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Old December 6th, 2010, 01:34 PM
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As I've indicated on prior posts I had an accident 4 weeks ago causing me to have very bad Vertigo . I was hoping that I would be fine by the cruise ,however with 6 days to go till I fly to the cruise port I am concerned .

I've read numerous posts about Bonine .I bought a box of 8 tablets and I have one tablet left from the RX prescribed in the ER .I also have valium .

For the frequent flyers on this site who suffer from Vertigo or dizziness what would you suggest that I use and when should I take the pills ,once a day in the morning , if and when I get the symptoms ?
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Henry, I have suffered from Vertigo in the past and my Dr. prescribed something called "Serc" or maybe it was spelled "Cerc". Either way, it really helped the symptoms and does not leave you dozey like Gravol (Bonine) does.
Hope you're feeling better soon!

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First, go to your pharmacy and ask for meclazine. It's the generic Bonine and is very inexpensive.

Second, have you ever had a problem with flying? If not, I wouldn't expect that you will on this trip . I have an inner ear problem and chew gum (which I never do at home) and "snort" saline solution every time we take off and every time we land. No more horrific earaches!

In the past I've taken Valium to fly, but since then I've become accustomed (if not thrilled ) about flying. IMHO, use the "Bonine" and/or the "Valium" if you think you really need them.

Remember that whatever you take on the plane will "carry over" into real life when you land :-) .

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[QUOTE=Fern;1332898]First, go to your pharmacy and ask for meclazine. It's the generic Bonine and is very inexpensive.

Second, have you ever had a problem with flying? If not, I wouldn't expect that you will on this trip . I have an inner ear problem and chew gum (which I never do at home) and "snort" saline solution every time we take off and every time we land. No more horrific earaches!

In the past I've taken Valium to fly, but since then I've become accustomed (if not thrilled ) about flying. IMHO, use the "Bonine" and/or the "Valium" if you think you really need them.

Remember that whatever you take on the plane will "carry over" into real life when you land :-) .

I was prescribed Meclazine in the ER .I took all but one pill .My Neurologist told me not to take it .I bought a box of 8 Bonine tablets .
I'm having vertigo (dizziness) since the fall .I landed on solid concrete head first .I still have a noticable gash on my forehead .
Prior to the accident ,everytime I've flown I've had an ear problem .I've gone to many ENT's over the years .Each offered a remedy that I would try on my next flight but it never helped .On my last plane trip I used saline ,afrin ,gum and Earplanes . This trip (prior to the fall) my new ENT suggested afrin and Earplanes but instead of wearing them the entire flight to just use them on takeoff and then 45 minutes prior to landing .
My fear is that when the plane turns and elevates dizziness likely will occur and therefore my thought was to use additionally Bonine and or possibly valium .
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Bonine is non-drowsy (unlike similar CDN Gravol). For flying an ear specialist told me all I need is to use a simple over the counter antihistime before flying.

Then I'd recommend Bonine each morning, before you board the ship, and each day of the cruise.
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Thanks ,everyone .As you can tell I am very nervous and your responses help greatly .
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Henry43, I have to ask, what is "Earplane"?
All these answers have been helpful to me too, as I suffer with my ears when I fly.

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Earplane is the name of a product-earplugs

I spoke to a friend who will be on my cruise ,he and his wife take ginger pills for dizziness
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Henry43, I have to ask, what is "Earplane"?
All these answers have been helpful to me too, as I suffer with my ears when I fly.

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Earplanes sort of screw into the ear and are meant to help keep your ears from popping by maintaining an air flow, to maintain an even pressure on your eardrums.
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Henry,

When it comes to dizziness I have a long history and with it and a couple of things bother me about your post.

First: If you are experiencing dizziness after you hit your head I hope your doctor has given you an MRI or CT scan to make sure there isn't a neurological problem.

You said you were prescribed Meclizine and then your doctor told you not to take it. You then purchased Bonine. Bonine is a brand name for Meclizine and is the same medication. So, if there was a reason that your doctor told you not to take it then Bonine may not be a good alternative. A prescription is not required for Meclizine. It is an OTC medication though it is still prescribed by doctors.

If I was you I would talk to your ENT/Neurologist about low dose diazepam (Valium. 2mg or 5mg). That is if all neurological problems have been ruled out.

Almost all "anti-histamine" types of vertigo relief medications are preventatives. You need to take them each day for them to work. Taking them at the time of dizziness will not give you much relief and it may take a long while for them to work.

A barbiturate such as diazepam (Valium, Ativan, Clonopin) will work after taking but it will take at least 30 - 60 minutes for the full effect to get into your system if you take it in tablet form. It is also better to take this as a preventative. The downside is, like Fern said, it will carry over into your daily routine. So you, depending on your sensitivity to the medication, you may be tired and sluggish after taking it.

The main thing is to find out why your are still experiencing vertigo this long after your fall.

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Mike :

I've had a cat scan and 2 MRI's ,all negative .The consulting ophysician in the ER prescribed valium and meclizine .I know that Bonine is meclizine .My vertigo is lessening every day .I'm hoping that by Sunday it may be totally gone .My ENT suggested that I use Afrin 45 minutes before boarding ,use earplanes and chew gum .If I have no feeling of vertigo I will just go with that ,however ,just to be on the safe side I will pack bonine ,valium and possibly ginger pills .

My feeling is that when the plane changes direction and goes up I may experience some dizziness .
Conversely ,I know I cannot sit in my seat continuously because of my back .I need to walk as much as possible and if I am on valium that will not be good.
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Henry..you are going in a day early correct..if you experience problems you should think about taking the train in the future

I'm sure you'll be ok

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Venice ,we were considering taking the train now ,however ,I am feeling better every day .Today I walked nearly 2 miles without assistance ,the first time I was able to do this since my accident ,no dizziness at all.
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