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Post-Chemotherapy Medications

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Antiemetic Cancer-related

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - What is it for

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Post-Chemotherapy Medications cause?

Before taking Post-Chemotherapy Medications, what precautions must I follow?

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Post-Chemotherapy Medications?

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - Dosage and How to Use

How should Post-Chemotherapy Medications be used?

What should I do if I miss a dose?

What should I do if I overdose?

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - Handling

How should I handle Post-Chemotherapy Medications safely?

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - Storage

How should I store Post-Chemotherapy Medications?

How should I dispose of Post-Chemotherapy Medications safely?

Post-Chemotherapy Medications - Additional Information

​These medicines may be prescribed by your doctor for your use to prevent nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy. Refer to the individual medicine label for dosing instructions.

 
​Medicines​Purpose of medicines / Directions for Use
​Aprepitant 125mg, 80mg (Emend)

For prevention of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.

Take it with or without food.

​Dexamethasone 4mg

​For prevention of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy, anti-allergy or reduction of fluid retention due to certain chemotherapy.

Take it with or after food.

This medicine may cause difficulty sleeping if taken at night. Take it earlier in the day or afternoon to minimize this side effect.

​Famotidine 20mg

​For reduction and prevention of gastric discomfort after taking dexamethasone.

Take it with or without food.

 

​Granisetron 1mg or Ondansetron 8mg

​For prevention of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.

Take it with or without food.

This medicine may cause headache and constipation.

​Metoclopramide 10mg

For prevention of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.

Take half to one hour before food.

This medicine may cause drowsiness. Do not drive or operate any machinery.

Olanzapine 5mg

​​For prevention of nausea and vomiting after chemotherapy.

Take at bedtime with or without food.

This medicine may cause drowsiness and dizziness. Do not drive or operate any machinery. Get up slowly from a sitting or lying position.

 *Please keep these medications in a cool, dry place, away from direct sunlight.

It is important to take anti-vomiting medications regularly to prevent vomiting. In addition to taking medications, you may also minimize nausea and vomiting by: 

  • Eating smaller, but more frequent meals
  • Avoid drinking too much fluids close to mealtimes
  • Avoid lying down immediately after meals
  • Avoid oily, spicy, fatty, strong smelling foods and unpleasant smells
  • Distracting yourself with hobbies, entertainment or spending time with loved ones 
  • Updated on Tuesday, November 30, 2021
  • Article contributed by Pharmacy Department KK Women's and Children's Hospital

The information provided is not intended as medical advice. Terms of use. Information provided by SingHealth

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