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How Dr. B treats motion sickness

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Health assessment

Tell us about your condition with a $15 online consultation—no video call necessary.

2
Provider review

A medical provider will review your information and prescribe treatment, if appropriate.

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Get your medication

Pick up and pay for the medication at the pharmacy of your choice. Or, get it delivered.

How much will it cost?

Dr. B offers online consultations for $15—which is less than most copays. If a motion sickness prescription is appropriate, your out-of-pocket medication cost will depend on your insurance and where you decide to get your prescription filled. Dr. B offers a discount card when applicable to help get you the lowest prices for your medications.

* Prices shown for Scopolamine 1 mg over 3 days (1 mg skin patch), a popular treatment for motion sickness, using a drug discount card. Prices may be lower with insurance.

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Motion sickness treatments at Dr. B

Dr. B offers two treatments for motion sickness. We’ve highlighted these popular and affordable options below.

Scopolamine Transdermal Patch

The Scopolamine prescription transdermal patch belongs to a class of drugs called anticholinergics. It helps prevent nausea and vomiting by blocking the chemical acetylcholine in the brain. The patch is usually applied behind the ear 4 hours before the activity that causes motion sickness. It can be left on for up to 72 hours, reducing symptoms like nausea and cold sweats when traveling or moving for long periods.

Prescription length:

3 days

Application:

1 patch, applied behind the ear at least 4 hours before activity

Medication prices start at
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$16.35

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Transderm-Scop Transdermal Patch

Transderm-Scop (the brand version of Scopolamine) is an anticholinergic transdermal patch prescribed to treat motion sickness. The patch is usually applied behind the ear 4 hours before the activity that causes motion sickness. It can be left on for up to 72 hours, reducing symptoms like nausea and cold sweats when traveling or moving for long periods.

Prescription length:

3 days

Application:

1 patch, applied behind the ear at least 4 hours before activity

Medication prices start at
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$69.97

at Walgreens, with a drug discount card.

Scopolamine Transdermal Patch

The Scopolamine prescription transdermal patch belongs to a class of drugs called anticholinergics. It helps prevent nausea and vomiting by blocking the chemical acetylcholine in the brain. The patch is usually applied behind the ear 4 hours before the activity that causes motion sickness. It can be left on for up to 72 hours, reducing symptoms like nausea and cold sweats when traveling or moving for long periods.

Transderm-Scop Transdermal Patch

Transderm-Scop (the brand version of Scopolamine) is an anticholinergic transdermal patch prescribed to treat motion sickness. The patch is usually applied behind the ear 4 hours before the activity that causes motion sickness. It can be left on for up to 72 hours, reducing symptoms like nausea and cold sweats when traveling or moving for long periods.

Prescription length:

3 days

Prescription length:

3 days

Application:

1 patch, applied behind the ear at least 4 hours before activity

Application:

1 patch, applied behind the ear at least 4 hours before activity

Medication prices start at
Rite Aid logo
$16.35

at Rite Aid, with a drug discount card.

Medication prices start at
Walgreens logo
$69.97

at Walgreens, with a drug discount card.

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Motion Sickness Questions

About Motion Sickness

What is motion sickness?

Motion sickness is characterized by feelings of dizziness, nausea and fatigue that occur during significant movement. Symptoms often begin suddenly with a queasy feeling, cold sweats, disorientation and increased salivation during travel. It then can progress to nausea and vomiting. Symptoms usually go away once the body adjusts to the circumstances.

This progression often happens during extended travel. Examples of common experiences include nausea during car rides, travel fatigue after flights, and headaches while in motion on a boat or plane. Motion sickness from video game play and disorientation after amusement park rides is common, too.

What causes motion sickness?

Motion sickness is the result of confused senses. The body perceives movement through various signals from the eyes, inner ears, joints and muscles. When faced with many conflicting movements, the brain receives mixed signals, causing motion sickness. For example, eyes seeing passing cars while muscles sense the body sitting still. This can cause queasiness while in buses, cars or trains.

Who is at highest risk for motion sickness?

Women and children ages 2 to 12 are at highest risk for motion sickness. But it can happen to anybody and affects an estimated 1 in 3 people at some point in their lives.

These factors can also increase the risk of motion sickness:

  • Pregnancy
  • Taking birth control
  • Menstruation
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Genetic history of motion sickness
Can motion sickness be prevented?

Prescription and over-the-counter motion sickness pills and motion sickness bands work to ease symptoms. These tricks can help lessen and prevent motion sickness symptoms, too.

  • Sit in the front seat in a car, the upper deck on a boat or the wing seat on a plane
  • Avoid heavy meals or alcohol before travel
  • If possible, roll down windows or turn on air vents to get fresh air when feeling dizzy or lightheaded
  • Focus your gaze on a stable object within your field of view, like the horizon if on a boat
  • Avoid reading a book or looking at a phone
How long do motion sickness symptoms last?

Symptoms usually improve once the body adjusts to the situation. In most cases, they disappear within a day after the triggering event ends.

What are the prescription treatments available for motion sickness?

Scopolamine (and its brand version Transderm-Scop) are standard motion sickness patches. A Transderm-Scop or Scopolamine prescription patch can help prevent nausea and vomiting by blocking the chemical acetylcholine from attaching to symptom-causing proteins in the brain.

Start a Dr. B health assessment to get Transderm-Scop or Scopolamine online. A licensed health provider will review your assessment. If they believe a prescription medication is appropriate, they will send it to your chosen pharmacy.

How is motion sickness treatment applied?

Motion sickness medicines come as transdermal patches that you apply behind the ear a few hours before traveling or starting a triggering activity. But follow the medical advice and dosing instructions given by your medical provider.

Do I have motion sickness or vertigo?

Both conditions can cause dizziness, nausea, vomiting and headache. But here are some key differences:

  • Unlike motion sickness, vertigo is characterized by the sensation that your surroundings are spinning in circles.
  • Vertigo can also result in symptoms such as hearing loss, tinnitus and balance issues.
  • Motion sickness is caused by an activity like a car, boat and plane ride or playing video games. Vertigo is usually a symptom of an underlying health condition like stroke, migraine headache, head injury or inner ear disorder.
What are common motion sickness treatment side effects?

Common treatment side effects include dry mouth, dizziness and feeling tired. Side effects are typically mild and may go away or lessen over time. Talk to your medical provider if they continue or worsen.

How much does motion sickness treatment cost?

Consultation: A virtual medical consultation for motion sickness costs $15, which is lower than most doctor copays. Currently, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescription at your pharmacy.

Medication: Dr. B only charges for the medical consultation. When medications are prescribed, we let you choose the most affordable or convenient pharmacy to fill the prescription. Your medication prices will vary depending on your insurance coverage and whether the drug is a brand or generic.

Do you accept insurance?

Right now, we don’t submit medical consultation claims to health insurance companies. But you can use insurance for any resulting prescriptions at your pharmacy.

How do refills work?

We’ll send you a reminder for an online assessment when it’s time for your next refill.

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