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Old 12-30-2012, 10:13 PM   #16
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I don't take a lot of medications and I don't get much motionsickness at all.

On our first cruise, I thought I was tough and didn't take anything... I was fine until after dinner, then sat down for the show and could hardly stand up at the end, I was so dizzy! I went back to the room (was sick), took some Bonine once and never had to take it again on our 7 night cruise.

This happened on my first night of our second cruise too. I heard this is because when leaving Canaveral there is a certain area of the 'gulfstream' or something that the ship has to 'pass over' just after dinner that makes it choppy, a lot of people are just getting used to the sea and have a hard time around this time.

So, now I just take it right before getting on the first day and that is the only time I need it. It only cost me a Palo dinner and a bottle of wine to learn. I lost it about an hour after eating it... now I book Palo on the second night.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:33 AM   #17
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So do you get at Walmart or CVS? Has anyone had any side effects, drowsiness? I think I'm going to get it just incase. If it does make you drowsy is it just as effective if you take it before bed? Does it interact with other medications or alcohol?
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:27 AM   #18
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On our first cruise, I didn't want to take it unless I knew I would need it, but I had the Bonine ready just in case. I have inner ear problems even on land. So I had a feeling I would have issues at sea.
As soon as the ship started moving, I knew I was going to need the Bonine. So I began taking it then. By that evening at dinner, I was fine. My poor brother waited until it was really bad and ended up in bed through dinner that first night. He was fine by morning once the Bonine kicked in.

Since that first cruise, I always take Bonine starting the day before we sail. I've never had any ill affects from it. I get drowsy with Dramamine, but never have with Bonine.

As others have said, you should check with your doctor and make sure Bonine will be safe for you to take.

I'd say that it would be safe for you to wait until on board to see if you need it, but it may be different for everyone. If you tend to get motion sickness and you think you'll have issues, I would just start taking it the day before to be safe. As long as you have no negative side affects, I say better safe than sorry!
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Old 12-31-2012, 08:49 PM   #19
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I don't have any problems with motion sickness on the ships. However I did have to take meclizine (name for Bonine) once for a really bad sinus infection. I took 2 pills on a Friday night and was pretty much out cold until Sunday afternoon. I only woke to use the bathroom and eat a little something but could barely hold my head up due to being so sleepy. Yes it worked for the associated dizziness but there's no way I could take it on a ship and still function to enjoy myself.

And whatever you do, don't mix with alcohol.

You could try the wrist bands that I've heard help or ginger tablets. I agree with the others to try it ahead of time to see how you react.
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Old 12-31-2012, 09:25 PM   #20
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I grew up in Florida and we ocean fished a lot. A captain told us to take the Dramamine the night before because it stays in your system for 24 hours and it helps you sleep.
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Old 12-31-2012, 11:10 PM   #21
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I don't have any problems with motion sickness on the ships. However I did have to take meclizine (name for Bonine) once for a really bad sinus infection. I took 2 pills on a Friday night and was pretty much out cold until Sunday afternoon. I only woke to use the bathroom and eat a little something but could barely hold my head up due to being so sleepy. Yes it worked for the associated dizziness but there's no way I could take it on a ship and still function to enjoy myself.

And whatever you do, don't mix with alcohol.

You could try the wrist bands that I've heard help or ginger tablets. I agree with the others to try it ahead of time to see how you react.
It was strange when I realized that Bonine and meclizine were the same thing. I've been given generic meclizine when I was already sick and it was almost as potent as taking phenergan; knocked me out. But I take it on all cruises and it doesn't bother me at all. I take it the morning the cruise starts (before boarding) then another each morning. I only take 25mg each day, maybe that's the difference. Or maybe it knocks us out when we're already sick because....well....we're already sick!
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Old 01-06-2013, 11:58 AM   #22
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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.
Same here. Dramamine totally wipes me out. I haven't noticed any side effects from Bonine at all. I get sick in cars, on carrousels, and pretty much anything else that moves. I get horribly sick on planes and rides like the teacups and Primeval Whirl. When taking Bonine I can do all those things. I still have moments of queasiness on the plane, but they're really mild and they pass quickly. It's usually if I'm reading (which I couldn't even dream of doing without the Bonine). The teacups and Primeval Whirl also still make me feel a little icky, but no more so than someone who doesn't get motion sickness lol. Again, it passes quickly.

I start taking Bonine a day before leaving home, and continue until I get back home.
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Old 01-06-2013, 01:42 PM   #23
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I take the first one the night before the cruise leaves and one each night of the cruise at bed time. Works great for me. I sleep great too!

I learned my lesson from when I waited till I felt sick to take it and it ruined the entire evening. I couldn't even sit in the dining room with my family.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #24
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In my experience with Bonine, I don't feel sleepy if I'm engaged in doing something, but if we are driving, I will get drowsy in the car. I take one every morning at WDW so I don't have any issues with motion sickness from rides and I don't have problems with drowsiness throughout the day.

You should be able to buy it at any pharmacy. At Wal-Mart, we sell it from behind the counter (generic meclizine) - you can get either 12.5 mg or 25 mg tablets, so you could start off with the 12.5 and take 2 if you wanted the stronger dose - might help avoid drowsiness if you find that is a problem. It is MUCH cheaper (I think around $7 for a bottle of 100 pills) and works just as well. And while the tablets are chewable (in case you don't feel like drinking anything), you can take them like a "normal" pill if you want.

I'm worried about sea sickness as well - plan on taking my meclizine daily prior to the cruise and the entire time while on board. Will probably have DH and DD take a dose the first day too, just in case.

ETA: To echo what other poster's have said, it is SO MUCH harder to stop feeling sick than it is to try and prevent it in the first place!
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:59 PM   #25
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I start taking Meclizine the night before the cruise. I take it each night before going to bed while on the cruise. I sleep well and feel no motion sickness or side effects.

Here's a lesson learned story that might help...............

There was one day during our cruise when the waters were so calm and we weren't moving fast, that I decided NOT to take the meclizine that night, (I skipped one dose). Well, the following night we were cruising (pun intended) much faster than the night before and I REALLY felt the motion and started to feel sick. My last night on board was not enjoyable! Long story short........I will NEVER skip a dose again.
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:09 PM   #26
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I start taking the night prior to leaving...and each night until about 4 days home. This way, if it makes me sleepy- I am sleeping and....I seem to have cruise legs for a few days after I am home. One day, I almost feel in the shower. I swear the whole house rocked
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:15 PM   #27
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We take bonine (or meclizine) starting the morning we fly to Florida for the cruise.

I order from www.drugstore.com

I get the generic tablets for the adults, a bottle of 100 is around $7

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I wondered the same thing about this before my cruise in Oct. I talked to my doctors and here was what they suggested. Both have cruised before, too.

I get jet lag pretty bad, last time I flew to Florida I had a moving feeling the whole time I was there. Kind of ruined my fun in the lounges Same thing happened to my sister both times she flew there.

So this trip I started taking the bonine the night before I flew from Pasco, Washington to Orlando. Long flight! Anyway, I took the bonine twice a day the whole time in Orlando. We were there eight nights. On a couple days I took it three times a day. Pretty much anytime I felt weird. I didn't once feel drugged, or overtired.

Then the morning we took the towncar to the port, I put a prescription patch on. I wore it the whole time on the cruise. Changed it every third morning. I never got seasick. Not even when I was drinking

Which is saying something, since I was on the cruise that ended up in Hurricane Sandy the last 24 hours. Very, very windy, rocking ship. In fact, I got rolled out of bed about 1am the last night!! I did take some extra bonine during the worst of the storm. But, believe me, there were ALOT of sick people on the ship. Not me!!

Good luck. But be sure to run whatever you do by your doctor.
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