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Granisetron

INFORMATION

Uses

Granisetron is used in vomiting.

How it works

Granisetron inhibits the action of serotonin, a chemical that can trigger nausea and vomiting.

Common side effects

Liver enzyme increased, Constipation, Diarrhoea, Headache, Insomnia

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Expert advice

  • Take Granisetron 30 minutes before your food.
  • If you vomit within 30 minutes after taking the Granisetron, take the same amount again. If vomiting continues, check with your doctor.
  • If Granisetron is used for a short duration, for e.g. 6 -10 days, the risk of side-effects is minimal (well-tolerated).
  • You can use oral disintegrating film/strip (medicated strip that dissolves when comes in contact with a wet surface) form of the Granisetron if you are nauseous to swallow a tablet or capsule.
  • If you are using Granisetron in the form of oral disintegrating film/strip:
    • Make sure your hands are dry.
    • Immediately place the film/strip on the top of the tongue.
    • The film/strip will dissolve in seconds and you can swallow it with your saliva.
    • You do not need to drink water or other liquids to swallow the film/strip.

Frequently asked questions

Granisetron

Q.What is granisetron/granisetron hcl used for?
Granisetron is used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting due to cancer chemotherapy and radiotherapy

Q.How does granisetron work?
Granisetron works by inhibiting a natural substance (serotonin) in the body that is responsible for causing nausea and vomiting.


Content on this page was last updated on 29 November, 2016, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)