So what can you do to try and PREVENT and TREAT sea-sickness. There are a few definite things to follow.
1. If you are a likely sufferer do not eat a large greasy breakfast
breakfast on the day of the event.
2. Avoid caffeine drinks like coffee.
3. DO NOT INDULGE in alcohol binge drinking with your friends the
night before the trip.
4. Go to bed early, so that your not tired.
5. Take an ANTI-SEASICKNESS preparation the NIGHT BEFORE your
6. Take an ANTI-SEASICKNESS preparation on the morning of your
trip immediately after rising.
7. Eat a very light breakfast.
8. Drink ample fluids.
WHAT ANTI-SEASICKNESS preparations do I recommend. I know the
first two on my list are very effective but are only available in the
UK. We do carry a small supply on our vessel.
1. STUGERON 25mg tablets. If your coming from the UK and are a sufferer I recommend that you
purchase STUGERON 25mgm tablets (Generic name CINNARIZINE). This
is available as an over the counter remedy in the UK. These
are not available in the USA. I now carry a supply on the boat, so just
Dosage: 25 mg may be taken 2 hours before the start of the journey
and 12,5 mg to 25 mg may be repeated every 8 hours during the journey
2. HYOSCINE HBR 0.3mg tablets. The BRITISH MERCHANT SHIPPING
ACT (Medical Stores) REGULATIONS requires that vessels carry
HYOSCINE Hbr 0.3mg tablets. These are effective for some persons
but the main side effect is a dry mouth. We carry a supply on our
vessel. This is available as an over the counter remedy in the UK called
KWELLS. Not to be used in children under 12 years.
Dosage: Adults-Take one to start with and repeat in 6hrs.
Here in the USA there are medical treatments that can prevent the problem
or reduce the symptoms once they have started. Over-the-counter
medicines include the following:
3. DRAMAMINE (dimenhydrinate) Dose: 50 to 100 milligrams
every 4 to 6 hours. (Causes drowsiness) Used originally by astronauts to
combat the effect of motion sickness.
4. ANTIVERT or BONINE
brands of the generic medicine meclizine. Dose: 25 to 50 milligrams once daily, and
Benadryl (diphenhydramine) Dose: One every 4 to 6 hours, and are all most
effective if taken one hour prior to leaving.
Benadryl have children’s dosing as well. They are all effective
but can cause some drowsiness and dry mouth.
5. SCOPOLAMINE (SCOPODERM TTS) is
available by prescription in pill & patch form. Scopace Dose:
0.4 to 0.8
milligram tablet every 6 hours taken one hour before leaving; or in
patch form, Transderm Scop, which you put on behind the ear 4
hours before going out. It can be worn for up to 3 days before
changing. Scopolamine is generally the most effective, but with
more side effects, including dilating your pupil if you touch
the patch and then rub your eye.
6. GINGER as an over-the-counter
supplement, taken orally, 1,000 milligrams every 6 hours, or in
foods (i.e. ginger snaps) May be helpful?
7. WRIST BANDS (ACUPRESSURE & SEA BANDS) Several types of wrist bands that provide
electrical or mechanical stimulation of an acupuncture point on the
inner aspect of the wrist are claimed to help prevent or treat
seasickness. There is some evidence that they may help with nausea in
pregnancy or chemotherapy, but medical studies have been mixed on
treating motion sickness and the claims they make are difficult to
8. Eating dry biscuits when symptoms occur. May be helpful to some?
9. And last of all, watch the horizon and try to balance your body as
sea-sickness is caused by the otoliths in your ears not responding to
Whatever medical treatment you decide on using, it may be a good
idea to try the medication prior to your trip, to see if the
side effects are tolerable.
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