Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is a feeling of nausea and vomiting caused by travel in a moving vehicle. Symptoms may result from travel by car, boat, train, plane, carnival rides, roller coasters, or any similar motion. Symptoms include nausea ranging from slight queasiness to vomiting, headache, yawning, pallor, sweating, drooling salivation, shortness of breath ...

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Introduction: Motion Sickness

Motion sickness is the term attributed to physiologic responses of the body to motion by sea, car, train or air. Given sufficient stimulus all people with functional vestibular systems can develop motion sickness. However, people vary in their susceptibility. Source ...1

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Symptoms of Motion Sickness

Symptoms include nausea, dizziness, sweating, pallor and vomiting. ...Source: Queensland Health2 ...

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Causes of Motion Sickness

Medications that may increase nausea MEDICATION -- EXAMPLES Antibiotics: Azithromycin, metronidazole, erythromycin, trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole Antiparasitics: Albendazole, thiabendazole, iodoquinol, chloroquine, mefloquine Estrogens: Oral contraceptives, estradiol Cardiovascular: Digoxin, levodopa Narcotic analgesics: Codeine, morphine, meperidine Nonsteroidal analgesics: Ibuprophen, naproxen, indomethacin Antidepressants: Fluoxetine, paroxitene, sertraline ...3

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Types of Motion Sickness

Some types of this condition may include:4 Types of motion sickness:

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Risk Factors for Motion Sickness

Risk factors include the following:

  • Age—children aged 2-12 years are especially susceptible, but infants and toddlers are generally immune.
  • Sex—women are more likely to have motion sickness, especially when pregnant, menstruating, or on hormones.
  • Migraines—people who ...
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Treatments: Motion Sickness

TREATMENT: Nonpharmacologic treatments for preventing and treating motion sickness can be effective with few adverse side effects (see Prevention below). However, these measures can be time-consuming and unpleasant for travelers. Many patients will prefer medication. A primary side effect ...5

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Prevention of Motion Sickness

PREVENTION: Nonpharmacologic interventions to prevent or treat motion sickness include the following:

  • Being aware of and avoiding situations that tend to trigger symptoms.
  • Optimizing position to reduce motion or motion perception—for example, driving a vehicle instead of riding in ...
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  1. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ motion-sickness
  2. Source: Queensland Health: HealthCondition/ condition/ 6/ 80/ 464/ motion-sickness
  3. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ motion-sickness
  4. Source: Disease Ontology
  5. Source: CDC Yellow Book 2016: travel/ yellowbook/ 2016/ the-pre-travel-consultation/ motion-sickness

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