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Old January 17th, 2001, 08:35 PM
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Default Bonine or Dramamine

which motion sickness medicine is better, bonine or dramimine. ive heard that dramamine can cause drowsiness, which that is the last thing i want to do on a cruise is sleep! can anyone give any info?
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Old January 20th, 2001, 04:13 PM
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Default Re: Bonine or Dramamine

I use Bonine. It does not make me sleepy. It also has fewer contraindications than Dramamine. Do not get confused when you are in the store. Dramamine II is the same thing as Bonine: 25mg meclizine HCL. Original Dramamine is
dimenhydrinate.
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Old May 4th, 2001, 10:47 PM
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Default Re: Bonine or Dramamine

Babette gave a pretty good reply...except that she did forget to relate that Bonine (meclizine) can possibly cause drowsiness also. The incidence is not as high with Bonine (~1-5%) as with Dramamine (dimenhydrinate; ~12-18%), Both have about the same relative effectiveness in preventing sea sickness. The big benefit in taking Bonine or other meclizine products over Dramamine/dimenhydrinate products is that you only need to take Bonine once or twice a day, where Dramamine should be taken every 6 hours.

Hope this helps!

John Burns R.Ph.
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