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      02.12.2013 12:09
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      a travel sickness tablet

      On my holiday last year I did a lot of travelling around Indonesia and part of that trip required a lot of journeys on buses, boats etc, it wasn't until that trip that I realised that sometimes I work myself up about long journeys and suffer from mild travel sickness. I mean, I am not that bad with it but I usually take something now just to put my mind at ease and then I am always fine afterwards. For my holiday this year, I was also travelling around by buses, trains and these were again, long journeys and so I decided to research travel sickness tablets and the ones given the best reviews were these Stugeron 15.

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      I went into Tesco to try and get some and the only brand they actually had in were these which worked out well. These come in a small flat rectangular shaped box which has the word Stugeron 15 on it in bold white type as well as three images of methods of transport ie.boat, plane and car and it is a blue box and inside is a leaflet with further information. It contains 15 tablets which is clear by the name and it also says on the front 'Effective prevention of travel sickness' as well as the reverse giving directions of use and more useful information, each 15mg tablet contains Cinnarizine.

      STUGERON 15 TABLETS

      To begin with, these tablets have a few instructions that are useful to read before taking them. Firstly, these contain lactose monohydrate and sucrose but these can cause drowsiness and if you are affected by this you should not drive or operate machinery and avoid alcoholic drinks. These should be kept out of reach of children but apart from that there are more details enclosed on the leaflet inside the box but it goes into very detailed warnings. So, I went away for just over two weeks so this box of 15 was perfect for me and to be honest I hardly used that many but it was good to have a box of this amount.

      I normally take these just before travelling and always after eating a meal to make sure they are not taken on an empty stomach. I usually take them an hour or so before using transport to make sure they are in my system, it says that these should be taken two hours before travelling and for adults and children over 12 years old you should take two tablets and one further tablet every eight hours. Children aged 5-12 years old should only take one tablet every two hours and one further half tablet every eight hours. It states that these tablets can be sucked, chewed or swallowed.

      I have only used this brand on this holiday but I found them to be really good, I was on bumpy car journeys, rickety old trains and long stuffy buses and I felt queasy at the beginning of some journeys but then soon my stomach settled and I then completely forget about feeling sick and was fine the whole journey. The thing with these tablets is that I never know if it is a psychological thing that by taking these that I automatically feel better with the reassurance of taking medicine or whether the tablets are that good that they settle my stomach, I like to think the tablets help too.

      I didn't really experience any drowsiness after taking these which I was glad of but having these with me did ease my mind and make me feel less queasy. I would happily buy these again as it got to the stage where I only used these on a few trips because my mind seemed to be more at ease with the longer journeys. I can see why this brand has been given positive ratings and they are a reliable brand definitely, they are dated really far ahead if you want to use these again. These are a worthwhile investment if you are going away or you are on transport a lot and if you suffer quite badly with sickness.

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      You can buy the Stugeron 15 tablets from all pharmacies as well as supermarkets, Boots are selling them for £3.09 which isn't too bad and is about what I paid at Tesco.

      There is no official website for this particular type of medicine.

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      16.07.2013 20:22
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      These travel sickness pills do really work to stop motion sickness

      If you are lucky to have never suffered from travel sickness it is hard to understand just how awful it is. I would describe it as a feeling which washes over my whole body and won't go until my feet are safely and securely back on the ground. I get it mostly when I am in the car which is probably because this is my usual mode of transport, however I also get it on boats and occasionally planes. I can only sit in the back of the car for very short journeys and even then I have to sit in the middle and keep my eyes on the road in front of me at all times. Just a turn of my head to look out of the side windows is enough for the nausea to start.

      My symptoms vary from just feeling a bit unsettled and hot on short journeys to my stomach constantly churning, not being able to talk or look at anything, excessive sweating and feeling that acrid liquid in your throat which you get just before you are going throw up. Nothing in this world can stop these feelings once they start apart from stopping the car, and even then the feelings don't go straight away and usually take about 15 minutes or so to settle myself.

      A friend recommended Stugeron 15 to me a good many years back. I had been taking other travel sickness tablets but they were a bit hit and miss, so I bought a packet of these to try. The box is blue and white with a picture of a boat, plane and car on the front so telling you what they are recommended for.

      The active ingredients are 15mg Cinnarizine and the inactive ingredients are lactose monohydrate and sucrose. They are not suitable for anyone who has Parkinsons disease, porphyria, liver or kidney disease, or if you are pregnant.

      Cinnarizine actually works by blocking the histamine and muscarinic receptors in the vomiting centre of the brain (bet you didn't know you had one of those!) This centre is responsible for the feelings of sickness and the vomiting reflex and is activated when it received nerve messages from the vestibular apparatus which is in our middle ear. When our vestibular apparatus is disturbed by quick movements to the head or from travelling, signals are sent to the vomiting centre which causes the symptoms of nausea and vomiting. Cinnarizine blocks the signals from travelling down the vestibular nerve which in turn prevents disturbances in the middle ear from activating the vomiting centre and causing nausea, vertigo and vomiting.

      The box contains 15 tablets and it is recommended that adults and children over the age of 12 take two tablets two hours before travel and then one tablet every further eight hours however you would have to be doing quite a long haul journey for this to happen. The dosage for younger children age 5 to 12 is half of the adult dose. The tablets can cause drowsiness so it is not recommended to drive or operate machinery if this occurs and alcohol is to be avoided.

      From the first time I started to take these tablets I found that they worked very quickly and I would not use anything else now as I trust them completely. If I am going on a long journey I will usually take one or two tablets prior to leaving and this has always been sufficient. For me it can sometimes be a short journey that makes me feel ill usually if there are lots of windy roads or if the person driving is not a particularly smooth driver so I usually carry them in my handbag just in case. I have never had any side effects from the tablets and they don't make me drowsy but everyone reacts differently so this is something to be aware that they can do.

      They are currently sold at Boots for £3.09 but are part of the buy one get one half price offer and are £2.99 at Lloyds Chemist.

      My verdict: If you suffer from travel/motion sickness do give these a try, they really work and make your journey so much pleasant!

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        17.01.2012 05:20

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        Immediate relief from sea sickness

        I just finished the 628 mile Sydney to Hobart yacht race that took 4 days to complete. The weather was extremely rough making 10 out of the 12 crew sea sick. Unfortunately for me I was chronically sea sick for about 30 hours. None of my sea sick pills worked including what the doctor had prescribed for me prior to the trip.

        A crew member from the UK gave me 2 Stugeron and to my amazement I started to feel better almost immediately. I continued having one Stugeron every 8 hours and was able to step back into my role as helmsman of the boat.

        Throughout the race we had to be on watch for 3 hours, every three hours. Which meant you only had three hours rest before going back on duty. Due to this work/rest pattern I cannot comment on whether or not Stugeron made me sleepy as I (like the rest of the crew) were all suffering from fatigue.

        All I kept saying in the race was "thank god for Stugeron".

        I will never go out to sea without them again.

        Peter
        Brisbane, Australia

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        18.07.2011 15:55
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        An essential part of your journey planning

        Anyone who suffers with travel sickness will agree that when it strikes, it feels like the worst thing in the world. It is truly an awful, terrible feeling that I wouldn't wish on anyione!

        Unfortunately, I suffer with travel sickness on car journeys of more than about 20 minutes (unless I'm driving), any coach journeys (school trips were a nightmare) and boat/ferry trips. I used to physically vomit, but now I simply get an overwhelming feeling of nausea and a feeling like all the life in me has been sucked out, leaving nothing but my useless body slumped in a corner, with the inability to even speak - and this lasts for about half an hour after the end of a journey. No, it's not pleasant.
        So when Stugeron 15 was recommended to me for a for an up and coming ferry trip, I decided it was a good idea to go prepared. I must admit I couldn't understand why I'd never taken a motion sickness remedy before. Value-wise, they cost about £2.50 for 15 which I thought was great. They lasted a long time and, to be honest, I would have payed far more for the promise of some relief.

        Stugeron 15 is supplied in a pack of 15 with instructions to take 2 tablets prior to travelling and then a further one every 8 hours. The fact that there is quite a long time lapse between pills is great as it means they last quite a long time, and they do not need to be kept close at hand constantly. As they are taken primarily on a preventative basis it is important to have a little foresight and remember to take the pills before a journey begins. If you are a chronic travel sickness sufferer though, this will probably be the most important part of your trip!
        The packaging is bright and attractive - it shows pictures of a boat, plane and car, showing that the pills can be used for any form of transport without even having to read the blurb on the back. It also draws attention to the fact that the tablets can be either swallowed, chewed or sucked and still be effective. I swallowed them whole every time so I can't comment on the taste!

        I found the results reasonably effective, though not 100% perfect. The ferry I was on was sailing on extremely rough waters so thank god I took the tablets. It was so rough it was impossible to walk in a straight line. Personally, I still had an underlying sense of nausea and an eventual need to be horizontal. However, I still managed to have a meal, drinks and a couple of hours leisure time before I had to lie down which was great. I believe these pills were an absolute god send as without them I shudder to think what the consequences may have been - I probably wouldn't have seen much more than the inside of a P&O ferry lavatory bowl! They undoubtedly made what would have been a nightmare journey almost pleasurable.
        A recommended buy. Perhaps not wholly effective for the most violent of sufferer or the roughest of journeys but will certainly take the edge off.
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        10.01.2011 21:10
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        Great medicine to combat travel sickness.

        As part of my job I am often required to travel on minibuses with children for anywhere up to an hour, which can often leave me feeling quite sick! I am quite a bad passenger to be honest, unless I am sitting in the front I get sick easily, so I often end up being the driver anyway to avoid this problem. Although I mostly suffer in cars, I also get slightly queasy on planes and long train journeys as well. Following the advice of my dad who also uses these tablets I began purchasing Stugeron to combat this problem.

        I picked up my pack of tablets in Boots, they cost me £2.99 for 15 tablets, working out to around £0.19 pence, which I am happy to pay to make my journeys better. Each tablets contains 15mg of cinnarizine, which I guess is the active ingredient which combats the sickness. The thing I like most about these tablets is that they can be chewed or swallowed which is great if you don't have water to hand. There is no unpleasant taste and the tablets are quite small. In terms of dosage the pack recommends that adults takes two tablets two hours before travelling, then a further tablet every eight hours. Generally I only ever take the first two and then don't really require any further tablets.

        As with all medicines a leaflet explaining side effects, ingredients, dosages etc is included in the box and also some information is printed on the back of the box. It is important to read these before taking the medicine. The tablets come in the standard packaging, a sheet of plastic with indents for the tablets, covered with silver foil.

        The design of the box is pretty basic as you can see from the picture. It has a white and blue colour scheme with some pictures of a plane, boat and car in bubbles.

        Overall I give these tablets 5/5, I have always had brilliant results and it really allows me to travel with ease. Highly recommended!

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          20.11.2010 15:28
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          Recommended!

          I have always bought Traveleeze travel sickness tablets as they are the only brand that I've found that young children can take; as my son is now six, I don't have to worry about this as much and can buy other brands when Traveleeze aren't available.

          Stugeron 15 is the brand that my mother usually goes for so I was happy to try them and was confident that they would work.

          Stugeron 15 come in packs of 15 and cost around £2.79. I did wonder if the '15' was the number of tablets, although reading the box, I am informed that they contain 15 mg of Cinnarizine (which is a more likely explanation!). I should probably mention that they also contain Lactose Monohydrate and Sucrose.

          You should take them as follows:

          Adults, and children 12 and over - 2 tablets, two hours before travelling. One further tablet every eight hours as required.
          Children aged 5-12 years - one tablet, two hours before travelling. Half a tablet every eight hours as required.

          I believe that this is pretty standard for travel sickness tablets, although this does limit you in their use; my usual brand can be taken anytime from the night before, right up until you leave, which is great for people like me who can be forgetful (especially when rushing around trying to pack for a holiday!).

          I have used them twice so far, once exactly two hours before (I set myself an alarm to remember!), and once an hour before travel. I can't say that I noticed a difference between them and they were no less effective when taking them late.

          My first trip was around two hours, and my second was almost three (both by car). I felt absolutely fine throughout, this is something that wouldn't be possible without the aid of tablets such as these so I can confidently say that they do what they are supposed to do.

          Stugeron 15 are a little cheaper than my usual brand, and work just as well so I am happy to have them on hand for when travelling. I wouldn't buy them exclusively though as I don't like the fact that you are tied down by taking them at a set time, however flexible this time may be.... 4 stars.

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            31.10.2010 19:49
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            A good fast reacting tablet

            Having suffered for a long time as a child with travel sickness I presumed it had disappeared as I got older but that was far from the truth.

            Whenever I am a passenger in a vehicle which is going just into town sometimes which is a few miles from my home I get travel sickness or as I call it motion sickness. When I drive a car I never get the symptoms.

            Recently on a voyage to see relatives many miles away I was told about taking Sturgeon and I was happy to take them. They are very small as a tablet I had to think to myself many times how can something so small be so effective.

            On the instructions leaflet it claims to take 2 tablets 2 hours before you travel but with me I could not do that partially because I had no idea when I was leaving so I made sure that I had them as soon as I got up and in effect it was an hour before I set travel.

            I found myself curious as to how they would work and to be honest after I took them my mind played tricks and it was becoming difficult for me not to remember the sickness feeling. I found myself after a short while not noticing the sickness issue and I was left shock that during the entire journey which took 3 hours I never felt the symptoms and this was the first time I had gone through a trip this long without the effects of travel sickness.

            I did not feel drowsy which I was expecting to happen and I never felt as though they were causing other problems inside me which I do get paranoid about.

            After I had them on a recent trip in the car I thought why not try them on a ferry to Calais recently and it works in the same principle by having 2 tablets before you set on your journey and again they worked fantastically well for me.

            I have noticed one difference and again this might be me but if I do not have a breakfast before the journey and take the medication I find that I am getting the effects now and them but not as bad as usual.

            If I have a breakfast and the medication no symptoms show up at all so I do wonder at times if I am to blame for some of the problems myself. When I take the tablets I manage to swallow them down straight away but what I did find nasty was the taste when I got the tablet lodged under the tongue that is not a pleasant experience at all I can assure people.

            I brought a pack from a chemist recently and I believe it cost me around £2.75 which is not to bad because I rarely go out on long trips that often but at least I know something can assist me should I go out and be foolish to forget them.

            They can work on flights as well but never tried them in that instance.

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            27.08.2010 19:20
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            Stick to wrist bands

            I don't travel very well and always use wrist bands when I do. But last month my fiancé and I went on a trip to London on a coach with some friends. We were running late and to my horror we got to the coach stop and I realised I hadn't got my wrist bands with me!! I popped into a small chemist nearby and they didn't have wristbands in so I grabbed a pack of Stugeron 15 at their recommendation. I had to have something.

            Stugeron 15 are travel sickness tablets that contain 15mg of active ingredient Cinnarizine per tablet. They cost me £2.75 for a pack of 15.

            The pack
            They come in a small box which is blue and white and has Stugeron 15 written in large white letters along the top. The front of the box shows pictures of a plane, car and boat. The box also states that Stugeron are " effective prevention of travel sickness"
            The dosage is on the back of the box

            Adults and children over 12 should take 2 tablets
            Children ages 5 - 12 need 1 tablet
            Then its another dose every 8 hours.

            Ideally these should be taken 2 hours before travelling. There is also a warning on the back of the box that they may cause drowsiness. May??? I knew from previous experience of different travel tablets that they do cause drowsiness in me but I had to have something and thought as we were with friends having a laugh and chat I would be ok.
            The pack has a leaflet in it with more detailed information about the tablets.

            The tablets
            The actual tablets come on a strip of 15. They are small round and white. They push out very easily without crumbling. They are not coated but still slip down easily and leave no after taste.

            Do they work?
            The answer is yes they do! Although I didn't take mine 2 hours before travelling they did still work. I travelled to London and home again perfectly fine with out feeling sick at all.
            However, they did make me feel incredibly drowsy. After about half an hour I could feel my eyelids getting very heavy and despite my friends best efforts to stop me, I spent most of the journey dozing. In fact taking the Stugeron kind of ruined my whole trip. Even when we got there I still felt sluggish and tired most of the time.

            While we were there I found myself a Boots and bought some more wristbands and gave the Stugeron to another passenger on the coach.

            I cant say I would recommend Stugeron despite them working perfectly well. They really made me so sleepy and I couldn't shake it off. I'm sure there are some that can take these without this side effect but I am definatly not one of them.

            Of course before taking any sort of tablet you need to check with your doctor if you are on any medication.

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              24.08.2010 10:05
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              A satisfactory travelsickness remedy

              In the past I always used Traveleeze for my travelsick kids, because they looked and tasted like fruit jelly sweets, they worked immediatley and lasted for twenty-four hours.

              You can't get Traveleeze round my way any more, so my pharmacist suggested Stugeron 15 instead as they're both based on antihistamine.

              The Stugeron 15 is very different: small white pills that can be crunched up and definitely aren't fruity tasting, although they can't be all that bad if my fussy pair will eat them without complaint.

              What's less ideal is that the instructions say to take two hours before travelling, which sometimes isn't possible if you're setting off really early. And the effects only last for eight hours which is cutting it fine for the return journey if they're on a school trip that lasts all day - I've never had much luck getting helpers to remember to give extra pills at the right time.

              Stugeron does work really well though, and I have to say I've never noticed any drowsiness (I wish!).

              The antihistamine content means you have to be careful if you're taking hayfever medicine as well: I tend to just use one or the other.

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              22.08.2010 12:21
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              Adequate travel-sickness medication

              -Some background info-

              I've written before about my travel sickness when I reviewed Traveleeze but for those that haven't read that review or don't remember it, I shall give a brief explanation of my travel sickness (apologies if it's too graphic).

              I've suffered travel sickness for as long as I can remember. I used to throw up in my stepdad's car and pretty early on my mother made me take 'Sea-Legs', which worked fine but after a while I really began to hate taking them because they used to dissolve in my mouth with the water really quickly and the taste was disgusting. So eventually I couldn't take them anymore without gagging, and looked for another product. My mum found Stugerons. I think I started taking them when I was about 13.

              -About the product-

              Stugerons, or Stugeron 15 which is the official name, come in a sky blue and white box with some nice illustrations of a car, a boat and a plane on the front, just to remind you what the tablets are for. You get 15 in a box - hence the name - and they're round, thick white tablets about a centimetre in diameter with 'S|15' etched on one side of the pill and 'JANSEN' on the other as required.

              They are manufactured by McNeil Products Ltd in Maidenhead and cost about £2.60. According to the instructions, for adults and children over the age of 12, 2 tablets should be taken two hours before travelling and then a further tablet every two hours.

              For children aged 5-12 years, 1 tablet should be taken two hours before travelling and then one futher half tablet should be taken every eight hours as required.

              You can take them with water which is what I do.

              It also says it may cause drowsiness. That information is on the outside of the box. Inside there is a leaflet that goes into heaps more detail but I've mentioned all the necessary information and don't want to bore you with any more.

              -My opinion-

              Firstly, even when I started taking the tablets as a thirteen year old, I did not need to take as many tablets as recommended in the instructions. Ever since I started taking them, I have only ever needed to take one an hour before my journey and then I haven't needed to take anymore for about 5 days. So if you do buy Stugerons, listen to what your body is telling you and adjust your dosage as appropriate.

              For stopping travel-sickness, these tablets work brilliantly. I don't feel sick at all after taking one. But I have a few problems with them, one being that the tablets are big and seem to like getting lodged in my throat, which is unpleasant because I can feel it and taste it. Another problem is that they make me very drowsy, which sometimes is great because sometimes I could do with a good nap, but sometimes I don't want to sleep, I want to be wide awake and it makes me crabby!

              I was so thrilled and relieved when I discovered Traveleeze because they're just like sweets and they don't make me that drowsy. Unfortunately they weren't on the shelves until about five years ago, and a lot of places don't seem to stock them or run out of them too quickly, and that is why I still buy Stugerons.

              Sorry to step on your toes Stugerons, but I'd suggest anyone looking at buying travel-sickness medication, particularly for children, look at Traveleeze before you look at Stugerons.

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              McNeil Products Ltd
              Maidenhead
              Berkshire
              SL6 3UG

              Price: Approx £2.60

              Active ingredient: Cinnarizine 15mg, other ingredients: Lactose monohydrate, maize starch, sucrose, talc, magnesium stearate, povidone.

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                04.06.2010 21:24
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                So glad these exist.

                Stugeron


                What is it?
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                A pack of travel sickness tablets.


                Special features?
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                The active ingredient in these tablets are Cinnarizine 15mg per tablet.


                What do I think?
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                I have to take something when I fly on a plane or travel by boat, I haven't managed to try them with the ferry yet, but I have been using these everytime I fly. Without these, I use to have to stay put in my seat and to try and sleep the whole way there (on 12 hour flights!) - as I simply couldn't get up as I would feel really dizzy, sick and just completely weak. After taking these, I feel absolutely nothing, and can eat, drink, run around, watch the TV and just simply enjoy the trip - I really don't know how these tablets do it!

                They're very small pea-sized flat white tablets, that can be chewed, sucked or swallowed with a glass of water. It is always best to try to take them about two tablets before fly. It's usually two tablets for an adult and then a further tablet every eight hours after - usually, I find that those two tablets are enough.

                The tablets also contain lactose monohydrate and sucrose, I'm not sure if this makes a difference with anything, but it must do if they explicitly state it on the packet. I bought this once before over a chemist counter and the staff member was telling me that these were unsuitable for people who were diabetic and had high blood pressure. My mum has these conditions and had been taking them before we found out about this, she's always been fine with them, but do check with your GP just to make sure!

                These comes in packs of 15 for about £2 which is not bad, but we only ever use a few of the tablets for each trip and then the pack gets lost until the next time we go on holiday!

                So glad someone invented these!


                Thanks for reading.



                ©Leighsa 2010.

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                  14.04.2010 18:31
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                  Amazing!

                  I've always been rather travel sick, even feeling a bit ill on a 30 minute car journey.. so when I was going away for a week and knew I'd have a lot of time spent travelling on a coach, I really needed something. I've tried other travel sickness tablets in the past, but with no major effects - and I still felt ill!

                  I went to the chemist and bought Stugeron 15. I was dubious, I admit - after none really helping before I didn't see why these would be any different..

                  It says, for people over 12 to take two tablets two hours before travelling, then one tablet every eight hours as required. For people aged five to 12, one tablet should be taken two hours before travelling with another half tablet every eight hours as required. The packet told me I could suck, chew or swallow these - well, trust me, you wouldn't want to taste them - yuck!

                  There is a warning which tells me they may cause drowsiness - so if they affect you in this way you shouldn't drive or operate machinery. You also should avoid alcoholic drinks. Neither of these were an issue for me - I was not driving, and I wasn't drinking either.

                  They come in a blue and white box, with images of a boat, plane and car on the front. I think the box cost around £2.50 for around 15 tablets, which is about average for travel sickness tablets I believe (looking on the Boots website, they're actually pretty cheap compared to others!).

                  So as instructed, I took two tablets two hours before travelling. Well, I've never had such a calm, lovely journey! We were travelling for about five hours by coach, maybe longer, with an hour ferry ride and another three hour journey. I managed to watch movies on the coach, which I have never been able to do before - in fact, I'd have never even attempted it. Usually, trying to focus or concentrate on anything whilst travelling would have had me feeling dreadful and maybe throwing up!

                  I took another after about six hours, which was before the recommended time, but I was starting to feel a little ill - I'm not sure whether this was purely because I knew that it had almost been eight hours, or whether I actually needed them - but either way I had no ill effects from this.

                  I really can't believe how well they worked - I'm definitely going to get some more of these for the future. I've never been able to travel this well!

                  Each tablet contains 15mg of cinnarizine - for more information you should google it, but I see no reason why these would be bad for you.

                  I'm still amazed! I can now travel and not feel ill!

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                  I'm the worse traveller I know, so if they help me they should help anyone!

                  I love travelling, but the one drawback is I suffer terribly from motion sickness. It's a problem I've always had from being small, when just a two hour trip to the seaside would have me going pale and queasy. My parents had to stop the car at some point on every trip to let me dash out to the grassy verge.

                  They never gave me travel sickness tablets though, and I wish they had, as it might have prevented me getting so anxious about travel and its inevitable results. Something that did help was if I sat by the window where I could see the horizon but my siblings always fought for a window seat, so sometimes I got squeezed into the middle and after that I was doomed.

                  Once I was grown up and married, and had progressed to sitting in the front seat of our first car, I discovered the motion sickness wasn't nearly so bad at the front. I could survive seven hour journeys to Cornwall, so long as my husband went round corners and roundabouts smoothly, and not too fast. I would still get a bit shaky though, so I wasn't cured.

                  However this made me brave enough to eventually try a two hour flight to Ibiza. Not a good idea! It was a bad experience, especially the take off, which gave me a sudden hot rush to the head, and that prickly feeling that meant travel sickness was taking hold. My husband got to eat my breakfast on that flight. Before coming back I went to a chemist and bought some Kwells for the journey back. Well I didn't get sick, and I even ate some of my meal, but they knocked me out and I felt weird for the rest of the day. I do not like Kwells at all.

                  Before I flew abroad again, I knew I needed some better travel sickness tablets, so I asked the chemist to recommend something and ended up buying Stugeron 15. With some trepidation, I headed for Manchester airport for a flight to Majorca.

                  I followed the instructions and took two tablets two hours before the flight. As we boarded I was feeling amazingly chilled out and quite relaxed about the whole thing. Those tablets had really kicked in! As well as suppressing nausea they have a very calming effect on the nervous system, preventing the jittery feeling I get when travelling. I survived very well, although I did nod off for a while.

                  Since then, I've used Stugeron on every plane journey, and felt fine, even on eleven hour flights to the US. On one trip I had three take-offs in one day and with the help of my magic tablets, didn't have any problems.

                  I found that Stugeron doesn't make me too drowsy until the plane takes off, and then together with the change in cabin pressure I start to feel sleepy and doze off for an hour or two. I don't mind that though, as it passes the time. After the first two tablets before the flight, another Stugeron can be taken every eight hours. However, I've found that after six or seven hours they're wearing off, and the queasy feelings start creeping up, so I take another one a bit sooner than I should.

                  It also helps if there's still some in my system when we land, as then there's the coach transfer to cope with. This is especially useful in places like Crete, where the coach drivers tend to career madly around corners while talking on their mobile phone.

                  I've also found them very helpful on cross channel ferries. I couldn't possibly go on a ferry without them, although I've yet to try a full cruise. (Maybe one day...) They're also great for coach tours in the US. Long journeys on the freeway aren't too bad, so I just take half a tablet to be on the safe side, and wear travel wristbands as well. The one drawback when travelling, is that I can't drink alcohol with Stugeron, but it's a small price to pay to be able to enjoy the journey. And unlike with Kwells, I don't feel spaced out for the rest of the day.

                  A packet of Stugeron contains 15 tablets. The active ingredient is cinnarizine, with 15mg in each tablet. They are classed as an anti-histamine. Children aged 5 to 12 can take one tablet two hours before travelling, then half a tablet every eight hours. Adults and children over twelve can take two tablets two hours before travelling, then one every eight hours.

                  They are slightly smaller than paracetamol, but not very easy to swallow, as they taste very bitter, so are best taken with a drink of water. They should be taken after food to reduce the possibility of stomach irritation. The instructions state that possible side effects are drowsiness, upset tummy and more rarely headache, dry mouth, increased sweating or allergic reactions. The only effects I've noticed are some drowsiness, and sometimes a dry mouth, neither of which are a big issue for me. Anyone taking other drugs that make them feel drowsy should speak to their doctor before taking these.

                  Stugeron 15 can be bought over the counter, so you don't need a prescription, but the chemist will probably ask if you've taken them before and that's a good time to talk about any worries you might have.

                  Overall though, I've found them very effective, with minimal side effects, and they've enabled me to enjoy many journeys that would otherwise have been a nightmare.

                  Stugeron 15 can be found at chemists and is usually priced at around £2.50.

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                  Stugeron is a popular brand of travel sickness tablets suitable for children and adults.