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Suggestions from AGLCA for Combating Sea Sickness

This excellent summary covering motion sickness remedies comes from our experienced cruiser friends at America’s Great Loop Cruisers’ Association. The replies below were prompted by a question from Marshall Barnes.

I’m thinking about stocking some seasickness medication as we begin our loop in April. Neither me nor my wife currently experience sickness but it might be wise to have some on board for friends and just in case. What brand would you recommend? Thanks in advance for your help.
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Perhaps one of the best products to prevent / cure motion sickness is MOTION EASE < >. We have used the product successfully for ore than 15 years and it has always stopped motion sickness in just a few minutes, even after one has started getting sick. Because it is a topical compound that you rub just a drop into the back of the ear lobe, it does;t cause drowsiness nor prevent one from having a glass of wine or a beer. It is expensive though at a 5 ml bottle for $16 to $20. But it works. It is available from Walmart, West Marine, most large drug stores.
John and Judy Gill

Hi, We use and keep crystal ginger and our favorite is peanut butter or peanut butter crackers. We don’t get sea sick, yet, but we have done several crossings were I have felt queasy and that helped a lot.
hich essentially is like a dried fruit, on board for those times a guest may have troubles. A resealable 7oz. bag is about $2.50 at Big Lots.
Brenda Sanderson

I bought some Ginger Gum off the shelf at a CVS Drug Store. Several passengers have found that helpful.
Phil Koehl

Some people might say these are a joke, but I’ve certainly read lots of positive reviews of them. We purchased Anti-Nausea Wristbands for the whole family before we started the loop. Granted, none of us have ever been seasick, so it’s hard to say if they work or if are just not prone. But basically, every time we’re doing a bigger day with the chance of things getting rough (e.g. Lake Michigan, gulf crossing), we all wear them and we’ve been fine. I do know you are supposed to wear them before you need them. If you put them on once feeling sick, it’s too late.
Bonus: I feel a bit like Wonder Woman with these wrist bands on! lol
Nancy, James, Lucas & Marcos

(Quoted): “What really works is Transderm Scopalamine 1.5 mg/3 day patch. Yes, it is a prescription tbat you can get at a convenient care. Less drowsiness than other medications, including dramamine. One patch and you are done for big crossings, etc.”
Agree. I’ve used these several times over the years in ocean passages and the patches are the ultimate fix. Not 100% if it gets really rough and there are some minor side effects but the ginger remedies, bracelets and other nonsense are a waste of time. Why find out the hard way like I did? Drink a lot of water while you’re at it to keep hydrated, even if you’re not thirsty. Unfortunately (or fortunately?) loopers do short term trips and it may take a couple of days to get your sea legs. But these help.
Phil Barbalace

My wife and I were in Cozumel 34 years ago. I was diving and she went to get the perfect sun tan. In those days, the dive boats were converted old wooden fishing boat with a diesel engine and a sail that was never use. A little rolly at rest. So Sharon decided to go out on the boat but was worried about sea sickness. A friend who is a doctor was on the trip and gave her a patch to wear. Sharon put it on and had 3 great days on the boat working on that suntan.
We returned to Chicago, Sharon took off the patch and went back to work at the hospital were she was a nurse.
Half way thru here shift, her one eye pupil dilated really big and the other was normal size. On of her fellow nurses noticed this and the next thing, Sharon was down in the ER (now called ED, but I regress). They are thinking she was having some type of neurological episode.
Turns out, that when she took off the patch, while she washed her hands (she has the cleanest hands in the world), there was some of the transdermal left on her finger and that was transferred to her contact lens when she put it in her eye. While it did not cause a problem medically, it was a shocker.
Moral of the story, if you use the patch. Wash your hands and then wash them again, and again.
Mike O’Malley

This could sound a bit odd, but years ago we were told about using Ginger(the spice). We were on a cruise with a couple friends in the BVI – as we ventured outside The Sir Francis Drake Channel it got Real rough – and my wife and another passenger were not feeling the best. Within a couple minutes of dipping a wet finger into some powdered ginger, the reply by my wife was, “A beer sounds really good about now.” Certaintly couldn’t hurt to keep a little ginger on board.
Tamara & Kim Ransom

The patch is the way to go. Susan has used it for years and it works fine for her. Last weekend we took the Ft Jefferson Ferry out, 3-5′ seas with a few 7’s and 9′ to keep things rolling. Or as the Captain says “a little sporty”. 1/2 the boat was sic, she was fine.
Get the patch, well worth it.
Foster & Susan

Has anyone tried Bonine? It is a small chewable that can easily be broken in half for little ones (mine used to get carsick). While it can be taken the night before, it works very quickly (within 30 minutes), even if you already feel nauseous. It does not cause drowsiness, either.
I have also found that it works on land, too, when you feel like the room is still rocking after being aboard for a long time.
Happy Travels!
Bill and Kellirae

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