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Old 12-29-2012, 12:09 PM   #1
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I bought some Bonine for our trip. Should we take it everyday as a precaution, or just when we start to feel woozy? Are there any side-effects? I don't want to fall asleep at a show.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:14 PM   #2
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I would suggest that you check with your physician before taking any medications, even over the counter drugs. This is particularly important if you take any other medications or supplements.

With motion sickness medications, you walk a fine line. Why take them if you don't need them? On the other hand, they work better if started before you become symptomatic. SO....if you start the med and don't experience any motion sickness, there is no way to know whether the meds worked or whether you were never destined to become ill.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #3
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I always, always take it every day on a trip that involves ships, airplanes, or theme park rides, whether I need it or not. Preventing motion sickness is SO much easier than trying to treat it. I also begin taking it a few days before we leave, so that my body is used to it and any side effects are lessened by trip time.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:28 PM   #4
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We've cruised twice before, but on the mammoth Oasis of the Seas (a floating island; haha). We didn't have any issues on Oasis, but the Dream is half the size, so that's why we were asking.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:34 PM   #5
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Each person is different....I get motion sickness on small boats, cars, etc....and don't even think about theme park rides.

The DCL ships have great stabilizers. While I can't say that I've never had any queasiness during a couple of "interesting" times, normally I have no problem at all. Of course, each person is different.

There is a rough patch on the first night as the ships go thru the gulf stream on PC departures. Once this hour or two is over, it is generally smooth sailing.
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Old 12-29-2012, 12:39 PM   #6
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I bought some Bonine for our trip. Should we take it everyday as a precaution, or just when we start to feel woozy? Are there any side-effects? I don't want to fall asleep at a show.
Taking motion sickness medicine after you feel the onset of motion sickness is pretty much a waste of time. I'd recommend you either take it every day or keep a close eye on the ship's forecast and if the seas are predicted to be more than a few feet, start taking it then.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:13 PM   #7
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I take the sea sickness pills every day. I knew right away when the ship started to leave port. They provide free ones on the ship but my daughter took the children's Bonine and was fine. My littlest daughter always gets car sick on the way to port so we give her the pills before we leave the hotel. The only side effects I noticed were a little dry mouth. There is also ginger ale available with dinner if your stomach still isn't right.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:26 PM   #8
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I had taken 2 shorter cruises back in the nineties, before our cruise on the Disney Fantasy this past June. I had only experienced mild seasickness. I brought Bonine with, but didn't take it immediately. Much to my dismay, I got violently ill within hours of setting sail. It was an absolutely miserable first night. I started taking the Bonine as soon as I started feeling ill but it was too late. I continued to take it for the duration of the cruise. And if I ever cruise again, I will start taking it the day before.
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Old 12-29-2012, 01:28 PM   #9
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I start the day before the cruise and take Bonine (less drowsy) in the morning and Dramamine (drowsy) at night. I take them every day like that throughout the cruise and even a day or so after we are on dry land. I haven't noted any side effects except that the Dramamine does make me sleepy - so I get a great nights sleep. In regards to side effects, everyone is different, and you may experience some that I have not so it's not a bad idea to run it by your doctor.
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I'm very prone to motion sickness, so for cruises I actually start taking it a day before I board and keep taking it regularly while on board. For plane rides or road trips I take it an hour beforehand.
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Old 12-29-2012, 02:11 PM   #11
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I take it when we go to WDW before the cruise or at least start the day before if we don't do WDW first. I take it in the morning. Would rather not find out if I would get sea sick on the cruise. If the motion bothers me in the evening I get gingerale at dinner. On the first night this is a must because the waters outside the port can be a little rough.
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Old 12-29-2012, 04:32 PM   #12
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I know I'll get motion sick, so I start Bonine the day before embarking and continue until the morning we disembark.

On our last cruise, DH left his meds at home. The first night was pretty rough. I ended up getting some extra meds from the on-board clinic for both him and DD #1. They already had symptoms when they started taking it, but by morning were both much better. DH continued taking it though the cruise, we dosed DD one more time to be sure then stopped to see how she did and she was ok after that.
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Old 12-29-2012, 05:30 PM   #13
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As others have said, if you wait until you need the Bonine, it's really too late. I highly suggest doing a "trial run" with the meds before you go, to find out how they affect you. If they're going to make you drowsy, then you want to make sure you take them before you go to bed, so that you can sleep it off. Everyone reacts differently to the meds, even the "non-drowsy" ones can put you to sleep.

Personally, I use the patch, although they're not for everyone, either. I put it on the night before we boarded, kept it on for the first 3 days, took it off for a couple of days, and then put another one on for the last 3 days. I had virtually no problems with seasickness.

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Old 12-29-2012, 05:34 PM   #14
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People react differently. I tested it before the trip and found that I felt no side effects. My children also had none, so we went ahead and took some everyday (they stopped a few days into the trip while I -and my oldest daughter- continued throughout the trip. My husband didn't take anything because medications make him sleepy and her preferred to take his chances. It just depends on how it makes you feel. I hate being sick to my stomach so I would rather be proactive with the meds but if I felt side effects then I would have to weigh the pros and cons.
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I'm pretty sensitive to medicines that can make you drowsy, but I don't feel any side effects from Bonine whatsoever. With normal Dramamine, I am totally ruined for the entire rest of the day.
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