The 8 Best Motion Sickness Medicines of 2019

Get rid of tummy aches before takeoff

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First Look

Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals at Amazon

“Doesn’t make you sleepy like the traditional formula.”

Sea-Band The Original Wristband at Amazon

“The bands use acupressure to keep motion sickness at bay.”

Reliefband 1.5 Motion Sickness Wristband at Amazon

“Uses pulses to signal the part of the brain that controls nausea.”

Bonine Motion Sickness Relief Tablets at Amazon

“One dose provides up to 24 hours of relief.”

Tummydrops at Amazon

“Customers say they taste great and are remarkably effective.”

Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief for Kids at Amazon

“The chewable tablets are grape-flavored, so kids gobble them up.”

MQ Motion Sickness Patch at Amazon

“Small and light, these patches are perfect to take on the go.”

Certified Organic Ginger Gravol at Amazon

“An herbal formula that won't leave you feeling drowsy.”

Our Top Picks

Dramamine Non-Drowsy Naturals with Natural Ginger

When it comes to quelling motion sickness, Dramamine is a trusted name that many have sworn by for years. While the brand makes various formulas, this non-drowsy option with ginger gets top marks from online reviewers. It was also named as the #1 Pharmacist Recommended Brand for 2017 to 2018 by the Pharmacy Times and U.S. News & World Report. It’s safe for children ages six and up, and should be taken 30 minutes before an activity involving motion or as soon as symptoms start popping up, according to the brand.

While not every medication works for everyone, the majority of reviewers love this formula. They say it doesn’t make them sleepy like the traditional version, and it eases or eliminates seasickness, car sickness, and helps other times when they feel nauseated, including during bouts with vertigo.

Sea-Band The Original Wristband

Restocking the medicine cabinet every time you run out of motion sickness medication can get pricey, which is why many people turn to these wristbands from Sea-Band. Washable and reusable, the bands are extremely cost-effective—in addition to working well. Instead of using drugs, the bands are all-natural, and work by using acupressure to keep motion sickness at bay.

To use, you wear one cotton wristband on each wrist and position the plastic stud over your Nei-Kuan acupressure point (located on the inner arm a few finger spaces below the wrist joint). Customers say they can help with everything from seasickness and morning sickness to vertigo and even trouble sleeping. They can also help with nausea associated with chemotherapy or other medical treatments.

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Reliefband 1.5 Motion Sickness Wristband

If you're going on a cruise and you tend to get seasick, you'll want an easy solution that provides quick, around-the-clock relief from motion sickness symptoms. The digital Reliefband promises all of that at your fingertips without the hassle of having to remember to take your medicine. Drug-free, the wristband uses a pattern of pulses that signal the part of the brain that controls nausea.

To use, you apply a hypoallergenic conductivity gel (included with purchase) to the inside of your wrist, then put on the Reliefband and turn it on. Splash-proof and non-drowsy, the band is perfect for all your boating adventures.

While the initial investment is more than for pills or other medications, most customers say it’s worth every penny, and if you frequently experience motion sickness, it can be more affordable in the long run.

Bonine Motion Sickness Relief Chewable Tablets

Flying can be frightening when motion sickness hits miles above the ground. While they’re designed to work on land and at sea as well, these tablets from Bonine are especially great for airplanes as they’re chewable and you don’t need water—in case the flight attendants haven’t made the rounds with the beverage cart yet. Ideally, though, you should take them one hour before takeoff. One dose contains 25 milligrams of meclizine hydrochloride and provides up to 24 hours of relief, so no matter how far you’re going, you’ll be covered.

They may cause some drowsiness, and they're not intended for children under 12 years of age. Customers say they taste good, are easy to take on the go, and work well.

Tummydrops

These Tummydrops are perfect for keeping in your glove box or purse for those times when a car trip turns into carsick. Originally designed by GI doctors, the drops are made with a special blend of peppermint oils. They come in several natural flavors, and they’re gluten-free, vegan, and kosher. Packages contain 30 drops, and adults can take up to 12 a day.

Customers say they taste great and are remarkably effective in helping with nausea.

Dramamine Motion Sickness Relief for Kids

Traveling with toddlers can be stressful enough, but motion sickness adds a whole other hurdle. Parents say this Dramamine formula, which is designed specifically for kids, can help. The chewable tablets are grape-flavored, so kids are happy to gobble them up, and they come in a nice little travel case so you can throw them in a diaper bag or purse and always have them at the ready.

They’re recommended for kids ages two and up, but they may cause drowsiness in some kids. (Be sure to speak with your pediatrician before giving this or any medications to your child.) Online reviewers rave about these chewable for their effectiveness and great taste.

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MQ Motion Sickness Patch

If you don’t want to pop pills or strap on wristbands, these motion sickness patches from MQ offer an alternative. They use an herbal formula, which is absorbed through the skin when you place the patch behind your ear (can also place an additional one on the navel). You leave them on for about 10 minutes before removing, and they promise up to 72 hours of relief. They can be used by kids ages four and up, but shouldn’t be used by women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Customers love how small and light these patches are, making them perfect for travel. Many reviewers say that after trying countless other remedies, these are the only things that have worked to treat all sorts of nausea, particularly motion sickness.

Certified Organic Ginger Gravol

For a natural way to treat motion sickness, these organic ginger tablets from Gravol are a great option. Recommended for adults and kids ages six up, they use an herbal formula to help alleviate nausea and vomiting associated with motion sickness—and won't leave you feeling drowsy. The recommended dose is two pills every four hours, up to three times a day.

Customers say they’re effective in treating motion sickness, whether it’s a quick car ride or long journeys via boat or airplane. While some note they’re more expensive than other options since you may require multiple doses per day, most say they’re worth it for the relief they provide.

Our Process
Our writers spent 5 hours researching the best motion sickness medicine on the market. Before making their final recommendations, they considered 15-20 different medicines to buy overall, screened options from 20-25 different brands and manufacturers, and read over 150 user reviews (both positive and negative). All of this research adds up to recommendations you can trust.

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