My eight year old son has suffered with travel sickness for a number of years, something that we had become more or less accustomed to, having tried a number of remedies with limited success. A few years ago, my husband decided that enough was enough, as he no longer wanted to arrive at our destination clutching a bag full of vomit! A visit to our helpful GP resulted in a prescription for Phenergan elixir.
Phenergan is an anti-histamine medicine commonly prescribed for allergic reactions (such as hayfever or hives), travel sickness and also used as short term sedative. The active ingredient, according to the information leaflet inside the box, is promethazine hydrochloride. Phenergan is also available in tablet format, which might be better for any adults needing to take this, as well as this liquid (elixir) form.
Having previously tried using natural remedies with poor results we had to turn to something a little stronger and fortunately for us this stuff really does work.
Despite the usual worrying list of potential side effects, my son has not experienced any ill effects as a result of taking this on a regular basis for car journeys.
The scent and taste of this stuff reminds me of cheap orange squash -loaded with artificial sweeteners and flavourings! The taste is initially quite sweet and syrupy, despite being a sugar free formulation, but this is pretty quickly replaced by a bitter taste which the artificial orange flavouring doesn't quite manage to disguise. (If anything, this reminds me vaguely of Infacol drops.) Whilst this syrup doesn't have the same appeal as medicines such as Calpol (which my boys will feign illness to take), it is still something that he is happy to take as he appreciates that it stops his sickness, however far we have to travel.
Phenergan Elixir may be provided directly by a pharmacist for use in the following situations: -To treat allergic conditions such as hay fever or rashes (like nettle rash or hives) -To treat adults with difficulty sleeping (insomnia) -To stop you feeling sick (nausea) or being sick (vomiting) such as travel sickness Phenergan Elixir may also be given to you by a doctor. This can be for use in any of the above situations or for use in the following additional situations: -To help you feel more relaxed before an operation As a sedative for both adults and children / This is a medicine given to reduce awareness or make you feel relaxed and at ease.