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Some thoughts after reading the thread.
The best cure is to to take the helm. Many people get car sick, I know of no one who gets sick driving. Once you get sick there really is no cure, although I had read about suppositories being effective.
Avoid cooking, navigating or other activities below. Strong smells such as food and diesel will contribute to mal de mer. Get lots of sleep and avoid excessive alcohol. Sea sickness seems to be contagious, after one gets it the rest follow. Avoid dwelling on it in conversations. Nervous seems to add to the likelihood of getting sick.
Each of the drugs affects everyone differently. I get a very dry mouth from Scopolamine (which my wife, a pharmacist, does not recommend because it can affect cognitive processes). Care must be taken that hands are washed carefully after touching the patch; contact with the eyes is brutal.
Stugeron is highly touted, but one client was asleep for 12 hours after taking it.
I use a generic Gravol (dimenhydrinate). I get a little drowsy, but remain functional, after taking 1. That is usually enough to get me on my sea legs.
Regardless of what you are using, find out in advance what side effects present themselves. You might try taking one, and then go out as a passenger for a long car ride on twisty roads, while reading a book. That might let you know if it works.
In no circumstances think that you will just find out if you get sick on a passage. We had a 69 year old, 140 pound crew member who was sick from Bermuda to St Barthe's. After that, he was rethinking a 5,000 trip he was contemplating.
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