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Old September 18th, 2009, 01:00 AM
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I will be sailing out of New Jersey in January and it seems there can be rough seas. when we sailed from NJ in April we hit the tail end of a storm and the ride was a bit bumpy. I was fine but my wife was very sea sick.

We went to the doctor and she got a shot and some pills. She was fine after that but I don't know if it was the shot/pills or the much calmer southern seas as the ride got a lot smother.

I saw many people with a little patch behind their ear does this work and where do you go to get this patch?

Any info you can give me about dealing with sea sickness would be much appreciated because if my DW is not happy then I'm not happy

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The patches we have are called Transderm Scop (the ingredient is scopolamine) you need a prescription from your doctor to get them. My husband uses bonine pills available over the counter (he says they are better than dramamine) the key is to start taking them before the cruise starts, even the patch needs to be put on the night before. I guess I am lucky and have never had a problem with sea sickness but my husband has and now swears by the bonine.
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The patches we have are called Transderm Scop (the ingredient is scopolamine) you need a prescription from your doctor to get them. My husband uses Bonine pills available over the counter (he says they are better than Dramamine) the key is to start taking them before the cruise starts, even the patch needs to be put on the night before. I guess I am lucky and have never had a problem with sea sickness but my husband has and now swears by the Bonine.
Addicted2 gave you the right information. The key is to take the medication "BEFORE" you become seasick. They are preventatives not cures.

If you do become seasick you can take ginger to help with the nausea. it has helped some people.

If you do get a medication you should also try it before you board the ship to make sure it doesn't make you overly tired.

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I also use the Bonine pills.

For some reason, I am very prone to motion sickness.

I take them when I get to the airport whenever I fly anywhere.

I take them about an hour before getting on the Cruise Ship - and then I only need to take one or two more doses. After that, I have been fine on board.

As far as the patch goes.....about 20 years I wore the patch (prescribed by the doctor). After about 2 days on board, my eyesight was so blurry, I could not read anything. It wasn't until about the 4th day that my husband realized it might be from the patch and took it off me. My eyesight returned about 90% and that was it. I understand they have improved the patch....but after my experience, I would never recommend it.
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I feel the same about the patch, I couldn't focus properly my vision was so b lurry it was miserable. I use Bonine pills, much better than all the other remedies, take it at night, not only will it prevent sea sickness you will sleep soundly. I take it for several nights after the cruise ends too or I stagger around once I am back on dry land..
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