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Topic: Chemo & Nausea

Forum: Managing Side Effects of Breast Cancer and Its Treatment —

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Posted on: Jun 13, 2018 05:44AM

ctc333 wrote:

Hello all,


I wanted to ask ya'll....I just started chemo and wanted to know if there was any advice to help with this horrible nausea/diarrhea. I feel like I can't do a single thing without wanting to vomit. How long did these symptoms last with you? I am taking zofran and compazine, but I feel like it did nothing.

Thanks in advance,


Cory

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Jun 13, 2018 06:54AM Moderators wrote:

Cory, we're sorry you're having a hard time with side effects. Till other members come along to post with their now experiences and advice, you may want to read through the pages of the following articles from our main site:

10 Ways to Manage Treatment-Related Nausea

Managing nausea

Eating When You Have Nausea and Vomiting


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Jun 13, 2018 08:17AM PreludeSing wrote:

Hi Cory,

So sorry you have to be here. I had incessant nausea during AC chemo despite taking emend and zofran. I got some mild relief from the steroid they gave me...dexamethasone. Did your onco prescribe this? This and tiny sips of ginger ale. Sending you strength ... you will get through it even if it seems endless now 💐

Dx 6/2/2017, IDC, Left, 4cm, Stage IIB, Grade 2, 2/24 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/6/2017 Lymph node removal: Left, Right, Sentinel, Underarm/Axillary; Mastectomy: Left Chemotherapy 6/26/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 13, 2018 08:54AM Lula73 wrote:

Over the counter options: Some people find relief with an antihistamine or Dramamine in addition to the meds already mentioned. Seabands that work through pressure points may help too. Ginger works really well-that ginger dressing at the Japanese steakhouse is all it would take. Walmart carries a product called Motion-Eaze; you just put a drop behind your ears to help prevent nausea or to get relief from nausea. We have had great success with it for nausea caused by all kinds of things. It’s a small package that isn’t always obvious in the store so I posted a link for you below.

Prescription Options: A scopalomine patch may help. Phenergan works well but it can cause serious drowsiness. Same with Ativan.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Motioneaze-Motion-Sickness-Relief-Topical-Oil-08-fl-oz-20-application/12346124


-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/13/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/2/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2018 Femara (letrozole)
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Jun 13, 2018 10:03AM VL22 wrote:

Cory - the only thing that worked for me was an anti nausea patch called Sancuso. My cancer center was just starting to use it last year. No oral meds worked for me.

Dx 5/5/2017, IDC, Right, <1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 6/14/2017 Lumpectomy: Right; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Dx 6/23/2017, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IB, Grade 3, 1/2 nodes, ER-/PR-, HER2- Chemotherapy 8/9/2017 AC + T (Taxol)
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Jun 13, 2018 10:15PM ctc333 wrote:

I actually started smoking medical marijuana today and I was able to eat with an appetite! I still feel very very exhausted because I haven't eaten in about a week, but I am happy that I found this. We are meeting to discuss what to do next round, so I am happy that I found this option without having to try a lot of different things with side effects


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Jun 13, 2018 11:08PM moth wrote:

Cory - speak to your MO & get additional meds. The goal at my cancer center is NO nausea or vomiting. There are way more drugs available than the 2 you're receiving.

Look at page 2 under high emotegenicity & you'll see the list of pre & post chemo drugs that are used here. On page 5 there is a flow chart which guides clinicians and has additional options available. http://www.bccancer.bc.ca/chemotherapy-protocols-s...

We were also allowed to use otc gravol on top of all the rx meds if nausea/vomiting were still occurring. But speak to your team, if necessary show them the protocol above & get them to prescribe more meds.

I was SO worried about nausea because I'm a super barfy person, get easily motion sick etc. On this protocol I didn't throw up even once & I only had a few twinges of nausea which was well controlled once I figured out how frequently I needed to take my meds for the first few days.

Dx at 50; Left, IDC, 1.7 cm, Stage I, Grade 3, 0/5 nodes, very weakly ER+, being treated as TNBC Surgery 12/12/2017 Lumpectomy: Left; Lymph node removal: Sentinel Chemotherapy 2/14/2018 AC + T (Taxol) Radiation Therapy 8/13/2018 Whole-breast: Breast
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Jun 14, 2018 12:21AM Lula73 wrote:

For those in the US, the medication called gravol that Moth mentions is called Dramamine in the US. It’s the original Dramamine. Also note that the original and less drowsy formulas have different active ingredients and may not be interchangeable as far as efficacy for you.

-Lula Dx 1/2017, DCIS/IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 1, 0/2 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- Surgery 2/13/2017 Lymph node removal: Sentinel; Mastectomy: Left, Right; Prophylactic ovary removal; Reconstruction (left): DIEP flap; Reconstruction (right): DIEP flap Hormonal Therapy 3/2/2017 Tamoxifen pills (Nolvadex, Apo-Tamox, Tamofen, Tamone) Surgery 11/1/2017 Prophylactic ovary removal Hormonal Therapy 1/2/2018 Femara (letrozole)

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