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Old March 8th, 2006, 06:32 PM
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Which is better the sea sick bracelet or the sea sick patch? I haven't seen the patch anywhere, but have seen the bracelet at the local drug store. This is my first cruise so any advice would be great. :o
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I believe the patch may be by prescription only. I, personally, find that Bonnie works very well for me. I take 1/2 tablet at night before bed and have been fine.
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The patch can only be prescribed by your physician. I have used the bands once ... and the seemed to work fine. Dramamine or Bonine both will do the trick.... however you need to really take them before you start feeling sea sick (i.e. every morning when you wake up... or at nite before going to bed).

Depending on which ship you sail on, you may need nothing. Most of the newer and bigger ships have stabilizers that minimize the rocking and rolling of the ships. I find a hard time adjusting to being back on solid ground at the end of a cruise than "getting my sea legs".

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Ginger is a wonderful aide for upset stomach and sea sickness. If you like ginger you can get packages of candied ginger and eat them if you start feeling quisy . It helps alot!
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We are going on the Sovereign of the Seas June 5- June 9 2006...has anyone heard if that ship is really bad for sea sickness?
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Our 1st cruise ever was a 4 night Bahama Cruise on Soverign, bascally the same one your doing except it left from and returned to Miami. We had no problems, these are failry calm waters. In fact, I never felt the movement of the ship until after we disembarked. That 1st night on shore laying in bed at night I had the illusion of the ship rolling. Since then we have sailed 8 tiimes and I've yet to have any problems with sea sickness, although there have been times when you could sense the movement of the ship, especially if you are in the pool. We are sailing round trip from Los Angeles to Hawaii this weekend, we'll see if sailing the Pacific Ocean is any different than sailing the Caribbean. You should be ok.
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these are large ships and the captains will do there best to aviod a rough ride the only time im aware of the movement is when im in that ttiny shower although on vision during tne run from jamaica to curacao we were in 26 foot seas for a day and ahalf yahoo the dining room was empty that night dont want to scare you youll be fine appears im abetter cruiser than typist gt
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pink - unless you are prone to severe motion sickness when you ride in the car or fly, chances are very good that the motion of the ship will not even effect you. The patch is only for Severe motion sickness and you must get a prescription from your doctor, it has some nasty side effects, the main ingredient is a form of an anti-seizure medication.
The seabands work great, no drugs involved its accupressure.
We bring Bonine along as a back-up plan.
I have had great results with the ginger remedy - ginger candy, ginger cookies, real ginger-ale- take it at the first sign of the queezies and it works great.
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I bought Gingr-root tablets at Wal-mart. Should I start to take them before I get on-board? The last time we used the patches, they worked fine, but we just used one and then took them off after about 2 days. I didn't have any problems. I just thought it was a waste of money to buy so many when we just didn't use them.
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I agree the bonine works great - I brought it with on our last cruise on the Disney Magic - I learned to take it right when you get on - don't wait to feel sick - I made that mistake - that 2nd night when we were clipping along to St. Martin - I felt soooooooo bad. Then started the bonine and had a great trip.
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I am another cruiser who brings the bonine and I take one when we leave Florida; never have needed any, however. Remember: bonine is to be CHEWED, not just swallowed.


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Since I am prone to motion sickness, I don't take any chances. I always get a prescription for the patch, I bring Bonine AND I have sea-bands for the whole family! Better safe than sorry....plus, we will be taking our kids with us this time for their first cruise so I have NO idea how their bellies will react.
On our honeymoon cruise in '88, over half the ship missed dinner because of high waves. Not a great way to start our honeymoon. By the next morning, I was fine though-the Bonine is great. Beware of the patch as it has a tendency to give you dry mouth and make you a little drowsy.
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The patch is called "TransDerm-Scop", by the way... 8)
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Well. Where to start. I just returned from a cruise on the Sovereign. Monday the ship left port. I was fine until dinner time. I sat through most of my dinner. I took about three bites of my prime rib and then had to excuse myself. I didn't know what was going to happen but I just knew I didn't want it to happen in front of all those people. Nothing happened just didn't feel so well. I spent most of the night on deck 11 taking in the air and listening to the waves hit the side of the ship. I had taken bonine with me. I hadn't taken it at the point. There were several members from my home town that went on this cruise. So, one member gave me her sea bands, and another member gave me a patch she had a prescription for. The patches last 72hrs. I would suggest doing all three. Buying the bands, bonine, and getting a prescription. I don't know if the patch is better than the pills or vise versa. I used all three methods. I was fine tuesday and wednesday. Tuesday was cocoa cay and wednesday was Nassau. Not a big travel distance so the speed was slow. Thursday was not a good night. But, I was not the only one with a problem. The ship was a rocking. Rain hit us about 5:00pm that afternoon. And from that point I saw several people not feeling so well. For me, I didn't feel nauseous (excuse the spelling) on thursday, it was just the constant swaying and just wishing it would stop. I don't know if that makes sense to you or not. And to top it all of my cabin was at the point of the boar room 2500. FELT everything.

To be on the safe side take all three. Better to be safe than sorry.

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I think the patch works best. However, the patch does require a prescription, which your family physician can provide for you. Good luck and I am sure you will be fine.
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just pick one remedy, please do not mix medications, especially if you get the prescription for the patch. Bonnie although it is available without a prescription is still a drug and you don't want to mix drugs.
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Also, insurance won't cover the cost of the Transderm-Scop patch. It's quite costly; mine was over $50.00!!
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I just wanted to clarify what I meant when I said "take all three". I meant to say take all three with you. If you have a prescription you shouldn't need the bonine or dramamine. The seabands have not medication in them. They are accupressure. If there are other travelers with you and they do not have a prescription the bonine or dramamine will work for them. Sorry for any confusion.
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HI, I just purchased two sea bands, bonine and ginger! Just FYI, I purchased the Relief Band on Ebay brand new for $59.00. I figure I have everyone in the family covered just in case...lol! My kids first time too, they do very well on rides, coasters, ect. but you just never know! Hope this helps! Nat
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I bought some Ginger altoids- are those of any help?
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I am a fan of the patch.

My Rx Plan paid for the patch - it was cheaper than Dramamine. I found that if you don't change it you won't get the dry mouth. Once I changed it after 3 days like they recommend and then I got the dry mouth - besides that I love the patch. A few people were pretty nauseous on my cruise but not me.
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