Enlarged prostate and travel sickness

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I would appreciate any advice on what medication (if any) would prevent my travel sickness whilst on a cruise. Over the counter medications advise not to use if suffering with BHP  and travel bands dont work for me.

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    Richard, for many years I worked as an entertainer on cruise ships, from the QE2 down to smaller 600-passenger ships of Celebrity Line.  The very best solution I found was not medication, but wrist bands that are worn over acupunture/acupressure pressure points that for many put that problem to rest.  You can Google "seasick pressure point wristbands" and find them at all your favorite Big Box stores.  Boots carries them as well, at less than £9.  They worked well for me.  On one slightly rough morning, we had a new instructor in the morning yoga class.  He was new to sailing, just in from South Africa.  He apologized for not being in shape to lead; although he was black, his face was a distinct shade of green!  I lent the poor chap my bracelets, and in 15 minutes, he was able to lead the class!  I recommend them, and as best I know, they don;t interefere with any meds!  ;-)
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    Meclizine.
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      Meclizine is what is in Dramimine 2 (Dramamine Less Drowsy), as well as in Bonine and Antivert.  It helps me a little, but not enough for severe motion conditions.

      Another alternative to consider is the Scopalamine transdermal patch, which is what I now use to prevent motion sickness.  My biggest side effect with that is strong dryness of the mouth, but I'ae also never used it for more than four days.

      Neither of these products was available when I was in the Navy, but if the ship was large enough (that's subjective) then I was OK for all but pitching.  Now, I need these meds for most motion conditions.

      b/t/w, I have BPH and am on Avodart and Uroxatral and Cialis, and also CIC 4/x day to keep my PVR under control.

      You could always arrange to bring some state-of-the-art one time catheters in case you have a urinary reaction that I escaped.

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      Rx strength for Meclizine is stronger than over-the-counter products that contain Meclizine. It has no side effects and has no effect upon the prostate.
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      Be careful of those patches.  I'm fairly certain that if you have a seizure disorder of epilepsy, they can precipitate a seizure.

       

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    If you have fairly heavy-to-severe bladder retention you should ask a Urologist if it makes sense to take a catheter with you, have him or her help choose one, and try using it before going abroad.

    I had to completely rely on one for 4 months (I am all set now, no problems). Before that, it got so bad I couldn't even get one in (I had to go supra-cubic).

    When I could use one, I almost always skipped the bag in day and just had a plug or valve, and would go to any urinal just like everyone else. It worked great! At night, sometimes I would use the cork/valve approach which worked fine, and at times I would use the foley bag which lets you purge all bladder waste while helping to relax your entire system. 

    Self catheterization was easy for me so long as I could get one in, i.e. My prostate eventually got so large (>>>100MG's) that it wouldn't work. I hope most of you don't get there!

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      Thanks for the thoughts.  I may not have been clear in my comments.  I cathed for 15 months, single use caths every time.  I had a bag for 7 days when it all started; NO THANKS!!!  :-)   I've cathed 2,000+ times, and really did fine with the Speedicath.  My bladder is stretched out, due to the earlier problems of restricted flow, for years untreated (MY FAULT!). My bladder holds ca. 450-500 cc when I'm done emptying. Since the Urolift surgery (three months ago) I only cath before bed, and that's both hoping the bladder will shrink (hasn't happened) and to allow me full nights of sleep (It does!  Yay, that!).

      I have not found any info on surgery for stretched bladders, and would welcome any input there!

      The Speedicath IS my go-to cath, after trying several.  As for going abroad: I was married last June, here in the US... and took along 150 catheters for our one-month honeymoon in England and France!  How romantic!!  :-D

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    Well, I reused my main catheter. I do not recall the type. I did eventually get a severe testicle infection which did damage, but that was probably my fault because 1) I would go kitesurfing, and 2) I was getting pain and thought it was just the catheter and didn't dawn on me it was the start of a severe infection. I suppose the infection could also have been related to reuse of the same catheter but I'll never know.

    But on bladder recovery, the Doctor I went to for HoLEP, Jom Lingemen, out of Indi, he said my bladder would recover, and it has. I can probably retain 700++ today. At one point when things were bad my bladder stretched to hold close to 1.5L according to the doctor.

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      Re catheter reuse, if I may offer this opinion:  NO! NO! and NO!!!!!!!!

      I cringe to think of doing such, as the chances of infection are... TOO BIG TO CHANCE!  Even with single-use catheters, it's easy to screw up (I have).  And re Howard's well-meant comment in this thread, and with all due respect, it strikes me as simply a Really Bad Idea, to reuse chateters!  Even while thinking I was "being careful," I had attacks of epiditimitus three times over the 15 months I was cathing for every pee.  OKay, one was just dumbness after a wild evening while on honeymoon in France, and involved getting up and cathing, only to realize at the end, that I hadn't cleaned up the site at all!  Imagine trying to explain to a French doctor what had happened...  :-)

      With my new protocol, using that Speedicath ("My Friend!"  :-)  ), I've had no repeats of infects in the past three months of last-pee-of-the-day cathing.  As much as I'm a recycler, I accept that reusing catheters just ain't a good idea.  

       

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