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Motion Sickness, an Unpleasant Sensation

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Dr. Vandana Andrews
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Published on Sep 14, 2015 and last reviewed on Sep 19, 2018   -  1 min read



Motion sickness is an unpleasant combination of symptoms like dizziness, nausea, and vomiting that can happen from any kind of movement.

Motion Sickness, an Unpleasant Sensation

Motion sickness or kinetosis (also known as car sickness, sea sickness, air sickness) occurs when two motion messages to the brain conflict. One motion message comes from the inner ear that controls balance and another motion message is from the eyes. During this change in position caused by travel, these two motion messages conflict, thereby causing motion sickness. Most people who have experienced motion sickness in the past should ask a health care provider how to prevent another episode from occurring in the future.

Risk Factor

Prior history of motion sickness causes stress and anxiety, which in turn, increases the risk of motion sickness.


Dizziness, nausea, and occasionally vomiting, fatigue and pallor (looking pale), non-vertiginous dizziness associated symptoms like headache, malaise (tiredness), cold diaphoresis (cold sweat) and flushing.

Tips to Prevent Motion Sickness

Favorable Position with Least Motion


Over the counter medication, Meclizine can be very effective. Medications such as Meclizine, Promethazine, and Cyclizine can be very helpful.

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