• What medication is anyone taking for nausea and vomiting due to chemo treatments? Nothing we have tried seems to give any relief.

    Asked by PETSR2LOVE on Sunday, April 8, 2012

    What medication is anyone taking for nausea and vomiting due to chemo
    treatments? Nothing we have tried seems to give any relief.


    15 Answers from the Community

    15 answers
    • PPaseka's Avatar

      My wife takes decadrine (spelling?) and Zofran. The put Aloxi in her infusion cocktail. She has been on cisplatin twice now and has not suffered any nausea.

      over 4 years ago
    • abrub's Avatar

      I had Emend for the first 3 days, Aloxi during, Ativan during and after and Zofran (48+ hours after Aloxi). I also found that Atarax (Hydroxyzine HCl) helped me a lot (It's very similar to Benadry, which helps some people, except Atarax is by Rx). Recent research states that taking a Ginger capsule twice a day enhances the effects of the other anti-nauseants.

      Good luck - this is no fun.

      over 4 years ago
    • CancerHAWK's Avatar

      There's an amazing organization called beatlivertumors.org - you can connect with them to talk to others who have had colon cancer that went to the liver. The Founder is a survivor and absolutely incredible!

      over 4 years ago
    • CancerHAWK's Avatar

      Some info on controlling chemo-induced nausea ... hope this helps http://03452c8.netsolhost.com/cancerhawk/2011/08/07/261/

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      Depending upon your location.... have you considered medical marijuana?

      over 4 years ago
    • Fusionera's Avatar

      Zofran works well for me with my current Temodar therapy, but in past chemo regimens I have also had Kytril and Emend, both of which worked well.

      over 4 years ago
    • cranburymom's Avatar

      Zofran - good for short-term (2 Hr - took some nausea off_
      EMEND - worked well with IV form, but not for maintenance
      Other antipsychotic med - made me more sick

      Really wanted to have medical Marijuana.
      Little things that helped me are...mint candy (green tea flavor), Saltin cracker, OJ with seltzer, pickled gingers, jogging/walking in woods (if you can), and sit and watch strange/funny TV shows.

      It is a very very hard time, but it won't last forever....hope some of these will help...

      over 4 years ago
    • roselind63's Avatar

      I also had colon cancer, 5 years ago. about 1 yr ago cancer in my liver. they found a few spots, but only one for sure. biopsy was only done on one. not operable. So I have been going through chemotherapy for 1 yr and 3 months.

      My nausea kept getting worse. I finally tried medical marijuana, it really works, relaxes you also. I only use on the days I can't eat and drink anything. I don't use when my nausea gone.

      I have a problem with constipation, so using the nausea pill make it worse for me. I haven't had to much of a problem with vomiting. Just alot of nausea.

      I hope this helps, take care and God Bless:)

      over 4 years ago
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      over 4 years ago
    • Jane's Avatar

      I have tumors on liver twice from colon cancer. They were treated with shaped beams radio surgery. 5 to 10 days and they were gone. I heaved used ginger tablets and ginger cookies. The tablets work well for minor nausea. The are over the counter. I have also used all of the others in the 4 times I have had chemo. Check out the radio surgery. I think you can google novalis shaped beam and you might be able to find out where it is done. I had mine done in Rochester NY and am now at Shands in FL.

      over 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      If medical marijuana is not available to you... consider MARINOL - I was given a script for that, and it was pretty good. None of the constipation side effects.

      However, you have to be prepared for the fact that you will get a high from the medication. It's "supposedly" not the same as the high you can get from marijuana itself... but it works darn well when it comes to handling the nausea and moving you to feeling more like normal.... During my last four cycles, I had trouble eating and with nausea. Marinol helped me actually WANT to eat... and helped with the nausea.

      I'm told that many people with no experience with marijuana do not like marinol... but that most people with experience with marijuana like it just fine, although the feeling is not the same as with marijuana....

      Don't know if that helps, but it seems to be something that the docs do not offer unless the patient requests it.

      The main side effect that I experienced mildly was feeling a ''high'' or elevated mood.... So, for me, this medication was a success, and it enabled me to almost maintain my weight.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lirasgirl33's Avatar

      I take Emend one hour before chemo treatment, then also on days 2 & 3 along with Dexamethasone. Zofran I take every 8 hours. Compazine if nausea doesn't subside. If I still get breakthrough nausea, I sucked on ginger candy. I also had ginger root tea and ginger ale nearby. Those sip rather than gulp. I was recently mentioning to my chemo doc that I had been experiencing breakthrough nausea and he wrote me a prescription for Ativan. I'll use that as a last resortvI guess since it's more of a relaxant but also helps with the nausea from what I was told. I was also told it makes you really sleepy....so I might save it for evening time. I'll have to see.

      Oh...also...getting up, listening to favorite music, keeping your mind busy, going outside for some fresh air also has helped me a lot. This nausea can be such a mental fight. Laying down is the worst and doing nothing was the worst for me. Your mind just focuses on that scrappy empty void feeling of nausea and things get worse. Avoid it as much as possible. Hope some of this helped. Sending you lots of warm hugs and well wishes.

      over 4 years ago
    • Lost904's Avatar

      My dad is on Atarax and Compozine together 3 times a day.

      over 4 years ago
    • RebeccaW's Avatar

      My husband eats candied ginger and it helps!

      about 4 years ago
    • pmpw's Avatar

      I used ginger capsules that I bought at the health food store. They are all natural, no side-effects and worked great for me.

      about 4 years ago

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