Motion Sickness – Bumpy Road Ahead

Whether it’s travel by plane, train, boat, or auto, getting there is half the fun: unless you suffer from motion sickness. It can literally ruin the entire trip.


What Can Be Done To Help Prevent Motion Sickness?


  1. Get plenty of rest before traveling.
  2. Avoid heavy meals before or during a trip.
  3. Avoid alcohol before or during travel.
  4. Avoid smoke and unpleasant odors.
  5. On a ship, stay on deck rather than indoors. Focus on the horizon or some stationary object.


    • Over-the-counter drugs include Dramamine. It should be taken about 1/2 to 1 hour before travel. Read the package directions carefully.
    • Prescription drugs include Transderm Scope, formerly known as Transderm, a self-adhesive patch generally placed behind the ear. It produces some side effects including dry mouth, drowsiness, blurred vision and dilation of the pupils. Talk with your physician about it.


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American Institute for Preventive Medicine Written by American Institute for Preventive Medicine

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