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Old April 22nd, 2006, 03:19 PM
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Old April 22nd, 2006, 04:08 PM
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Most people use Bonine (Meclizine) or Dramamine for preventing Mal de Mer. (seasickness/motion sickness) You can also use ginger if you have an upset stomach. The Scopolomine patch is used by some people but it must be prescribed by a physician.

Dramamine is known to cause drowsiness and Bonine does cause drowsiness in some people. The best thing is to talk to your physician before you cruise to determine what is best for you.

Most people cruise without using any seasickness medication unless they are already prone to motion sickness.

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Thanks Mike. Used Scopoderm patches last time & they worked fine but major reaction when I took it off. Ended up having cardiac investigations due to severe palpitations! So something else this time. Will check out Meclazine. Is it the same thing as dramamine? Will check with Pharmacist.
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Meclizine is the same as Bonine. It is a non-drowsy formula and is available over the counter. Just check with your pharmacist. I actually become very tired with Meclizine but most people do not.

One thing to do is try a dosage of the medication "before" the cruise to see what side effects you may encounter. It's better to become drowsy before your vacation rather than ruining a day of your vacation.

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Hey Mike, went to Pharmacist today, Meclazine is called "Traveleeze" in UK. Have bought up the chewable ones that last for 24 hours. Dont mind being a bit drowsy (dont expect to be called upon to operate heavy machinery!)
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Hi

Whenever I travel on the QM2 or any other ship going transatlantic, the first thing I do is go down to the ship's doctor and have the sea sickness injection. It works wonderfully. That is all I need for the whole trip and after the first hour I dont feel sleepy at all. It's certainly worth it. I have no idea of what the chemical make up is, all I know is it woks fine.

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Hi, thanks for your response. I checked out what the injections were in the British National Formulary and found that injectable anti emetics only last for a relatively short time. I`ve checked out Mike`s tip and will try out the Meclazine. If it doesnt work & it looks like things will get rough I`ll go for the injection. (I suppose being Scottish I`m too mean to fork out £50+ for an injection!)
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I'm sure you're not mean, have a lovely time and don't worry about the sea. I travelled on the QM2 last year and we caught the end of Hurricaine Rita. The ship was very stable in it, and you would have no idea it was a bad storm, I have experienced a lot worse on other ships. Also the injection for me has lasted three weeks, but perhaps that is because after a while my body was used to the motion. Whatever the science is have a fab trip.

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If you've never been aboard a ship, I recommend asking your doctor about the Transcope patch, available by prescription.

Bonine works well and I recommend starting it the day before you set sail.

My April 23 crossing was very calm but you can never predict the weather in the North Atlantic.
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Thanks Anne, I think that Transcope is another name for Scopoderm which really led to a lot of problems last time (QE2 Aug 05) I ended up with Cardiac Dysrythmia (apparently a common side effect) & general rebound effects once I removed the patch. The cruise was great but the side effects of the patches made me ill all Autumn!
Fingers crossed for Bonine. I`ll take it the night before as recommended.
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Munching on candied ginger works well!

Try it! It's in the dinning rooms.
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