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#1
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I am getting negitive feedback from my doctors regarding the Trans patch( seasickness patch) .
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#2
Waxahachie, Texas
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Just use Bonine. You can buy it over the counter at walmart. I dont get seasick could be due to sailing all around the world in a US Navy Aircraft Carrier. However, my sister and mom do get seasick so when I heard about bonine I gave it a shot and they were fine.
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I have used the TransDerm patch for every cruise and it is, honestly, a God send for me.

I can't stand on a dock or sit in a kayak without being sick for hours. Meclizine (the generic of Bonine and Less Drowsy Dramamine) and Dramamine knock me out for a good day or more, so they are out of the picture. Seabands don't work for me, and neither does ginger tablets.

If you decide to use the patches, be sure to put it on about 4 hours before boarding. Don't cut it, and wash hands well after putting it on. Some people do have adverse side effects such as very blurry vision, very dry mouth and nervousness. I have a bit of dry mouth for a day, but that is it. If you have bad side effects and seas are rough, then take it off and get some free meclizine from guest services.
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#4
Richardson, TX
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Joined Dec 2006
We have used it and dont notice any side effects like some have. We also bring Bonine now too, for those one day rough water patches. The patch lasts 3 days and most storms dont last that long.
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I discovered the source of the blurry vision. My vision wasn't so much blurry as it was that I simply couldn't see to read with my glasses on (not usually a problem - I can see to read with or without). The next morning I looked in the mirror and discovered one of my eye pupils was dilated on the side where I had the patch. That will make your vision blur.

I didn't have any other side effects from it, but I don't usually have problems with side effects from anything I take.
#6
601 Posts
Joined Dec 2007
If you wear the patch...be prepared...because for me it produced a matalic taste in my mouth and all foods and drinks tasted funny. I will not use it again. The side affects lasted for days.

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#7
Boerne
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Joined Jul 2008
We just returned from the Ecstasy and spent 7/22 in Dolly's aftermath waves. I worried about seasickness for weeks and the dr. prescribed the patch. After reading literature, however, I decided against it and took Bonine. It was great with no side effects. I took one that morning before boarding ship and took one every morning and every bedtime. I don't think I needed that much...I could have just taken it at night after a couple of days, but because this was my first cruise I wasn't sure. Even though we are home this afternoon, I will continue to take it only at night for a couple of days. I can still feel the boat rocking a little, but it is a pleasant feeling because it reminds me of the wonderful time we had. On the rough seas day I took a capsule of ginger with each meal (with a full glass of water). I was never ill, although the rocking made us a little tipsy on Tuesday. Even the patch wearers experienced this, though. I'm sold on Bonine and ginger capsules.
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#8
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Joined Jun 2008
Originally posted by agmom2
We just returned from the Ecstasy and spent 7/22 in Dolly's aftermath waves. I worried about seasickness for weeks and the dr. prescribed the patch. After reading literature, however, I decided against it and took Bonine. It was great with no side effects. I took one that morning before boarding ship and took one every morning and every bedtime. I don't think I needed that much...I could have just taken it at night after a couple of days, but because this was my first cruise I wasn't sure. Even though we are home this afternoon, I will continue to take it only at night for a couple of days. I can still feel the boat rocking a little, but it is a pleasant feeling because it reminds me of the wonderful time we had. On the rough seas day I took a capsule of ginger with each meal (with a full glass of water). I was never ill, although the rocking made us a little tipsy on Tuesday. Even the patch wearers experienced this, though. I'm sold on Bonine and ginger capsules.
I went on a Transatlantic Cruise last year. I get seasick with rocky seas my doctor did give me the patch but she did tell me of the side effects.
After reading a simalar board like Cruise Critic found out that lots of folks use Ginger tablets. I went with Ginger Tablets and Dramamine.

If you go to your local health food store they will help you out with Ginger Tablets or capsules.
#9
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Try Bonine (meclizine), Dramamine and ginger first. For me, they don't work, but I did try them. Ginger was really bad, as it kept coming back up. I especially get sick on the tour buses and taxis, but only on the ship when the seas are quite rough. I've never had any noticeable side-effects from the Transderm (scopolamine) patches, but I'm already on several medications. Recently, I spent several weeks in the hospital after having two surgeries and multiple complications. I was quite nauseated all the time, so they kept Transderm patches behind my ear for several weeks. So, they're not just used for travel.
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#10
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Originally posted by Bunky'sDaD
I am getting negitive feedback from my doctors regarding the Trans patch( seasickness patch) .
We use patches and various other forms of scopolamine all of the time with no ill effects. Lately, we been having a compounding pharmacy put scopolamine into a gel and find that real handy.

Some people do have side effects but IMO, some people have side effects to virtually everything.
#11
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Originally posted by Bunky'sDaD
I am getting negitive feedback from my doctors regarding the Trans patch( seasickness patch) .
Honestly, listen to your DR. HE/She is exactly right. I had many side affects, dizzy, blurry vision, loss of memory, and mood change was among a few of the affects I suffered.
I think it may work on some and not on all. Use the Bonine, start it 2-3 days before you leave to see how it will work with you,,,
Happy Sailing
#12
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Back in 2006, my wife & I flew to Cancun and spent a week in Playa del Carmen.

We went on a ferry ride to Cozumel and took a Catamaran ride. We took Bonine and we were OK. We are a 12 hour drive (assuming no stops in Vegas) from the nearest ocean, so we are pretty much landlubbers.

But after I mixed Bonine and the rum punch they served on the catamaran, I could hear the colors and see the sounds.

Is there such a thing as Children's Bonine or Children's Dramamine?
#13
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I wear the patch while cruising. I have experimented with OTC meds and a Sharper Image Relief Band.

For me, the best thing is the scop patch. Yes, it has side-effects. For me, it's worth it.

D.
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Originally posted by tugboatjulie
does anyone know how much it costs (approx)?
curious if it's worth trying ahead of time for side effects and then getting it again (if works) for actual cruise??
The patch was covered by my insurance. I got three at a time for a $20 co-pay.

Call a pharmacy...they can tell you the cost.

D.
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#17
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Hi,

Maybe you could try ginger. I heard that ginger was pretty good and it's natural so that's a plus. I bought some Ginger Root 550 mg at Vitamin World. On the bottle it says that it's good for alleviating motion sickness.

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#18
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Originally posted by jenniferluvs2cruise
Honestly, listen to your DR. HE/She is exactly right. I had many side affects, dizzy, blurry vision, loss of memory, and mood change was among a few of the affects I suffered.
I think it may work on some and not on all. Use the Bonine, start it 2-3 days before you leave to see how it will work with you,,,
Happy Sailing
Then drug Scopolamine in the patches should be used with care in patients taking other drugs that are capable of causing the above side effects such as sedatives, tranquilizers, or alcohol.
#19
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Joined Jun 2008
I will take my first cruise Sept 14 and I already have my patches, they were like $7 after the insurance paid their part for 10 patches. I get motion sickness terrible so I think any adverse effects would be far better than the seasickness. IMO.
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#20
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Originally posted by w8tn2cruz
I will take my first cruise Sept 14 and I already have my patches, they were like $7 after the insurance paid their part for 10 patches. I get motion sickness terrible so I think any adverse effects would be far better than the seasickness. IMO.
Ditto!

D.
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