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Air Sickness Overview

Another name for Air Sickness is Motion Sickness.

What is motion sickness?
A person with motion sickness experiences dizziness, nausea, and vomiting. These symptoms are triggered riding in a car, airplane, train, boat, or amusement park ride. Motion sickness is very common. Motion sickness may be treated, or prevented, with medication. After the movement stops, most episodes of motion sickness resolve within an hour.

What are the symptoms of motion sickness?
Symptoms of motion sickness include dizziness, vertigo, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, headache, increased salivation, pale skin, and excessive sweating.

How does the doctor treat motion sickness?
Treatment for motion sickness may include nonprescription medicine, such as dimenhydrinate or meclizine. In some cases, treatment for motion sickness may require prescription medications, such as scopolamine.

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Last Updated: Feb 10, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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