{Stus-List} Bonomine

Christine Tebbens ctebbens at ebtech.net
Fri Jun 12 21:40:08 EDT 2009

My wife has had some bouts with nausea - five of them actually, each about 9
months long. Tried SeaBands, tried ginger, no success. Something called
Diclectin was prescribed for day and Maxeran for evening (so I assume not
non-drowsy). Both worked well. If they had not worked, they would not have
been repeatedly required. ;-)
If I can get my connection working, I'm going to see what is there on either
of these for motion sickness.

Jon Tebbens
Mega 30

From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
On Behalf Of Bill Coleman
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 4:52 PM
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Bonomine

I tried some of those on a early season trip from Buffalo to Erie, a
moderate forecast N wind went SW to 25, myself and another got sick with the
wrist bands - I would never have the nerve to try them again after that . .
Bill Coleman
C&C 39

Have you tried SEA-BANDS? My wife has never liked the water because she gets
seasick easily. I purchased Sea-bands, and asked her to try them. She did
and they worked on some rough days. Being a Registered Nurse, she could not
believe they worked. She asked an anesthesiologist if it were mind over
matter or what. He was quite confident about their success, and told her
that in Europe they use them in hospitals for nausea and queasy stomach. We
just returned from Greece where she needed them being on a cruise.
Inexpensive, works with no side effects except an indentation from the
little button on removal. Tony Psaris - Unicorn Rose -C&C29mk2-83


From: "Hoyt, Mike" <Mike.Hoyt at impgroup.com>
To: cnc-list at cnc-list.com
Sent: Friday, June 12, 2009 10:33:47 AM
Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Bonomine

Thanks Bill

We liked Bonomine because you could take it the morning of a day trip and it
would be efefctive.  The Transderm patch had to be applied well in advance
and was overkill for a 6 hour trip. Gravol - who wants to sleep when they
are out to enjoy a sail?

I was just speaking to a pharmcist and the only variations of the meclizine
family availavle in Canada are the patch and gravol.  Bummer.

However she did state that "Ginger Gravol" i non drowsy since it s main
ingredient is Ginger and has the rest at a lesser dose than gravol.  It is
available locally and seems worth a try

She also mentioned that Bonomine is not discontinued to her knowledge just
"short" - which means the pharmacies cannot get any at this time


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From: cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com [mailto:cnc-list-bounces at cnc-list.com]
On Behalf Of Bill Coleman
Sent: June 12, 2009 11:16 AM
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Subject: Re: {Stus-List} Bonomine

Mike - When it gets very lumpy and I leave the helm for a period, I quite
often become stricken.

The Transderm Scop saved me and my daughters a few times. I like it, and
other than cotton mouth, no side effects other than It seemed to allow me to
drink more without ill effects. Make sure any females are NOT pregnant when
taking this.
You just reminded me, and I just entered a request for Scopace, the tablet
form of the patch - I have 29 pages on the subject, very informative, but
too big to post here - I will email it to you. The last page has the most
interesting suggestion, 

<<Seasickness Comments (from Practical Sailor Mailport, Feb 09) I am an
offshore sailor, susceptible to seasickness, and a practicing
anesthesiologist. It is with this expertise that I offer the following
thoughts on your excellent recent article on "Cures Seasickness" (Practical
Sailor, January 2009).
I have been using Transderm Scop since its introduction, both on the boat
and for treating post operative nausea. In fact, we had some samples from a
drug rep that we tried on a Marion Bermuda Race in the early 1980s before
the drug was available to the public. I have seen all of the side effects
you mention in your article.
However, if one limits the time that the patch is worn to 24 to 36 hours
maximum, the side effects will be minimal in most people. I was pleased to
learn about Scopace in your article. I believe it is a better alternative to
the patch because of the dosing flexibility and more rapid onset of
I am surprised that you did not mention Dexedrine, dextroamphetamine, in
your article. The gold standard for relief of motion sickness is a
combination of oral Scopolamine (0.4 mg) taken with Dexedrine (2.5-5 mg).
This combination works very quickly and is the only regimen that will
relieve symptoms of seasickness even when they are well established.
However, the dexedrine requires a physician's prescription, and many
physicians will not be familiar with the use of dexedrine for motion
sickness. You can find extensive references to share with your physician by
Googling "Dexedrine and Scopolamine for Motion Sickness."
Dexedrine is an amphetamine and as such is a controlled drug, so you need to
be sure you have a valid prescription to keep it on board. This combination
was developed by NASA to treat motion sickness in astronauts. Ephedrine is a
more benign stimulant without the negative connotations of an amphetamine
that can be used as an alternative to dexedrine in a dose of 12.5-25mg by
mouth, but again not without your physician's advice.
The definitive expert on motion sickness is Dr. Charles Oman, director of
the Manned Vehicle Lab at MIT, who is also a sailor. I have heard him speak
at Safety at Sea Seminars and seen articles he has written in sailing
Dr. Richard Lilly,
South Glastonbury, Conn.>>

I am trying to cop this combination now - ;^)

Bill Coleman
C&C 39

We have been using Bonomine for the past seven years.  It is great because
it is non drowsy and seems to have little side effects as well as cheap and
good for 24 hrs.

This year I have been told it is no longer being manufactured.

Anybody know anything on this?  Is there some suitable replacement?

The pharmacist suggest the patch (takes a long tome to take effect and lasts
longer) or Gravol(drowsy).  Neither of which I like.


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