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    Information about Ondansetron

    Ondansetron uses

    Ondansetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting.

    How ondansetron works

    Ondansetron is an antiemetic medication. It works by blocking the action of a chemical messenger (serotonin) in the brain that may cause nausea and vomiting during anti-cancer treatment (chemotherapy) or after surgery.

    Common side effects of ondansetron

    Fatigue, Headache, Constipation, Diarrhea, Decreased oxygen level in blood
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    Last updated on:
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    Expert advice for Ondansetron

    • You have been prescribed Ondansetron for prevention of nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy, radiotherapy and after surgery.
    • Unlike some other nausea medicines, the side effects for Ondansetron are relatively mild.
    • It comes in many different forms that do not need to be swallowed, such as a film that goes on the tongue or a dissolving pill.
    • It is fast-acting and starts working within 30 minutes.
    • If you vomit within one hour of taking a dose, take another dose.
    • Avoid heavy meals and try eating small nourishing snacks throughout the day. Also, sip water regularly to help avoid dehydration.

    Content on this page was last updated on 14 January, 2020, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)