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Nausea & Vomiting: A Common Side-Effect

There are a number of conditions that can cause nausea and vomiting. In many cases, nausea and vomiting are caused by viral gastroenteritis, which is sometimes mistakenly called the stomach flu. Nausea and vomiting may also be a sign of morning sickness, which often occurs early in pregnancy.

Various medications can also trigger nausea and vomiting. Oral contraceptives, anti-inflammatory drugs and narcotics are examples of some of the medications that can cause nausea and vomiting. General anesthesia, which is used during many types of surgery, can also trigger nausea and vomiting. In rare cases, nausea and vomiting can be a sign of a serious health problem.

Causes of Nausea & Vomiting

Nausea and vomiting are often side effects of chemotherapy, which is a treatment used to kill cancerous cells. Radiation therapy is another cancer treatment that is commonly used, which can also cause nausea and vomiting. These symptoms may also be caused by gastroparesis, a condition where the stomach wall muscles do not function properly. This condition interferes with digestion.

People who have migraines may experience nausea and vomiting. Children who have anaphylaxis, which is a life-threatening allergic reaction, may experience nausea and vomiting. Many people experience nausea and vomiting after they suffer a traumatic injury i.e. brain injury.

In some cases, nausea and vomiting can be a sign of a mental health condition. Depression, which is also referred to as major depressive disorder, can cause nausea and vomiting. People who have diabetic ketoacidosis may experience nausea and vomiting. Diabetic ketoacidosis is when the body produces abnormally high levels of ketones because it cannot produce enough insulin.

Children who have a fever may become nauseated and vomit. Other conditions that can cause nausea and vomiting include liver failure, liver cancer, heart attack and irritable bowel syndrome.

Medications to Treat Nausea And Vomiting

Over-the-Counter Medications:

  • Zofran
  • Compro
  • Compazine
  • Phenergan

Compounded Medications:
We can make rapid dissolving tablets, troches, suspensions, solutions or capsules of the following:

  • Ondansetron
  • Prochlorperazine
  • Promethazine
  • Pyridoxine (vitamin B6)
  • Ginger root
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