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Travel sickness shouldn’t get in the way of your next adventure. If you feel unwell when you travel, anti-sickness tablets or bands may be the best remedy for you. Whether you travel by car, train, boat or plane, motion sickness often happens when you are a passenger in a moving vehicle. Fortunately there are a few ways you can ease the symptoms and minimise feeling unwell.
What is the best medication for travel sickness?
If you experience motion sickness, you may find travel sickness tablets helpful. Over-the-counter medicines with the active ingredient promethazine teoclate are often suggested for those who feel nauseous when they travel. It is an antihistamine which works by preventing feelings of sickness and supressing your reflex to vomit.
Promethazine teoclate can may people feel drowsy and interfere with other medications, so it’s important to consult a professional before taking them. It is also important to get medical advice if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
Another well-known travel sickness medication is cinnarizine, which comes in 15mg pills. This also comes with side effects so it is best to talk to a healthcare professional about which travel sickness remedies are best for you.
Motion sickness patches are another available option, which can be prescribed by a GP.
How travel sickness bands work?
Some people may find travel sickness bands effective for relieving motion sickness symptoms. Travel bands are a natural, drug-free option which work by using acupressure. The bands have a plastic stud which applies pressure to the on the Nei Kuan P6 acupressure point between the two central tendons near the wrist. Most sickness bands are suitable for children and pregnant women, so talk to your pharmacist to see if this option is best for you or your family.
How can I relieve other types of sickness?
You may be experiencing sickness as a result of a migraine, surgery or certain treatments. In these cases, your doctor may be able to prescribe you an anti-sickness medication to relieve nausea and vomiting. If you have an upset stomach, your pharmacist may be able to help you with an over-the-counter remedy such as Pepto-Bismol. However, if you are experiencing morning sickness during pregnancy, a natural remedy such as acupressure bands, ginger or peppermint tea could be recommended for you.
Travel sickness tablets are for the prevention and relief of travel sickness, general nausea and vertigo. So if you feel sick when travelling, they are recommended by healthcare professionals. However if you are feeling nauseas at other times, you should seek advice from a doctor or pharmacist.
Travel sickness wristbands help relieve nausea and vomiting by using an acupressure technique. The drug-free method involves putting acupressure on the P6 (Nei-Kuan) point between the two central tendons near the wrist. The plastic stud on the band applies constant pressure on each wrist avoiding and relieving the feeling of nausea.
Travel sickness tablets are for the relief of travel and motion sickness only. If you are feeling symptoms of anxiety, it is best to speak to a person close to you or your local GP about your options. There are also many charities who run confidential helplines which may be able to help you.