• I am starting chemo called Full Fox Fusion next week - is there a pill you can take day before treatment for nausea

    Asked by mimom1 on Wednesday, August 15, 2012

    I am starting chemo called Full Fox Fusion next week - is there a pill you can take day before treatment for nausea

    they gave me 2 kinds of pills to take = 1 every 6 hrs and 1 - 2 to 3 days after treatment-I hope i am not going to be sick for 6 months I have to have 12 treatments - 1 every 2 weeks- can I cook, do cleaning, shop in beterrn treatments ?

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    • FreeBird's Avatar

      What they did for dad is give him something for nausea along with his chemotherapy that lasts a couple days, then the meds at home handle any nausea after that. They should discuss it with you on your first day.

      about 8 years ago
    • nancyjac's Avatar

      I had dexmethozone starting the day before each chemo treatment until 2 days after chemo treatment (4 days total). Never had any nausea from chemo but dexmethazone has its own side effects.

      Every one reacts differently to chemo based both on the chemo drugs they are taking as well as their overall health and reactions. I felt bad for about 3-4 days, starting the 2nd or 3rd day after chemo, so I just planned my cleaning, shopping, cooking around that schedule. The first treatment will be the hardest because you do know what to expect. The subsequent ones should be fairly consistent in terms of what side effects you will have, when they start, how long they last, and how severe they are.

      about 8 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar
      IKickedIt (Best Answer!)

      I went 12 rounds of FOLFOX-6 modified last year. They will give you "pre-meds" (via IV) before you begin the actual chemo. At first, they gave me 3 - one for nausea, one for anxiety and one for a possible allergic reaction. After the first round, I asked them to not give me the anti-anxiety med because I couldn't drive and after the first round, I knew what was in store and wasn't anxious, so for all the future rounds, they just gave me the anti-nausea and Prednisone before the chemo drugs.

      After the chemo drugs at the infusion center, I was hooked to a portable pump for the next 46 hours. During that time, I was able to work and do everything in my normal routine (except shower, so I bathed and washed my hair in the sink - others on this forum have commented that they just covered really well with plastic wrap so they could shower). Sleeping was tough because the Predisone made me wired, so I took sleeping pills that they had given me. I had anti-nausea pills, but I think I only took them once. I carried them with me, but honestly never needed them.

      I was fine until I was disconnected from the pump. I then had about a 2-hour window until the extreme fatigue set in. For me, this happened every cycle at just about the same time.

      I found it very helpful to keep a journal documenting the side effects. I could then try to predict when certain side effects would kick in so I could try and prepare for them. I was pretty successful and was able to keep working (and I'm a teacher so I was in the classroom). My side effects were pretty consistent, although they intensified as the effects are cumulative. I knew that when I was actually on the chemo, I was fine, but then I would be wiped out for the next few days and wouldn't really schedule anything. Then during the 2nd week, I'd probably be fine, and that would be when we would schedule dinners with friends, etc.

      about 8 years ago
    • CarolLHRN's Avatar

      I had the same experience as IKickedIt. I had my infusion on Wednesdays. Then I was disconnected Friday afternoons and I would nap Friday afternoon and laid low the rest of the weekend. By Monday I was feeling OK again and would do just fine. I worked through my entire treatment as well.

      I did not experience any nausea that required me to take any additional medication beyond what I was given during the infusion. I am one of those who showered while the pump was hooked up. I had a port and I would cover it with Glad Press-and-Seal. I didn't let the water run on it directly and I got a hand held shower head (cheap at Lowes or Home Depot and easy to install).

      I pretty much did all of my usual activities. I live alone and was able to cook and clean and shop for myself. My apartment wasn't exactly as perfect as I liked it but it wasn't a mess either. I went on 2 weekend trips while I was going through FOLFOX as well. It's just that weekend after treatment that was tough but other than that, I was tired but nothing that stopped me from doing things.

      I did have to learn to embrace the nap. I was never a napper and always on the go. When I would get home from work I would sometimes nap for 30 or 40 minutes and then I was OK to get things done or to go out.

      Keep us posted on how things go and let us know if you have any questions.

      about 8 years ago

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