This is a pretty technical question regarding medicines for seasickness. I've read the hundreds of thousands of entries regarding the subject and pretty much decided to go with Bonine. I asked my Doctor to write a prescription for which he wrote one for "Meclizine Chew Tabs 25mg". First, I'm assuming this is in the Bonine family of medicines and secondly now I'm told that my insurance does not cover Meclizine. So.... Does anyone have any specific information on the actual medicine name of the Bonine that you have taken in the past so I can check my insurance list and see which ones they do cover?
Originally posted by Karen Knowlton:
Phensgirl is right - it's quite inexpensive. I buy mine at Walgreens, but any large pharmacy should have it. Bonine and Non-Drowsy Dramamine are two brand names of the generic Meclazine Hydrochloride.
Read the ingredients of the Non-Drowsy formula compared to the regular formula. What I found with Dramamine that non-drowsy cost 2x the money per pill and the only difference was half the dose. Buy the regular and cut the pill in half, save even more. I buy mine at Hannafordís, but when you get to the ship, search out the infirmary and in the outer chamber you will find the generic brand in the non drowsy dose for FREE. Just don't abuse it, take only what you need, they fill it only once per cruise.
I know you said you already decided on Bonine, but just to throw my two cents in, I also get a prescription for the Transderm patch. I love it. You can just slap it on and forget about it for three days before you have to replace it. It stays on perfectly, even in the water, but it comes off easily when you go to remove it, so it's not like it's ripping your skin off when you're done with it. I am very sensitive to motion sickness and I wore patches on both of my cruises so far, they were great. The only side effect I noticed was slightly dry eyes, which seemed to subside after the first day or so.
Booked on Carnival Freedom, Feb. 2012 (Cozumel, Costa Rica, Panama)
NCL Gem, Sept. 2011
NCL Jewel, Feb. 2011
NCL Dawn, Sept. 2010
NCL Spirit, Feb. 2010
NCL Gem, March 2009
RCCL Explorer of the Seas, Feb. 2008
Carnival Miracle, May 2007
Carnival Conquest, April 2006
Caribbean Princess, Feb. 2005
I was just reading through and saw mention of NON-DROWSY motion sickness pills. Can you buy these OTC in the USA or do you need a script? The only stuff I have seen in Canada will pretty much "knock you out". I have not seen any non-drowsy stuff here.
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As someone else mentioned you can get them at Wal*Mart. They say non-drowsy. If I feel the need I usually just get a free one at the Info Desk onboard and cut in half. That and a few beers usually works for me. The main thing is take it asap if you get rough seas before you get ill.