Mrs. Cynic is highly prone to motion sickness. She finds the Sea Bands work okay, but uses Bonine or Bonamine when it really starts rocking. Dramamine is useless (drowsy). Dramamine II is the same as Bonine, with the active ingredient Meclezene.
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I bought mine at CVS. Luckily, last two cruises I haven't really needed anything. I took one Bonine on the April 2003 cruise and 2 on the April 2004 cruise, other than that we had smooth sailing. I prefer Bonine over Dramamine. I've found for me it has no side effects.
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The "armbands " you are referring to are called Sea Bands. They are elastic bands with tiny built in bumps that are worn on the wrist with the bumps placing pressure on your pulse points. They are sold wherever travellers remedies are sold, such as major chain pharmacies. They are about $6 or $7. Do they work? Two of my grandchildren wear them after demonstrating signs of car sickness (all over the back of the car). There is a physical effect , and a psycological one as well. They have been around for years and users swear by them. There are no side effects.
Other remedies include Dramamine and Bonine. These are mosr effective when taken before getting motion sick. One remedy that supposedly works after getting sick is the common antihistamine Benadryl. It is apparently an effective anti nausient as well. Another suggested remedy is to use pure ginger.
Why not get the seabands, but take some Bonine and maybe some ginger capsules as back ups?
I used one Bonine tablet just once when the waves were VERY high. I wasn't sick, but starting to feel light-headed. I experienced no side effects at all.
A friend of mine, who is very prone to motion sickness swears by the armbands, but also takes Bonine along as a back-up.
As far as when you should cruise, I think you might need to ask your physician that question, but lazing around on the deck sure sounds like a good recover plan to me!
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I've used the sea bands when flying and they worked for me. I didn't want to wear them on the cruise so I had my doctor prescribe the patch for behind my ear (unfortunately I started experience vertigo the week before my cruise so the dizziness had already started.) After using the patch the dizziness went away but my eyes were awful, my pupils dialated so big it was incredible and I couldn't see anything within arms length. I've never experienced anything like that before (and I've used the patch before). I my opinion, use something else if you can....