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October 13, 2012

Nasal Spray to Help Motion Sickness

Over the years, many NASA initiated research has resulted in new products and treatments geared towards advancing the space-program, but has eventually led to benefits to us earth-bound mortals including:


NASA publication Spinoff highlights these research innovations that has benefitted the general public.

Well, you can now add dizziness treatment to another NASA innovation to help motion sickness.

Born of the need to quickly treat motion sickness which astronauts can suffer from up in space (imagine vomiting in zero-gravity), NASA developed a super fast-acting nasal spray to eliminate dizziness.

Called INSCOP, it is essentially scopolamine which already is found in injectable, patch, and pill form. But, this new NASA nasal spray formulation acts faster and more reliably than the oral tablet.

Under a joint agreement with pharmaceutical company Epiomed Therapeutics, it will hopefully soon become available to the public.

This is not the only NASA dizzy research either...

Earlier, they also figured out what movements triggered the worst motion sickness as well as what at-the-time currently available medication combination(s) worked best to combat it. Read more.

Reference:
The efficacy of low-dose intranasal scopolamine for motion sickness. Aviat Space Environ Med. 2010 Apr;81(4):405-12.



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Dr. Christopher Chang is a private practice otolaryngology, head & neck surgeon specializing in the treatment of problems related to the ear, nose, and throat. Located in Warrenton, VA about 45 minutes west of Washington DC, he also provides inhalant allergy testing/treatment, hearing tests, and dispenses hearing aids. Google+ Christopher Chang, MD Bio

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