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From my experience on dive boats, I did notice that the medications that deaden your sense of motion (dramamine, scopolomine, etc) caused the worst falling injuries aboard, because once you realize you are falling, you are usually too far gone to catch yourself. I think that on a pitching and listing sailboat, it could possibly be worse, especially with your focus on your insides and not around you.

I was also told that there are 2 kinds of people, those that get seasick and those who will get seasick, so be nice to those pondering water beneath the rails, especially if you haven't had your opportunity to feed the fishes yet.

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Talking Sea Sickness

I have found nothing is failsafe. I do blue water sailing and when it really gets rough I usually have a bout of Sea sickness for about 24 hours. I tried Scopolomine and its terrible. Had trouble focusing on my charts or reading etc. and when it really got rough during a storm I got sick.
Best advice is stay busy on board and to spend as much time as possible on a boat in motion prior to going out. Once the system adjusts you're home free.
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Sea Sickness

I have used the herbal product "Motionease" for a number of years ( 7). It works for me, but I have met others who have had no success. Give it a try. Also, as many others have said, try ginger: ginger cookies, ginger cnady, ginger tea. Even try "smelling" fresh ginger....sailing aromatherapy.
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Real GINGER cookies washed down with ginger ale - IT WORKS. We had a pretty little Russian miss on board who turned green. We handed her the ginger cookies and the ginger ale and she came back to normal almost instantly, before our eyes. She was as right as rain for the remainder of the trip. Full of smiles and laughter. Cured.
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Quease-ease cure

Here's one I haven't seen yet on the thread---Quease-ease, a combination of ginger, peppermint, spearmint and lavender oils, inhaled by a 'sniffer' about the size of a lipstick tube. I've not needed anything yet myself, but sailing with plenty of kids and newbies last season, this product was almost always effective. Re-usable and only used only after onset of symptoms. Developed by an RN, I think for chemo patients or morning sickness sufferers.
You can see their website at soothing-scents dot com
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Eucalyptus works well... Find a Eucalypt and sit under it
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My wife swears it works.
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Another seasick medicine

The admiral is prone to seasickness. As was noted, it generally wears itself out in about 72 hours. That first few days, however, are bad news. We tried the Dramamine, Bonine,... stuff, and then started looking at the labels. They were basically all the same. She tried Skop (the patches) and that made her more sick. Then a friend suggested Triptone. It contains Dimenhydrinate, an anti-emetic, is available over the counter, and seems to work the best of any we tried. If we hit rough weather, I will take one as a preventive. It does not make you drowsy, which is what I like about it.
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I have only gotten seasick when the engine is running...What works for me is peptobismol (sp) take two pick tablets I have to chew them, swallowing when I don't feel good is not a good thing.
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"Motion Ease" works well for us. A dab or two behind both ears and all is well for several hours. Possibly and expensive placebo... but whatever works.
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