If you are going through chemotherapy or radiation, you may be experiencing anything from mild nausea to being completely unable to eat, drink, or even smell food cooking without throwing up. If you’ve tried everything and aren’t in a medical marijuana state, Phenergan could be the answer for you.
The Best Nausea Drug: The very best nausea drug is medical marijuana, but not all of us live in a state that supports that. I tried Compazine and 8 milligram doses of Zofran. I tried the Zofran that melts under your tongue, and just the taste of it melting would make me throw up. If this sounds like you, ask your doctor about Phenergan. It’s pronounced Fin-er-gan. It controlled my nausea more effectively than any other pharmaceutical drug and allowed me to eat.
The Down Side of Phenergan: The biggest down side to Phenergan is that it will most likely make you sleepy. I don’t mean just a little drowsy either. Sometimes when you take it, you’ll wake up three hours later and feel drowsy still. I took a 25 milligram dose. If you already take narcotic pain medication, it will definitely enhance that “spacey” feeling. Just like any other pharmaceutical drug, there is a plethora of possible side effects. You can read about the possible side effects here. I never had any negative side effects other than feeling very sleepy, but sleep when you’re fighting cancer is a good thing. Your body needs to rest and heal.
The Positives: There are a lot of positives to taking Phenergan. Of course, not throwing up every five minutes is awesome! If it works for you, you’ll be able to gain a little weight, stop dehydration, be more likely to get up and do things if you’ve been too nauseous to go out, and often (a little known fact) Phenergan is given in conjunction with pain medication to enhance the effectiveness. I don’t know why doctors don’t just start people off on Phenergan, it really is a much better nausea control medicine than either Zofran or Compazine. Phenergan is also a medication that is on the $4 dollar list at Wal-Mart, or at least it was last year, so if you’re paying for expensive nausea medication that doesn’t work very well, I really recommend giving it a shot. You’ll need a prescription from your doctor, of course.
Special Note: I’m in no way endorsing Phenergan; this is simply what worked best for me as a cancer patient to control my nausea when Zofran and Compazine failed. There are health risks and side effects of Phenergan, just like any other pharmaceutical drug. Some of these side effects according to Web MD, can include drowsiness, dizziness, dry mouth and constipation. Serious side effects can include seizures, shallow breathing, dark urine, fast or irregular heartbeat, and severe confusion. This list is not extensive by any means. You can read more at Web MD or ask your doctor. A severe allergic reaction to this medication is rare but possible. Also, if you take narcotic pain meds, benzodiazepines, or muscle relaxers make sure to tell your doctor.