• Nausea from irinotecan

    Asked by Christiana3 on Thursday, February 28, 2013

    Nausea from irinotecan

    I currently get a three cocktail treatment every two weeks and one of them is irinotecan. I understand this drug to have cumulative side effects and one is the nausea. They currently give me two anti nausea drugs with the IV and I have three scripts for after the chemo but it doesnt help much. I am usually queazy for about 5 days after each treatment and needless to say its getting old :) anyone have any ideas as to lessen the effects? I have tried chamomile tea and it helps a little. I would appreciate any suggestions. Thanks everyone!

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    • Peroll's Avatar

      Christina, I have had irinotecan too and I used to get nauseated just arriving at the infusion center knowing what was comming. Different anti-nausea meds work for different people so ask your oncologist if there are some you haven't tried. I have also found that it is best to get ahead of the nausea by taking the anti-nausea meds either before the nausea happens or at the first sign. During infusion if they can give you the anti=nausea meds before the chemo this helps. If you know you are going to get nausea then take the meds before it happens and this should work better. Good Luck

      over 3 years ago
    • RobbieFlores' Avatar

      I use 2 prescription for nausea every morning but in the afternoon and evening I will use medical marijuana. Sometimes I'll either smoke some or I also buy the brownies. I live in California so it's available where I live. It's been a life saver to me. That's my opinion. :)

      over 3 years ago
    • booboo's Avatar

      Marijuana was the only thing that gave me any relief from the nausea when I was on chemo.

      over 3 years ago
    • Petunia's Avatar

      I get three pre-meds before Irinotecan. I get Emend, Zofran and Decadron. I don't have nausea but have to eat something every 3 hours. Zipping ginger ale also helps.

      over 3 years ago

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