• Has anyone used the nausea medication Emend on the day of chemo and the next two days? Does it help with the nausea?

    Asked by dbain1990 on Wednesday, July 18, 2012

    Has anyone used the nausea medication Emend on the day of chemo and the next two days? Does it help with the nausea?

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    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I took Dexmethasone which is for the same purpose. Started taking it night before chemo thru 2nd morning after chemo. Never had any nausea from chemo at all.

      over 5 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      depends very much on your chemo.
      during my taxol and carboplatin chemo, i had no significant troubles with nausea. however, during the "AC" portion of my chemo, i struggled with nausea. i had the dexamethasone (steroid) PLUS Emend... also too zofram and one or to others as needed and according to the instructions provided by the chemo nurses.
      i highly recommend talking to the chemo nurses and your pre-chemo provider about any and all side effects. they can do quite a lot to make it less awful....
      good luck.

      over 5 years ago
    • packerbacker's Avatar

      I took Emend the day of chemo and for 2 days after and I had no problems with nausea. I don't know if I would have without it, but I didn't want to take the chance. It seemed to work for me.

      over 5 years ago
    • PinkD's Avatar

      Like leepenn I took Emend during AC chemo. Didn't have the steroid or the Zofran but did have another common anti-nausea med for acute symptom (the name escapes me right now). My experience was that the nausea got worse each time. I was really glad I only had to have 4 treatments because after that last one every cell in my body felt awful in some way, shape or form. Never threw up, however--yay! So I wonder how much worse it would have been *without* Emend. God forbid if I should ever have to do chemo again someday I would definitely take it. That was one of my biggest fears going into chemo--the horror stories about nausea and vomiting were awful. So I'm very grateful to those who were before me who had to endure that, and to the medical people who said, "There has to be a better way" and came up with this and other drugs.

      over 5 years ago
    • blondie's Avatar

      Agree with the others. Get a copy of all drugs / medications. Keep a journal of all reactions (when, severity, treatment).

      Drugs.com can give you all necessary information.

      WebMd.com has articles on all illnesses, including all types of cancers. I have given my oncologist printed articles once in a while, especially when the FDA approves new treatment drugs.

      over 5 years ago
    • Mollie's Avatar

      My grandma uses the meds and has had no nausea!!! Good luck :)))

      over 5 years ago
    • kelly49's Avatar

      I took Emend and Dexamethasone the day of chemo and 2 days after and they worked for me, minimal nausea, never vomitted; it seemed like my sence of smell was highten during chemo because, the smell certain odors including foods, colognes etc made me a little nauseated.

      over 5 years ago
    • Ivy's Avatar

      I'm taking Emend, dexamethasone, zofran, compazine--haven't had a problem with nausea but impossible to say that one of these in particular is the primary reason for no nausea. Wouldn't want to try to go without any of them.

      over 5 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      When I was on a clinical trial the experimental drug was so heavy-duty that I ended up taking Emend and Kyrtil for nausea. They both worked well.

      over 5 years ago
    • FreeBird's Avatar

      Aloxi (palonosetron) on chemo day for dad, Compazine at home in case he has nausea. He has never had much nausea with the chemo. I noticed some people don't do as well with the nausea in the chemo room, but most seem to do well. No experience with the Emend.

      over 5 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      Yes and I never had any problems with nausea.

      over 5 years ago
    • bizopzine's Avatar

      My husband just finished a chemo cycle for Lung Cancer. He got Emend on Monday and then again the following Monday. His chemo drugs are Cisplatin and Etoposide. He also was given the Dex and the Zofran. He has had NO nausea whatsoever. He has Compazine at home if he has any breakthrough nausea, but he has had none. That Emend is good stuff!!!

      over 5 years ago
    • Carol-Charlie's Avatar

      I took it during my first year of chemo .... worked great.... I never felt nausea!

      over 5 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      Yes, I take Emend together with Decadron (aka Dexamethasone) on days 1,2 and 3 of chemo. It usually works but sometimes I do get breakthrough nausea. When that happens I take Zofran (aka Ondansetron) and Compazine (aka Prochlorperazine) as needed every 8 hrs. A couple of times even with all the meds I still had nausea so the doc prescribed Ativan and Miranol. Side effects vary from person to person so hopefully you won't experience too much nausea and won't need to take too many anti nausea meds. Just know that if something isn't working for you (meds), that you let your doc know and they'll prescribe you something else. Wishing you all the best.

      over 5 years ago
    • RNTracyOCN's Avatar

      Emend works in the brain. It's a newer drug. Each chemotherapy has an "emetogenic scale" (likelihood to cause emesis or vomiting). Based on that, and patient's trends, nausea medications are prescribed. Emend and Decadron are usually given together. There are different drugs that work in different ways and there are also different routes.

      about 5 years ago

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