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Seasick in Paradise - Does anyone have a cure?

Seasick in Paradise - Does anyone have a cure?

Feb 11th, 2006, 06:56 AM
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Seasick in Paradise - Does anyone have a cure?

We would love to take a boat excursion on the Amalfi Coast or at least cross the water from Positano to Capri. BUT my sweetie and I went on a snorkling trip off of Miami last spring and got so sick that we both wanted to die. REALLY seasick. The water was extremely choppy and our guide was even throwing up! Anyway, does anyone have experience with any kind of anti-seasickness treatment/drug/whatever?
Thanks!
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Feb 11th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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concentrate on the horizon and squeeze/massage your wrists (around where the pulse is).
This always works for me, but sounds like your earlier trip was an extra bad trip, with possibly little you could do about it. Not all boat rides are like that, especially if the guide was chucking too !

Good luck and make sure you have a greasy breakfast before you leave !!

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Feb 11th, 2006, 07:16 AM
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Sucking crystallised ginger helps some people.

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Feb 11th, 2006, 07:23 AM
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Scopalamine patch for industrial strength prevention. bonine works fairly well without making you sleepy.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 07:31 AM
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If the guide was queasy, then it must have been quite bad.

There is an acupressure point on your wrist to aid and prevent nausea -` Flex your wrist and look for the two tendons running down your forearm. Place your two forefingers on/between these two tendons, two fingers width from the base of your palm, and press gently. You will probably find this very sensitive, so acupressure bands are maybe better.

There are various homeopathic preparations that can work - cocculus works for my children.

I have found an over-the-counter medicine called Stugeron very helpful. This contains cinnarizine 15mg. The pack instructions tell you to take them 2 hours before travelling, but years ago you were advised to take a dose the night before/8 hours earlier as well. I still adhere to this dosage and IT WORKS. Amazing stuff.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 08:31 AM
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rbnwdln,

The only SURE cure for seasickness, as my old skipper told me, is OAK TREES.

Lie down under one, and you will start to feel better almost immediately.

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Feb 11th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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I have tried all of the pill preparations and the scopalamine patch worked best.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 09:38 AM
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Ugg, I've thrown up on so many boats and mountain drives, it is ridiculous!

Bonine is good or the low drowsy Dramamine. Stay away from the regular Dramamine or you will be asleep for the whole trip!

Keep those eyes on the horizon and don't take any trip that lasts over an hour. Stay away from the boat fumes too. And carry a baggie.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 11:40 AM
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Scopalomine is great for about 85% of people. For the other 15% it does nothing (I found this out the hard way.) Just stick with Dramimine - it's been working just fine for about 40 years.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 11:43 AM
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I have tried the scopalamine patch, dramamine, bonine and non-drowsy dramamine.

The one of those I find works best is the non-drowsy dramamine for the best combination of reducing seasickness while not feeling like a zombie. Different things seem to work best for different people. I'd like to also try crystallized ginger and look into Sturgeron.

Good luck and happy travels!
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Feb 11th, 2006, 01:11 PM
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Hey nuke, there can't be many oak trees out at sea can there?



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Feb 11th, 2006, 01:31 PM
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Pack your own oak, they travel well.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 03:08 PM
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The best thing I've ever used is the scopolamine patch. I have tried all the pills and preparations and the patch worked best for me.

However, my urologist told me not to use it again. If you have urinary or bladder disease, or glaucoma, the scopolamine patch is counter indicated.

That said, the minute I get to Italy, I stock up on Xamamina caplets. They work very well for me. And I don't want to know what is in them.
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Feb 11th, 2006, 05:48 PM
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There are many different degrees of motion sickness - from a little queasiness to violent illness. And some people have it from many types of motion - others only from really rough water or air turbulence.

(And unlike what someone tried to tell me it;s not in your head - it's actually in your inner ears. I had vertigo once and had to go to an ENT - and he took one look in my ears and said - I bet you get violent motion sickness - and he's right. I get sick on boats - including the Staten Island ferry - planes, the the backs of cars, on trains if sitting backwards - and even standing on solid land if I watch a moored boat bobbing up and down.)

So - you need to see how bad your's really is - and take what works for you. The wrist bands or ginger and other home remedies often work if yours isn;t too bad. If it;s really heavy duty you usually need Scopalomine (good catch on the contraindications) or the sleepy sort of dramimine. (I don;t care how sleepy I am as long as I'm not hanging over the side vomiting.)
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Feb 11th, 2006, 08:44 PM
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I am so with you, NYtraveler. I get seasick in the bathtub. I can't float on a float, raft or ring in a pool or the ocean. Boats, cars (backseat is bad, but so is the front seat if the car is closed up and the heat is on.... aaargh), buses, etc. The Amalfi Coast bus did me in, even with plenty of medication. So I go for full strength. I too would rather be sleepy that pukey.
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