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Alcohol for nausea?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Dannybot, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. PBcatfish

    PBcatfish Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Florida
    Isopropyl has similar intoxicating effects compared to ethyl, but the decomposition byproducts of isopropyl are far more toxic and damaging to humans.
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  2. wnissen

    wnissen Barracuda

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Livermore, Calif.
    Interesting! I didn't know that.
  3. The Ruttmeister

    The Ruttmeister Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Bay Area, CA. USA
    Although its much less hazardous than methanol or ethylene glycol.

    Apparently early uses of isopropyl included as an anesthetic for animals, but there were too many issues with side effects (probably because its a CNS suppressant that also metabolizes into formaldehyde, another CNS suppressant).
  4. Dannybot

    Dannybot Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    I tried the alcohol swab trick at work in a post surgical patient today, but since I have not an actual study in elderly surgical patients, I also medicated with Zofran. I cannot say which worked, but his nausea did resolve. Which worked? I have no way of knowing.
  5. Charles Graves

    Charles Graves Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Washington, DC
    It might work, but it also will kill off a lot of brain cells. -___-

    I recommend sticking with Dramamine the night before and then an hour before the dive

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