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EMEND or Zofran for N/V

imackie48
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Any comments on which works better for nausea? I was given both, I have friends who say EMEND is long acting with one pill a day times 3 days post chemo. Any thoughts on this subject.
Irene

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Cynthia Rose
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My Mom Had Emend.It Worked GREAT!!!!

JoAnnDK
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I took both. Zofran is great for nausea but you must take it religiously as your doctor schedules it. (I started mine 24 hours after each chemo treatment and took it every 8 hours for three days).

EMEND, on the other hand, seems to work on that body-mind awfulness thing......the feeling that you had been hit by a truck and have the worst flu ever.

JoAnn

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Ro10
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After chemo I took decadron and compazine twice a day for 3 days. I never had any nausea with my first round of chemo ( 6 sessions) I also had zofran to take if needed with my second round of chemo ( 7 sessions). Hope whatever you have works for you.

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Double Whammy
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I think they "save" the Emend for in case the others don't work. I did fine on Zofran, took it as directed and took Ativan as needed. My chemo was for breast cancer (Cytoxin and Taxotere), but nausea is nausea.

Suzanne

JoAnnDK
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The Zofran, on the strict schedule that I mentioned, totally controlled my nausea. I think I had to take a compazine once.

The EMEND was given to me for my other horrible symptoms. I would say that it gave me about 60% relief.

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TiggersDoBounce
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The three common anti nausea meds- Emend, Zofran and Compazine work differently in the body...

Emend is a wonder drug--it works on the vomiting center in the brain.
Zofran works on receptor sites in the stomach.
Compazine is for breakthrough nausea.

I was given Emend as a pre-chemo med and then one pill the day following chemo.

Zofran I took night of chemo and a few days after....The important thing is to keep the meds going regardless of feeling the nausea for a few days post chemo.

Miralax is great for the constipation following the use of these meds...

Laurie

susafina
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I know that medications work differently on wach person. For me I received Emend the morning before treatment and then I received a leser dose on the next 2 days. For me it worked like a charm. I did not have any nausea at all. My docs ordered Zofran if I needed it but I did not and I tend to have a weak stomach. The Emend was great with chemo. My appetite was not great for those couple of days but I was free from nausea. However I was on decadron for 48 hours post chemo and that helped as well.
SUE

imackie48
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Joined: Nov 2011

I'm am glad to have Emend as my choice, everyone has been so helpful. Hope everything goes well on Wednesday for my 1 st tx. Thanks , for your help. I really hate the feeling of being nausea.
A special thanks to my friend Mary Ann who has been a positive role model and lifts me up when I'm down
Thanks again.
Irene

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Ro10
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Hope all went well for you today. I also hope it was not as bad as you anticipated. I know I was so fearful before my first treatment, but it was not as bad as I thought it would be. Hope these next days are good for you,too. In peace and caring.

imackie48
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Thanks for your sincere concern. My treatment went better then I expected. The 8 hr day went real fast all the pre meds puts you to sleep and totally relaxes you, and of course I had my IPad. I came home was real hungry had scrambles eggs and a large glass of milk. Went to bed and slept for 11hrs straight, was starved hate a big dose of pancakes with yogurt on the side. But when I woke up my fast was real red and flushed I mmediately took my temp, it was 97.5, I put cold compresses on my face, called the doctor she said that it's the steroids coming out, had a. Very large dose now come out of my pores, ir was an awful feeling. I'm glad I took Emend for nausea, they call it the miracle drug, very expensive 3 pills cost the insurance 360.00
Made by Merck. My copayment was 6.00. Yesterday I was eating princes to make Sure my bowls would move, first thing tHis morning nice easy BM, my doctor expressed how important it was to keep them open.
Glad you enjoyed your cruise, I have my goals too when I'm down with these treats. FLORIDA here I come........
Take care and the best to you, how's your weather down there for you.

Irene

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Ro10
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Steroids do make your face turn red. When I would go two days in a row to complete my treatments the nurses would comment on my " steroid flush". My premeds never did make me tired. The decadron IV ( steroids) would always negate the IV Benadryl. I am surprised you could sleep for 11 hours after chemo. The steroids always kept me awake. Glad you could sleep. And the steroids do make you so hungry!

To combat constipation, I drank apple juice the day of chemo and several days afterwards. I also took colace for a few days,too. Then if I needed more help I took correctal. When I would do this I never had problems with constipation. Hope you find something that works for you. Many ladies take Miralax and it worked for them.

I did not realize Emend was that expensive. Sound like you have good insurance if your co-pay was only $6. You will be amazed at the cost of going through treatments. I notice the difference in charges between IL and FL ,too. You would think the charges would be the same.

The weather here in FL is great. 70's through the day. Lots of sunshine, although we did have some much needed rain yesterday.

Hope today is a good day for you. Remember to take to one day at a time, and take the rest periods you need. Exercise is important,too, if you acc get it. In peace and caring.

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