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For some of us who have migraines, the nausea that often occurs during migraine attacks can be the worst of our symptoms. It can be more severe and debilitating than the pain of a migraine attack. Moreover, it can truly wreak havoc with any oral medications we might take during a migraine. Many migraineurs have commented that keeping their meds down during a migraine is one of their biggest treatment challenges because of severe nausea and vomiting.
BUT, Here's a Vital Question:
Is the severe nausea and the accompanying vomiting truly making the meds, "not stay down?" The very, very important answer to that questions is, " Probably not entirely. " You may have read about gastric stasis and how it can keep oral medications from absorbing correctly and being optimally effective. That's not uncommon, but even if gastric stasis is a problem, SOME of the medication can enter our system within seconds of swallowing it.
Here's a Huge Problem:
Some of the same migraineurs who have commented t...
When you vomit, your stomach muscles contract and push what's in your stomach up your esophagus and out your mouth. Vomiting is usually the result of nausea .
Breast cancer treatments that can cause vomiting:
Femara (chemical name: letrozole), a hormonal therapy
Arimidex (chemical name: anastrozole), a hormonal therapy
Faslodex (chemical name: fulvestrant), a hormonal therapy
Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab), a targeted therapy
Tykerb (chemical name: lapatinib), a targeted therapy
ovarian shutdown with Lupron (chemical name: leuprolide)
Some pain medications, anticonvulsants, and bisphosphonates (bone-strengthening medications) also can cause vomiting.
Call your doctor immediately if:
you vomit more than 4 or 5 times in a 24 hour period
your stomach swells or is painful before you vomit
you still vomit even though you're taking anti-nausea medicine
you have a bout of new, unexpected vomiting
as these could be the signs of a more serious conditio...
Almost all breast cancer treatments have varying degrees of risk for nausea and vomiting. Some people never have nausea or vomiting, while others experience it frequently. Many people describe having "stomach awareness," a type of discomfort in which a person is not interested in eating, but does not feel nauseated. Some people have nausea that lingers more than a week beyond chemotherapy. Thankfully, these side effects can almost always be controlled, or at least substantially reduced, by a variety of medications and lifestyle changes. Learn more about the causes and ways to relieve nausea and vomiting .
Don't force yourself to drink or eat if you're nauseated or vomiting. It's a good idea to avoid eating for about 4 to 8 hours if you're vomiting often. Along the way, try small sips of water or flat ginger ale. After your stomach settles down a bit, begin to replace some of the chemicals and fluids that you might have lost because of the vomiting. Try sipping chicken or vegetable brot...
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