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Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
28 doctors shared insights

Seasickness (Overview)

Seasickness = Motion sickness while at sea (water).


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What can I do to treat seasickness?

What can I do to treat seasickness?

Ask your doctor: While some people are able to find adequate relief with ginger (chewing the root, ginger candy, etc.), most find medications to be more effective. Meclizine (bonine, antivert, (meclizine) dramamine) is available in both over the counter and prescription strength pills, and scopolamine comes in patch form. Both are effective and well tolerated in most cases. ...Read more

Dr. Cornelius O'leary jr
28 doctors shared insights

Seasickness (Overview)

Seasickness = Motion sickness while at sea (water).


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What are the symptoms of seasickness and what is the best way to address them?

What are the symptoms of seasickness and what is the best way to address them?

Sensitive inner ear: Seasickness is the result of a very sensitive inner ear balance mechanism. This is known as the vestibular labyrinth. Usually the feeling of vertigo or the room spinning when you are in motion (as in a car or on a boat) is the result of a very sensitive inner ear and is usually congenital. There are symptomatic remedies such as antihistamines (meclizine) or a scopolamine patch (vagus inhibitor). ...Read more

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Preventing Altitude Sickness (Checklist)

Drink water regularly
once
Rest at the new altitude to acclimate your body
Once
Talk to your doctor about medications to prevent altitude sickness
Once
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What is the treatment for seasickness?

What is the treatment for seasickness?

Sea sickness: Usually due to inner ear fluid imbalance — so treatment is usually prevention. Medications like dramamine (dimenhydrinate) may help. ...Read more

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How can one prevent seasickness?

How can one prevent seasickness?

Alternative options: Dr tosca gave an excellent response. Here are alternative options: acupressure, sea-bands and ginger or peppermint tea. ...Read more

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Managing Morning Sickness (Checklist)

Avoid having an empty stomach
hourly
Eat protein-rich foods such as nuts
every 3 hours
Sip on ginger ale or other carbonated beverages
at bedtime
Keep crackers and ginger ale next to your bed
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How do I avoid seasickness?

How do I avoid seasickness?

Motion sickness: Unwanted motion overtime causes nausea and vomiting because your brain receives conflicing information from the middle regarding that motion. It tries to solve the conflicting info, resulting in nausea and vomiting. Avoid it by avoiding the situation or asking your doctor for medication. ...Read more

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How do I avoid seasickness?

Motion sickness: Unwanted motion overtime causes nausea and vomiting because your brain receives conflicing information from the middle regarding that motion. It tries to solve the conflicting info, resulting in nausea and vomiting. Avoid it by avoiding the situation or asking your doctor for medication. ...Read more

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How can I address my seasickness?

How can I address my seasickness?

Motion sickness: Unwanted motion overtime causes nausea and vomiting because your brain receives conflicing information from the middle regarding that motion. It tries to solve the conflicting info, resulting in nausea and vomiting. Avoid it by avoiding the situation or asking your doctor for medication. ...Read more

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What can I do to treat seasickness?

Ask your doctor: While some people are able to find adequate relief with ginger (chewing the root, ginger candy, etc.), most find medications to be more effective. Meclizine (bonine, antivert, (meclizine) dramamine) is available in both over the counter and prescription strength pills, and scopolamine comes in patch form. Both are effective and well tolerated in most cases. ...Read more

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How can I address the symptoms of seasickness?

How can I address the symptoms of seasickness?

Sea sickness: Usually due to inner ear fluid imbalance — so treatment is usually prevention. Medications like dramamine (dimenhydrinate) may help. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of seasickness and what is the best way to address them?

Sensitive inner ear: Seasickness is the result of a very sensitive inner ear balance mechanism. This is known as the vestibular labyrinth. Usually the feeling of vertigo or the room spinning when you are in motion (as in a car or on a boat) is the result of a very sensitive inner ear and is usually congenital. There are symptomatic remedies such as antihistamines (meclizine) or a scopolamine patch (vagus inhibitor). ...Read more

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How can one prevent seasickness?

Alternative options: Dr tosca gave an excellent response. Here are alternative options: acupressure, sea-bands and ginger or peppermint tea. ...Read more

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Would seasickness medicine help carsickness?

Yes: All motion sicknesses are responsive to that class of medications. ...Read more

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Will betahistine dihydrchloride help seasickness?

Possibly: In one published study, betahistine dihydrochloride was tested in 10 patients with a history of motion sickness. The use of this drug was found to significantly improve the tolerance of treated patients to a defined scenario of motion sickness (matsnev et al.: efficacy of histaminergic drugs in experimental motion sickness. Journal of vestibular research, 2007, volume 17, pages 313-321). ...Read more

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If you get carsick, will I probably be seasickness?

Migraines: There is an association with carsickness, and motion sickness, and migraine headaches. Some migraineurs even experience paroxysmal vertigo attacks. Over the counter remedies include a bracelet with a bead, meclizine, dramamine, (dimenhydrinate) and a few homeopathic approaches. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for seasickness?

Sea sickness: Usually due to inner ear fluid imbalance — so treatment is usually prevention. Medications like dramamine (dimenhydrinate) may help. ...Read more

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Can healthy 17 and 15 yr olds take scopolamine or is there a better med for seasickness that won't put them to sleep? Will be in very stormy seas.

Drowsy drowsy: There are several medications which can be used to prevent seasickness, but unfortunately many of them do cause drowsiness, such as promethazine, cyclizine, scopolamine and others.
There is a prescription anti-nausea tablet called ondansetron which does not cause as much drowsiness, but isn't necessarily the best for prevention of seasickness. Dramamine works but has more side-effects. ...Read more

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How to prevent seasickness on a ferry boat?

How to prevent seasickness on a ferry boat?

Diet, meds: The nausea of motion sickness can sometimes be avoided with diet. Simple carbohydrates in macaroni or other pasta or foods like rice or vegetables are less likely to bring nausea than heavy fatty foods. Milk, cheese, fried foods take longer to process & more associated with problems. Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) is an otc product that can be given @ 25-50mg every 6-8h. ...Read more

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Strangely IV been getting nautiouse easily lately. Get a small head ack and my stomach feels weird. Kinda feels like seasickness, but in on land. Why?

Strangely IV been getting nautiouse easily lately. Get a small head ack and my stomach feels weird. Kinda feels like seasickness, but in on land. Why?

Possible migraine HA: It is possible that what you describe is part of the early presentation of some type of headache disorder such as migraine. You should either speak to your family doctor for more details or search out an expert in headaches who will know how to get to the bottom of this problem. ...Read more

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I have Parkinson's & one of my symptoms is vertigo. Will my gp give me medication for seasickness before I go on a cruise?

I have Parkinson's & one of my symptoms is vertigo. Will my gp give me medication for seasickness before I go on a cruise?

Vertigo: Vertigo and imbalance treatments are available. Some are over the counter, others are prescription based. Some could in theory impact your parkinsons symptoms so definitely worthwhile speaking to your physician about which ones would be best. ...Read more

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Skull fracture and concussion 2 wk ago — can I still go on the cruise next week or will I be prone to seasickness?

Skull fracture and concussion 2 wk ago — can I still go on the cruise next week or will I be prone to seasickness?

Not advisable: I usually advise patients to avoid distant travel in the immediate period following any brain injury unless they are confident in the care they would be able to receive if there is an emergency. A cruise ship is not a good place to receive expert neurological care if there is a brain injury. Seasickness is not the primary concern here. ...Read more

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If i never get motion sickness does that mean I can't get seasick?

If i never get motion sickness does that mean I can't get seasick?

Depends: If you have never been on the sea, that involves very slow movement, you could still experience sea sickness, as typical land based motion sickness involves other more rapid types of motion challenges. You may be less likely to be sea sick, but until you encounter that environmental challenge you cannot really know. ...Read more

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What is motion sickness?

Nausea: Due to being on a boat, in a car, or in an airplane. ...Read more

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What causes motion sickness?

What causes motion sickness?

Motion sickness: One theory is that it functions as defense mechanism against neurotoxins. The area postrema in the brain is responsible for inducing vomiting when poisons are detected, & for resolving conflict between vision & balance. When feeling motion but not seeing it, the inner ear transmits to the brain that it senses motion, but the eyes tell the brain that everything is still, hence brain responds by vo. ...Read more

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What can stop motion sickness?

What can stop motion sickness?

Motion sickness: Acupuncture and acupressure are two good options. ...Read more

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Do motion sickness drugs work?

Do motion sickness drugs work?

Yes: Scopolamine patches are fairly effective, but work best if applied the night before travel. All drugs in this class share side effects of dry mouth, constipation, and sedation. They may also potentiate the effects of alcohol or other sedating drugs. Check with your doctor for interactions with any other medications you are taking or other underlying medical conditions. ...Read more

Dr. Geoffrey Rutledge
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Motion Sickness (Definition)

A symptom where one feels sick to your stomach because there is a discrepancy in his visual stimuli and the stimuli perceived by the ...Read more