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- Patient Comments: Motion Sickness - Medications
- Patient Comments: Motion Sickness - Prevention
- What is motion sickness?
- Who is at risk for motion sickness?
- What are causes of motion sickness?
- What are the signs and symptoms of motion sickness?
- When should I call a doctor for motion sickness?
- How is motion sickness diagnosed?
- What is the treatment for motion sickness?
- Home remedies for motion sickness
- OTC and prescription medication for motion sickness
- Can motion sickness be prevented?
Quick GuideBalance Disorders: Vertigo, Motion Sickness, Labyrinthitis, and More
Can motion sickness be prevented?
In most cases, motion sickness can be prevented by taking the medications listed above, as they are often administered before a person is likely to experience motion sickness. Most of these medications are designed to prevent motion sickness rather than to cure it.
There are other ways to reduce or prevent motion sickness without the use of medication. The following is a list of suggestions that may help reduce or prevent motion sickness:
- Eat light meals or snacks 24 hours before traveling, and try to avoid big or high fat content meals
- Sit toward the front of an aircraft for a smoother ride
- If you're on a boat, ask for a cabin on the upper deck toward the front of the boat, and keep your eyes fixed as much as possible on the horizon or land
- During car travel, sit in the front seat of the car and keep your eyes on the horizon, and rest your head against the seat back and try to hold relatively still
- On planes, trains and cars, turn the air vents toward your face
- Avoid smoking
- Short, shallow and rapid breathing can often contribute to motion sickness symptoms, therefore concentrate on maintaining slow and deep breathing
There are companies that market bracelets and bands which claim that they can prevent motion sickness using acupressure technology against certain pressure points, so that the transmission of nausea is blocked before it can be registered by the brain. Though these products may work for some people, most evidence is anecdotal and large studies have not been conducted to prove efficacy.
Medically reviewed by Peter O’Connor, MD; American Board of Otolaryngology with subspecialty in Sleep Medicine
CDC.gov. Motion Sickness.
University of Maryland Medical Center. Motion Sickness.