• Question for those recently or currently having chemo. Do you/did you get "Pre Meds" before your chemo? What was in the drip?

    Asked by GregP_WN on Sunday, January 17, 2016

    Question for those recently or currently having chemo. Do you/did you get "Pre Meds" before your chemo? What was in the drip?

    When I had chemo, I wasn't given anything before, just sit right down and get a big helping of it. All the chemo meds were put in a small bag and dripped in about 20 minutes.

    Now it seems that everyone is getting pre-meds and the drip takes about 8 hours.

    15 Answers from the Community

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    • LiveWithCancer's Avatar

      When I was getting traditional chemo, I got steroids prior to the actual chemo. When I first started, it took 5 or 6 hours to drip because they did it so slowly to be sure there was no reaction. Once they decided I could handle the poison without my body rejecting it, they sped up how quickly it was dripped.

      With immunotherapy, I get saline prior to infusion and the immunotherapy has always been dripped for one hour (there was no early test to see if I could tolerate the treatment).

      almost 5 years ago
    • PinkyPromise's Avatar

      I had a saline flush, then steroids and a "push" of Benadryl. Some people love Benadryl, but it makes me very jumpy, so I'd have preferred to skip it. Unfortunately,Taxol gives me hives, so I had to have the Benadryl.

      Even with the prep, my infusions were relatively fast -- typically lasting less than 2 hours.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Ejourneys' Avatar

      I had my chemo in 2014.

      Pre-meds for Adriamycin/Cytoxan were saline, Decadron (dexamethasone: steroid), and Aloxi (palonosetron: anti-nausea), all by IV. I also took Emend (aprepitant: anti-nausea) by pill, from a 3-pill pack. (I took the other two pills on the two days after chemo.) Pre-med drip took about 90 minutes, followed by about a 5-minute push of Adriamycin and a 45-min. Cytoxan drip.

      Pre-med IV drips for Taxol were saline, Decadron, and Aloxi, plus Benadryl and Pepcid. (No Emend.) Total time in the chair was about the same as for A/C, sometimes a little less.

      almost 5 years ago
    • cllinda's Avatar

      I know I had Benedryl, and some other drugs which took about 40 minutes to administer. Then it was onto the Chemo cocktail of TCH. I would be in the chair between 5-6 hours at a time. I remember sleeping, and working on a crochet project during all that "Free time" tied down to the chemo machine.

      almost 5 years ago
    • sarasmash's Avatar

      I get a bag of Nausea meds, a steroid and 32 oz of Saline solution with electrolytes. I am usually sitting in my chair for about 2 and a half hours before I get my chemo.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IKickedIt's Avatar

      Steroids, anti-nausea and anti-anxiety, which I declined after the first round because it made me too drowsy and not able to drive or go to work later in the day. I think pre-meds took about 20 minutes, then the chemo which took about 3-4 hours.

      almost 5 years ago
    • zcaveman's Avatar

      Mine was a mix.
      • 1 large bag of saline solution to flush kidneys – 1.5 hours
      • 1 small bag of nausea medicine - Aloxi – 10 minutes
      • 1 small bag of steroids - Decadron – 10 minutes
      • 1 bag of chemo medicine – Cisplatin with Mannotil – 30 minutes
      • 1 bag magnesium to replenish what chemo medicine takes away– 30 minutes

      Eventually, they injected the Aloxi into the saline solution and saved me a step. The nurse showed me how to position my arm so the meds went in a little faster. I averaged two hours in the chemo room after the first time.


      almost 5 years ago
    • JennyMiller's Avatar

      I had my chemo in 2012 and had the same regimen that Ejourneys had in 2014.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Janetspringer's Avatar

      I had benadryl, decadron, zantac and I think herpes. I also had something for nausea and flushes.

      almost 5 years ago
    • BuckeyeShelby's Avatar

      I'm about 3 years out, but I had steroids, benadryl (I also was allergic to the Taxol) & anti-nausea before they started my taxol & carboplatin. Because of the taxol allergy, they had to go very slowly w/that bag, which is why I was there for almost 8 hours.

      almost 5 years ago
    • still_fighting's Avatar

      For me it's basically benadryl and anti-nausea meds. before I get my Rituxin.

      almost 5 years ago
    • IronMom45's Avatar

      I get decadron a steroid and anti nausea emend. And when I can talk them into it Pepcid iv. Which seems to help better than a pill. I use to get Benadryl with taxol:carbo but not now with doxil/avastin.

      almost 5 years ago
    • Lauren65's Avatar

      My first chemo didn't go so well, had a really bad reaction, and lots of pain down my spine, they gave me some cocktail of dilaudid and Benadryl, and I was out for the count most of the chemo session. And some anti-nausea meds. It made it more bearable.

      almost 5 years ago
    • papabill's Avatar

      For me, prior to the infusion of chemo was saline (had the implanted pump) followed by an anti-nausea drip followed by -- now abandoned as proved ineffective - intravenous calcium and magnesium to prevent oxaliplatin-induced peripheral neuropathy. And my feet and finger tips can today attest to the fact that it was truly ineffective. My time in the chemo unit was about 7 hours.

      almost 5 years ago
    • GolfGirl's Avatar

      I get saline, decadron, Zofran, Reglan & Ativan in my drip - I digest very slowly, so I can't take my pre-meds in pill form.

      almost 5 years ago

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