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SIDE EFFECTS AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT /// CHAPTER 28
How to Deal with Nausea and Vomiting
Medications:
» Your doctor will order medications to help prevent and control your nausea.
» It is important to tell your nurses and doctor if the medicine is not working; we
may have to try a few different medicines to find out what works best for you.
» Take your medication as ordered. This sometimes means taking meds before
you feel sick to your stomach, or for a week after finishing chemo.
» Make sure you know the best way to take your meds before you go home.
» Ask your doctor and nurses about when your chemo is expected to cause
nausea so that you can take your anti-nausea medications correctly.
» Know what medication works for you, so you can ask for it!
Changing Your Environment:
» Avoid strong smells. Is your bedroom right next to the kitchen? Maybe switch
with another family member for a while. Ask your family to cover food with
strong smells if they bother you.
» Increase air circulation. Open a window or go outside for some fresh air if
smells bother you.
» Wear loose clothing that doesn't fit tight across your abdomen. Sometimes
pressure on your stomach can make the feeling of nausea worse.
» Cool air can help reduce nausea. Open the freezer door and stand there taking
a few slow deep breaths.
» Distract yourself. Put on a movie or play a game with friends.
Eating/Drinking:
» Drink clear liquids like ginger ale or apple juice or try Jell-O or popsicles.
» Drink slowly in between meals instead of during meals.
» Try eating smaller amounts.
» Eat bland foods like crackers and toast without butter.
» Eat cold foods because they have less smell, and can soothe your stomach.
» Avoid high fat, spicy or very sweet foods when you are nauseated.
» Tart or sour foods can be easier to eat (avoid them though if you have mouth
sores).
» Some people like to suck on mint candies or chew gum.
» Use plastic forks and spoons if regular utensils have a metallic taste.
» Sometimes having an empty stomach can make you feel nauseous. Try a small
bland snack like crackers and see if it helps.
WHEN
TO CALL
THE CLINIC
» You cannot keep
fluids down.
» You cannot take
or do not have
the medicines
ordered by the
doctor.
» You are taking the
medicine ordered
by the doctor, but
it does not work.
» You vomit blood
or something that
looks like coffee
grounds.
» You have a fever
of 101 or higher.
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