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Cancer: Controlling Nausea and Vomiting From Chemotherapy

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Cancer and the treatments for it can sometimes make you sick to your stomach (nauseated) or make you vomit. If these side effects aren't managed, you can lose too much fluid (dehydration). And nausea and vomiting can make it hard to eat enough to keep your weight up. But you can work with your doctor to manage these problems.

Your doctor may prescribe medicine to keep you from feeling sick to your stomach (anti-nausea medicine). You also can do a few things at home to help manage your nausea and feel better. This can help you stay hydrated, prevent weight loss, and keep up your strength.

How can you control nausea and vomiting?

The best way to control nausea and vomiting is to start treating it before you start your cancer treatment. Your doctor may give you medicines to control nausea. There are also home treatments that can help you manage these symptoms.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor if:

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