Motion Sickness medication list

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Travel or motion sickness is a mixture of symptoms such as dizziness, nausea and tiresome. This condition occurs due to the defect of inner ear (or labyrinth) which affects the vestibular system sense of movement causing a certain disagreement between the latter and the movement that is visually perceived. There are various kinds of travel sickness such as car sickness, air sickness, sea sickness and simulation sickness depending on a reason (repeated movement) which causes actual condition. Good news is that there’s a set of motion sickness treatments available in present days for those suffering of this unpleasant state that is, however not regarded as a separate disease. It often leads to certain discomfort, but if extended puking doesn’t cause dehydration and electrolyte anomalies – there is no indication of serious matter. There is a common fact that travel sickness often, though not always, stops when the actual motion that is the reason of it, discontinues.

Drugs against motion sickness are rather helpful in order to prevent as well as to relieve the most disturbing and discomforting symptoms. Among such meds are the following:

  • Antihistamines – motion sickness medication available over the counter that may be used in children; used to prevent motion sickness symptoms. Most common side effects may include dry nose, throat and mouth, sensitivity to bright light, fatigue. Rare adverse effects include constipation, palpitations, bloating, headache, urinary retention, confusion.
  • Anticholinergics - mostly used for preventing the symptoms of travel sickness and for acute cure. Their effectiveness is achieved thanks to the central anticholinergic quality. The most common side effects are dry nose, throat and mouth, tiresome, visual accommodation loss, sensitivity to bright light. Rare adverse side effects include constipation, palpitations, bloating, headache, urinary retention, confusion.
  • Amphetamines – even though they have proved certain effectiveness in prevention some of the motion sickness symptoms, there is a high risk of abuse therefore this type of medication for motion sickness is held under strict control and must be prescribed cautiously. Among these and some other meds against motion sickness there are also other types of treatments such as self-care advice and additional therapies like acupressure bands.