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  • What Medication Do You Use To Help With Nausea?

    Posted by Colleen on December 19, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    We discovered while my son was recovering from transplant, that he is very allergic to zofran. It does the complete opposite of what it is supposed to do and causes projectile vomiting. He tried it a few times and each time he experienced the same results. He hates Pepto, even the pill form, so that’s not an option either.

    Last night he got sick after eating spicy Indian food. The rest of us didn’t get sick from it so I’m suspicious that it was his reflux acting up. He just takes omeprazole now and not the backup of ranitidine since the recall so I think that food sent him over the edge.

    What over the counter or prescription medication do you take for nausea?

    jen-cueva replied 4 months ago 11 Members · 14 Replies
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  • Colleen

    December 19, 2019 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you, Kevin. My son is a heart and double lung transplant recipient and we always have to check with his team before trying anything – well, we did when he had PH too but now we are finding there are more restrictions. I’m going to send his transplant nurse an e-mail and ask her about the ginger. I appreciate the suggestion.

  • v-r-peterson

    December 20, 2019 at 5:41 pm

    Peppermint tea helps with nausea. Be sure and check with his transplant nurse; peppermint is generally very mild, but I don’t know if it’ll interact with his medications.

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    December 24, 2019 at 10:17 am

    My doctor prescribes me suppositories, of phedadrine ( not sure hot to spell it)or Zofran. I can also take it through a IV if my nurse is with me or in the hospital. For some reason taking it as a suppository is the easiest way for me. It works quickly and I am able to eat. Your Son probably wouldn’t like that method of treatment for nausea. Lol I can understand! But it does help.

  • denise-k-thompson

    December 24, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    Shannon, I think you may mean phenergan, which I take for nausea. I don’t find Zofran to work any better, although we must always be aware of respiratory depressing drugs. It also tends to lengthen the time between triggers to breath with sleep apnea. Personally, I take the risk. Omeprezole & pepto are also my mainstays. Uncontrollable hiccups & burping are miserable & pepto helps the best. Ranitidine has a recent recall because of cancer causing agents, which pisses me off because I took it for so long & never thought it worked. Omeprezole had a dementia study that gave it a black mark, but the need is worth the risk, again.
    Thanks for the topic, Colleen.

  • jimi-mcintosh

    December 24, 2019 at 6:24 pm

    I use a warm ginger ale, less side effects. I have tried the prescription meds and some leave me feeling like I have a hole in bottom
    Of stomach

  • andrew-michael-rossi

    December 26, 2019 at 12:24 pm

    Hi Colleen
    I remember as a practicing nurse we would use Tigan for people intolerant of zofran. Just a side note, there is concern for PPIs like omeprezole (prilosec) used long term can cause chronic kidney disease which as a result of my long term use have CKD Stage 3. I was switched to Zantac ( rantinidine) the pharmacist said the recall only pertained to particular manufacturers. Double check with your pharmacist, perhaps the Zantac can be reintroduced?

    Happy New Year,

  • kimberly

    January 10, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    I have small patches that go behind my ear each one is good for 3 days. I also take the usual Zoltan, phenergan of course I don’t think either or them do much good. I usually vomiting them up and have to go to the ER to stop the vomiting.

  • brittany-foster

    January 11, 2020 at 8:35 am

    The only time that I have used the patches was immediately after my heart surgery in May. The surgeon actually recommended to have one on me for waking up after surgery since I am actually allergic to anti nausea meds. I have a really strange sensitivity reaction where I feel like my skin is crawling and I can’t sit still. My legs get restless, my body feels like it has bugs crawling inside, it’s really weird! That and migraine medication makes me feel the same way. There are so many good anti nausea meds out there that I just unfortunately can’t take. What specifically does the ER do for your vomiting? Sometimes they comes up with some good IV “cocktails ”

  • coastalphriends

    January 11, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    In this casen since it is a child. Ginger slices from Costco or Amazon (they are sweetened) and also inhibits Diarrea. And CBD oul would be the next option. It actually works better than Zofran, from my experience. I am on a constant scrip of Zofran for my Uptravi. When Xofran doesn’t workn I take CBD oil (pure, no additives).

  • nancy-mcsweeney

    January 14, 2020 at 12:53 pm

    So my ongoing vomiting/diarrhea problem could be related to pulmonary hypertension? Have been going gluten and dairy free, but still had the problem. Have added avoiding foods that contain histermines.

  • Colleen

    January 14, 2020 at 6:49 pm

    @nancy-mcsweeney it’s definitely something you should discuss with your pulmonologist/specialist and cardiologist if you are seeing one. I mention cardiologist because PH effects the heart and this could be a sign that your heart is struggling. It could also be a side effect from treatments. That being said, it could be a GI problem. It’s just best to cross your T’s and dot your I’s to make sure it’s not a symptom of something and to ensure it is treated properly.

  • kimberly

    January 21, 2020 at 7:54 pm

    Brittany Foster the ER has used several cocktails but the one that seems to work best is Zofran and fentynol. Fentynol is a drug used during surgery to put you to sleep but they use it to relax my stomach.

  • brittany-foster

    January 22, 2020 at 8:58 am

    @duncilk , yes this medication has worked for me too. Especially with procedures or when I am in a high level of pain. I think that is almost helps me to relax. It is a narcotic so I’m sure that is part of how it works. But it is better at working than morphine is. My body has built up a tolerance to those types of sedatives over the years so it is harder to find a safe dosage and type of medication that actually works the way it should.

  • jen-cueva

    May 30, 2023 at 1:59 pm

    This is an older post, but @dawnt mentioned she is experiencing nausea with the medication she is on for a lung infection. Hopefully, reading through what helps others may benefit you, Dawn.

    I try to keep a stash of peppermints, crystalized ginger, Ginger Ale, and ginger chews. You can find these at the drug store, on Amazon, and in some grocery stores. Lemon ginger and peppermint tea help, too.

    There was also a tea called Tummy Tamer, which I found before, but forgot about. But also, other stomach ache teas are out there. .

    The prescription meds I have for nausea are Zofran, the one that melts under your tongue is quicker for me. But I also have the oral pill. Phenergan (promethazine) is needed, too, but it causes me some drowsiness. I prefer not to use it unless I know I can nap. It also comes in suppository form if you cannot keep anything down.

    Check with your medical team for suggestions; they know what you can take.

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