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I have suffered from travel sickness for quite a while, but have managed to control it by eating before travelling and taking a Boots Travel Calm tablet before a long journey. Prior to my last holiday, I realised I had run out of my trusted Travel Calm tablets so headed to Boots to get some more. The pharmacist I spoke to said they were having trouble getting the Travel Calms but she had something 'exactly the same' so I said I'd take them without querying any further. I admit, I presumed that they would just be the branded version (whatever that is) of the Boots tablets.
When I got home and took these out of the bag, I was surprised to see they were called Joy Rides. I'm sure this probably says something about how my mind works, but my immediate thought was that she'd sold me a box of condoms! Even now, I still don't like the name joy rides, I feel it's a bit of an odd name, but at least it's memorable!
Joy Rides are travel sickness tablets suitable for both adults and children over three years of age. Each box contains 12 tablets - two strips of six. The active ingredient is Hyoscine Hydrobromide 150mg and they also contain mannitol, erythrosine (e127), povidone, raspberry flavour, microcrystalline cellulose and magnesium stearate. All relevant warnings are given on the pack - do not take if you have had allergic reactions to hyoscine or other ingredients, talk to your doctor if you are pregnant etc... As these are an over the counter medicine, check any concerns with the pharmacist. There can be side effects such as dizziness, dry mouth and blurred vision, but thankfully I did not suffer any myself.
So I'm off on my holiday, I board the plane and then remember that I haven't taken my tablet. I open the box of Joy Rides and find that despite the woman in Boots telling me that these are 'exactly the same' as Travel Calm, in fact these ones have to be chewed whereas Travel Calm's are swallowed with water. I don't like chewing tablets and so I wasn't best pleased about this. When I opened the tablets which are a chalky pink colour, I didn't like the smell of them either which put me off. When it came to actually taking one of these tablets however, they didn't taste that bad. They're supposed to be raspberry but they just tasted like a sort of fruity chalk!
For an adult you need to take two tablets and this should be 20 minutes prior to travel ideally. Children would need to take between half and 2 tablets depending on their age - there is a full and easy to read guide on the box.
In terms of performance I have found these to be good. They saw me through the plane journey there and back when I went on holiday, as well as a separate journey to the Grand Canyon on the most terrifying mini plane journey of my life. Now if I could get through that turbulence without being sick (it was so bad a woman on the plane was crossing herself and praying!) then these must be good. They also got me through a buggy ride in the dessert too - another thing I don't wish to repeat - as well as other journeys since.
A pack of Joy Rides cost just £3.18 from Boots which I think is a reasonable price.
On the whole I found these to be good. Boots Travel Calms are still my favourite as I prefer to take tablets which can be swallowed with water rather than chewed. If I find myself in a position where I can't get hold of Travel Calm again though, then I would happily buy another pack of these.
Motion sickness is a horrible thing to suffer and one i have suffered since i was a young child. Luckily my girls love being in the car and have never suffered travel sickness. I only suffer with it if i am a passenger im fine if i am the one driving. My partner also suffers motion sickness but only if he is on a boat, even if the water is calm he can still be seen hanging over the edge chucking his load up yuk.
I have used joy-ride sickness pills since i was about eight years old so have been around for a long time as now i am 29.
I always have a packet stashed in my handbag or in the first aid box but run out a few weeks ago so the joy-rides were on my shopping list as a must this week as we are off on a six hour drive to visit friends as part of the easter holidays.
I bought joy-rides from boots for £2.99. Joy-rides come in a pack of 20. These come in a blue box with pictures off transport on the front, inside the box are the pills and an instruction leaflet.
Joy-rides can be used for children from the age of three up to adult age. The pills have to be chewed not swallowed but have a nice orange taste to them. I find the orange flavour quiet strong but nice a bit like chewable vitamin c. The pills should be taken before travelling around 20 minutes before heading off.
The dose of the pills go by age i take two pills before leaving as this is the recommended does for adults, these last around 5-6 hours and does can be repeated after this time has passed although i have never needed to take any more even after the time frame is over.
The main ingredients is hyoscine hydrobromide this is what reacts with the body and brain stopping you feel sick whilst in motion.
Can be taken before going on any form of transport, plane, train, cars and boats.
As i have been using these for year i clearly think they are fantastic as does my partner who regularly takes them before going on boat trips for his fishing club.
I have tried other products over the years including travel bands witch i personally had no joy with.
I also have never had any side effects from using joy-rides but do have warnings on the instructions that they can give a drowsy effect.
I highly recommend joy-ride travel sickness pills if you suffer from motion sickness these are for you.
I didn't start suffering from travel sickness till I was an adult so had no previous experience with travel sickness tablets. Joy Rides were recommended by the pharmacy so I gave them a try.
The active ingredient in the tables is hyoscine hydrobromide in the form of small, round pink tablets. I'm sure the colour would help with kids taking it, but for me it's an odd colour for a medicine. It is recommended that the tablets are taken 20 minutes prior to travelling, in a dose of 2 tables for over 13s. The tablets can be swallowed or chewed. I swallow them as the taste, a synthetic fruit flavour, is vile enough to make me gag, even when swallowing let alone chewing it.
The tablets can make you drowsy, although I've never had this side effect, and cannot be taken with alcohol.
In terms of effectiveness while I have never been sick whilst taking the tablets, I often still feel sick even when I've taken them as directed, so I'm not convinced they work well. I personally prefer wristbands, which also has the benefit of being able to drink.
Overall, with the disgusting taste and iffy effectiveness I wouldn't medicate myself or anyone else with these.
For me travelling with my daughter used to be a nightmare as she was too young for any travel sick medicines available, and I had to revert to flat lemonade and a ginger biscuits, a bit hit and miss really but better than nothing. When she was old enough for over the counter travel sick pills I tried her with Joy-Rides £2.49 from Vantage chemists, and what a god-send they are! For children 3-4 years half a tablet to be taken around 20 minutes before the journey, 4-7 years may have 1 tablet and 7 years upwards 1-2 tablets. As I suffer from travel sickness myself I was interested to see if they worked so I also tried one myself. I found I had no sickness feelings at all, and my daughter who would ususally throw up within half an hour of travel managed the whole 2 hour journey without being sick although did still complain of slight nausea and looked rather pale on arrival. Overall I would say they work but for children who suffer severely I would recommend any other non medicine aids too, I still carry a plastic bag, a small drink of flat lemonade and a ginger biscuit - just in case!. They worked a treat for me though!
I always find that on long journeys I constantly get travel sick, particularly if I am in a minibus or an aeroplane. As I am going to be going on holiday in a few weeks, I remembered that I needed to buy some travel sickness tablets and remembered that I had purchased these particular tablets for my holiday last year and they worked so well I have decided to buy them again.
I purchased a box of 12 tablets from Superdrug for £2.74. These were the cheapest tablets that the store sold as I had previously seen other travel sickness tablets being sold between £4-£10 and so I felt that this was a very good price.
The packaging is a coloured in light blue with the words 'Joy-Rides' branded on it. There are child friendly pictures of a car, train, aeroplane and a boat. At first I did think that these tablets were for children but after looking at the front of the pack, I saw that they were suitable for children and adults alike.
The back of the packaging explains that 'Joy-Rides' tablets contain Hyoscine Hydrobromide which acts on the brain to stop messages of motion sickness from reaching the stomach. There is also a warning stating that these tablets cannot be taken if you have previously had an allergic reaction to Hyoscine Hydrobromide, if you have Glaucoma or if you are under three years of age (unless you have the consent of a doctor).
Once you have taken the tablets you cannot drive or operate machinery or drink alcohol. As with most medicines you should consult with your doctor if you are taking other medication or are pregnant or breast feeding.
The tablets themselves are chewable, fruit flavoured tablets this is also great for encouraging young children to take them as they do taste quite nice and would definitely seem more like a small sweet than a medicine. One should consume the correct dosage of tablets twenty minutes before the start of the journey. The tablets are packed in two different sachets, each sachet has six, air-tight blisters.
Also on the rear of the pack is a table which shows the recommended dosage.
There are some possible side effects from taking these tablets, however I have not suffered from any of these. Dry mouth, dizziness, blurred vision or difficulty passing urine are some of these.
For me these tablets helped immensely with my motion sickness. Last year I was able to travel from my home to the hotel with the minimal amount of motion sickness.
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My youngest son has always been a little prone to sickness when travelling in the car, particularly in the mornings if he hasn't had time to digest his breakfast properly. More recently, our seven year old has also started to complain about feeling sick and queasy during long car journeys although he isn't actually physically sick.
I'm inclined to be cynical, in all honesty, and put my oldest son's complaints down to boredom as much as anything, but my husband experienced travel sickness himself as a youngster so he is inclined to be more sympathetic. When planning our recent trip to Butlins (which is about 120 miles away) he decided to purchase some travel sickness tablets for our oldest son, specifically. On the recommendation of the pharmacist at Lloyds, he came away with a packet of 12 'Joy-Rides' tablets which are apparantly quite popular for children (although also suitable for adults) and recommended for all types of motion sickness.
The tablets themselves are supposedly fruit-flavoured and need to be chewed around 20 minutes before setting off on a journey to allow them to work effectively. I haven't tasted these but my seven year old chewed away on his tablet without any complaints and announced that it was strawberry flavoured. The tablets themselves are about the size of an average Paracetamol tablet but are less problematic for youngsters to take as they are chewed rather than being swallowed.
Like all medication, the tablets come with the usual medical advice and information about dosage instructions, ingredients, potential side effects and contact details for the company (Glaxo SmithKline) who manufacture these tablets. On the recommendation of the packet, my oldest had a single tablet before setting off on our journey, although he could have had a maximum of two tablets.
These are recommended for children over the age of three years old. Our youngest was a couple of weeks shy of his third birthday when we were due to travel and, as he is the one most likely to actually end up vomiting, we decided to try him with the minimum dose for a three year old which was half of a single tablet. He chewed this without complaint so the taste is clearly not too objectionable to children.
Before setting off, we also took our usual precautions with our youngest by giving him toast for breakfast rather than milky cereal and only allowing him to drink water in the car, rather than milk or juice. We were pleased to get a good sixty miles or so from home without any complaints from our oldest son about feeling nauseous or any signs that the little one was feeling sick either. Unfortunately, deciding to risk stopping off for a light lunch was a mistake - and the Ribena was, with hindsight, a particularly bad choice! A few miles further down the road and our youngest was sick all over himself and his car seat which was not the desired effect at all!
I am cynical about these sorts of remedies and medication and their claims in general. These tablets allegedly work due to the inclusion of '...hyoscine hydrobromide which acts on the brain to prevent messages of motion-sickness reaching the stomach.' For whatever reason, this clearly did not work on our three year old's brain and/or stomach! Fortunately, we had only one episode of sickness and managed to make the return journey home without any repeat incidents (and neither of the kids took the tablets for the return trip.)
On a positive note, our oldest son sat quite happily throughout the entire journey without a single mention of feeling sick. At seven, however, he understood that the tablet he'd chewed was supposed to stop him feeling sick and is then open to the 'placebo effect' rather than any genuine physiological benefits. Our three year old wasn't old enough to understand this so there is clearly no placebo effect for him and the tablet didn't seem to be any more effective at preventing travel sickness than the measures we normally take anyway.
At £2.55 for a pack of 12 tablets, it might still be worth considering using these for older children on the basis that they might convince them they don't actually feel sick. Based on our experience, I don't feel the tablets have any real physical effect on the actual sickness and wouldn't personally bother with them again. (I could always fool the oldest with a handful of Haribo, to be honest, and tell him they were 'anti-sickness' sweets!)
For the prevention of motion sickness.