4.6.1.1 Motion sickness

ChoiceDrug
1st choiceAdvise patients that medication can be purchased over-the-counter (OTC)

Prescribing Notes

  • Anti-emetics should be given to prevent motion sickness rather than after nausea or vomiting develop.
  • The most effective drug for the prevention of motion sickness is hyoscine hydrobromide (available OTC). The sedating antihistamines are slightly less effective against motion sickness but are generally better tolerated than hyoscine.
  • Domperidone, metoclopramide and 5HT3 receptor antagonists are ineffective in motion sickness.