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What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

Multiple: Esophageal and gastric(stomach) irritation and slough of sensitive surfaces . The drugs are effective but can be harsh to other systems. ...Read more

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Fever during chemo?

Fever during chemo?

Notify doctor: Your immune system is down, so you can get very serious infections, faster and worse than usual. Seek attention asap. ...Read more

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How can I fight chemotherapy induced nausea during breast cancer treatment?

How can I fight chemotherapy induced nausea during breast cancer treatment?

Medication: Begin with basic nausea medicines such as Compazine or phenergan, (promethazine) if not improved then more expensive medications such as Zofran or others. It also helps if patients avoid smells or foods that seem to trigger the symptom. Sometimes even perfumes and non food smells may be an issue and you can avoid them if suspected. Foods like crackers, 7-up, ginger ale or ginger root can help. ...Read more

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Why does chemotherapy cause nausea and vomiting?

Why does chemotherapy cause nausea and vomiting?

It's a toxin: The brain has an area that triggers nausea and vomiting if something toxic gets in the body. This is what prevented early humans from dying after eating poisonous berries! chemotherapy triggers the same area of the brain, and the body tries to protect itself by vomiting. New anti-nausea drugs are so effective because they target the "vomit center" in the brain. ...Read more

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Can metastic colon cancer cause fever ,nausea and vomiting ?

Can metastic colon cancer cause fever ,nausea and vomiting ?

Colon cancer: Yes it can happen but I hope that does not happen. The fever is likely to be unrelated. Please let me know how things turn out. ...Read more

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Taking metoclopramide tid for nausea/vomiting occurring after pelvic radiation therapy, vomiting diminished but nausea still occurs. Any better meds?

Taking metoclopramide tid for nausea/vomiting occurring after pelvic radiation therapy, vomiting diminished but nausea still occurs. Any better meds?

Sure, but...: Is your nausea/vomiting due to sluggish emptying of the stomach, local inflammation, or a functional process? Assuming evaluation to date has ruled out obvious organic disease, then anti-emetics that are centrally-acting (zofran) or prokinetics drugs are worth discussing with your doctor. Metoclopramide, while a useful agent, is frought with possible side effects. ...Read more

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What to expect with chemotherapy? Pain, nausea, vomiting?

What to expect with chemotherapy?  Pain, nausea, vomiting?

Expectations : Nausea should be expected. Vomiting can occur. Though, you should have access to plenty of medications for nausea. Many people have flushing or an odd taste while getting chemo. Pain would be very unusual. There are some chemo meds that can have an allergic effect, so rash and flu-like symptoms can occur. ...Read more

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Does methohexital for anethesthesia during surgery cause significant nausea and vomiting like other anesthetics?

Depends: People all react differently to anesthesia. There are patients that i can have severe nausea and vomiting from injectable anesthetic drugs while others have these symptoms associated mostly with gaseous drugs. ...Read more

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Extreme fatigue during chemo . Is this normal ?

Extreme fatigue during chemo . Is this normal ?

Yes: Very common to have extreme fatigue during chemotherapy. For most patients the fatigue generally resolves following the completion of treatment. Talk to your Oncology team about possible correctable etiologic factors like fluid/electrolyte imbalances, anemia, pain, sleep deprivation, depression, hypoxia. Addressing some of these conditions can help. Good luck! Stay strong! ...Read more

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Effect of thiopental on postoperative nausea and vomitting?

Effect of thiopental on postoperative nausea and vomitting?

None: It neither causes nor treats post op n ;v. It's used as an induction agent prior to giving inhaled anesthesia agents - some of them do cause n;v. ...Read more

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What causes diarrhea and vomiting during pregnancy?

What causes diarrhea and vomiting during pregnancy?

Gastroenteritis: During pregnancy, the immune system 'down regulates' or weakens because there is a baby on board. So this makes the mom more susceptible to infections. With nausea/vomiting/diarrhea - those are symptoms of a GI bug. You have to be very careful since you need to stay healthy enough to keep supporting your baby. I think you should try to see your doctor NOW. Try to drink/replace fluids too. ...Read more

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Lupron (leuprolide) injection yesterday and having heavy bleeding, headache, increased pelvic pain, dry mouth, nausea & vomiting. Is this normal reaction to lupron (leuprolide)?

Lupron (leuprolide) injection yesterday and having heavy bleeding, headache, increased pelvic pain, dry mouth, nausea & vomiting. Is this normal reaction to lupron (leuprolide)?

Adverse reactions: Even thought some of the reactions you report sound common, the fact that you report having several significant reactions, including the dry mouth which seems to be very soon to present since the injection, i would urge you to visit the prescribing doctor so that you may discuss your reactions addressing the severity as well as the duration, also ruling out other possible causes. ...Read more

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Migraines nausea fatigue diarrhea sharp stomach pains inner trembling loss of appetite. Began 5dys ago after vertigo in shower/vomiting. Period in 2wk?

Migraines nausea fatigue diarrhea sharp stomach pains inner trembling loss of appetite. Began 5dys ago after vertigo in shower/vomiting. Period in 2wk?

Varied symptoms: This constellation of symptoms is nondiagnostic at this time. A physician would have to perform a thorough history and physical examination to make a diagnosis and order appropriate tests and treatment. ...Read more

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Can diarrhea, waves of nausea be some early pregnancy symptoms?

Nausea may occur but: Diarrhea -not so much. Early pregnancy sxs can include: no period, breast swelling ; tenderness w darkened areolas, thin, white ; milky vaginal discharge, fatigue, ^ urination frequency, constipation, bloating, heartburn, backache, cramping, headache, food cravings or aversions, ^ sense of smell, enlarged waist, feeling faint/dizzy, mood swings, ^ gas, insomnia, gagging more easily ; yawning. ...Read more

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How common is vomiting during anesthesia induction?

How common is vomiting during anesthesia induction?

Not common: If the surgery is scheduled in advance ("elective surgery") so that a patient has been able to not eat anything for 8 hours, vomiting during induction of anesthesia is unlikely. And if it occurs, there should be very little volume of vomit and no food pieces, which makes it much less dangerous. However, there are medical conditions and medications that make the risk higher. ...Read more

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What causes the nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

Multiple: Esophageal and gastric(stomach) irritation and slough of sensitive surfaces . The drugs are effective but can be harsh to other systems. ...Read more

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Why should I treat my nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

Why should I treat my nausea and vomiting during chemotherapy?

Helpful to healing: Too much nausea and vomiting may allow one to be dehydrated and undernourished and to feel just plain miserable. The last thing your body needs while fighting cancer. To treat nausea is to also allow one to be more comfortable during such a crucial time. There are several different regimens available, and your treating doctor will go over these with you. ...Read more

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How can I fight chemotherapy induced nausea during breast cancer treatment?

Medication: Begin with basic nausea medicines such as Compazine or phenergan, (promethazine) if not improved then more expensive medications such as Zofran or others. It also helps if patients avoid smells or foods that seem to trigger the symptom. Sometimes even perfumes and non food smells may be an issue and you can avoid them if suspected. Foods like crackers, 7-up, ginger ale or ginger root can help. ...Read more

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What to do if I have nausea after chemotherapy, can anyone help?

Your oncologist!: I assume you have an oncologist; almost everyone who is receiving chemotherapy does. They are most familiar not just with the chemotherapy you are receiving, but also with you! They can give you the best advice and treatment for your nausea. I hope your therapy is working well! ...Read more

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How can I increase my appetite when dealing with chemotherapy and nausea?

Stay hydrated,: Light exercise, chew gum, avoid people that are sick, wash hands frequently, don't touch face, rx can help too. ...Read more

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How can I prevent nausea after chemotherapy?

How can I prevent nausea after chemotherapy?

Medication: There are many medications to prevent and treat "breakthrough nausea" following chemotheray. However, sometimes it is not possible to completely prevent it. If your current medications are not working well enough, you should discuss this with your Oncology nurse and your oncologist. ...Read more

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What helps nausea the best among chemotherapy patients?

Medication!: There are excellent medications to prevent chemo-related nausea and vomiting. Ondansetron (zofran) and aprepitant (emend) are two of the strongest. Ativan (lorazepam) and Dexamethasone are commonly added. Different things work for different people, and we can almost always find a combination that works for everyone. This is a good review article: http://www.Mayoclinic.Com/health/cancer/ca00030. ...Read more

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An acquaintence of mine stopped chemotherapy due to said extreme nausea. Died seven months later. What could she have done to extend her life?

An acquaintence of mine stopped chemotherapy due to said extreme nausea. Died seven months later. What could she have done to extend her life?

No simple answer: Life is short on Earth, regardless of whether a person lives 3 days, 3000 days, or 30,000 days. It is not length of one's life that matters, but the quality of the life lived. The goal is not to live a long life, but to live a good life. Even if a person makes it all the way to age 82, that's only 30,000 days. ...Read more

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What to expect with chemotherapy? Pain, nausea, vomiting?

Expectations : Nausea should be expected. Vomiting can occur. Though, you should have access to plenty of medications for nausea. Many people have flushing or an odd taste while getting chemo. Pain would be very unusual. There are some chemo meds that can have an allergic effect, so rash and flu-like symptoms can occur. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of the nausea after chemotherapy?

How can I get rid of the nausea after chemotherapy?

Prevention: Prevention is the best treatment. There are excellent meds that are given before chemotherapy to try to prevent nausea. If you experienced a lot of nausea make sure to talk to your medical oncologist for adjustments is these meds. If you have nausea use your anti nausea meds early (if your starting to feel just a little bit nauseated). ...Read more

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What are some natural remedies to help chemotherapy nausea?

What are some natural remedies to help chemotherapy nausea?

Ginger?: Ginger can help mild nausea, although chemo-related nausea is much harder to control without medication. Chemo stimulates the "vomit center" in the brain, and the anti-nausea drugs we have today block that site in the brain, which is why they work so well. Accupuncture is a helpful addition to nausea treatment for some people. ...Read more

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Why does chemotherapy cause nausea and vomiting?

It's a toxin: The brain has an area that triggers nausea and vomiting if something toxic gets in the body. This is what prevented early humans from dying after eating poisonous berries! chemotherapy triggers the same area of the brain, and the body tries to protect itself by vomiting. New anti-nausea drugs are so effective because they target the "vomit center" in the brain. ...Read more

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How can I help my mother deal with nausea from chemotherapy?

How can I help my mother deal with nausea from chemotherapy?

Encourage meds!: Nausea is horrible! thanks for helping your mother. Hopefully her doctor gave her several medicines to try. Make sure she tries them all. If she can't keep them down, ask her doctor for suppositories. If the medicines don't work, ask her doctor for others, and encourage your mom to take them even when she feels better. We have such good meds now that no one should have nausea from chemo! ...Read more

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Chemotherapy side effect question. Will I get nausea right away from dactinomycin?

Chemotherapy side effect question.  Will I get nausea right away from dactinomycin?

Dactinomycine&nausea: 75% of patients will experience nausea and vomiting, can be mild to moderate in severity.It may present within hours of administration , may be dose related and may be more intense two to four days after the end of five day course, usually require and respond to antiemetic therapy and may persist as long as a week after the therapy is stopped. ...Read more

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Is kytril worth the cost to reduce nausea while undergoing chemotherapy treatments?

Is kytril worth the cost to reduce nausea while undergoing chemotherapy treatments?

Potentially: Kytril is a drug which is extremely effective and part of standard anti-nausea regimens- zofran (ondansetron) is a generic drug of the same class and anzemet and Aloxi are the other drugs in this class. If cost is an issue than generic zofran (ondansetron) can be tried. ...Read more

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A 1 mg. tablet of Granisetron Hydrochloride is equal to about how many mgs. of Zofran (ondansetron) for nausea due to chemotherapy?

A 1 mg. tablet of Granisetron Hydrochloride is equal to about how many mgs. of Zofran (ondansetron) for nausea due to chemotherapy?

Zofran (ondansetron) 8 mg twice/da: The standard dose of Granisetron is 2 mg and that of Zofran (ondansetron) ranges from 8 mg to 12 mg once or twice per day (at one time it was as high as 32 mg per day). But with more experience we learned that lower doses work as well but not below 8 mg per day. ...Read more

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I went through chemotherapy for testicular cancer finishing in October. I still experience nausea and dizziness quite often. What could be the cause?

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I went through chemotherapy for testicular cancer finishing in October. I still experience nausea and dizziness quite often. What could be the cause?

Here are some ...: Congratulation for finishing chemo to survive testicular cancer(TC). Known to most, if not all, success in chemo for TC has been as great "miracle" in modern medicine to make all treated TC patients alive like the normal counterparts, but not with a price. By sequence of events, what you feel is most likely chemo-related & may slowly improve and evolve with symptomatic Rx + healthy lifestyle... ...Read more

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Why does chemotherapy cause side effects of hair loss and nausea?

Why does chemotherapy cause side effects of hair loss and nausea?

.: Chemotherapy attacks rapidly growing cells, so it attacks the cancer cells as well as normal body cells that grow rapidly, including your hair follicles ! chemo crosses from the blood to the brain and triggers the nausea center in the brain. ...Read more

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Why does chemotherapy cause the side effects of hair loss? Also lots of nausea?

Why does chemotherapy cause the side effects of hair loss? Also lots of nausea?

Kills cells: Chemotherapy kills cells. It just kills cancer cells quicker than normal cells because they grow faster. As for the nausea, chemo agents are toxic to living tissue. ...Read more

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