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If I get sea sickness and I want to go on a month long sailing expedition what can I do? Will my body adjust after a few days? I know there are medications you can take but will they still be effective the whole time I am out at sea?
I have some family and friends which come sailing with me from time to time, only on afternoon sails, no long month expeditions. They have used some meds, I don't remember the exact name of them but I do know it worked for them. If I find out what they were I will post the name here.
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Bonine is just one of the many brand names of meclizine, aka Cyclizine, aka Antivert, Bonine, Meni-D, Antrizine, Dramamine II. (I think Dramamine and Bonine were two different drugs back in the 80's but one was changed and they're the same now.)

Like most of those meds, it works great for 1/3 of the people who take it. Since it isn't an rx-med, it makes a good "maybe this will help" choice for day guests. But like all seasick meds--it works best if you take it a good hour before leaving the dock!
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[QUOTE=hellosailor;616842]Bonine is just one of the many brand names of meclizine, aka Cyclizine, aka Antivert, Bonine, Meni-D, Antrizine, Dramamine II. (I think Dramamine and Bonine were two different drugs back in the 80's but one was changed and they're the same now.)


Dramamine II and Bonine are both meclizine, the original Dramamine is dimenhydrinate. My wife and daughter both suffer from mild seasickness at the beginning of a voyage and both prefer the generic meclizine to Dramamine because it has milder side effects, "Milder" being the operative word because they both cause varying degrees of drowsiness.

I am a sympathetic sufferer myself. I almost always feel just a little off when I'm worried about the comfort of others on board.
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Thanks, SJ. Is Dramamine available in two "flavors" these days? Or was the original replaced by the D-II ? (Not that I like either, I'm happier with real drugs.)
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I've found that starting the med that works best for you a day or two before departing seems to help the newer crew. If I find you're got the "mal der mere", and you're not feeding the fish over the lee rail, I'll put you on the wheel. It seems to work, possibly because you have to concentrate on the job or because you're looking at the waves coming and may get some idea of what the boat's going to do.

One suggestion is that some folks find that the meds are too strong. Folks will cut those patches in half, put them elsewhere on their body, cut pills in half, or wear multiple remedies. I never kid or ridicule the wearer; what works for you works for you and may not for me. The strength, location, and brand should be know before departing the dock.

If you do get sick, then it's important to keep hydrated. Some folks find that ginger snaps or flat soda or ginger chews help.

And I've heard and read of folks that are sick for the entire voyage. To do that shows real commitment.
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HelloSailor, Dramamine is still available in the "Extra Drowsy" as well as the "New and Improved" formula. Personally, the side affects are worse than being queasy.


Oceanscapt, do you find that keeping crew occupied helps? I think that my wifes symptoms are partly psychological and keeping her busy might help.
She never got sick until we got caught out in a couple of nasty storms a few years ago then didn't "Get back on the Horse" for a while.
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I just wrote about Transderm SCOP on my blog. I had been using Dramamine for years, but I am a convert. I could do things with the Scopolamine that would have made me incredibly sea sick. Dramamine, even the less drowsy version makes me too tired to do anything.
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I must have lucked out, at least as regards Bonine. I sailed from SF Bay to San Diego and back some years ago and took a Bonine around 12 hours before pushing off. Within a few hours I was completely at ease with no symptoms of any kind and was down below cooking, reading, talking with other crew not on watch while the boat made way in blue water that was not flat calm by any means. It was fantastic and I had no problems with drowsiness. Many years ago on a race to Monterey Bay from SF I tried the Scopolamine patch and felt a very unpleasant skin irritation. Admittedly, I waited until pushing off before applying it but when things got more serious out in open water I wound up tossing everything for the last two weeks and had to crawl into a bunk to sleep for some hours before taking my place in the cockpit. We're all different and my only experience suggests that one should try a med long before actually needing it since it's much better to feel crappy at home than at the helm.

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"took a Bonine around 12 hours before pushing off."
A brand of Meclizine. I never realized they claimed it will last 24 hours per dose!
Scop is a much more serious drug, and very few people including pharmacists and doctors are aware that it is back on the market in pill form under the brand name "Scopace". Which gives you the option of adjusting dosing and eliminates the pesky skin patch problems. Very much a drug that you need to read the notes on, and try out on land to make sure the contraindictions (like going psychotic and having a heart attack) don't hit you at sea.
But when it works, all you can say is "DRUGS!" with a big smile.
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"took a Bonine around 12 hours before pushing off."
A brand of Meclizine. I never realized they claimed it will last 24 hours per dose!
Scop is a much more serious drug, and very few people including pharmacists and doctors are aware that it is back on the market in pill form under the brand name "Scopace". Which gives you the option of adjusting dosing and eliminates the pesky skin patch problems. Very much a drug that you need to read the notes on, and try out on land to make sure the contraindictions (like going psychotic and having a heart attack) don't hit you at sea.
But when it works, all you can say is "DRUGS!" with a big smile.
Interesting about the Scopace. About the Bonine, I took one tablet each 24 hours and I was fine, aside from a morning coming back to SF in rough water when I'd just eaten a enormous breakfast of eggs, pancakes, ham, toast, 3 cops of coffee....well, you get the idea. Honestly, on my next voyage I'll start out the first three days or so with Bonine or maybe the Scope' and then discontinue altogether and go from there.

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