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Old 08-26-2011, 11:55 AM
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My wife and I are seasoned veterans of the sea but, next weekend we are headed on a cruise with some sensitive people who most likely will get sick.. What is a good product to take,and should they start a couple days early to get it in there system.. GOD help us LOL!

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Old 08-26-2011, 12:42 PM
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Yes, they can take Ginger supplements starting a few days before. It seems to help stave it off without any side effects. Also they can look for over the counter products with the active ingredient Meclizine. It can cause drowsiness though. People I know that go out on the casino boat here take it the night before.
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:01 PM
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Tim C--- In addition to Ginger or Ginger Root pills tell your friends to eat the green apples from the buffet (take some back to the stateroom) (These are some of the oldest known remedies) Additionally I suggest purchasing and wearing the " Sea Bands" on their wrists. Seasickness and its after effects is not going to be very likely. The Ancient Term for Seasickness is "Mal De Mer"!!

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:17 PM
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Hi Tim,

My wife has sea sick problems and gets patches from our doctor for it before each cruise. She puts it behind her ear and each patch will last for 3 days. Just put it on before boarding. They do not cost very much at all and they work great.

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Old 08-26-2011, 05:41 PM
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I will second the transderm patch...they are a perfect solution. I never cruise without it
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Old 08-26-2011, 06:44 PM
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I don't know how well this will work on cruise ships, but for other motion sickness, I've taken Dramamine, the less drowsy formula. That you can take one hour before starting travel, or in this case, an hour before you set sail.

I actually took it for my first cruise, not knowing what to expect, and I'm glad I did, because that first night there were some really choppy seas, and the boat was rocking pretty heavily. At the Captain's reception the next night, he half jokingly asked if we felt any motion the night before, and we all shouted "YES!" He promised it would get smoother, which it did. Supposedly at the time, one staff member said it was the worst it's been in 6 months. This was back in October of 2007.
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Old 08-28-2011, 05:51 AM
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I will also endorse the Transderm Scop patches (also known as Scopolamine patches).

To be most effective, they need to be placed behind the ear at least 3 to 4 hours before setting sail. It wouldn't hurt to put them on around noon on embarkation day, depending on when the ship sets sail. They last for three days, and at the end of that time, the decision can be made whether to place another one.

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Old 08-28-2011, 07:27 AM
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Please note that one has to see their doctor for "the patch," as they require a prescription. Some people may have medical conditions that make the patch contraindicated.

There are also some common side effects, such as dry mouth and blurry vision. Some people like to cut the patch in half and start with half a dose, although if you find it's not working well enough, it'll take a couple of days for the full patch to start working.

I find a good result with ginger tablets, taking two if I start feeling queasy, and two more a half hour after that, if necessary. You can also take candied ginger with you from home, and eat some if you're queasy. Ginger ale works too.

Another tactic is to watch the horizon go up and down for a while. Apparently it helps to have your eye coordinate with your brain what your inner ear is telling it.

Dramamine and similar work if you don't mind sleeping through the rocky part of the cruise. The non-drowsy version is meclizine (Bonine).
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Old 08-28-2011, 09:07 AM
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There is a product called "Bronine" or something spelled like that that can be bought where we live at a Jewel foods store. It is also sold in the general store areas of the ship. One pill a day, and my wife says they work wonders. She was fine on our first cruise until the captain said something at muster drill, and she was all over herself about being sea sick, and we hadn't even left the dock. Each box, blue in color I believe, has about 10 pills, good for at least a 7 day cruise. Sorry about the spelling of the product, but it's close enough for you to be able to find it in the drug store part of your area's version of Jewel Foods.

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Old 08-28-2011, 10:52 AM
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Well here is a tip I found from one of my waiters on the AOS long time ago, during your cruise don't drink water while you are at sea.
You can drink soda but nothing like a glass of water even at the dinnig room or the buffet.
You can still do it at port just don't do it while at sea...yes this work
I don't take dramamine but my wife use to do it and after using this tip, she don't need to anymore.
Also when the ship "rocks in sea" don't try to force the situation just go with it and never mention that the ship is moving just forget about it and find other thing to worry about like the buffet...
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