Motion Sickness

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Motion sickness results when the movement you see is different from what your inner ear senses. It can occur in cars, trains, airplanes, or boats. Anyone can get motion sickness, although children and pregnant women are especially vulnerable. It can cause dizziness, nausea, and vomiting, and although it is not a serious condition, motion sickness can make traveling very unpleasant.

Preventing Motion Sickness

In a car or bus, sit in the front (or drive, if possible). In an airplane, sit over the wing. On a cruise ship, try to get a central cabin. Close your eyes or focus them on the horizon. Stimulating your other senses can distract you from the motion. Aromatherapy (mint or lavender), ginger candy, or other flavored lozenges may help.


Medicines can be used to prevent or treat motion sickness, although many of them have the unwanted side effect of making you sleepy. Talk to your doctor about what is best for you if you think you need medicine for motion sickness. Commonly used medicines are diphenhydramine (Benadryl), dimenhydrinate (Dramamine), and scopolamine.