How to avoid getting seasick?

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  1. ShadowX

    ShadowX I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    What works for me is to have some food in your stomach and to drink at least 12 oz of water. I personally believe the water sloshing in your stomach helps prevent nausea. Having food in your stomach keeps your digestive system flowing properly. Don't go overboard and eat a lot of greasy foods. Just eat enough to keep yourself from being hungry. Another thing, take a big dump before you go on the trip. The key is to keep your digestive system from clogging up and holding the food down. Water helps a lot to keep things flowing nicely.

    That has worked well for me. I just went out today and had no issues with nausea. I used to take Dramamine to prevent nausea. I started to ween myself off of Dramamine by taking half the pill, then 1/4 of the pill and now I don't need it. I still keep some in the tackle box in case one of those days that I feel sick when its too rough.
     
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  2. E1 Toro

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    Wife and son both would get seasick in moderate swells or if they were spending too much time looking down to tie hooks, etc.

    Both are cured now. Here's what worked for both.

    Step 1 Hydrate for 24 hours before leaving
    Step 2 Take a less drowsy Dramamine 12 hours before leaving
    Step 3 Take a Pseudophed and a half dose of same Dramamine after launch (Coast Guard Cocktail)
    Step 4 Eat a dry breakfast, granola bars, cereal, crackers and hydrate

    Both sometimes get sleepy about 4-5 hours into our day but with a little caffeine they're pretty good.

    Totally agree with ShadowX that empty bowels are important too but don't know if that's got anything to do with nausea.

    I don't know how guys drink alcohol when boating. I don't get seasick but there have been times where balance and equilibreum are hard enough to maintain without booze.
     
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  3. skxf430

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    The various medications have too many side effects, and often times they make you too drowsy. Try taking Ginger Root pills 2 or 3 times a day, a week before your trip. And, you can also eat any type of ginger including drinking some ginger ale (as long as it contains real ginger). My brother has always gotten sick sick and used everything from draminine, bonine and Scopalamine but nothing has worked as effectively as the ginger. Now, he has taken the Ginger and we have made numerous boating trips with no ill effects. He has done a trip to Panama where we routinely did 100 mile day trips and no issues with getting sick.

    They guys from Myth Busters did a segment on motion sickness, and the only thing that worked well was the Ginger.
     
  4. Andy12345

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    Hi. I’m love to fish and I have really bad seasick too, even I’m just stand on the boat dock I’m already feel it. I have tried the patch and it does not work. I tried Dramamine from target and it work really well for me.take one the night before and one before the trip, now I come home from the trip feel good and even cooking or play with my kids so you should try it. Sorry for my broken English.
     
  5. Paparockcal

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    I'll have to try the ginger root pills as my inner ear problem is back full force and I'm getting sea sick on dry land! Now that sucks big time as it pretty much eliminates setting foot in a boat going offshore! Anyone know of a first rate inner ear specialist? PM me!
     
  6. jer dog

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    Try the pill form of the patch, it works for me
     
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    Paparockcal Old Dude

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    I'm going to try anything and everything as my head feels like it's going to explode.
     
  8. jer dog

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    I had a bad one one time and I sneezed,
    And went right to the ground,
    Since I been taking the pills I have been good to go.
     
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    Thanks! That is good to know!
     
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    bonine. take 1 the day before you go, and another a few hours before you leave.
     
  11. eric perez

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    when I was a kid my Dad and Uncles used to make me eat gravy before an overnight trip... To this day I dont know if they were Fing with me or not? But I never got sick... and I still love gravy... hahahahha
     
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  12. jim isbell

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    The pill form of the patch is not made anymore by the one, major pharma that once made it. You must go to a "compounding pharmacy" but first you need a prescription from a doctor. NOT easy to get, my Kaiser Doctor for example, simply will not write it because the Kaiser Pharmacy can't provide it. It can be done though; not too long ago I was in Kaiser's "urgent care" and the Doctor who saw me said, when my problem was taken care of "is there anything else I can do for you, while you are here?". So I told him about my need and he wrote me a prescription for Scopolamine Tablets. I took them to the OC compaounding pharm and they made a small batch for me.
     
  13. jer dog

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    Capsule from,sorry
     
  14. jim isbell

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    No, you are the one that is right--it is not a pill anymore. I just recall looking at the one the compounding pharmacy made--it is a capsule. Still of course a lot easier to take then that damn patch. The patch has about three times as much stuff in it, lasts three days and normally I only need one full day or less. And the patch costs way more. As a side, does anyone know why they don't want to make the pill and/or the capsule anymore? I do---date rape drug now and it is pretty well impossible to abuse the patch, but the pill or capsule can be attenuated in a drink to render someone a victim. So once again, the criminal element screwed it for everyone else. Most of us are not even dangerous to the fish anymore--and yet we can't easily get the pill or capsule, that we have used for forty years or more.
     
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    Compound RX , is the only way to get now days.
     
  16. gonzo25

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    KWELLS is the answer to your problem. The bummer is that they don't sell it in this country, only AU. It is the same ingredients as scopace but only half as much per pill. It ia made by Bayer. The problem with the capsule, unlike Kwells, you can't take it if you are already sick... with Kwells you can let it dissolve in your mouth and you can take it after your out on the water and have gotten sick. It's the only thing that has worked for me. I use to start taking the other stuff the day before and wouldn't eat until i came back from fishing. Now I take Kwells when i leave my house and i am good to go. I can see the bay from my house and by the time i get there it is working... in fact when i get out of my truck I have a buzz going, i am fucked up but only for about five min. and then feel normal again.
     
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    Cinnarzine/Stugeron 25mg. You can get it in Mexico. Works great with ZERO side effects.
     
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    I have used Sturgeron, i started taking it the day before... i never threw up using it but i felt like shit most of the time. There is a reason it isn't sold in the US but I can't remember the reason. Kwells is much better but harder to get. Kwells isn't sold in the US because of the patent on scopace
     
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    I feel no different on it than I do without it. I have no discernible effects at all. It is anti-psychotic drug, and can be acquired in the US if you have a good shrink! I bring mine home from Thailand where it cost less than a dollar a pack.
     
  20. jdc946

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    I never got sick until I passed 60 yrs. old. Now I get sick soon as i can't see shore line. I found taking Rx's side effects problematic. By accident i found if I take half a dramamine night before and half when i reach the dock ,plus wear a back support belt, keeps me feeling good. I think the stability the belt offers to my mid sections prevents my nausea, plus Rx's. In big swells nothing helps! You have to experiment to see what works for you.
     

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