Travel steady


Summer vacation means travel: road trips, airplane rides and spending time on the water. Remedies for motion sickness are good to have on hand in case you develop symptoms such as dizziness, nausea or vomiting. Sheila Devitt, a certified clinical herbalist at Pharmaca's San Francisco store, and Teresa Kruger, a registered pharmacist at Pharmaca's Seattle store, discussed alternative and prescription options:

SD :: Ginger is a classic herbal remedy for nausea and is available in several different forms, as a syrup, in capsules, or as chewable candy. Some people wear Sea Bands, which are bracelets that stimulate an acupuncture point on the wrist. These bands help prevent nausea, and can be worn by adults and children.

TK :: There are two main prescription options for people who experience motion sickness. Transderm Scop patches are placed behind the ear, providing 3-day relief for unsteady travelers. Also, Antivert Meclizine is available by prescription and over the counter to treat this condition. Both of these can cause drowsiness, so people should avoid drinking alcohol and driving or operating machinery. The patch can also cause dry mouth and skin.

SD :: Other options for nausea include the homeopathic remedy Nux vomica. Aromatherapy can help relieve nausea as well, particularly when caused by stale air in airports and planes. A whiff of lavender essential oil, or any of the citruses, can be quite refreshing.

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