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Compazine, like every other seasickness med, only works for about 1/3 of the people it is given to. But since MOST of the meds require being swallowed and staying swallowed--it can be invaluable to have compazine suppositories around, unless you've got something that can be taken sublingually--and can keep your mouth closed long enough for that to dissolve.

The Relief Bands (the electronic ones) work almost as well as heavy meds for me, if I get it started ahead of time. That's about the only thing you can carry aboard that has no medical contraindications, so it is safe to give to a "stranger". When you turn up the power it feels like a rat chewing on your wrist...but that's still better than being seasick!
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Ginger is pretty safe, unless they're allergic to it, and doesn't really interact with too many medications. Ginger ale, Ginger Beer, ginger snap cookies, ginger candy, ginger gum and ginger capsules are all good ways of getting ginger into the person. One medication that would probably work quite well is Zofran, which is a bit more effective than Compazine and has fewer side effects IIRC. However, it is harder to get a prescription for and can not be dispensed without a scrip.

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I've been sick on boats before to the point of vomiting over ten years ago. Now, when I go sailing I occasionally feel a little ill. I know everyone says to stay above but for me laying down in the v-birth in the fetal position for a bit does wonders. I think over time I'm getting used to the motion and I hope it continues to improve. I know that anchoring and when changing from the intra-coastal to the ocean can set me off when certain other conditions are present. Thankfully, I seem to be managing without any medications. I have taken them in the past and to be honest I just don't like how they make me feel.
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During my years as a charter boat skipper I finally learned the cause of seasickness from a total neophyte. One fellow was hanging over the rail discharging his last 3 meals when his buddy came over and observed, "Jim, its no wonder you're sick. Look! Your stomach was full of puke!"
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Dark and Stormy (dark rum and ginger beer). If the ginger beer doesn't fix it you won't care if you are puking.

The only thing I've found in 22 years of Navy service is abouthree.

About three days of puking. You are cured or you are dead. Either way it's over.
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Dark and Stormy (dark rum and ginger beer). If the ginger beer doesn't fix it you won't care if you are puking.

The only thing I've found in 22 years of Navy service is abouthree.

About three days of puking. You are cured or you are dead. Either way it's over.

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Don't neglect stomach acid!

Okay, I want to get credit for this one, since I've read (and taught) a lot about seasickness and suffered my share of both car and seasickness under certain conditions.

For me, stomach acid is the single largest contibutor to my experiencing seasickness. My stomach acid rises precipitously with lack of sleep, nervousness, stress--and of course all the other things typically discussed in instructional texts (alcohol, caffeine, nicotine, citrus, tomatoes and tomato sauces, spicy foods).

An important and highly effective seasickness preventer for me is taking both an anti-acid and an acid preventer/reducer. I have had great experience with Pepcid Complete (that's the combination Pepcid AC and anti-acid in a chewable tablet).

I keep a bottle on board and take one if I've been running short on sleep or am otherwise feeling stressed about the conditions or keeping to a particular schedule (both can happen to me preparing for a departure on a longer trip).

Also, make sure that when you lie down, your head is at least a bit higher than your feet. One time I was sleeping athwartships in the aft berth and when we changed tacks I could literally feel the rush of stomach acid hit the top of my stomach.

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I have used the accupressure bands to great success. I used to be a complete and total puker but these bands solved the problems. I recommend the velcro bands as they are more adjustable than the elastic. I put them on at least a half an hour before leaving the dock and presssed on each plastic pebble for five minutes or so and then I left them on until landfall. Good luck.
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