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SEA SICK MEDICATIONS
You''ll have a shot at finding Stugeron (we''re all spelling it differently, aren''t we!?) in Nassau, but it''s definitely available in Bermuda, Trinidad, and the BVI''s when stocked. I have not personally found it in Canadian pharmacies, FWTW.
This is not a simple subject but to summarize briefly, NASA did a lot of motion sickness research (as in ''meds experimentation'') during the Mercury & Gemini programs because half their astronauts were getting ill in space. They found that there is no single scale against which the various meds could be evaluated. In other words, you may find Stugeron doesn''t work especially well for you while I find it works quite well (which in fact is true). That''s why word of mouth about ''what works at sea'' is so unreliable - we each have to run our own ''drug trials'' to determine what we find more/less effective for us. I think that''s why some folks also swear by homeopathic remedies and why sometimes my wife''s seasickness bouts are totally erased by the electronic wrist patch she wears. It''s just high variable...
Promethazine Sulfate is one half of what is commonly called the NASA Cocktail, the other half having been Ephidren (sp?) which I don''t believe is made any longer but has been superceeded by the mfgr. The story here is that NASA was finding their results so unreliable they started trying various combos of drugs and stumbled across this 25 mg double dosage as the most effective med available. It is not OTC nor is it without risks (''contraindications'') but it was considered highly effective. I don''t have current info on whether this blend of meds is still being used given Ephedrin''s absence.