of 100. Oddly enough, if you cruise a lot, or are prone to seasickness, it's a good deal to get the full bottle, as it isn't a lot more expensive for the 100 Meclazine, as it is for just a pack or two or Bonine.
I've never tried the Ginger, but lots of people will use nothing else. The lovely Mrs. Jones (Vita) and I use Meclazine each and every cruise, and have never gotten sick, even when others were "Ralphing" everywhere.
Have a great cruise.
We buy the Walmart version of Dramamine. It works great, but it does make you sleepy. Actually, I took it in the morning and was alright all day, but I did sleep really well that night. That wasn't a problem for me because I have trouble sleeping normally. I woke up feeling great the next morning.
I never had a problem until I had to take bloodpressure meds. Now my doc gives me a presciption for transaderm patch I wear behind my ear. My first big cruise was the day the Tsunami hit 12/26/2004 18-22 foot seas most of the time since then I wear my patch.
When I was preparing for my 1st cruise I was concerned that I might get seasick. I couldn't decide which to take so I bought dramamine, bonine and ginger pills. It does say on the bottle of ginger pills that they are for motion sickness. I followed the instructions on the bottle and started taking them the night before. I never had to used anything else, but I am not 100% positive that I would have gotten sick, I only know that I did not, and it is definately worth a try because it does not make you sleepy. Good Luck!
Try Hyland's Motion Sickness medication. It is all natural and the pills melt under your tongue. I have tried everything out there, including prescription meclizine because I have vertigo. These pills really work well, and have no side effects. You can also safely drink alcohol with them which is advisable not to while taking other motion sickness meds.
I even used them while I was pregnant for nausea.
You can find them at any drug store or online at drugstore.com for about 6 or 7 dollars.
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If your ship has a sushi bar, try using the pickled ginger for seasickness. I bought the patch (which did really weird things to my eyesight) and had ginger pills, but still got sea sick. Someone suggested trying the pickled ginger, so hit the sushi bar. Eating a little instantly calmed my stomach. I started keeping a little with me at all times.
ginger works for me. I don't take the capsules. I drink ginger-ale- just make sure it has real ginger in it, not just flavoring. Ginger cookies as well as crystalized ginger candy works great. The sushi is a great idea, hadn't thought about that one, fresh ginger would be the best.
FYI - Ginger capsules should not be taken if you are on any kind of blood thinners, also if you are taking high blood pressure meds you should ask your doctor if you can take the ginger capsules.
Just as a footnote: 9 times out of 10 unless you are prone to motion sickness when you ride, drive or fly nothing will happen to you while on your cruise. The ships have wonderfull stabalizers. A lot of times seasickness is mistaken for over indulgance with food and alcohol. Play it by ear, but at the VERY first sign of that "funny feeling" get outside into the fresh air, do something active if its just going for a walk and eat or drink the ginger.
Look on the back of your bottle of Bonine or Dramamine 2 its the active ingredient, also normally you can go to the actual pharmacy in most stores and ask for a generic meclazine and they will give you a bottle of 100 for $10~
check the price you payed thats about what 1/5 of the retail price
My husband and daughter both get very motion sick, so they both took the ginger before hand and on the cruise as my mom suggested because it has always worked for her. However, he also got the patch just in case.
Luckily we did because unfortunately, it didn't help either of them at all.
I have always heard good stuff about it, but having a couple of options might be the best thing.
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