Friday, July 11, 2008

Seasickness Remedies

Transderm ScopBecause we go on a lot of cruises, we often get asked by friends, family and even strangers, "Do you ever get seasick?" No, we have never gotten seasick, but someday we might, so we sail prepared.

There are two remedies we always take with us when we cruise. One is a prescription drug, Transderm Scop (Scopolamine). It's a small patch you wear behind your ear. The effects last for three days. You see many people on the ship wearing these patches.

Modern cruise ships are so stable that seasickness is rare, but even old sea captains get it sometimes -- after years on the sea with no problems.

BonineWe also pack a box of another drug that's helpful, Bonine (Meclizine). It is a non-drowsy version of Dramamine and you do not need a prescription to buy it. It's a chewable tablet and works quickly. It is also useful for dizzyness and other kinds of motion sickness.

There are a lot of other medications and folk remedies people use to avoid and/or treat seasickness. Here's what About.com has to say about many kinds of seasickness remedies.

A post from January 2008 about staying healthy on cruises listed what we do to avoid getting the dreaded Norovirus and other shipboard illnesses. Click here to read it.

1 comment:

Jae said...

I too don't get seasick, perhaps because I come from the seaside and used to travel by ferry a lot. But I agree.. if you're going on a long cruise then it's certainly a good idea to be prepared!

I remember one cross channel journey where my Mum and myself were to only people not to be seasick due to the extremely rough weather... I wish those other people had come prepared.