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Cancer: Home Treatment for Nausea or Vomiting

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On treatment days

Eating or 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

If one or more of the following symptoms occur during home treatment, contact your doctor:

  • You have signs of dehydration.
  • Vomiting has lasted longer than 24 hours, and you are not able to keep fluids down.
  • You develop a stiff neck.
  • Severe vomiting develops.
  • Chest pain or other symptoms of a heart attack develop.
  • You 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 days.
  • 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.

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Last Updated: October 22, 2012
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