July 23, 2014
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Finding nausea relief

Feeling queasy? Looking for nausea relief?

You can usually treat your nausea at home using products from your local pharmacy, such as bismuth subsalicylate or medications containing the ingredient dimenhydrinate.

When trying a non-prescription product, be sure the product is right for you. Always read and follow the label. Check with your pharmacist if you have any questions.

If you're vomiting, stay hydrated by drinking plenty of clear fluids (but avoid caffeine and alcohol). Don't drink too much at one time - this can make your nausea worse. Instead, take frequent small drinks.

Here are a few other tricks to try:

  • Eat smaller, more frequent meals.
  • Avoid smells and foods that make your nausea worse.
  • Get some cool fresh air.
  • Ask your pharmacist if any of your medications could be causing your nausea.

If you have motion sickness, you may also want to try acupressure bands or a scopolamine patch. Some other motion sickness tips:

  • Avoid large meals up to 3 hours before travel. Especially avoid high-calorie meals rich in dairy products, salt, and protein.
  • Avoid alcohol, smoking, and strong smells.
  • Avoid reading and watching videos during travel.
  • Focus on the horizon or an outside object that does not move.
  • In a car, drive or sit in the front seat.
  • On a boat, stay in the middle, as this part moves the least.

Pregnancy can cause nausea and vomiting. If you think you might be pregnant, take a pregnancy test and check with your doctor before trying any nausea products. Not all products are safe for pregnant women.

Nausea can also be a sign of a medical problem, so be sure to see your doctor if your nausea lasts more than 3 days, if you are dehydrated (symptoms include thirst, decreased urination, dark yellow urine, dry mouth or tongue, and feeling weak or lightheaded), or if you have persistent vomiting, unexplained weight loss, fever, abdominal pain, blood or "coffee grounds" in your vomit, confusion, or recent head trauma.

These tips are intended for adults. If your baby or child has nausea or vomiting, get medical advice.


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