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Old May 10th, 2004, 08:50 AM
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Default Better safe than sorry?

For a first time cruiser that hasnt spent that much time on the water in my life, should I play it better safe that sorry and go ahead and get something stronger than the Bonine pills such as the patch just in case I start to feel ill.
If I do just take Bonine pills, what are my options once I am on the ship if those arent enough and I still feel sick?

Just a little paranoid about missing out on my vacation due to silly seasickness...

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Old May 10th, 2004, 11:10 AM
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OK - I'm a pharmacist and a cruiser. although some people swear by the scopalomine patches, I don't like them and I don't ever recommend them. The side effects (dry mouth, blurred vision, dizziness, drunk-feeling) are worse that motion sickness.

My advice is to start taking the Bonine (or store-brand meclizine) the day before you start sailing. Then take it regularly, rather than only if you feel sick. (This is a preventative schedule...it won't work as well if you are already sick when you start taking it) The only common side effect is mild drowsiness, something most people find very tolerable.

Lots of people like the accupressure wrist bands...they didn't work for me, but since they are cheap and easy to use, they are certainly worth a try.

Now, if you still get sea-sick, the ship's doctor has a variety of treatments available, including prescription injections such as Compazine or Tigan. These will make you sleep, but they will also do the trick.

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Thank you so much for the advice!
Is it safe to use the patch and the Bonine pills together? For instance, If I do the preventative Bonine schedule and then still feel sick can I slap on the wrist band?

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