Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Car Sickness Prevention

Prevention of motion sickness includes:

  • Avoid motion that triggers motion sickness.
  • While traveling:
    • Avoid watching moving objects: look at the horizon or close your eyes.
    • Avoid rapid movements of your head.
    • Avoid reading.
    • Avoid alcohol.
    • Avoid caffeine.
    • Do not smoke.
  • Take a nonprescription medication for motion sickness:
    • Take the medication before activities that cause motion sickness.
  • When traveling on an airplane, sit near the wing.
  • When traveling on a ship, select a cabin in the middle of the vessel.

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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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