Kwells are tablets which manage travel sickness. Motion sickness occurs when the brain is receiving conflicting messages about the body's spatial awareness, causing nausea and vomiting.
Kwells is a type of medicine called an antimuscarinic. It stops the inner ear from sending messages to the brain that the body is moving. These messages conflict with what the eyes tell the brain; that the body is stationary. These messages are received by the vomiting centre within the brain, in turn causing sickness. The medicine also prevents the stomach from receiving triggers from the vomiting centre in the brain.
Kwells tablets will usually start to work 15 minutes after taking them.
Hyoscine is the active ingredient contained in Kwells which is the most effective treatment for travel sickness.
The active ingredient in Kwells is hyoscine hydrobromide.
The other ingredients in the medicine are mannitol, potato starch, gelatine powder, aluminium stearate, saccharin sodium and ferric oxide.
Kwells are gluten free but they do contain gelatine so may not be suitable for vegetarians or vegans.
Take Kwells 30 minutes before you are due to travel. If this isn't possible, you can also take it when you feel nausea arise. If needed, you can take another after six hours but do not take more than 3 within 24 hours. The tablets can be chewed, dissolved or swallowed whole.
Kwells usually comes in a 300mg dose and is taken three times a day maximum. For children over ten the dose is halved.
You should not use any additional medications for travel sickness while you are taking Kwells as this can cause an overdose. The anti sickness wrist bands may provide extra support alongside Kwells.
The side effects from taking Kwells may include:
You should consult your doctor before taking Kwells in the following circumstances:
If you are taking any other medications then always inform your doctor to make sure the combination is safe and won't cause adverse effects. The following medicines can make you more likely to experience drowsiness:
It's advised to avoid drinking alcohol while you are taking Kwells as this can increase feelings of drowsiness.
If you feel drowsy or dizzy after taking Kwells then you shouldn't drive until you feel better.
You should seek advice from a doctor before using Kwells during pregnancy to ensure it's safe.
Drowsiness is one of the possible side effects of Kwells.
Kwells are not addictive.
Scopoderm Patches work in the same way as Kwells and contain the same ingredients. These may be helpful if you struggle to swallow pills or if you are very nauseous and don't feel able to keep the tablets down.
There are several things you can do to reduce travel sickness or prevent it from happening. Reducing the amount of motion by sitting in the front seat of the car or the middle of the ferry, getting fresh air and keeping your gaze fixed ahead of you can help. Avoid reading or looking at moving objects, focus on steadying your breath and close your eyes and try consuming ginger which settles the stomach.
Avomine is an antihistamine so it is a different type of medicine from Kwells. It can be used to treat vomiting and nausea caused by other factors and also proves to be an effective treatment for vertigo.
Kwells are effective at treating motion sickness which occurs during travelling. This could be travel by car, plane, bus, train or ferry.
Kwells are available to purchase over the counter.
There is a type of Kwells made specifically for children called Kwells Kids. These are melt in the mouth tablets which do not have to be swallowed whole. Children over ten are able to take half a Kwells tablet every six hours.
Kwells work best as a preventative measure but they can also be taken as you feel travel sickness coming on. For optimum results, take a tablet 30 minutes before you are due to travel.
If you spend a significant time on a ship and are prone to seasickness then Kwells may be a suitable option for managing it. Seasickness is something that many sailors overcome naturally as their bodies adjust to the environment. However, you should be aware of drowsy side effects and how this may affect your work.
Kwells is suitable to use as often as it is needed but long term use during pregnancy is not recommended.
Kwells should only be used for preventing and treating motion sickness. As it works in a specific way to target the perception of the inner ear it is not suitable for easing the symptoms of a hangover.
Kwells will help nausea during travel but any other types of nausea will need to be treated in a different way. Kwells works by intercepting the conflicting messages that the body sends to the brain which cause motion sickness so will not be effective for treating nausea caused by other factors.
Kwells works for travel sickness caused by any method of travel which results in motion sickness. This could be sea, air or road travel. Some people may only experience travel sickness in certain circumstances while others become nauseous more easily.
You should stick to using only one method of travel sickness treatment at a time.