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Well, two or three days of real "puke your guts out" seasickness CAN actually kill you as the heaving physically can cause damage and bleeding out. There are some things that are not worth trying to brave out, especially since the longer you try, the further away from help you will be.
I would suggest that the only rational way to deal with seasickness is to read up on the more effective remedies and their drawbacks, then start trying them. First, in the comfort of your own home to see if there are any adverse side effects. Many of the meds will make you drowsy, some have serious side effects in some users. Take the med Satruday morning, see how you feel by Saturday night. Worst comes to worst, it is easier to get help or comfort while you are at home.
Then start trying them out on a boat, to see what stops the seasickness. It will vary with each person. For me?
Ginger. Powdered gingered or ginger candy, etc. It increases the capillary blood flow, which oxygenates the body, which can be enough to stop mild cases.
OTC meds like Bonine and Meclazine...put me to sleep and don't do much else.
Scopalamine. Serious side effects for some users, Rx only, but stops it totally for me.
Compazine, I haven't tried. Similar class of drugs.
Sturgeron (Cinazine?) has many admirers, I found it worthless. Available OTC in the UK and Canada, not legal in the US.
Wrist bands--if the button is positioned just right, work when conditions aren't bad.
Relief band--the electronic one--works very nicely, but it can feel like there's a rat chewing at your wrist if you've got to turn it up. Still, no drugs, FDA approved for morning sickness, no rx necessary, but about $100 to start and again, the exact positioning is critical.
The only way to find out what works for you--is to try them out. Odds are that something will work for you, and after your body acclimates (48 hours?) to the motion, you'll be able to stop using it, or use something mild. The more often you are on the water, the easier it gets.
Especially if you are well-rested, haven't smoked or had alcohol, and avoid the triggers like diesel fumes and reading once you are aboard.