What are options for the non-pharmacological prevention of motion sickness?

Updated: Oct 22, 2018
  • Author: Andrew Brainard, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Although pharmacological treatments for motion sickness are generally very effective, non-pharmacological treatments for prevention should be tried as well. Recognizing situations and motions that are likely to produce motion sickness is the most important factor to allow for prevention of symptoms. Minimizing the amount of conflicting vestibular, visual, and proprioceptive sensory information is the goal of the most of the non-pharmacologic treatments.

Avoiding uncomfortable motion stimuli completely by not traveling is rarely practical, but selecting vehicles that produce a minimal amount of motion can help. Large ships on calm seas, comfortable cars (riding in the front seats), and smoothly accelerating trains produce fewer symptoms than small boats in rough weather, buses on mountain roads, and rocking trains.


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