What To Do If You Suffer From Motion Sickness At Disney World (2023)

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For motion sickness sufferers, Walt Disney World is one of the best amusement parks to go to because there are a lot of attractions we can enjoy. Obviously, there are a lot of rides at the parks that can cause motion sickness in varying degrees, but there is still a lot to enjoy that shouldn’t spur sickness issues. Even so, if you want to brave some of the more intense rides like Rock ‘n Roller Coaster or the Mad Tea Party tea cups, there are some steps you can take to avoid or stop motion sickness in its tracks.

Some of the rides that are safest for motion sickness sufferers are the rides that make Disney such a magical place. Story rides like Pirates of the Caribbean, Haunted Mansion or Spaceship Earth are some of the iconic rides that make Disney World so special, so don’t worry about feeling left out if you can’t ride the big attractions or coasters, even if it’s your first time at the parks.

Keep in mind that if you’re feeling really sick, you can always find help at Disney World. If you need medical attention, ask a cast member. Or, if you can, head to First Aid. Each park has its own First Aid area with staff members that can help you get the care you need. If you struggle with motion sickness at all, consider some of these tips before your Walt Disney World adventure to make the most of the magic.

Dramamine is your friend

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Dramamine or ginger pills can help keep motion sickness and its side effects at bay if taken before doing activities that may trigger it. Bringing some Dramamine with you to the parks is significantly cheaper than purchasing it at Disney and can be a real lifesaver while spending the day in the park. If you forget to bring it, you can get a few tablets to take at any of the first aid stations in the parks.

You don’t necessarily have to take motion sickness medicine first thing in the morning for it to be effective. It needs about 30 minutes to kick in, so you can take it before riding an attraction that might trigger your issues. Dramamine lasts around four to eight hours in your body, but don’t assume it’ll be at its best strength several hours in.

Most of all, be absolutely sure that the Dramamine you purchase is non-drowsy. If you don’t specifically buy the non-drowsy formula you might find yourself feeling more like Sleepy than Happy at the parks –- no one wants that!

Sit near the middle

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This note is primarily for rides like Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom or Soarin’ in EPCOT. For rides where you are facing a giant screen or need 3D glasses, sitting near the middle of the screen can help stop motion sickness from the warping images. If you start to feel queasy, close your eyes. Sometimes not seeing the images moving can help your brain catch up, which is one of the reasons folks get motion sickness in the first place.

Because the rides that use screens are primarily motion simulators, the warping images can really mess with your perception of what’s happening. Especially for a ride like Flight of Passage when you’re experiencing the images as well as motion from the ride seat, scents, and even water spray, warping images can be disorienting.

You can let a cast member know you need to sit in the middle of the ride row to prevent motion sickness. They’ll do their best to accommodate you and your group however they can. It’s possible that you’ll have to wait a little longer for the next ride seating, but it’s way better than getting sick or woozy partway through a ride.

Avoid the first or last cars

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Roller coaster fanatics know that the first or last cars on a coaster offer riders a more intense experience. The middle seats, on the other hand, promise you at least a slightly more tame ride, which is preferable for folks who suffer from motion sickness. You’ll still get the same thrills as everyone else, just with a little less jostling around.

Riding in the last car on Seven Dwarves Mine Train, for example, makes the roller coaster significantly more intense than elsewhere on the ride. Corners are much sharper and your body gets tossed around in the seat much more than if you sit in the middle or even the front of the ride.

That said, if you are a motion sickness sufferer, try to avoid riding in the first or last cars. You can ask a cast member to place you elsewhere in the ride vehicle ahead of them assigning you. You may have to wait for a better seat to open up, though you rarely have to wait more than a few minutes for the next set of ride cars.

Stay hydrated

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At a place like Walt Disney World, regardless of the time of year, you need to stay hydrated. Florida heat is no joke! So even if you don’t get motion sickness, staying hydrated will improve your Disney World vacation. Still, if you do suffer from motion sickness, staying hydrated can help you avoid it or other unpleasantries. If you take a nausea medication that can give you a dry mouth, drinking plenty of fluids will make the side effect more bearable.

Reusable water bottles are welcome to be brought into the parks, as are bottled non-alcoholic beverages. Water bottle filling stations can be found all over the parks, though the water fountains work in a pinch as well. Plus, quick-service restaurants and many of the food stalls around the parks offer free, iced water cups for guests.

Another easy way to avoid motion sickness is to make use of a cooling towel. They may look silly, but a cold, wet towel on your forehead can make all the difference when you’re feeling nauseous. These towels can be purchased at the parks or online ahead of time. If you need to cool down fast to help with nausea or dizziness, try wrapping ice in the towel and putting it around your neck or forehead.

Wear comfortable clothes

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Being comfortable in what you wear at Disney World can make a world of difference -– especially if you feel sick. When you wear tight clothes, it can put undue pressure on your stomach, which can just make matters worse. Plus, if you are wearing tight clothes and you do have to run to the toilet because of motion sickness, you could have a hard time being in a comfortable position.

Think of it like wearing tight pants and eating too much food. Even if you aren’t nauseous, the tightness can make your stomach feel confined and make you feel ill anyway. The same applies when your stomach is upset from motion sickness. Tightness is not your friend.

Comfortable, flowy clothes can help keep you cooler during those hot Florida days. Though the clothes can’t stop you from getting dehydrated from sweating, they can help with air circulation and generally make you feel more comfortable. Comfort is paramount when you’re feeling sick.

Try acupressure

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A must-have for seasickness, acupressure bands are an incredible tool for preventing motion sickness. They put pressure on the bottom side of your wrist to help deter nausea that can occur. Acupressure wristlets are essentially sweatbands with a bead to press into your wrist. In hot weather they can be a little uncomfortable, so try just wearing them when you are concerned about motion sickness.

Some acupressure wristbands are thinner than others or made of a material that can make you feel itchy once your wrist starts sweating. Try wearing them around the house before your Disney trip to make sure you can deal with them for a while. Doing this will also help stretch the material to fit your wrist better, which will keep you comfortable in them longer.

If you don’t bring wrist acupressure products, you can also just do acupressure on your own by pressing your thumb into the underside of your wrist for a few seconds at a time. This area of the wrist sends relief signals to the brain to avoid being sick.

Ask for your doctor’s help

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If motion sickness is a big problem for you, your doctor may be able to prescribe something to stop it in its tracks. A medication like Scopolamine, a dermal patch, can keep motion sickness at bay even on the most triggering rides for some users. Scopolamine does require a prescription, so if you plan on asking about it do so with enough advance notice that you can actually get the medicine before your trip. You may also want to wear it once while you’re home to see how it affects you.

A Scopolamine patch is placed behind the wearer’s ear. You can wear one for up to three days, though they can become unstuck after sweating or exposure to water. Even just washing your hair in the shower can drastically decrease the wearability of the patch. If the patch comes off before three days, you can replace it right away if you want or need to.

The patch can also cause other side effects and even have a nasty withdrawal period after you stop using them. The most common side effects include dry mouth, disorientation, and drowsiness. So be careful when using prescriptions for motion sickness, be sure you’re informed of any issues you may have by asking your doctor about it.

Try to sit up

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One of the natural ways to avoid getting dizzy or nauseous on a ride is to keep your back straight and sit up. By keeping yourself in good posture with your head against the seat back (if possible), you can avoid moving around more, which can increase bad effects from the ride. Don’t make your body stiff though, as that can cause tension headaches or pain.

By slouching or not holding yourself up, the force of a ride could jostle your body back and forth, making motion sickness worse. Plus, you can hit your head on the ride car or on the person beside you, which can obviously cause a headache or worse if you aren’t careful. Sitting up also helps remind you to look forward, which can reduce motion sickness caused by visual stimulation.

Sitting up a little on a ride like Avatar Flight of Passage or Tron Lightcycle, which puts your body in a hunched, bike-riding position, can reduce dizziness from the movement around you. Keep in mind that you can’t sit up all the way vertically on rides like these because of how the seats are shaped.

Put the phone away

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Attractions are not the only cause of motion sickness at Disney World. One of the other less talked about causes is transportation on and around the resort property. Busses to and from the parks, the monorail, boats, and even the Skyliner can cause guests to have motion sickness issues before even getting to the parks.

Especially when you’re commuting to a park or hotel further away, you may be on the bus for 20 minutes or more depending on traffic. If you are worried about feeling sick, try sitting closer to the front and letting the bus driver know. Like all Disney cast members, they want to make sure you’re okay. If that means lending you the bus’ garbage can for the duration of the ride, that’s alright!

One way to avoid feeling sick on park transportation is to keep your phone away and not look at it. That can be an easy task, especially on packed, post-park close busses when you can hardly move or have to hold onto a handrail, let alone keep your phone out.

Keep your eyes forward

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While it can be tempting to look around on a ride, the moving objects around you could easily cause motion sickness. On roller coasters or fast-moving rides especially, try to keep your eyes forward to avoid feeling sick. If you start to feel sick during the ride, keep your eyes on fixed objects like the ride car or the tracks in front of the car. Watching fixed objects in front of you can help deter motion sickness because what you’re seeing is also what your body is experiencing, so it is easier for your body to keep up.

It can be so hard not to look around, especially on a ride like Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, which has some of the best views of Magic Kingdom. Still, if you want to look around, try doing so on the slow-moving parts of the ride. For Big Thunder, for example, look around during the car’s ascent. It’s a slow part of the ride when the cars are moving straight forward — that way, you can enjoy the views without being worried about getting suddenly sick.

You can also close your eyes if you start to feel sick. Like on a simulation ride, closing your eyes on a roller coaster or fast-moving ride can give your mind a rest. You’ll still be feeling the intensity of the attraction, just without the visual stimulation that can cause dizziness or nausea.

Do (or eat) whatever will make you feel better

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Some folks will tell you not to eat anything or eat certain things to prevent motion sickness, to avoid carbonated drinks, or any other variety of things. The bottom line is you need to know your body and how you react to motion sickness. For some, motion sickness means throwing up and for others, it results in a wicked headache. No matter where you fall on the spectrum of motion sickness and nastiness, it’s important for you to know how your body will react, so you can prevent and treat it as needed.

If motion sickness for you means dizziness, try avoiding rides that spin a lot or create visual distortion. Rides like Mad Tea Party or Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind are probably going to give you a hard time. These rides spin a lot and will exacerbate issues with dizziness.

Meanwhile, if fast, rapid movements make you nauseous, you’ll probably want to avoid some of Disney World’s more intense rides. Attractions like Space Mountain, Expedition Everest, and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster may be hard on your body. Especially if dark, enclosed spaces make it worse, Space Mountain and Rock ‘n Roller Coaster should be absolutely avoided.

Pack with motion sickness in mind

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Aside from bringing motion sickness aids like Dramamine or acupressure bands, try to have some items with you in case you need to treat motion sickness. Pain relievers, calming essential oils, crackers, or hydration packets can help treat motion sickness when it happens. Everyone also has certain things they rely on when they aren’t feeling good too, so don’t forget to pack anything that will bring you comfort if you need it.

Headaches can often benefit from caffeine, for example. It doesn’t work for everyone, but migraine sufferers will tell you that caffeine is one of their go-to treatments. That’s why medications like Excedrin include caffeine in them, which makes them more powerful than regular Ibuprofen or another pain reliever.

Don’t forget the things your childhood sick days introduced to you either. Sprite or any other lemon-lime soda can make an upset stomach feel better. Powerade is your friend and starchy foods like toast can give your stomach some protection from any medication you take. If worse comes to worst, talk to a cast member or head to the first aid station. Your My Disney Experience app can even give you directions to the closest location from wherever you are in the parks.


How to help motion sickness at Disney? ›

On any attraction, you're less likely to feel motion sickness effects if you focus your eyes on a fixed spot, keep your head and neck as still as possible, and choose a seat near the middle of the vehicle. Speak to a cast member at the ride loading point to ask for assistance in seat placement.

Does Dramamine help on roller coasters? ›

If you know certain rides at the park will leave you feeling nauseous, start taking Dramamine® Non Drowsy as directed 30 minutes to an hour before you arrive at the park. Try our Dramamine® Non-Drowsy to help you limit your nausea and enjoy the day.

Can you get Dramamine at Disney World? ›

The staff at Disney Central First Aid offices comprises of nurses and EMT personnel. There is not a doctor on staff. You will find the Cast Members working there friendly, willing to help, and calming. The CFA office can dispense Band-Aids, Dramamine or other anti-nausea medication, and Tylenol with just a signature.

What helps motion sickness on rides? ›

7 Tips to Enjoy Roller Coasters Without Motion Sickness
  1. Start by Choosing the Right Amusement Day Snacks. ...
  2. Take the Right Medication (We Recommend Dramamine Non-Drowsy) ...
  3. Keep a Straight Posture. ...
  4. Pick a Good Seat. ...
  5. Close Your Eyes and Breathe. ...
  6. Try an Acupressure Bands. ...
  7. Have a Rescue Pack on Stand-By.
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What if I get sick and can't go to Disney? ›

Explain your situation in the email and within a few days, a Cast Member will reach out to you. Disney will send you a new confirmation number to link to your My Disney Experience account and you will be able to make Disney Park Pass Reservations for a future visit.

How many times can you call out sick Disney? ›

A participant's absences cannot exceed 10 consecutive workdays, nor 14 consecutive days. Participants with absences exceeding 10 work days will be separated as a a break program/restricted rehire. All absence in which a Cast Member follows the calling in process will be designated as a Call-In or Call-sick.

Is there anything better than Dramamine for motion sickness? ›

What other medication options are there? Bonine (meclizine) is another option. In comparison to Dramamine, Bonine touts “less drowsy” formulations. This is mainly because Bonine is taken once a day and Dramamine is taken every four to six hours as needed.

Does closing your eyes on a roller coaster help? ›

To help with this, don't close your eyes while on the ride! While it may seem scary to view the twists and turns you are going through, it will allow your body to sense the reasonings for why you are moving so abruptly.

Do anti nausea bands work for roller coasters? ›

The results are a much more enjoyable ride experience. Along with sitting in the middle seats away from the two side walls, wear those motion sickness bands. They will help balance you during these rides, resulting in less feeling sick and feeling more exhilarated.

What if I get sick at Disney? ›

If you find yourself sick while on your Disney vacation, try to not worry. You will be well taken care of while on Disney property. If you are ill, reach out to the front desk staff at your resort and let them know so that they can offer help and resources if you need them.

What is the best motion sickness medicine for theme parks? ›

These medications may help:
  • Scopolamine (Transderm Scop). Most commonly prescribed medication for motion sickness. ...
  • Promethazine (Phenergan). Administered 2 hours before travel. ...
  • Cyclizine (Marezine). Works best when taken at least 30 minutes before travel. ...
  • Dimenhydrinate (Dramamine). ...
  • Meclizine (Bonine).

Does closing eyes help motion sickness? ›

One way to deal with motion sickness is to prevent symptoms from developing. There are several ways you can do this: Close your eyes: Closing your eyes can stop the conflicting messages from the eyes & inner ear. Chewing: Chewing gum or having a snack can reduce mild motion sickness.

Do earplugs help with motion sickness? ›

Try to sleep through the sickness

Retiring to your cabin for a snooze can mean you experience less motion, while shutting your eyes helps prevent the brain from getting confused with conflicting signals. Slip on an eye mask and use earplugs to help block the senses that are causing motion sickness.

How do you stop nausea fast? ›

  1. get plenty of fresh air.
  2. distract yourself – for example, listen to music or watch a film.
  3. take regular sips of a cold drink.
  4. drink ginger or peppermint tea.
  5. eat foods containing ginger – such as ginger biscuits.
  6. eat smaller, more frequent meals.

Can you get a refund from Disney if you get sick? ›

Can I Get A Refund If I'm Sick? Walt Disney World or Disneyland unfortunately does not provide refunds if you are too sick to visit. While this is unfortunate, the best you can expect to get is a credit towards a future visit, but you won't be able to get a full refund due to an illness.

Is there a hospital under Disney World? ›

First Aid Centers are located at all 4 theme parks and both water parks at Walt Disney World Resort. Disney registered nurses are available during normal park operating hours to offer over-the-counter medications, bandages and other quick remedies so that you can begin enjoying your vacation again.

Is there a hospital on Disney property? ›

AdventHealth is reimagining the future of health care by providing health and wellness resources to Walt Disney World® Resort Guests and bringing comforting Disney touches to the littlest patients at AdventHealth for Children.

Can you cancel an ill at Disney World? ›

Once you've made an ILL reservation, there is currently no way to cancel or modify it. If you are unable to ride because the attraction is down at some point during your return window, then you will be eligible for a refund but it might not be automatic.

Does Disney report attendance? ›

The TEA attendance report is the industry standard in estimating attendance at the top theme parks and museums worldwide. While Disney does not release attendance figures publically, the TEA index is widely accepted within the industry as having accurate estimates.

Is Disney capping attendance? ›

As of 2022, Walt Disney World is at full operations and not putting in any capacity restrictions due to COVID-19.

What is a natural alternative to Dramamine? ›

Try aromatherapy.

Scents like mint and lavender are shown to soothe headaches, and ingesting ginger has been a natural nausea remedy for centuries. Rub a couple drops of peppermint or lavender oil onto your temples or a washcloth, or chew on Gin Gins candies for a zesty kick.

Why do I get motion sickness so easily? ›

If you have sinus congestion or a sinus or ear infection or have recently had a concussion, you may be more prone to motion sickness. People who get migraines are also more likely to get motion sickness.

Does Dramamine work if you are already nauseous? ›

Official answer. Dramamine is an over-the-counter (OTC) medication that is traditionally used to treat the symptoms that are associated with motion sickness eg. dizziness, nausea and vomiting. Dramamine can also be taken to reduce mild nausea associated with other illnesses like flu or food poisoning.

How do you calm down before roller coasters? ›

Breathe deeply.

Don't hold your breath on roller coasters or you might become light-headed and everything will be worse. As you're nearing the big drop, take deep breaths and Try to focus on your breathing instead of other things. This can help to center you and calm you down, focusing on a little thing.

Is it safe to put your hands up on a roller coaster? ›

The safety envelope on most modern coasters is really rather large (likely larger than any recorded person's reach), meaning you're at no risk - especially on any high speed sections!

Do anti nausea bracelets work? ›

Should you try it? Sure—the bands are safe and inexpensive. Dr. Szarka says that stimulating the P6 point can work as well as anti-nausea medications for some patients whose nausea is due to motion sickness or anesthesia.

Do magnets help motion sickness? ›

Using acupressure or magnets is advocated by some to prevent or treat nausea, although scientific data on efficacy of these interventions for preventing motion sickness are lacking.

Who should not ride roller coasters? ›

People with high blood pressure and/or heart conditions are warned not to ride roller coasters because of the way they tax the cardiovascular system. The adrenaline rush that roller coasters give you causes a rapid spike in your heart rate and blood pressure.

Is there a grace period for ill Disney? ›

Lightning Lane grace period

If you come earlier than the specified time, they allow you a grace period of five minutes so you can use the time to enjoy a ride or attraction.

How much are the ill rides at Disney? ›

How much are Individual Lightning Lane passes? Pricing for the pay-per-ride option varies by date, attraction, and park. The cost per person typically ranges between $7 to $15.

How long does motion sickness last? ›

What to Expect: All symptoms of motion sickness usually go away in 4 hours after stopping the motion. As for the future, people usually don't outgrow motion sickness. Sometimes, it becomes less severe in adults.

What's the difference between Bonine and Dramamine? ›

Dramamine offers dosing instructions for children as young as two years old. Bonine doesn't offer dosing for anyone younger than 12. Chewable vs. Pills for Motion Sickness Medicine: Bonine (which is chewable) contains artificial sweetener, while Dramamine (which is swallowed rather than chewed) does not.

How long does Dramamine last? ›

1. How long does Dramamine last? Dramamine's effects last for 24 hours but all motion sickness symptoms normally go away after 4 hours. Make sure you take Dramamine in the evening and see how your body responds to it.

Does drinking water help motion sickness? ›

Drink some water or a carbonated beverage

Sips of cold water or a carbonated drink, like seltzer or ginger ale, may also help curb your nausea. Skip caffeinated beverages, like coffee and certain sodas, which may contribute to dehydration that can make nausea worse. Other good choices can include milk and apple juice.

Does motion sickness get worse with age? ›

There is another peak at age 35, then a second peak at age 52, around the time of menopause. Treatment for see-sick syndrome involves eye exercises and special lenses. For the rest of us, avoiding bumpy seats, a pre-trip heavy meal and reading can ward off the occasional travel queasiness.

Does opening window help with motion sickness? ›

Open the windows

Fresh air often can stave off carsickness if someone starts to feel ill. Even just opening a window or sunroof a small bit can get enough air in to settle queasiness. You may also want to take any air fresheners out of the car before your trip.

Where is the pressure point for motion sickness? ›

Pressure or massage at the P6 acupressure point is reported in some studies to relieve motion sickness. The point is found three of the patient's fingerbreadths proximal to the wrist fold, between the palmaris longus and flexor carpi radialis tendons, shown in this picture by the tip of the pen.

How do you know if you are going to throw up? ›

A person with nausea has the sensation that vomiting may occur. Other signs that you are about to vomit include gagging, retching, choking, involuntary stomach reflexes, the mouth filling with saliva (to protect the teeth from stomach acid), and the need to move or bend over.

Does humming help nausea? ›

To soothe your stomach and avoid vomiting, just start humming. It seems too good to be true as it is so simple, but humming will override the nausea by suppressing the gag reflex.

How long before a ride should I take Dramamine? ›

For best results, take Dramamine 30 to 60 minutes before traveling or before any activity that may trigger motion sickness. You may take Dramamine with or without food. The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it.

How long does non drowsy Dramamine work? ›

Dramamine® All Day Less Drowsy relieves motion sickness symptoms with less drowsiness for up to 24 hours: Long-lasting formula. Treats and prevents nausea, dizziness, vomiting & queasiness.

Do motion sickness bands work? ›

The efficacy of wrist bands for motion sickness is still unclear. Some scientific research studies have investigated whether acupressure helps with nausea and vomiting. More research is needed to understand if using wrist bands for nausea is as effective as standard anti-nausea drugs.

Do motion sickness pills work? ›

Medications either calm the nerves of the inner ear or soothe the brain's vomiting centre. However, nearly all motion sickness pills are most effective if they are taken before you feel sick. Some motion sickness pills may cause drowsiness as a side effect.

What is the most potent drug for prevention of motion sickness? ›

Antihistamines are the most frequently used and widely available medications for motion sickness; nonsedating ones appear to be less effective. Antihistamines commonly used for motion sickness include cyclizine, dimenhydrinate, meclizine, and promethazine (oral and suppository).

How drowsy does Dramamine make you? ›

But it can still make you feel sleepy. Dramamine's effects last about 4 to 8 hours. If you need to take Dramamine during the day, you should avoid activities where you need to be alert. Driving, operating machinery, or similar tasks can wait until you're not feeling drowsy.

Should I take 1 or 2 Dramamine? ›

Adults and children 12 years and over: 1 to 2 tablets every 4-6 hours; do not take more than 8 tablets in 24 hours, or as directed by a doctor. Children 6 to under 12 years: ½ to 1 tablet every 6-8 hours; do not take more than 3 tablets in 24 hours, or as directed by a doctor.

Do you take Dramamine on an empty stomach? ›

You may take dimenhydrinate with or without food. The chewable tablet must be chewed before you swallow it. If you need surgery, tell the surgeon ahead of time if you have taken dimenhydrinate in the past few days. Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

What is the best over the counter motion sickness medicine? ›

These are the most commonly used medications for motion sickness, and they're available in any drug store and in many supermarkets. Cyclizine (Marezine) and dimenhydrinate (Dramamine) are two major ones.

Why does ginger help motion sickness? ›

Ginger has long been used as an alternative medication to prevent motion sickness. The mechanism of its action, however, is unknown. We hypothesize that ginger ameliorates the nausea associated with motion sickness by preventing the development of gastric dysrhythmias and the elevation of plasma vasopressin.

What is a motion sickness bracelet? ›

Sea-Bands are a low-cost, clinically proven, drug free alternative treatment for the control of nausea and vomiting. Sea-Bands are acupressure bands that fit around the patient's wrist just like a sweat band-with a pressure stud sewn inside.

What pressure point for motion sickness band? ›

Place one band on the inside of each wrist, 2 1/2 finger-widths above the center of your wrist crease between the wrist tendons. This placement is known as the Nei-Kuan acupressure point. The button should be facing in and the dial should be facing out.


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