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 Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). The studies are identified, assessed, and summarized by using a systematic and predefined approach. They inform recommendations for healthcare and research. found that:
- Scopolamine is effective for preventing motion sickness compared to An intervention that appears to be the same as that which is being assessed but does not have the active component. For example, a placebo could be a tablet made of sugar, compared with a tablet containing a medicine. (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 The ability of an intervention (for example a drug, surgery, or exercise) to produce a desired effect, such as reduce symptoms. of scopolamine as a Something done with the aim of improving health or relieving suffering. For example, medicines, surgery, psychological and physical therapies, diet and exercise changes. 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