What can help if you get motion sickness?
If Santa’s reindeer got motion sickness, some other creatures would have to step in! But how about us?
Scopolamine (hyoscine) has been used to prevent and treat motion sickness for decades. Does it work? A Cochrane review found that:
- Scopolamine is effective for preventing motion sickness compared to placebo (sugar pill)
- It’s unclear how effective scopolamine is compared to other medicines (antihistamines and combinations of scopolamine and ephedrine) but it is less likely to cause drowsiness, blurred vision or dizziness
- There was no evidence on the effectiveness of scopolamine as a treatment for motion sickness
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Spinks A, Wasiak J. Scopolamine (hyoscine) for preventing and treating motion sickness. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 6. Art. No.: CD002851. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002851.pub4 – See more at: http://summaries.cochrane.org/CD002851/ENT_scopolamine-for-preventing-and-treating-motion-sickness#sthash.s3rEAI6J.dpuf