Posted August 10th, 2011, 02:55 PM
Last edited by Mack2; August 10th, 2011 at 03:09 PM
This is really helpful thank you!! Can I ask you one question - DD#1 is 4 and has an allergy to oranges - the only dramamine chewables I have seen are orange flavored. What is the alternative? Can I ground up the dose in the pills and put it in a drink or food for her - I'm not sure if she would swallow the 1/2 pill.
Also since they are the same - can you give dramamine AND benadryl if she has an allergic reaction or once I give dramamine can I not give benadryl (DD is allergic to shellfish/milk etc.)
Both active ingredients of Dramamine and Benadryl are very similar to each other.
One being Dimenhydrinate and the other being Diphenhydramine (dramamine and benadryl respectively)... which are both anticholinergic drugs (a fancy name for that family of chemicals that those drugs are in)
A single appropriate dose of each can be given, with an increased chance of common side effects (fatigue, dry mouth) but the more severe side effects from high doses is still low (APPROPRIATE doses)... the side effects you don't want are things like confusion, arrythmias, blurred vision... but you usually have to take a lot for that to happen!
Still, if you give the Dramamine, it may have some "spill over" effect to suppress an allergic reaction and the Benadryl might not be needed at all.
I also checked out the Dramamine Chewable box... Orange flavor, and under the ingredients, it says "flavors"
Well... THAT doesn't help.
There is an 800 number on the box
Questions or comments? call 1(800)382-7219 for McNeil Consumer Healthcare
I'm not familiar with an orange allergy, and whether artificial flavoring, natural flavoring, or something else in the orange can cause the allergic reaction.... I suppose you'd have to ask the doctor who identified the allergy.
If you're close to Canada, it's sold there as Gravol - which is Cherry flavored
Additionally, I wouldn't give the medicine to the kids to prevent motion sickness. These cruise ships are HUGE and unless you hit severe weather, the motion on the ship is barely perceptible. I take motion sickness medicine with me, and we've rarely ever used it on the cruise ship with the kids. We DID hit severe weather on our last cruise aboard the Carnival Legend, in November. We left Belize as a hurricane was heading towards it. The hurricane was coming from the east, and we were headed north. We DID have some rough seas, and my one son, myself, and my wife took some medicine/drank some ginger ale, and after a short nap, we were fine... and after the rough seas passed, were were good to go!
Bring it in case of an emergency, but don't use it unless absolutely necessary. Hopefully the kids will grow some good cruise ship sea legs, and you won't have to worry about them! My eldest son and youngest daughter don't get sea sick. My younger son, my wife, and myself? eeehhhhh.... yeah... sometimes.