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6 Nausea helpers

Posted Mar 27 2009 10:55am
Chemotherapy and nausea. The words go hand in hand. Medicine has come a long way in helping control nausea over the years, in my case Emend was a lifesaver. Unfortunately for some people even that is not enough, plus it can run $150 per three day cycle. If this is your first round of chemo no one is going to be able to determine the degree of nausea you'll experience but after the first round you can plan ahead.

1. If you are on a later round of chemo and had nausea in the past get a prescription and don't be afraid to use it.

2. Drink! If you're not up for eating try drinking. Whether all you can handle is water with lemon or flat ginger ale, drinking can be more important than eating when you're really suffering.

3. In some states there is medical marijuana. Other options include Marinol (dronabinol) a schedule III medication that you may be able to get by prescription from your physician. I can't tell you how many people offered to get marijuana for me during treatment and many of them were the people you would least expect.

4. Don't try to sit down for a "balanced meal". A plate full of food can be too much to even look at without making your stomach churn. Eat what you feel like you can handle. For some people it's crackers, for others oranges.

5. Try to avoid grocery shopping if nausea is a problem at all. You don't notice it when you're not sick but the grocery store is full of smells. Heck, when I was pregnant I could barely make it down the pet food aisle and that was without chemo.

6. Some home remedies have stood the test of time. Ginger, peppermint or chamomile tea, cumin seeds, cider vinegar are all nausea standbys. Google them, you'll see. There is one home remedy that nauseates me just thinking about it and that's rice water. There are people who swear it works but Ick.

7. Acupuncture and acupressure have been proven to be successful and are worth looking into.

What have you found to work for you? Any pointers? Please share in the comments.

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