What Is the Best Sea Sickness Medicine?

There are many remedies for seasickness.
There are many remedies for seasickness. (Image: Image by Flickr.com, courtesy of John Morgan)

Seasickness is a type of motion sickness that results from a disturbance of inner equilibrium. There are many chemical and natural treatments to prevent and reduce seasickness.


Get plenty of sleep the night before you will be on a boat. Avoid drinking large amounts of alcohol, and don’t eat greasy or acidic foods. Don’t read while you are on a boat, and avoid other people who are seasick.

Over-the-Counter Remedies

Antihistamines, including Bonine (meclizine), Dramamine (dimenhydrinate) and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) are often used to treat seasickness. However, these drugs often cause drowsiness as a side effect.

Prescription Drugs

Phernegan and Transderm Scop are two prescription drugs for seasickness. Phernergan (promethazine) is an antiemetic pill; Transderm Scop (scopolamine) includes a pill and skin patch that is worn behind the ear.

Natural Remedies

Ginger and peppermint are often used as natural remedies for seasickness. A 2000 University of Exeter review of clinical studies reported that 1 gram of ginger can be helpful in reducing nausea.

Other Strategies

Acupressure wristbands may prevent or reduce nausea. Standing up and looking at the horizon may also help. Placing your feet in ice water has also been reported to reduce nausea.

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