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What is travel sickness?

Travel or motion sickness is a common motion-related illness that can affect you when you travel. It can also affect you when you are on theme park rides, such as rollercoasters, or when you are watching action movies or video games.

What causes travel sickness?

Travel sickness is thought to be caused by a sensory mismatch between your eyes and your inner ears. Your inner ears are part of your body's vestibular system that regulates balance and spatial orientation. When you see motion but do not feel it, or vice versa, your eyes and inner ears send conflicting signals to your brain. Your brain becomes confused and can trigger the symptoms associated with travel sickness.

What are the symptoms of travel sickness?

Travel sickness has a range of symptoms, and they tend to vary with each individual. Symptoms of travel sickness include:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Pale skin
  • Vomiting
  • Increased saliva production
  • Cold sweats
  • Headaches
  • Migraines
  • Rapid breathing
  • Drowsiness
  • Fatigue
  • Stomach pain

Travel sickness is not a serious condition and in most cases the symptoms will pass once your trip has ended. If, however, your symptoms persist for a long period after your trip has ended, you should see your GP. These symptoms may be caused by an unrelated case of labyrinthitis, an inner ear infection.

Who gets travel sickness?

Most people have experienced travel sickness at some point in their lives, but some groups of people tend to be more at risk than others:

  • People prone to nausea or migraines
  • Women, especially those who are pregnant, on their period, or taking hormone medications
  • Children between the age of 2 and 12

How can I prevent travel sickness?

Travel sickness can be prevented by using certain behavioural techniques or by taking travel sickness medication.

To prevent or alleviate travel sickness, try some of these common behavioural techniques:

  • Before travelling:
    • Avoid large meals
    • Avoid greasy or spicy food
    • Avoid alcohol
    • Request specific seats (e.g. in the front seat of a car, in a forward-facing window seat on a train, in a front or middle cabin on a ship)
  • During travelling:
    • Wear an acupressure band
    • Breathe fresh air deeply and slowly
    • Avoid reading or staring at a screen
    • Eat crackers or drink a carbonated beverage to settle your stomach

What travel sickness medication is available?

There are many options for travel sickness medication available. For children older than 2, antihistamines like dimenhydrinate can alleviate travel sickness symptoms. For adults, prescription travel sickness medication is often the best option.

121doc stocks some of the most popular prescription travel sickness medications:

These medications come in tablets and patches. Depending on the length of your travel, you may need to start taking some of them before your trip to ensure they have time to take effect.

You can buy motion sickness medication online at 121doc and have it delivered the next day. Simply fill in our partner Medical questionnaire and one of our doctors will write out your prescription and send it to our UK registered pharmacists.

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What is included in the online consultation?

Our consultations include general questions about your health (e.g. blood pressure levels, current and past conditions), as well as specific questions related to your selected treatment. We will also request relevant personal information to complete payment and delivery.

All questions are necessary, and your answers and details will not be shared with any third-parties. Only our doctors have access to your medical information.

Will a doctor review my consultation?

It is a legal and medical requirement that a doctor first reviews all completed consultations. We have a team of in-house doctors and specialists who will ensure your selected treatment is safe for your use. All information is stored securely and confidentially.

Please note, we do not guarantee that our doctors will approve treatment.

What happens after I submit my order?

Your consultation will be sent directly to our medical team, where it will be reviewed by one of our doctors.

If your chosen treatment is deemed suitable for your use, they will issue a prescription. Your prescription is then forwarded to our pharmacy, where your medication will be dispensed and dispatched for courier delivery.

Is the price all-inclusive?

Yes. All 121doc orders include a medical consultation, a prescription and next-day delivery. There are no additional costs. We believe in providing a safe and easy-to-use service.

Can I place more than one order at a time?

Yes. However, certain medications may negatively interact with each other. Our doctors may not approve your order on this basis.

You can place multiple items in one basket, and complete a consultation for all.

If you wish to place a second order for a different medication, you will have to complete a separate consultation.

What are my delivery options?

We offer several delivery options:

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All these options can be tracked and require a signature on delivery. If you are not available, a friend or relative can sign in your place.

None of these options will incur an additional charge.

Is it safe to buy prescription medication online?

To ensure you are purchasing from a reputable company, you should look to see their country’s regulatory bodies verify them.

In the UK, this is the Care Quality Commission (CQC) and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).Certificates can be viewed here.

How do I know which treatment is best for me?

Some treatments also offer the 'Advise Me' function. You will be asked questions about your lifestyle and needs, plus medical questions. You will then be presented with the advice of our doctors.

Is this service discreet?

Our patients’ privacy is of utmost importance. All your medical information is securely stored and only viewed by our doctors. We do not share your details with third-parties. We are also regularly inspected by various UK regulatory agencies, such as the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO).

All orders will only show on invoices, bank statements, etc. as ‘HHC Ltd’.