My brother is concerned about getting seasick..I know of Bonine and Dramamine but are there any other cures/remedies? I also have heard that Ginger works.
Just returned from a sail across the Gulfstream from Ft. Lauderdale to Bimini.
1- Stay on deck, let the air/wind hit you. I made a mistake of going below into the cabin and releasing the waste tanks and quickly became seasick.
2- After this rookie move I took some bonine, ginger pills, and put on some bracelets that put adjustable pressure on the bottom of your wrists.
3- On our return sail I took the bonine and ginger pre sail and did not have a problem in 8 ft seas, I also remained on deck even though it was raining and cold. Everyone that went below deck soon felt bad and quickly came back out.
I think the most common mistake is going below deck or even into the saloon.
Last edited by TightLines; 03-24-09 at 02:49 PM.
The scopolamine patch works reliably for a whole day or longer. It's important not to get your finger near your eye after putting it on (until you wash your hands with soap). It's a prescription product. The trade name is Transderm-Scop.
I get seasick easily and this is what usually helps me: I take bonine before I go (NOT dramamine...it is a different medication and for some reason makes you more likely to hurl) and then bring ginger candies with me. The caribbean store has some ginger candies with serious amounts of ginger in them and sucking on those really helps. You have to make sure this is done BEFORE the queasy feeling sets in cause once that happens, you're pretty much done for.
The patch makes me hallucinate after a couple of days. My buddy (Legend here) gave me a couple of tablets of something called "Scopace". It has no bad side effects. Worked so well, I had my doctor in Canada issue a script for a whole bottle of it. One tab 0.04mg and I'm good for 8 hrs of rolling, pitching, slimy squid covered decks!
Last edited by Ozimo; 03-24-09 at 04:21 PM.
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F/V Ozimo II
Resolute 74°43'N ~ 94°59'W
my wife takes ginger pills before going out. mythbusters did a thing on sickness about 2 years ago, and ginger was a clear winnerWhen she remembers to take them ,she never gets sick
by the way theres no side effects
Stay of the liquior the night before, and avoid greasy, oily foods for breakfast, even butter on toast or cream in your coffee can be to much for some people. I always hurl day one if I haven't been on the water for a few weeks, but after that I'm OK without any medication. Also stay away from others that are ill, the smell of someone hurling is enough to put me over the side!
There is a chewable pill, I don’t recall the name but all the drug stores sell it.
It’s an orange chewable. I keep them on my boat for passengers because they are very fast acting.
If you start feeling sick, chew one and 20 min later you are usually ok.
You can also take it in advance.