You need a doctor's prescription to get the patch. They are not sold over the counter. I'm not sure if they have them in children's strength or not. I have never used them personally, but maybe someone who has can tell you about possible side effects and how well they work. I have a bad motion problem so I try to cruise during the calmer months on very large ships if I can, unless there's a good price or an itinerary I really want to see. I wear the pressure bands, take meclizine, and also ginger capsules sometimes and manage to have a good time. Cabin location is important, the season, and also which ocean you are on. Good luck
I would be careful with the patch. Yes you do need a prescription from a doctor. One of my coworkers who has cruised several times and never got seasick, decided she would try it out on her upcoming cruise "just incase". Bad Decision. She had blurred vision for 4 days of her 7 day cruise. It was so bad she couldn't read any of the menu's and had a hard time signing her name. She said her husband had to guide her around the ship and she end up canceling their excursions. I would try the non-drowsy Dramimine or Bonnie first. I only had to use it once when we cruised the Western Caribbean in December. We had a storm following us the whole cruise and it was only one night that I felt the ship swaying. We were on the 8th deck.
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As you have been told, the Scopolomine patch is only available with a prescription from your doctor and they are the best person to answer your questions.
I do have one suggestion for any over the counter medication. Try taking it "before" you go on your cruise. It is better to find out if the medication will make you sleepy or nauseous without ruining part of your vacation.
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I would "test drive" the patch before your cruise. We got them before our Disney cruise, they worked good, but it irritated my asthma and I ended up being rushed to the medical center for neb treatment, but a sour note on our trip.
I have used the patch several times. I just call the Advice Nurse at my local HMO and ask for a prescription, then pick it up at the drug store.
The only time I have had blurred vision is in the morning when I open the curtain in my stateroom, and the sun is glaring. It looks like a fog, but it goes away.
Use Bonine instead. It is over the counter, and the one recommended by the nurse. It works like magic. Take one tablet the night before you cruise so it gets into your system. Then one each morning, and one at bed time.
I used the patch and had no side effects. According to the warnings on the box, the blurred vision is caused by touching your eye. My box warns to wash your hands after applying the patch because if medication gets into your eyes it causes blurred vision.
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Our GD new mother in law developed a bad rash from the patch on our cruise a few weeks ago. I would certainly test it before sailing as I would test any type of medication. We did the patch on our very first cruise about 2000 years ago, have never used anything since and never had any problems. Yes, a mid ship cabin can be a great guard against sea sickness. Actually most of the newer ships have good enough stablizers that only those who are really prone to problems have trouble. NMnita