Different drugs work for different people, and you may need more than one drug to get relief. Be sure to tell your doctor or nurse if you feel very nauseated, have vomited for more than a day, or if the vomiting is so bad that you cannot keep liquids down. You could become dehydrated. Dehydration can cause serious problems if it is not treated.
This complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) information summary provides an overview of the Gonzalez regimen as a treatment for people with cancer. The summary includes a brief history of the science and philosophies of care that have influenced development of the regimen, the results of research and clinical studies, and side effects that have been associated with this treatment approach.
This summary contains the following key information:
The Gonzalez regimen is a complex cancer treatment...
Instead of eating three large meals every day, eat small meals, and eat more often. Nausea is often worse if your stomach is empty.
Eat slowly, and chew your food completely.
Eat foods that are cold or at room temperature. The smell of hot or warm foods may nauseate you more.
Avoid spicy foods and fatty foods, including rich and creamy sauces. They're hard to digest.
Rest after eating, but don’t lie down. Sit up, keeping your head higher than your feet.
If you feel nauseated when you first wake up, keep a box of crackers on your nightstand and eat a few before getting out of bed. Or try eating a high-protein snack such as lean meat or cheese before going to bed. (Protein stays in your stomach longer than other foods.)
Instead of drinking beverages with your meals, drink beverages and other fluids between meals.
Drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration. Choose cold beverages such as water, flat soda, or flavored drink mixes. You can also suck on ice cubes and eat Popsicles to stay hydrated.
Try to eat more food at a time of day when you feel less nauseous.
Take your anti-nausea medicine at the times prescribed.
Avoid foods that cause gas (like vegetables, beans, and soda), because it can make nausea worse.
Before each treatment session, tell your health care team if you've been feeling nauseated. Contact your doctor if your vomiting is severe or keeps coming back and prevents you from keeping anything down.