Travel sickness is one of those simple common problems that goes under-treated. Dr Fox carries out online consultations and supplies anti-sickness medicine on prescription. The travel sickness tablets and skin patches provided by Dr Fox on prescription can also be used to treat the sickness accompanying traveller’s diarrhoea.
Travel sickness itself can be more than a minor inconvenience. People who have experience a boat trip or car journey and have endured the misery of travel sickness will attest to this. Travel sickness is one of those things that can spoil a special experience, a sailing trip of a life time or a car journey through the alps can be ruined by travel sickness.
The best way to avoid travel sickness is to plan ahead. The two most widely used medicines for the treatment of travel sickness both work best if they are taken prior to the start of a journey. Avomine (Promethazine) can even be started the night before a long journey. The other widely used medicine for the treatment of travel sickness is hysocine available as Kwells tablets or Scopoderm TTS skin patches. Dr Fox can supply larger quantities of these travel sickness treatments than are available through chemists. All medicines supplied by Dr Fox are supplied on prescription.
Some people prefer skin patches to tablets as this avoids the need to swallow a tablet. Patches for the treatment of travel sickness have the advantage that they can be applied to the skin in situations where a tablet might be expelled by vomiting. Scopoderm skin patches are smaller than a finger nail. They are usually applied to the small patch of hair free skin behind the ear. The other advantage of a patch over tablets is their longer duration of action. Scopoderm TTS patches work for 72 hours (3 days).
Anti-sickness tablets tend to produce some sedation as a side-effect. Promehtazine (Avomine) is generally a little more sedative than hysocine (Kwells and Scopoderm TTS patches). Not everybody who takes an anti-sickness medicine experiences side-effects. Sedation may be an advantage as long as there is no requirement for a person to drive of work with machinery.
People who plan to drive or carry out skilled tasks after taking travel sickness medicine should first test to see if their alertness is effected by the medicine. The sedative side effects of anti-sickness medicine is accentuated if other sedative medication is being taken at the same time.
People who are prone to travel sickness should avoid heavy or greasy food and alcohol. It helps to keep the gaze fixed on distant rather than close objects. Most people’s travel sickness is made worse by reading, writing and looking down at screens. It is best to sit near a window, preferably a slightly open window. Motion sickness is less likely to occur if a person sits in the front of a car, over the window of a plane or in the center of a boat.
Taking breaks in a journey reduces travel sickness.
Dr Fox supplies the anti-sickness medicines Avomine, Kwells and Scopoderm patches to eligible people on prescription. Information about travel sickness and its treatment is provided on the travel sickness pages of the Dr Fox website. Links are also provided to medical information websites.
Online consultations are always carried out on the Dr Fox website before any prescription medicine is supplied. Medicines are dispensed and posted by recorded delivery from our registered pharmacy.