Motion Sickness 101

When it hits, motion sickness is upsetting for you and your loved ones, disrupting events, your travel plans and dreams. Dealing with symptoms like nausea, dizziness, vomiting or headache can be personally embarrassing and worrisome for those travelling with you.

Motion sickness is a common occurrence for many people during travel. The continuous, slow and prolonged motion on boats and in vehicles increases activity of the nerve fibers of the
inner ear, which are part of the body’s balance mechanism. While there is no universally accepted explanation about why this results in motion sickness, one commonly held view is that it originates from a mismatch between sensory inputs – meaning that the motion you perceive visually doesn’t match the motion sensed by the brain.’

What’s in the Product
The active medicinal ingredient in Transderm-V® is scopolamine, an effective medication for the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated to motion sickness because it reduces the activity of the nerve fibers in the inner ear and acts on the motion sickness centres in the brain.

How it Works
Transderm-V® is a small, flexible adhesive disc that you affix behind your ear 12 hours before travelling. Once applied, it delivers scopolamine to the skin surface, which is then absorbed gradually into the bloodstream over a prolonged period of up to 3 days. One pack of two discs will therefore prevent motion sickness symptoms for up to 6 days.

Who can use it
Transderm-V®is indicated for adults only – it has not been determined if it is safe for children, who are particularly sensitive to the effects of scopolamine. While most people can safely benefit from Transderm-V®, the guidelines as to who should not use it include pregnant or breastfeeding women, those with specific health conditions or taking certain medications. Transderm-V® should not be used if you are allergic (hypersensitive) to scopolamine or have glaucoma. Also, as with any medication, some people may experience mild to more severe side effects.

Transderm-V® is available without a prescription, behind the pharmacist’s counter. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist to know whether Transderm-v· is right for you and be sure to read the label before using it.

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