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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Sea Sickness
Seasickness Patch [posted 7/27/98]
Answer: I just heard that the company is again making Transderm scop. It's the same as available 6 years ago, but not made until this year. I haven't had a prescription filled yet, but heard that it is available again.
Sea Sickness Medication
Answer: Itís not currently in the PDR and I'm not familiar with it. Sounds like an antihistamine (the usual treatment for motion sickness.
Answer: "Sea-sicknessî or "motion sickness" is experienced by many people and is a normal response to conditions similar to that found on high seas during stormy weather. Individuals can get the nausea malaise and other unpleasant symptoms while on a boat, in a car, on a plane, or even in an elevator that makes rapid stops or starts. In fact some people actually get "seasick" after returning to land after being out on a boat for an extended period of time. To experience motion sickness, one must have a normally functioning vestibular, or balance, system. Most people adapt fairly rapidly to motion, and after a few days at sea, for example, no longer experience the symptoms despite no change in the motion of the ship or boat. The treatment of this problem involves taking any one of several medications. All of which adequately stop the symptoms. Note that the medications work best when taken approximately 1 hour prior to the anticipated trip. Antihistamines such as Dramamine (generic name is dimenhydrinate) or Antivert (generic name is meclizine) are effective. Dramamine has rapid onset of action and therefore may also work reasonably well if taken soon after symptoms start. The effect of Dramamine lasts about 4 hours, while that of meclizine about 12-24 hours. Note that a major side effect of this medication is drowsiness; therefore, if you plan on taking these medications, avoid any hazardous activity such as operating heavy machinery, driving a car, operating a boat, or piloting a plane. Scopolamine, now available as a patch applied to the skin delivers medication slowly over three days and is effective in many patients. The main side effects are dry mouth and occasionally blurry vision, but there is less drowsiness. If you have glaucoma or prostate problems, you should avoid taking this medication. See your healthcare provider for more details on these treatments to decide which is best for you.
Answer: There really isn't anything very good. Old standbys like dramamine, benadryl, etc... are still the best. There used to be a drug called Transcope-S, but it is no longer manufactured.
Answer: Bonine is used for motion sickness, but it also causes drowsiness. Actually, all of the current medications will cause drowsiness including Dramamine, Antivert, etc.
Sea Sickness - Transcope-S
Answer: I really don't know why it was taken off the market. It certainly worked. I don't know of its return anytime soon. There is no equivalent drug to take in its place currently.
Answer: I have been told this patch will be produced again this fall. I know of no other source of similar patches.
Answer: There used to be a great product available called Transderm-S. This was a little patch that went behind one or both ears(depending on your need) to prevent motion sickness. It worked very well except that you had to start it 12-24 hours ahead of time. However, this patch is no longer available in the United States. It is supposed to be available next fall. It might be available in Europe or Canada, but I have been told that it is a manufacturing problem and not a problem with the drug. Over the counter medications like Dramamine and Benadryl are effective, but will cause drowsiness. I'd check with the shipís physician once you are on board if you can't locate any Transderm-S.