Motion Sickness

ExitCare ImageMotion sickness can happen when you travel by boat, car, airplane, or on an amusement park ride. You may feel dizzy, sick to your stomach (nauseous), or you may throw up (vomit). These problems usually go away when the motion or travel stops.


  • Only take medicines as told by your doctor.

  • If you wear a motion sickness patch, wash your hands after you put the patch on.

  • Avoid activities that cause your motion sickness.

  • Consider taking medicines for motion sickness before you travel. Your doctor can suggest medicines.

  • Do not eat large meals or drink alcohol before or during travel.

  • Take small sips of liquids as needed.

  • Sit in the area of the airplane or boat with the least motion. On an airplane, sit near the wing. Lie back in your seat. Avoid sitting in the backseat of a car.

  • Breathe slowly and deeply.

  • Do not read or focus on nearby objects. Watching the horizon can be helpful, especially on a boat.

  • Avoid areas where people are smoking.


  • You still throw up or feel sick to your stomach after you take medicine and rest.

  • You see blood in your throw up. It might look dark red or like coffee grounds.

  • You pass out (faint) or feel dizzy when you stand up.

  • You have a fever.

  • You have bad belly (abdominal) pain or chest pain.

  • You have trouble breathing.

  • You have a bad headache.

  • You lose feeling (numbness) or feel weak on one side of the body.

  • You have trouble speaking.


  • Understand these instructions.

  • Will watch your condition.

  • Will get help right away if you are not doing well or get worse.