Chemotherapy problems with nausea

lisa67ford Member Posts: 2 Member
edited June 13 in Caregivers #1

Hello. How can i make my husband more comfortable. His nausea is terrible. The patch and the ondestraton isnt really helping. He just finished last round.

Thank you



  • jdubya
    jdubya Member Posts: 6 Member

    Try to stick with simpler foods. Rice, oatmeal, etc. Before my wife stopped eating, chicken rice was about the only thing she could keep down. Google best foods for nausea and go from there. Some work some don't. I hope he feels better soon!

  • MikeK83
    MikeK83 Member Posts: 1 *

    Hi Lisa,

    I just went through the 7 weeks of daily radiation (35 days) and chemotherapy (weeks 1, 4, and 7 - 2 days per week) myself for cancer of the tonsils and lymph nodes in my neck. The nausea after cycle 2 (the end of week 4 and into week 5) really clobbered me, and at the time I was only taking the ondansatron. In speaking with my doctor, we became much more aggressive with my medications, and it made a big difference to the point where I had no nausea at all after cycle three. After getting more agressive my medication cycle became this:

    • I took Ondansatron at 730AM, 330PM and 1130PM
    • I took a steroid - Dexamethasone at 930AM
    • I took Codien Sulfate at 930AM and 930PM
    • I took Lorazepam at 1130AM and 730PM

    This was in addition to the gabapentin and Tylenol for pain, the Mucinex DM to help with the congestion/mucus and the Benzonatate which helped with my coughing. While the increase in the medications was agressive and for a limited period of time, I found it helped me tremendously and was the key difference in my experience between cycle 2 when I had awful significant nausea, and cycle 3 when I didn't have any at all.

    The other thing for me that made a big difference was the constant gargling. I did a quart of water every day with 1 teaspoon of baking soda and a teaspoon of salt, and just gargled that with warm water throughout the day. I found it got rid of the "nasty" taste in my mouth that helped contribute to the feelings of nausea. This is besides making some of the pain in the mouth from radiation go away.

    Finally for me, water tasted terrible and made me want to gag. I ended up using Vitamin Water Zero - Acai Blueberry Pomegrenate in a 50-50 mixture with regular water - it wasn't acidic and added just enough "good" flavor that made it easier for me to drink without the "gag" from tasting terrible experience.

    The other comments about food are good - but the reality was for me after cycle 2 - nothing stayed down regardless of food. I had a day when I just drank water and I was throwing that up. Pretty awful. So I might consider speaking to your doctor about the medications and seeing if there is more they can do.

    Best of luck to you, and sorry if this post is too late to help, but it might help someone else.


  • maeve10310
    maeve10310 Member Posts: 2 *

    i used to use tummy drops i got them on amazon their made out of ginger and have some other stuff in them their safe with chemo and really work, sucking on stuff in general helped with my nausea (they also come in lollipops)

  • lisa67ford
    lisa67ford Member Posts: 2 Member

    Hi mike.

    Thank you. They gave him the 1mg lorazapam and also the ondasrtaton. Neither worked. They didnt give him the other too though. Michael finished his last round 10 days ago. He is coming out of the nausea stage and the mucisitis. Yay! He is eating better. Michael refused the ginger tea because of the taste. To tell you the truth the only thing that helped was the THC gummies. It also promotes appetite

    We are through the worst part. Thank god

  • Sunny202
    Sunny202 Member Posts: 2 *

    I feel for him. I find that ginger root powder, which I get from Sprout's Farmer's Market helps. I simmer hot purified water on the stove, add about a tablespoon of the ginger root, stirring continuously until dissolved. Sip as a tea. Ginger ale helps too. Best wishes to ya'll