Cancer: Home Treatment for Nausea or Vomiting
On treatment days
drinking something before your treatment may help you feel better. Some people feel better if they don't eat
or drink anything. Find out what works best for you.
Some people feel sick right before their treatments.
For this kind of nausea, medicine doesn't seem to work well. But these things can help:
Symptoms to watch for during home treatment
or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your
- You have signs of
- Vomiting has lasted longer
than 24 hours, and you are not able to keep fluids down.
- Severe vomiting
- Chest pain or other
symptoms of a heart attack develop.
have changes in mental alertness, such as extreme sleepiness, personality
changes, confusion, irritability, or restlessness.
- You vomit blood,
or your vomit looks like coffee grounds.
- Fever of
101°F (38.3°C) or higher
occurs, or fever of 100°F (38°C) lasts longer than 12 hours.
- Belly pain
develops or gets worse.
- Any vomiting lasts longer than 2
- Your symptoms become more severe or more frequent.
Additional information about preventing nausea and vomiting is provided by the National Cancer Institute at www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/pdq/supportivecare/nausea/Patient.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
October 22, 2012
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