“ Brand: Boots / Type: Travel sickness tablets / Active ingredient: Hyoscine / Dosage Form: Tablets „
I suffer from severe travel sickness depending on what type of transport I am in. When I am driving I am fine but if I am a passenger especially in the back seat I am lucky if I can go a couple of miles without the need to throw up. Trains, planes and boats I am fine with but when it comes to buses I just need to set foot on the bus and as soon as I feel the vibrations from the wheels I start feeling queasy and nauseous.
Last week my car was in the garage getting it's MOT and I had promised my mum that I would go and visit her. Unfortunately my mum lives in the deepest darkest reaches of the countryside and the only way to get there other than car is to rely on public transport. The journey is only 40 minutes but it would involve a rickety little bus than more resembles a tracktor and several narrow windy country lanes. Even thinking about it was making me feel sick so I popped into the chemist to buy some travel sickness pills.
Boots Travel Calm Tablets
I live in a smallish town and the chemist only had a couple of packs to choose from one that cost £5 and the ones that I ended up buying which were boots own travel calm tablets. The fact that the chemist was even selling boots own brand was a surprise as it is branded as a lloyds and I had no idea that they sold boots products too. The reason I decided on the boots ones was because of two things 1; they were cheaper than the other ones in the chemist and 2; the lady behind the counter told me her daughter used them and thought they were good.
The packet claimed that the tablets "prevent and relieve the unpleasant effects of travel sickness" and the active ingredient is Hyoscine Hydronbromide which is contained in lots of anti-motion sickness medication and stops the receptors in the brain from getting confused by what your eyes see and what the balance mechanisim in the inner ear feels. It also dries up secretions in the lungs, nose and throat.
The packet cost me £2.49 for a packet which contained 12 tablets.
Taking the Tablets
The instructions state that you are supposed to take one tablet 20 minutes before you embark on your journey and that you can take another one every 6 to 8 hours if you feel the need another one. They can also be used by children over the age of three by either halving or quartering the tablet. As you only need one tablet per journey the pack of 12 works out at fantastic value as far as I'm concerned.
You can either swallow or chew the tablet and as I thought chewing might make it work quicker I popped one in my mouth and chewed it. The tablet is on the smaller side and isn't one of those huge scary tablets so most people should be able to swollow it with ease.
The nice thing about the tablet was it's taste. I thought by chewing the tablet it would have a horrible chalky taste but it was sweet and quite pleasant. I chewed it without it all sticking to my teeth and it mostly all disolved in my saliva.
I took the tablet about 30 minutes before I had to get the bus as I wanted to make sure that I gave it plenty of time to get to work.
This was probably psychological but I could have sworn that my stomach felt calmer straight away but this was probably just a placebo effect as my stomach had been churning a little in anticipation of having to gett the bus.
When I got on the bus I chose a seat that wasn't above the tires as these are usually the worst places for me to sit and waited for my journey from hell to start.
I have done this journey on the bus before and there has never been a time that I haven't felt sick before even whilst taking sickness pills. Usually the sickness pills stop me from actually vomiting on the bus but they are no match for the twisting roads and I get off the bus feeling nausious. About 20 minutes into the journey whilst hanging on to the support bars for dear life whilst going round a corner I noticed that my stomach wasn't doing it's usual trick of feeling like it was in my throat and I began to relax a bit more. By the time I reached my mums I felt fine and not as though I has left my stomach somewhere on the journey and needed it to catch up with me. I hadn't once had the dreaded watery mouth that indicates that I am going to be sick and even the queasiness that is normal for me on a bus journey was absent.
The tablets are pretty safe to take hence why they can be taken by children but they haven't to be taken by people who are allergic to the ingredients (well that's obvious) people with glaucoma, people with stomach problems, men with prostate problems or if you are pregnant without your doctor telling you its ok.
They can also cause drowsiness and you aren't supposed to drink alcohol whilst taking them. I read about the drowsiness on the packet and was worried about this as I didn't want to get to my mums and be too tired to talk but to be honest I didn't notice the slightest bit of tirdness whilst taking them.
There are some side effects but these will only be felt by a small number of people but s with all medicine it is a good idea to read the enclosed leaflet carefully.
I have to say that I was extremely impressed with these travel sickness tablets. I had bought them in the hopes that they would stop me from actually vomiting on the bus but I never expected that they would completely stop the nautiousness that I always get. I have tried loads of anti-sickness pills over the years and without doubt these are far and away the best that I have used.
At less than £2.50 for a pack of 10 they work out at 25 pence a packet which is a complete bargain and means they are some of the cheapest travel sickness pills I have ever bought. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend these to people and I feel like I have found the holy grail of travel sickness pills and I have used them a couple of more times since buying them but this time for passenger journeys in a car and the effects were exactly the same which is no sickness and no nausea.
With so much planning going into Holidays, everything has to be thought of. From what to eat, drink, pack, wear.. no even how to travel and whether I'l feel sick comes into the equation too! When I first went on the tube a couple of years ago I began to feel a little queasy so decided to buy these. Luckily they did the trick. I had been on a plane before and not experienced this feeling before, but recently it has been making me feel a bit odd! Luckily the packet stays in date for quite some time, so as long as you get one with a good expiry date it will last for a couple of years.
This comes in a silver box, with 12 white small tablets inside. They are easy to swallow, and shaped like circles. They don't really taste of much, so are easy to take.
These tablets ease the feeling of sickness and nausea from travelling on a plane, boat and also car. But for me they worked on the tube as well, where I felt motion sickness when coming off them! It felt like my body was still moving along.
These are suitable for the ages of 3 and above, which is great because even young children don't have to go through feeling ill which may ruin a trip. There are quite a few different types of tablets available, but I do think that this is one of the best out there. They contain the active ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide, which can cause drowsiness.
These cost £2.54 for a pack, which is good value.
We have been using these tablets for a number of years now.
We first started when my sister recommended them and we were travelling by car to France our daughter was then about three. It was our first trip to France and we knew it was a long journey I hadn't even thought about travel sick tablets as neither my husband nor I get travel sick, although I must admit I feel a bit queezy on a boat!
We were about half hour into our 5hr crossing from Weymouth to St Malo when my youngest daughter aged 3 started looking a bit funny in colour! she's a bubbly lively girl and suddenly she sat motionless! it was a bit of a shock and we wondered what an earth was wrong with her, we sat with her on our laps and she hardly moved there was nothing we could do till we got off the boat and I thought I'll see how she is then. We got off the boat and had a sit in the car and after 10 minutes or so she was back to her usual self!!
As we drove further into France she kept getting these bouts of just going lethargic and looking pale! I tried some travel tablets bought in France for the journey home they were no good. during that following year every time we travelled further than about half an hour she was just the same, I tried sea legs from the Uk. No good. So the next time we travelled to France I bought some of those travel bands - no good.
Whilst we were there my sister recommended these tablets and we read the back. Basically they are strong and for a child between 3 and 6 it's a quarter of a tablet! I was a bit sceptical but thought we'd give it a try so there I was breaking this tablet in half and then in half again and getting a jelly baby and hiding it inside so that my four year old would just chew it up!
I was amazed, it really worked and you know that with a small child they cannot fake or have the placebo effect!
Ever since then as soon as we go on a long journey she has one and if I forget it's not long before this little moan starts in the back seat and I look round and she just looks awful, we give her a tablet (she's now old enough to have half!) and within 15/20 minutes it's working.
I now take these myself when travelling on the boat as although I'm not sick I feel queezy and they do help. They don't taste absolutely terrible but we just pop them inside a chewy sweet like a jelly baby and it's hardly noticable.
Ingredients & cost
There are 12 in a packet priced at £2.54 which I feel is money well spent.
The tablets contain;Hyosine, Hydrobromide 0.3mg and glucose.
They main cause drowsiness.
Chew or swallow twenty minutes before journey begins.
children 3 to 6 quarter of a tablet
children 7 to 11 half a tablet
Adults 1 tablet.
In my opinion these are the best tablets we've found.
Put me in the back seat of car and I'm guaranteed to feel the onset of queasiness within minutes and need to request a seat swap or stop for frequent breaks, if I've not taken some form of travel sickness pills. Last week I ended up in the back seat of a seven seater car, when lift sharing with some friends. I thought I'd be fine as we were only going about five miles, but after the first couple I found myself hoping and praying that I would reach our destination without being a pain and asking to stop, and I wished I'd taken my Travel Calm tablets. Map reading in the front seat presents a similar problem and I have to keep this to an absolute minimum (thank goodness for the sat nav doing this work for me now)
Boats are even worse. After a horrendous experience many years ago on a ferry to the Isles of Scilly, and a catamaran whale watching trip in Teneriffe where I spent the whole time lying down and missed a fantastic experience, I learned my lesson - boats mean Travel Calm. Once when I forgot to take the pills up on deck on a ferry I had to beg to be allowed back onto the car deck to retrieve them, which fortunately I was allowed to do; otherwise I don't know how I would have tolerated that six hour crossing. Thank goodness I seem to manage planes ok, but one of my daughters does suffer from air sickness and we now ensure that she is dosed up on the odd occasions that we fly.
I used to use another brand of travel sickness medication, but on one occasion these were not available at the branch where I was shopping and the pharmacist suggested I try the Boots own brand, Travel Calm tablets. I was sceptical as I'm never really sure if an own brand will be as effective. However, I have never returned to buying the more expensive brand as I feel completely confident that when I've taken this product I will not feel ill.
Boots own brand Travel Calm Tablets can be brought over the counter without a prescription. My current packet contains twelve small white pills, about 8mm in diameter, which are contained within a plastic and foil blister pack. I have no difficulty in removing the tablets from their individual compartment, by puncturing the foil with my thumbnail, but you can also press them out from the plastic side. Each tablet is scored so that there are four sections. This is so that they can be broken into smaller pieces to create the appropriate dose for children. Adults and children over 12 should take one whole tablet, children aged 7 to 12 can take half a tablet and 3 to 7 year olds a quarter of a tablet. I have broken the tablets on many occasions and they do easily break into equal size segments, with a reasonable amount of pressure being placed by both thumb and index fingers.
The reason that I have had to break them is that as a toddler my daughter suffered awfully with car sickness. It was a relief when I was able to give her travel sick tablets and they did seem to have the desired effect and she has now outgrown the sickness and even reads in the car - that's something I don't think I'll ever manage to do! I still make sure that she is dosed up if she is travelling on a school trip on a coach as a precautionary measure. There must be nothing worse for a teacher than going round with the sick bucket, so as we have never experienced any side effects I feel that it is worth ensuring that this doesn't happen.
As directed on the box and enclosed leaflet we take the tablets twenty minutes before starting our journey to give them time to start working before we travel. They should remain effective for 6 - 8 hours after which time a further dose can be taken. No more than 3 doses should be taken in 24hours and a doctor should be contacted in the case of overdose. The leaflet states that the tablets contain Hyosine Hydrobromide which is an active ingredient and they are an anti cholinergic drug designed to prevent and provide relief from travel sickness. My Dad always tells me it's 'mind over matter'; if I think that the tablets are going to make me feel better then they will. I wonder if this is true? I'm sure that there could be a psychological placebo effect as well as the physiological ones. However they may be working, I'm happy to spend the £ 2.49 that these pills cost for the pure piece of mind that they give me.
Neither my daughters or I have had problems swallowing the tablets as we've never tried; one real bonus of these is that you have the option to chew or swallow so I chew, as I can't bear swallowing tablets. They have a slightly chalky but not unpleasant taste when chewed and even when tiny my daughter was quite happy to chew them, just like a sweet.
Possible listed side effects are drowsiness, dry mouth, thirst, reduced bronchial secretion, constipation, vomiting, difficulty passing urine, disturbed vision, flushing, dried skin, palpitations, giddiness, dislike of bright lights and occasional confusion or hallucinations in children. I'm pleased to say though that I have never experienced any of these and neither have my children. Generally on the occasions that these are used we are likely to be sitting back taking things easy while travelling so some drowsiness may go unnoticed and may in fact be a bonus effect, especially for children on a long journey.
A warning is provided that people who are breastfeeding, have heart, liver or kidney problems, the elderly or people with over active thyroid or metabolic problems should consult their doctor before taking the tablets and that a pharmacist should be told of any other medications that are being taken, presumably to ensure that there are no adverse effects to combining them.
These small inexpensive tablets have been a life saver for me and have enabled me to continue to make travel plans, especially ferries. I have 100% confidence in their effectiveness and I experience no side effects and for this reason I am giving them 5 stars.
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I seldom shop in Boots because I find the store very expensive. When I need any over the counter medicine type products I usually try my local Lloyds Pharmacy or my local Superdrug first. The only thing I buy from Boots on a regular basis is their travel sickness tablets. The tablets called Boots Travel Calm cost £2.49 for 12 tablets.
I have suffered from travel sickness all my life. Often children grow out of having travel sickness and my son used to suffer from travel sickness when he was a child but as a youth he is fine. Unfortunately I have always suffered from travel sickness and I certainly did not grow out of it.
I can drive anywhere without feeling sick but as soon as I get in the passenger seat of the car then that's it. I feel terribly sick and really ill. It is seldom that I actually throw up and usually with some fresh air I recover after 10 minutes or so. The feeling of travel sickness is truly awful, it really drains me of all my energy and
I feel worn out and quite ill. Travel sickness in my expereince is best avioded at all times.
The way I avoid travel sickness is to take these tablets. The tablets come in a little cardboard box. The box has instructions for use on it and inside the box there is a leaflet explaining what Travel Calms are and what they are used for. The leaflet also outlines the correct dosage and details of side effects you may experience.
Inside the box there is one little plastic type pack of the 12 tablets. To disperse the tablets you just push them through the plastic pack they are sitting in. The tablets are easy to disperse and then you just pop the rest of the unused tablets back in to the box.
The tablets contain the active ingredient of Hyoscine Hydrobromide 0.3mg. Travel sickness happens because your body is telling the vomiting centre in your brain that you are moving and your eyes that you are not. Hyoscine hydrobromide stops this message from being sent to the vomiting centre, therefore preventing you from being sick.
One of the effects of hyoscine hydrobromide is to dry up any fluids in your body and often after I take these tablets my mouth and throat feel really dry. Having a dry mouth and throat is preferable to having travel sickness.
Side effects associated with these tablets include drowsiness, dizziness and blurred vision. Fortunately I don't have blurred vision or dizziness when I take these tablets. As I said before I do get a dry mouth and throat and very often I feel a bit drowsy after taking the tablets. When flying I can often fall asleep even before the plane leaves the runway.
The tablets are quite small in size, completely round white coloured tablets. You can take them the night before you travel, 20 minutes before you travel and when you actually feel sick. I take one tablet just before travel and this is longlasting even on a 10 hour flight to Florida. My husband says I am a very boring person to travel with as I am usually asleep.
The tablets can either be swallowed with water or you can just let them dissolve in your mouth. The tablets don't in my opinion taste that unpleasant but usually I just swallow the one tablet I take with water.
Other brands of travel sickness tablets like Kwells, Joy Rides and Sturgeon all contain the same active ingredient hyoscine hydrobromide.
I am just sticking to my tried and tested Boots Travel Calm Tablets. They are easy to take, the side effects are not too bad and they are reasonable priced. Best of all they work for me.
As a child I would journey for hours in the back of a car reading a book and felt fine, I travelled the country on National Express coaches as a teenager and never had a problem and I could ride any spinning fairground ride without batting an eyelid but in the last few years travel sickness is something that has crept up on me.
I don't have any problem when I am driving a car nor even when I am a passenger as long as I am looking out of the window, as soon as I try to read a map or printed directions I start to get that familiar queasy feeling in my stomach and I have to look up again which can be a bit tricky if we are lost! I can easily handle this feeling in the car by changing my eye line but when on a ferry or a plane it is not so easy so I needed to find a suitable treatment.
There are many travel sickness tablets on the market but I specifically wanted to find one that was suitable for my whole family, worked quickly and wouldn't cause too much drowsiness. After looking at the selection on offer I opted for the Boots Travel calm Tablets as they fulfilled the criteria:
Suitable for all the family: the dose on the packet starts at 3 years of age. Children 3-6 need quarter of a tablet, children 7-11 need half a tablet and adults and children over 12 take one tablet. This dose can be taken every 6 to 8 hours with not more than 3 doses in 24 hours.
Work quickly: some of the tablets stated that they needed to be taken on the evening before travel or several hours before hand. These tablets said that they needed to be taken 20 minutes before travel which seemed more convenient.
Not too much drowsiness: out of all the travel sickness tablets (that were not herbal or homeopathic) hyoscine is the ingredient that seems to produce the least drowsiness and these tablets contained 0.3mg of hyoscine hydrobromide.
A packet of 12 Boots Travel Calm tablets are currently £2.49. They are presnted in a foil and plastic strip as is common with many over-the -counter remedies.
Hyoscine is an anticholinergic medicine so it has an effect on both the central and peripheral nervous system. The interference with the nerve transmitters helps to prevent the feelings of nausea but unfortunately can also cause a range of side-effects that can vary greatly from one person to the next. The commonest problem is drowsiness or a general feeling of giddiness. The next most common type of problem is a dry mouth, dryness of the skin and a problem in passing urine due to the interference of the parasympathetic nerves. People can also suffer from problems with their eyes, irregular heartbeats and constipation.
As well as listing the side-effects the leaflet in the box also lists a lot of contra-indications which should be read closely as these tablets are not suitable for anyone with Glaucoma, blockages or slow transit in their intestines, pregnancy, prostate problems, fast heartbeat, thyroid disorders etc. If in any doubt always check with your Dr or pharmacist.
The first time I tried these tablets was on a ferry crossing to France. We prefer the long crossing to St Malo but I always managed to feel sick within about an hour of stepping on the ferry. I must say that I have never actually vomited with travel sickness but I have felt very ill and have frequently had to lie down for the complete crossing. I forgot to take the tablets before we boarded the boat and it wasn't until I felt the familiar nauseous feeling sweep across me that I remembered they were in my bag. The tablets themselves are just over half a centimetre round and have a cross-score on them to enable cutting or splitting to provide a child's dose. I have found that they are quite easy to break by hand. They didn't taste too bad although they have no coating and I quickly washed one down with a glass of water. Within about 10 minutes I notice a definite improvement with how I was feeling and within about 40 minutes my symptoms had disappeared altogether. We were doing an overnight crossing but I can't say that the tablets caused any drowsiness because as normal I couldn't get to sleep for hours in the ridiculously small ferry cabins! On the return journey we took the catamaran and it was a dreadful crossing with most of the contents on the shop rolling around in the aisles and the cafe having to close as they couldn't serve hot drinks as it was a health and safety issue. This time I had taken my tablet before boarding and I couldn't believe how effective they were, I didn't feel even the slightest bit queasy.
I have also used these tablets on planes but only when suffering quite bad turbulence, they have worked well in this situation although by the time they have kicked in we are usually past the worst of the problem.
My husband now always takes one of these tablets when he boards a plane as he travels a lot with work, he has found that they really help him drop off to sleep as they make him quite drowsy. I really wish they had this effect on me and then I wouldn't have to spend family plane journeys wide awake whilst he snores away happily on my shoulder!
A couple of years ago we took our first cruise around the Med and had a wonderful time and the sea was so calm that although I had packed my Travel Calm tablets I never took them out of the case. Last year I took my parents on a cruise from Southampton and we crossed the Bay of Biscay. We had a very bad crossing and I felt quite ill and took my tablet as soon as I realised how bad it was and my mum was suffering worse than me so she also had one. I felt fine very quickly but although my mum said that they certainly took the edge of her sickness she still felt a bit ill. We both had to take a second dose after about 6 hours as it was a long and choppy day! On the return journey someone suggested we tried taking a tablet when we went to bed the night before we were due to arrive at the Bay of Biscay, we did this and found that we felt fine in the morning but took another tablet anyway and we found the crossing easy although lots of passengers were complaining about the sea and the ship was certainly bouncing about and the restaurants were quite empty!
Although I bought these tablets because they are suitable for the whole family the children have never actually had to take them as they are both excellent travellers so I have not been able to observe how effective they are in children.
One of the problems that I suffer with these tablets is that I do get a dry mouth so tend to find I need to drink more water but luckily I do suffer any problems in urinating! The other problem I have found is that I cannot wear my contact lenses whilst taking these as my eyes dry out a little and they are just uncomfortable but it seems these tablets also temporarily change the pressure inside the eyeball and can alter the shape slightly which would account for the discomfort.
I would recommend these tablets as they are very effective at preventing travel-sickness and also at treating the symptoms once they have already appeared. The side effects are not too severe and they don't cause the excessive drowsiness that some of the other tablets cause. The shelf life of the packet is about 3 years so a packet lasts me several trips so they work out to be good value too.