• Pre Meds for Chemo

    Asked by toatley75 on Thursday, June 20, 2013

    Pre Meds for Chemo

    Just curious what type of premeds people have before treatment and how has that effected them? I am currently doing 4 cycles of AC every 3 weeks and then will do T every week for 12 weeks.

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    • Tallgrass69's Avatar
      Tallgrass69

      I'm not sure of the pre-med but I dnt get it at first and thenone day before a tx the med asst gave me this pill and I wanted to know y I hadn't been getting it. she didn't and walked away. that was with my first go round a dI had extremly bad stomach pain. But this time around whatever they r giving me works cuz I dnt have those horrible stomach pains. Goog Luck

      almost 2 years ago
    • toatley75's Avatar
      toatley75

      My premeds are Benadryl, Ativan, Decadrun and Zantac. I really dislike the way these meds make me feel flush and completely drunk. I had my onc reduse my ativan on the 2nd treatment, but I still felt the same.

      almost 2 years ago
    • ticklingcancer's Avatar
      ticklingcancer

      Before I started my chemo each day I would get a dose of ativan, some anti-nausea meds, magnesium, potassium and a bunch of regular fluid. Once that was complete they would start my chemo. The ativan is given to help calm your nerves and it also helps with the nausea. I think giving me the amount of "prefluids" and the magnesium and potassium really helped to protect my kidneys. I had to adverse reactions from the chemo (out of the norm that is) throughout my treatment. The only lingering side effects, 1 year later, is neuropathy but I have that in complete control with medicine.

      almost 2 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar
      SueRae1

      I don't remember all of the names so I will give you the types - cortisone, antihistamine, anti-nausea medications. The antihistamine made me sleepy during and the day of my infusion. the cortisone gave me roid rage, insomnia, and lots of anxiety. Can't pinpoint any effects from the anti-nausea meds. Your oncologist may prescribe one or two of several anti-nausea meds for you to take at home. I was lucky and didn't need them, I found ginger tea and candy enough to calm my stomach.

      Best of luck with your treatment.

      almost 2 years ago
    • flamingogirl's Avatar
      flamingogirl (Best Answer!)

      I was given Aloxi (IV push), Emend (IV 15 min) and Decadron (IV 15 mn) with my AC therapy. I had 4 treatments every 14 days. It seemed to work other than making me sleepy, but that could have been the AC also. I was extremely fatigued on that therapy. While on the Taxol I was given in one bag of IV Benadryl/Kytril/Decadron. I had the most side effect from the Decadron. It kept me awake for the first night and made me extremely hungry. On the upside, I did not get any nausea from the Taxol. I did from the AC, but was able to control it with oral Zofran and Compazine (alternated every 4 hrs).

      almost 2 years ago
    • sstorkamp's Avatar
      sstorkamp

      I took Decadron, Pepsid, Metamucil, another stool softener (can't remember the name). Took them 2-3 days prior to treatment. Received IV Kytrel, Ativan and more Decadron during treatment for nausea. I took stool softners, anti-nausea meds, tums, pepsid for the first few days after treatment then nothing until the next chemo. I was so thankful that I could go about 2 - 2.5 weeks without any meds between treatments. That means a lot to anyone who hates meds :) Good luck with treatment :)

      almost 2 years ago
    • karen1956's Avatar
      karen1956

      If I remember correctly, I had Emend and decadron....don't remember many side effects....I struggled with nausea so took any and every anti-nausea med they gave me after chemo...

      almost 2 years ago
    • toatley75's Avatar
      toatley75

      Thanks for all the input. I talked to my doctor about the Benadryl since it was the one causing me to feel so flushed, nauseated, and overwhelmed and she is going to put it in a drip for me during my next treatment. We came to the conclusion that I am sensitive to it and pushing it right in my vein isn't helping. I am keeping positive thoughts that it will help me and I will have a better experience with my pre meds.

      almost 2 years ago

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