What Is Motion Sickness?


The best treatment for motion sickness is preventing it in the first place. In addition to treatment with the Transderm Scop® patch, here are some other things you can do to prevent motion sickness:
  • Using visual fixation (for example, watching the distant horizon on a rocking boat or sitting in the driver's seat and looking ahead while in a motor vehicle)
  • Choosing a seat where motion is felt least (such as the front seat of a car, a seat over the wings in an airplane, or the forward/ middle cabin or upper deck of a ship)
  • Keeping the head and body as still as possible
  • Sitting face forward and in a reclining position
  • Not reading
  • Sleeping
  • Getting fresh air by opening a window, opening an air vent, or going to a ship's top deck
  • Not drinking alcoholic beverages (because it can aggravate nausea)
  • Eating small amounts of low-fat, bland, starchy foods and not eating strong-smelling or strong-tasting foods
  • Avoiding food and drink on short airplane trips, especially on small airplanes
  • Possibly, not smoking

Source: Beers MH, Fletcher AJ, Jones TV, Porter R, Berkwits M, Kaplan JL, eds. Dizziness and Vertigo. In: The Merck Manual – Second Home Edition [online version].Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck & Co Inc; 2014. Revised January 2014. Available at: http://www.merckmanuals.com/home/injuries_and_poisoning/motion_sickness/motion_sickness.html. Accessed April 9, 2014.