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Time4disney
01-03-2010, 03:44 PM
This is what I was wondering..........
For my past 2 cruises to the Bahamas (taken late May/early June) I have taken Bonine and felt fine............but luckily, during both cruises the water was pretty calm.

I guess my question is........if I know the water is calm with no storms around, etc. and the boat is not rocking at all do you think I would be okay without the Bonine?

As far as me getting motion sickness, I don't ride Mission Space and I have felt really bad after riding in the back row of Star Tours at DHS. I rode ToT once and never again.

So is there anyone who usually takes seasick medicine but may have decided to brave it, take a gamble and felt fine without the medication?

glindamood
01-03-2010, 03:54 PM
I would never take the chance, personally. You never know what the seas are going to be ahead of you and, once you begin to feel ill, there isn't much you can do to get rid of the feeling. DH feels the same way. But, YMMV so you need to do what you feel is best for you.

This is what I was wondering..........
For my past 2 cruises to the Bahamas (taken late May/early June) I have taken Bonine and felt fine............but luckily, during both cruises the water was pretty calm.

I guess my question is........if I know the water is calm with no storms around, etc. and the boat is not rocking at all do you think I would be okay without the Bonine?

As far as me getting motion sickness, I don't ride Mission Space and I have felt really bad after riding in the back row of Star Tours at DHS. I rode ToT once and never again.

So is there anyone who usually takes seasick medicine but may have decided to brave it, take a gamble and felt fine without the medication?

sayhello
01-03-2010, 03:54 PM
This is what I was wondering..........
For my past 2 cruises to the Bahamas (taken late May/early June) I have taken Bonine and felt fine............but luckily, during both cruises the water was pretty calm.

I guess my question is........if I know the water is calm with no storms around, etc. and the boat is not rocking at all do you think I would be okay without the Bonine?

As far as me getting motion sickness, I don't ride Mission Space and I have felt really bad after riding in the back row of Star Tours at DHS. I rode ToT once and never again.

So is there anyone who usually takes seasick medicine but may have decided to brave it, take a gamble and felt fine without the medication?I have the same issues you mention (not riding Mission Space, felt bad in the back row of Star Tours, plus I get seasick on small sailboats, like snorkeling excursions). That said, I have never taken medication while on the cruiseships, and have never had an issue with seasickness. But all my cruises so far have been pretty smooth sailing; I'm not sure what would happen if we hit rough seas. And, unfortunately, once you start getting seasick, it's too late for Bonine. I've found that SeaBands really do help, though.

Sayhello

Bobo912
01-03-2010, 04:03 PM
This is what I was wondering..........
For my past 2 cruises to the Bahamas (taken late May/early June) I have taken Bonine and felt fine............but luckily, during both cruises the water was pretty calm.

I guess my question is........if I know the water is calm with no storms around, etc. and the boat is not rocking at all do you think I would be okay without the Bonine?

As far as me getting motion sickness, I don't ride Mission Space and I have felt really bad after riding in the back row of Star Tours at DHS. I rode ToT once and never again.

So is there anyone who usually takes seasick medicine but may have decided to brave it, take a gamble and felt fine without the medication?

I don't get sick on Mission Space, Star Tours or ToT, and I've been on cruises on smaller ships where the ride was bumpy and didn't get sick, but I got very seasick on the Wonder when the seas were rough. I brought sea bands on the trip but they didn't help. I was sick all the first evening and up into the night. I picked up some Meclizine from guest services the next morning and was fine for the rest of the trip. Personally, I wouldn't risk it. I initially didn't want to take anything because I was afraid I would be sleepy the entire trip, but I was fine with the Meclizine. But given the choice between sleepy and nauseated, I would definitely choose sleepy.

musicgirl
01-03-2010, 04:36 PM
Personally, I never go without it good, bad or ugly. Once that feeling hits, it is so hard to get rid of it. I just wouldn't want to miss out because I didn't want to take the medicine.

Obviously doing what you feel is best for you is the way to go.

Personal history.....my motion sickness was so bad at one point that I could drive around the corner less than a mile and get sick. And that was with ME driving.......

I also use the electronic wristband on the ship. It the one that sends a pulse through certain fingers when it is placed correctly. I only use it when the seas are rough.

godalejunior
01-03-2010, 04:56 PM
Are there any OTC remedies for motion sickness that do not cause drowsiness?

jiminyC_fan
01-03-2010, 04:59 PM
I would never take a chance either. Why risk a day or two of a vacation? We take Bonine whether we need it or not. On the PC cruise back in 2005 we very unexpectedly encountered Hurricane Hilary during the night. So many people woke up sick and that was including CM's. We were just fine and I think it is because we had Bonine in us. It's hard to play "catch up" once the sea sickness has struck.

Bonine (meclizine) does not make you sleepy. I buy mine at Target. It is named "travel sickness pills" and is behind the counter. I get a bottle of 100 for 5.00. The brand name bonine on the shelves is MUCH more expensive.

shellcruiser
01-03-2010, 05:03 PM
I've heard several times that ginger tablets are beneficial. I know when I got motion and elevation sickness in Ecuador a local restaurant brewed a ginger root tea that really helped (that was after I was already sick).

Personally, I use presciption scopalamine patches, but I don't recommend that for everyone due to side-effects.

disney1990
01-03-2010, 05:29 PM
We use Ginger tablets -- start taking a day in advance. We also have Sea Bands, but never had to use them.

Aquachick0410
01-03-2010, 06:31 PM
They do make a non-drowsy version of Dramamine. I always wear the patch behind my ear because I do not want to take a chance of running into bad seas. But I also pack a bottle of Dramamine and the non-drowsy version just in case the seas do get bad. Luckily I've only had to use it once and it was during dinner that I got sea sick so I took the version to make me sleepy so that I passed out for the night and woke up perfectly fine the next morning and ready to go!

hgon76
01-03-2010, 06:42 PM
Bonine didn't really make me drowsy. & I didn't take it unless I started to feel queasy. Even then it did the trick. I only took it a few times during our cruise. The seas reaaly weren't rough, but there were a couple of instances when I really "felt" the motion of the ship. Whenever I went into the Walt Disney Theater was one of those times. But, again I took it as soon as I started feeling that way & it worked.

RLP817
01-03-2010, 06:49 PM
My first cruise I didn't bring anything with me and ended up feeling sick and got Bonine at the Pursers desk. The next cruise I brought it with me and packed it in my baggage. BIG MISTAKE. My luggage didn't make it to my room until after we set sail. I was sooo sick. Spent the entire evening in the bathroom while my husband took my daughter to eat. I finally got my luggage and took the Bonine and went to bed. Woke up feeling fine and Kept taking it and had no more problems. Since then no more taking chances. Bonine stays with me in my carry on and I take it no matter what. Sea-sickness just is not the way to spend a vacation.

quentina
01-03-2010, 07:24 PM
We all wear the patch however....first sign of illness, we go and get the shot. That clears up everything (only had to do it 1x).

My DH can't even sit in a passenger seat (must drive) and he has no issues while wearing the patch. Only problem I have with them is the price....they are expensive!

DisneyJenn23
01-03-2010, 07:30 PM
I get pretty bad motion sickness. My first Disney cruise I forgot to get the patch and so I went without and was fine. No problems at all. I take something just in case, because I have been on other ships where the boat has made me so sick I could not get out of bed.

I have heard the wrist bands work really well. I never tried them, but have friends who have and love them. (They make really cute ones too)

I have tried the patchn but on my last seven day I was on day 3 and my vision got very very blurry. I could not read the menus at dinner. I thought I was having a problem with my contacts. Changed them... still the problem. Took the patch off and was fine!

Perscription Meclizine is what works best for me, and I never feel drowsy with it.

caribear
01-03-2010, 09:11 PM
I have always taken Meclizine (generic Bonine) when I cruise. I cannot ride the teacups at Disney or any other ride that goes in circles and spins you around. On one cruise I decided to see if I could make it without the Meclizine as the seas were very calm. I made it through dinner on the 1st night...went to the theater...and soon felt miserable. I went back to the room early, took Meclizine and woke up feeling like a new person the next day. Since then I have not chanced it....or tried other natural products such as ginger or the SeaBands (sister uses them and says they work for her)...I just do not want to take a chance and miss any precious days of my cruise!

I start taking Meclizine the night before my cruise...and then each night thereafter. I always sleep so sound on cruises...and feel great in the morning!

NancyIL
01-04-2010, 08:10 AM
Bonine is not cheap, but a bottle of 100 Meclizine pills (the main ingredient in Bonine) from the pharmacist is usually under $10. I also take one every day - even when seas are calm. Even with the pills, there was 1 night on a Transatlantic cruise in September that I couldn't make it through dinner. I didn't get sick to my stomach, but I just wanted to go to bed.

Gigi22
01-04-2010, 08:56 AM
DH and I have been on 30 cruises. We experience seasickness on very rare occasions only. What we have found is that if you start wearing seabands before you get on the ship, you can then judge if the seas are too rough for you once the ship is out of port, and take whatever medicine you need then.
We live in Canada, there is an antinauseant called Gravol (not sure if this brand is available in the US, but I am sure there must be a couple of similar medicines) that now has a natural source non-drowsy variety with 500 mg. dried ginger root in a chewable lozenge form. This has worked for us.
We usually sail with nearly all the nausea remedies known to man in our hand luggage--seabands, ginger root medication, and the regular anti-nausea medication (also Gravol)! Darned if I will lose a cruise day due to seasickness! We don't take the patch with us--there are just too many possible side-effects for my liking.

travelbug24
01-04-2010, 09:34 AM
Another meclizine user. Tried not to use it this last trip and I was sorry I didn't. My motto will forever be always be safe than sorry.

My eye doctor has been trying to talk me into bifocals for a couple of years and I won't even try them because I am afraid they will give me motion sickness.

tinkmom2
01-04-2010, 11:54 AM
I wasn't trying to brave it on our last cruise but we were at Castaway all day and I forgot to take the free sea sickness pills you can get from Guest Services. (I brought my own but they only last for a few hours) That night during the play and right after dinner I started to feel ill. The pills you can get on the ship last for 12 hours. For me it's a sure thing for me to take them.

denegate
01-04-2010, 12:11 PM
They do make a non-drowsy version of Dramamine. I always wear the patch behind my ear because I do not want to take a chance of running into bad seas. But I also pack a bottle of Dramamine and the non-drowsy version just in case the seas do get bad. Luckily I've only had to use it once and it was during dinner that I got sea sick so I took the version to make me sleepy so that I passed out for the night and woke up perfectly fine the next morning and ready to go!

What is the the "patch"?

Goofy Mum
01-04-2010, 12:49 PM
Seasickness is my biggest fear. Years ago I was airline cabin crew and I got used to all sorts if violent turbulance but I really fear at my age now I won't cope well with the waves. This is my first cruise and I'm trying really hard not to talk myself into seasickness but I plan on staying fully medicated just in case. Also I'm travelling solo with three young boys and worry my head will be in the toilet and it will ruin their holiday completely. When in doubt MEDICATE!

sayhello
01-04-2010, 01:48 PM
What is the the "patch"?The patch is a prescription, stick-on thing that looks like a round band-aid, that has a controlled amount of anti-nausea medication on it. You stick it behind your ear a few hours before you expect to be somewhere you could get nauseaous, and it slowly dispenses the medication over several days (you absorb it through your skin). It tends to not make you as sleepy as Dramamine can, but it's one of those things you either tolerate well or you don't. I used the patch last time I went on a day cruise, and it worked FABULOUSLY, but I only kept it on for a day and a half.

Sayhello

Butterx3
01-04-2010, 02:15 PM
Another vote for Bonine. It works better than Dramamine for sure. I found that out at Universal Studios when I forgot to pack Bonine, I had to buy 2 dramamine pills at a store in Universal, and I had to avoid a lot of the rides that day. I have used the bands and found them useless, and I have used the patch. It affected my eyesight. I couldn't read the menu on a cruise, and it dried me up so bad, I couldn't eat, my mouth was so dry. I stick to bonine, and take it the day before the cruise, and take 2 if I think the seas are really bad.

My best advice is the same as everyone else's: Don't risk it!!! Take something with you.

DisneyDuo
01-04-2010, 05:49 PM
Another meclizine user here! Works like a charm. I also use the electronic wristband, really helps when the seas get very rough (I also wear this for Expedition Everest, don't need it for any other rides - it's the going backwards that gets to me). I'm one of those who is very conscious of the motion of the ship, so need to use meds whenever the ship is moving :mad: They work, and I'd rather be on them and a bit sleepy than sick!!!

Lin

Time4disney
01-04-2010, 07:07 PM
Thanks for all of your replies. I guess you talked me into not taking any chances. You are right, I'd rather feel a bit sleepy than seasick.

Horace Horsecollar
01-04-2010, 07:15 PM
They do make a non-drowsy version of Dramamine.
No.

There is no such thing as "a non-drowsy version of Dramamine."

There is a product called Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula. It's Meclizine Hydrochloride (25 mg in each tablet). The old name for Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula was Dramamine II.

Bonine is also Meclizine Hydrochloride (25 mg in each tablet).

Bonine and Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula have exactly the same effectiveness and the same side effects because both are the same medication in the same dosage. Meclizine Hydrochloride is an anantihistamine. One side effect is drowsiness. In fact, it makes some people very drowsy.

Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula is less likely to cause significant drowsiness than Dramamine Original Formula, which is Dimenhydrinate (50 mg in each tablet).

Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula is not approved for children under 12 years of age, unless directed by a doctor. Dramamine Original Formula can be given to children as young as 2 years old.