What is the most effective medication for sea sickness?

+8 votes
asked Apr 27, 2017 in Scuba Diving by George1224 (5,147 points)
Take the night before or morning of dive or both

10 Answers

+4 votes
answered Apr 27, 2017 by cquade7 (3,269 points)
I am lucky enough not to suffer from this, but my father does, and he always take meclizine 25mg a few hours before going on the boat and usually will use a patch behind the ear as well. To answer your question it would be best to take in the morning a few hours before and then during.
+4 votes
answered Apr 28, 2017 by Pablo (1,108 points)
I would recommend Bonnie, it works and has little or no side effects. I would suggest one the night before, and one the morning of the dive. It is over the counter and most dive shops have it. Also don't stay out all night, get some rest. Don't dive if you are hung over, you will be dehydrated and not make sound decisions. Everyone on the boat appreciates smart decisions and that includes knowing when you are fit to dive. Eat some breakfast but not greasy food. Toast, cereal, muffins etc.. As the boat gets underway, move to the stern (back), there will be less movement. Don't read, look away from the boat. Drink lots of water.
+2 votes
answered May 6, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
Prefer Bonine- it doesn't seem to have any side effects , non drowsy, and is very effective.
+2 votes
answered May 10, 2017 by Kenkatz (398 points)
My experience tells me Dramamine or sea bands seem to work best. Fresh air and standing in the middle of the boat seem to help.
+1 vote
answered Jun 28, 2017 by scubagirlie (613 points)
We use TransScop patches (require Rx) and they have always been effective. The one boat dive I made in the Keys without it, we had rough seas and I got sick. The dive master got me in the water on a john line during the surface interval and I was fine. The helped me get my gear on in the water and I enjoyed the second dive.

The patches last several days if needed. They do have some side effects, so consult a doctor before using.
+1 vote
answered Oct 12, 2017 by Cronnie40 (228 points)
Dramamine seems to work best for me..take an hour before getting on the water
+1 vote
answered Oct 21, 2017 by Boneyard (1,593 points)
My wife has used ginger capsules for many years with great success. She takes a couple maybe two hours before going out on the boat, and then a couple while out, like after lunch, and then maybe one more if the day is longer. They don't make you sleepy (she goes into a coma with most meds) and it is a natural compound.
+1 vote
answered Nov 7, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
Bonine works well. I've tried their organic offering as well. It is O.K. but not sure it is as good as the original.
+1 vote
answered May 4, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
My wife used to get seasick frequently. Now she uses Bonine and doesn't have any problems.

Take one the night before diving and one each day of diving. Does the trick for her!

If you are nauseous on the boat, ginger candy or ginger ale seems to settle stomachs a bit until you reach solid ground.
0 votes
answered Jul 4, 2018 by Scubachuck (1,093 points)
All of these answers are good.
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