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Dramamine 5 18.52%
Bonine 10 37.04%
Bracelet 1 3.70%
Ginger 4 14.81%
Patch 7 25.93%
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Old March 1st, 2008, 11:17 AM
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For all you seasoned cruisers out there. Tell me what is your preferred way to treat sea-sickness.





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i am very prone to getting sea sick, so if the ocean is at all rough i go for the patch even though it makes my mouth dry. if the seas are realitivly smooth i will just go with dramamine just for insurance. i have only actually gotten close to being sick using this plan once and that was on the celebration the first night out of port and it was very rough(some of the crew were feeling the effects). i was ok until dinner time once i sat still i started feeling a little queasy so i skipped dinner that night and never actually got sick, and i kid you not if i even think of going on a small fishing boat 40 or 50 footer if there are waves at all i am sick no matter what i do.
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Non drowsy Bonine chewable tablets seems to me to be the simplest, cheapest, and most efffective "treatment" for motion sickness.

One tablet before boarding, then one a day and you don't notice the motion of the ocean.
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I have never experianced sea sickness, but I have been with many who have.

The braceletts that are elastic and have a small button that rests against the inside of your wrist on your pulse, worked very good for them.
They were all up and moving in about a half hour.

They can be purchased at Wal-Mart and other stores like that. They are in the Pharmacy area.

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I take two boxes of Bonine on all our cruises just in case.
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Where do you buy bonine
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just bought a box a of bonnine at walmart, it was 4.86 for 16 tablets
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I guess I am lucky enough not to have to expierience motion/sea sickness. I guess I understand what it is, but I have to ask myself, what is in this medication? Something that churns your stomach in the opposite direction? Seriously, is it a placebo type pill or something. I understand the mind is very powerful. If you think sick you get sick.
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i am no doctor but i believe it has some effect on the inner ear which helps you from feeling the motion of the ocean. trust me sea sickness is not something that is self induced, no one would want to do lhis to themselves. i have used the patch and dramamine before and they are not placebos they do infact help.
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I guess I am lucky enough not to have to expierience motion/sea sickness. I guess I understand what it is, but I have to ask myself, what is in this medication? Something that churns your stomach in the opposite direction? Seriously, is it a placebo type pill or something. I understand the mind is very powerful. If you think sick you get sick.
Yeah my mother and husband always said that too until I threw up all over them. Coming back from the Bahamas (getting out the way from Hurricane Hugo) the waves were high and my family kept saying they could not understand why the crew and others were getting sick. (they do not have this problem) I put on a patch that night and in the morning my family (finally) felt quesy and I was doing fine. It is the inner ear according to my doctor....
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Any of the options suggested make you drowsy?
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I know some one else will post an answer to your question.

All I can say on this is..
I don't use an medication for sea sickness, we use the elastic bands for your wrist. I don't like taking any medication, just in case it would make me drowsy or have a reaction to anything else I may need, such as allergy medication or even a drink.

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dramamine and the patch have never made me drowsey.
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Some people complain about drowsiness with Dramamine. And it does make me sleepy.

However, Bonine does not.

I take one Bonine before I board the ship and then one with my breakfast every morning (whether I think I will need it or not). It has worked well for me.

One day I did forget to take it and the seas got really bad. I popped one AFTER the sea sick feeling started and was amazed that it worked.

Usually...after you feel it coming on..it is to late. But I am happy to report that within the hour...I was "normal" again.

Also, make sure the Bonine has not expired. We travel alot and I had some that did expire and they did not work.
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I take the pills the night before I board and then I do not feel drowsy. IF rough seas, I take them in the morning and then again at bedtime. The patch does make me sleepy, so I only use it when in very rough seas (like a hurricane). I once use the bracelet (only) and it worked for the entire cruise. I think it all depends on the weather and size of ship for me...
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How about some comments on ginger capsules I take so many meds I hesitate to add another bunch of chemicals if it isn't necessary. Thanks !
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I chose Bonine, but actually I ask the pharmacist for meclazine. It's kept behind the counter. It's the active ingredient in Bonine (CrazySis is a pharmacy tech and she told me this!). It's cheaper and works great!

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Both of the Carnival ships I've been on had stashes of meclizine for free on the infirmary door & at the purser's desk. I haven't gotten seasick, but others who've been with me said it works really well... And no drowsiness!
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On all 3 of my cruises I have taken Ginger capsules. I take them 3 days before sailing, every day of cruise & even 2-3 days after cruise (when I get land legs again) . I have also used the SeaBands. They even work after you feel motion of ship. Knock on wood... something worked because I have never been sick.


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I have only been on one cruise, over 20 years ago. The girls I went with all got the patches, so rather than experiment with my innards i put the patch on the day before, never felt any effect from it, and unlike many others, did not get sick. I don't want to miss a single second of cruise time because I don't feel good. Its bad enough to have to sleep!!
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Meclizine is the generic name for Bonine.
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If you know you are prone to being sea sick ... Bonine ... take one the night before boarding and every night before going to sleep. Bonine has few side effects, but taking it at night decreases the side effects b/c most of the side effects take place in the first 6 hours after taking the pill. So, you are asleep during that time and awake enjoying your vacation with little if any side effects.

I have never (knock on wood) been sea sick, but one time it got really rough and I took a dramamine. Twenty minutes later I was good to go. When I say really rough, one of my friends (big athletic non-drinking type guy) was standing still and fell to one of his knees while we were talking.
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I always get a prescription for Scopolomine gel. Its the same medicine that is in the patch but you can adjust the dosage. I've never been sick. I have always used it as a precaution.
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was wondering if anyone has ever had a shot for seasickness from ships doc
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I did not know about the scopolomine gel. Do you rub it on?
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Yes you rub it in on a hairless area. You have to have a rx for it and get a compounding pharmacist to fix it for you but I think it is great.
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Interesting. I learned something new.
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