Product Type: GlaxoSmithKline health products
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The joy of not having travel sickness!
Member Name: pink_glitter
Disadvantages: I dont like the chewable format
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.
Summary: a good stand in for when I can't get my preferred ones
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