Pros: Over-the-counter, inexpensive, highly effective
Cons: Still causes some drowsiness
Dramamine Less Drowsy Formula contains 25mg of Meclizine in each tablet. Meclizine is an anti-emetic that is used to treat nausea, vomiting and dizziness often associated with motion sickness. It is also used in the treatment of vertigo and other balance disorders, though usually goes by the prescription name "Antivert" in those cases.
I have used this less drowsy formula for many years to prevent and treat motion sickness. For someone who has tried everything - from original Dramamine to the prescription Scopolamine patch - this has been the best as far as benefits versus side effects. I have also used this on one occasion for an ear infection that was causing dizziness, at the suggestion of my doctor. It cleared up the dizziness and allowed me to function while the ear infection healed.
The only down side, in my opinion, is the mild drowsiness I still experience. Some people may think less drowsy means non-drowsy - but it does not. I usually find that I have to take a nap about an hour after taking 1 full dose of the Less Drowsy Formula. After that quick nap, the sedation seems to wear off, but the anti-motion sickness effects remain. (This is much better than the Original formula, which leaves me feeling drugged for hours and as soon as the drugged feeling wears off, so does the effectiveness of the drug.)
This medication is relatively inexpensive. You can get 8 tablets for about $4.99 at most drugstores. The recommended dosage is 1 tablet every 12 hours, up to 2 tablets per day. I have found the medication to be effective for about 10 hours, at which point I take another dose if I am still traveling. The medication is not recommended for children under 12, so you should consult your child's physician if they are under 12.
For anyone who has been plagued by motion sickness, I would really suggest giving this formula a try. Of course, try it at home when you don't have to go anywhere first, just to see how it will affect you. I also personally recommend taking it before you leave for a trip if you are prone to motion sickness, as avoiding the symptoms are better than treating them in my opinion!