Motion Sickness (Kinetosis) Remedies

Motion Sickness Remedies

Motion sickness is a challenge for many mountain travelers since they must navigate curves to get here. Kinetosis, the technical term for this condition, is also known by many other terms such as travel sickness, air sickness, car sickness, sea sickness, or simulation sickness.

Believe it or not, all refer to the same condition.

In more relaxed terminology, people usually use colorful descriptions about this such as “tossing your cookies” or my personal favorite,  “yawning in Technicolor.” But no matter what you call it, those who suffer from this condition know that it can range from annoying to downright disabling.

GG took some time to research this because, uh, well, uh–it came up in conversation recently. And do I really have to explain?

This cub reporter found that there are more studies about this topic than a gal has time to explore.

Let me just say that estimates vary as to how many people suffer from this malady and surprisingly, if you do not suffer from kinetosis, you are probably in the minority.

To simplify, motion sickness comes from miscommunication between the part of the brain responsible for balance, the inner ear (equilibrium), and connections between different nerves that connect the eyes, ears, and digestive system.

So, what you really want to know is how to prevent suffering or to reduce the impact–right?

Okay then, but I am going to have to do this in a few different posts as part of my visitor series now that I am back to the editorial calendar after being so distracted by Jack the eaglet. (Like how I got that mention in?)

A reminder as to when that is? The first Tuesday of the month.

Motion Sickness Behavior Remedies

One of the best behavior remedies for travel sickness is…just don’t travel!

I’m kidding but seriously, certain behaviors can help you avoid experiencing a problem.

I’ll shorten these up to common sense practices:

  • Sit Up Front in a Car
  • Position Yourself in the Middle of a Boat
  • Sit Over the Wings on a Plane
  • Open a Window or Vent for Cool Air
  • Don’t Read in Motion
  • Fix Eyes on a Horizon Point
  • Avoid Alcohol & Heavy Foods Prior to Travel

Motion Sickness Medications

Over the counter medications, or those prescribed by your doctor, might be useful if taken at least an hour prior to your journey. Make sure they are taken prior to travel because if you can’t keep anything down, they are unlikely to be helpful.

Motion Sickness Medications (OTC)

What is your motion sickness drug of choice? There are a variety of different options available and that you can pick up at any pharmacy or drug store from the aisle. Below are some of the different brand names but I won’t go into each one since you can discuss it with your pharmacist.

  • Meclizine (Bonine , Bonamine, Antivert, Dramamine II, Dramamine Less Drowsy, Travel-Ease)
  • Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine, Triptone, Gravol, Travel-Eze)
  • Cyclizine (Marezine, Bonine Kids)
  • Cinnarizine (Stugeron)
  • Emetrol (Brand name of Phosphorate Carbohydrate Solution)

Motion Sickness Medications (RX)

Prescription formulas come in some nifty options such as transdermal patches but need to be discussed with your doctor. I’ll discuss some of these options in another post.

  • Scopolamine / Hyoscine (Transderm-Scop, Scopace)
  • Hyoscine Hydrobromide (Joy-Rides, Kwells, Travel Calm)
  • Promethazine (Phenergan, Avomine)
  • Diazepam (Valium)

Motion Sickness Medications (Suppositories)

For those who are already vomiting and unable to keep anything down, suppositories might be an option to consider but they are unlikely to control vomiting.

  • Prochlorperazine (Compazine)
  • Promethazine (Phenergen)

In the next exciting installment of this series, I will get into alternative motion sickness remedies–and yes, I will be adding links!

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