What Is the Best Sea Sickness Medicine?


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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