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What can help if you get motion sickness?

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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

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Sarah's work as a Knowledge Broker at Cochrane UK focuses on disseminating Cochrane evidence through social media, including Evidently Cochrane blogs, blogshots and the ‘Evidence for Everyday’ series for nurses, midwives, allied health professionals and patients. A former registered general nurse, Sarah has a particular interest making evidence accessible and useful to practitioners and to others making decisions about health. Before joining Cochrane, Sarah also worked on systematic reviews for the University of Oxford and the Royal College of Nursing Institute, and obtained degrees in History from the University of Oxford and in the history of women’s health and illness in early modern England (MPhil., University of Reading).

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