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Kwells sickness tablets

Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed by Dr Tom BracewellReviewed on 13.10.2023 | 3 minutes read
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Kwells tablets are used to prevent travel or motion sickness. They are useful when travelling by car, boat, plane, or train. They can be sucked, chewed, or swallowed whole with a glass of water.

They are designed to be taken 20-30 minutes before setting off on your journey to allow time for the medication to start working. This is important because the medication is more effective at preventing motion sickness than curing the symptoms once they've set in. Many people prefer Kwells tablets to travel sickness tablets like Stugeron that contain cinnarizine, as these tablets need to be taken two hours before you travel, which can be inconvenient, especially if you are travelling early in the morning.

Kwells tablets are suitable for adults and children aged ten and above. Kwells Kids tablets are suitable for children aged four and above. Both products are available without a prescription.

How do Kwells tablets work?

Travel sickness occurs when your brain receives conflicting information from your different balance senses, causing nerve signals to activate the part of the brain responsible for nausea and vomiting. Kwells tablets contain a medication called hyoscine hydrobromide, which belongs to a class of medications called antimuscarinics. They work by blocking muscarinic receptors in your body, stopping activation of the part of the brain that causes nausea and vomiting.

Who should not take the medication?

Do not take Kwells if you have previously had an allergic reaction to the medication, or if you have severe kidney or liver problems. If you are on other medications or have existing medical conditions, discuss with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Kwells.

Kwells tablets are not suitable for children under ten, and Kwells Kids tablets are not suitable for children under four.

Are there any side effects?

As with all medications, some people may experience side effects. Potential side effects can include dry mouth, drowsiness, dizziness, blurred vision, and dilated pupils. If you develop any bothersome side effects, you should speak with your doctor or pharmacist.

Are there any natural ways to prevent travel sickness?

There are also natural methods you can try to help prevent travel sickness. These include looking ahead at a fixed point when travelling, closing your eyes during the journey, and perhaps trying to sleep. Avoiding having your focus inside the vehicle is also important, so reading, playing games, or being on your phone can make things worse. Staying relaxed, calm, and distracting your brain with music or an audiobook can be beneficial, and getting fresh air helps, so keep that car window open or stay up on deck. It’s best to eat a small carbohydrate-based snack pre-travel, but do avoid eating a big meal or consuming alcohol.

Ginger is widely recommended to help with nausea in general, so it may be worth trying, but scientific studies haven't conclusively proven it helps with travel sickness. This is similar to acupressure bands which have minimal scientific evidence to prove that they work, but some people say they really help.

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Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed by Dr Tom Bracewell
Reviewed on 13.10.2023
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