There are a number of medications available to treat, prevent or control nausea and vomiting. These medications, called antiemetics, can be taken as a tablet or a wafer, given by suppository or directly into a vein through a drip. Often a combination of different types of antiemetics will be given.
Antiemetics will be given before chemotherapy and then you will be provided with some tablets or wafers to take home. It’s important that you take the medication regularly as directed by your doctor. If the medications you are given don’t seem to be working well, you should speak to your care team as a different medication might work better for you.
- Hypnosis may be effective for anticipatory nausea and vomiting
- Progressive muscle relaxation in combination with guided imagery is likely to be effective – Progressive muscle relaxation (PMR) is a technique of alternately tensing and relaxing muscle groups in sequence throughout the body. Guided imagery involves the use of mental visualisation and imagination to enhance relaxation and alter specific experiences