As any seasoned traveler knows, various types of transportation from cruise ships to amusement park rides can potentially cause headaches, dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Motion sickness often comes on unexpectedly, starting with uneasiness and ending with vomiting. The travelers most likely to experience symptoms are pregnant women, migraine sufferers and children ages 2 to 12. One of the most effective drugs to treat and prevent motion sickness is dimenhydrinate, sold in stores as Dramamine. Dramamine is also available in chewable form and in a less-drowsy formula, which reduces the sedative side effect of original Dramamine.
Take your first dose of Dramamine 30 minutes to one hour before traveling to prevent motion sickness. To treat motion sickness, take your initial dose at the first sign of symptoms.
Take one to two tablets, or 50 to 100 mg for adults and children over 12 years old. Swallow the tablet whole and do not chew, unless you are taking the chewable form of Dramamine. Take your dose with a meal or a glass of milk to reduce any adverse effects of the medication.
Give children 6 to 12 years old half of one tablet, or one full tablet. Give children 2 to 6 years old half of one tablet.
Repeat the dosage every four to six hours for adults and children over 12 years. For children ages 2 to 12, repeat the dose every six to eight hours.
Keep track of all doses to ensure you do not exceed the maximum dosage.
Tips & Warnings
- Avoid heavy, spicy foods while traveling if you are prone to motion sickness. Instead, eat crackers or drink ginger ale.
- For adults, do not exceed 8 tablets or 400 mg per day. Do not exceed 3 tablets per day for children ages 6 to 12, or 1 1/2 tablets per day for children under 6.
- Do not give Dramamine to children under 2 years old.
- Do not drink alcohol when taking this medication and check with your primary care physician for other drug interactions.
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