If you are one of those people who get nauseous during car rides, flights
and especially boat trips, then this recent invention is perfect for you.
A team of researchers lead by Mohsen
Sadatrezaei from the Islamic Azad University School of Pharmaceutical Sciences
(Tehran, Iran) has developed a medicated gum that will alleviate motion
1. What causes motion sickness?
Motion sickness is thought to occur when there is a conflict
between what your eyes see and what your inner ears -which help with balance-
sense. Your brain receives a jumble of contrasting information, which is
thought to bring on the symptoms of motion sickness.
So basically, the latter occurs when your inner ear senses
motion but your eyes cannot tell you are moving.
When you have a mild motion sickness, you can simply change
your seat or lie down. You can even gaze at the horizon or listen to some music
in order to distract yourself.
In more serious cases, medication is needed. And among the
drugs that are used is dimenhydrinate, an anti-histaminic.
3. The anti motion sickness chewing
This medicated gum is made of dimenhydrinate. According to
the researchers, the main active ingredient is absorbed into the bloodstream
through the cheek.
stated that the most challenging part was to mask the bitter taste of the
active ingredient. And in fact, the team was successful in creating a product that
is easy to chew, well absorbed with an acceptable taste.
formula is yet to be commercialized but looks very promising, not only in the
treatment of motion sickness but also in other conditions where other active
ingredients might be incorporated into a chewing gum!
So can you
imagine having the pleasure to chew on all your medications?