Sea sickness

Subject: Sea sickness
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2007 13:45:39 +1000
I have just come back from a trip to New Zealand (trip report coming
soon!) and have now found what seems to be the perfect solution for
me personally.
I am pretty sure it is thanks to Rohan Clarke who suggested
Dramamine, Coke and chips. (Coke helps offset the drowsiness from
Dramamine plus burping helps; chips are good for salt intake and
something light to keep munching on)
After a pelagic from Kaikoura, boat trip through Marlborough Sounds
(mostly pretty calm until White Rocks King Shag colony), a fishing/
pelagic trip from Stewart Island, and the ferry across the Fouveaux
Strait from Stewart Island (particularly rough), I used this
technique each time and wasn't sick at all!!
I might even now contemplate another pelagic from Sydney or even
Wollongong with my new found confidence!

Like i said this works for me and I'm not trying at all to rub it in
to those who haven't found a solution, but thanks to those that
helped me out.


PS - managed to see 8 taxa of Albatross while over there including
Buller's, Salvins, both Royals

On 09/10/2007, at 10:07 AM, Fiona Anderson wrote:

I have just been atlking to my daughter who has sea sickness very
badly and found out the name of the drug that seems to be the most

She writes
"I remember using some patches, but they were basically useless.
The tablets that finally made a difference were called Stugeron. I
believe the active ingredient is 15mg Cinnarizine. However, I was
on them for two days before I saw any real improvement, so I’m not really sure if it was the tablets or just that after 6 days on the
water I finally got my sea legs. But depressingly, only two weeks
after leaving the ship we were on for 21 days, I went on a 3 hour
pelagic off Kaikoura and was sick again within an hour. I hadn’t
kept my sea legs like I had hoped. I believe that Stugeron is not
available in Aussie, but is in the UK and USA. I’d start taking
them a few days before travel, not just a few hours like the packet recommends.

I have since done a few trips (only a few hours out from Cairns to
the reef) and found that if it wasn’t too rough, Ginger tablets
worked OK. However on these trips the ocean is usually quite calm
and you are not often away from land. As soon as I can’t see land anymore, I really struggle."

I hope this helps the lady who wants to take her Mum there (can't
remember who it was now, sorry).  You will both love it - I can't
recommend Antartica and the sub-Antarctic enough.  The latter is
the best by far for birding though but the former has it for
scenery and experience.



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