> I've seen mention of Bonine on this site for seasickness.
> I've always used Dramamine.
> What are the pros and cons of dramamine vs. Bonine....thanks
Dramamine and Bonine are very similar in their effectiveness against motion sickness. Donna is partially correct in that Dramamine is _more_ likely to cause drowsiness than Bonine though both can make people drowsy. Both also work better if used prophylactically (before you have symptoms) as opposed to when you already feel sick. Other commonly used over-the-counter medications are ginger pills as well as acupuncture bands worn on the wrists which do seem to have some effect on motion sickness but it's difficult to say which is better in treating motion sickness. The best preventative medication against motion sickness is still the prescription-only scopolamine patches worn behind the ear - ask your doctor.
I always take Bonine because it doesn't make me sleepy. Dramamine knocks me right out.
That said, my mom doesn't take Bonine anymore because she thinks it does make her sleepy. She takes ginger pills instead and they work well for her.
I take ginger pills in addition to the Bonine, just as a backup. I've also heard good things about the wristbands. These might be things to try first.
If you're set on taking Bonine or Dramamine, though, I would suggest trying one of each (on different days) before you leave home to see how they affect you. Make sure you're not going anywhere on the days you decide to try them.
Interesting story... on our last cruise, a 3-day, one couple at our table did not show up for dinner the first two nights. On the last night, they appeared. They said they had both taken Dramamine the first night and it had knocked them out for 24 hours! (I'm still not sure whether to believe that.)
Now posting as MichelleP.
To save a few bucks you can have your doctor order a script of meclizine HCL 25 mg. It is the generic name for bonine and it is cheap. It is actually a drug used to treat vertigo. The Transderm Scop patch works very nicely. Just be sure not to mistakenly peel it off while toweling off after a shower.
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