Gastrointestinal disorders

Nausea and vomiting

About Nausea and vomiting

Nausea is an uneasy or unsettled feeling in the stomach together with an urge to vomit. Nausea and vomiting, or throwing up, are not diseases. They can be symptoms of many different conditions. These include morning sickness during pregnancy, infections, migraine headaches, motion sickness, food poisoning, cancer chemotherapy or other medicines.

For vomiting in children and adults, avoid solid foods until vomiting has stopped for at least six hours. Then work back to a normal diet. Drink small amounts of clear liquids to avoid dehydration.

Nausea and vomiting are common. Usually, they are not serious. You should see a doctor immediately if you suspect poisoning or if you have

  • Vomited for longer than 24 hours
  • Blood in the vomit
  • Severe abdominal pain
  • Headache and stiff neck
  • Signs of dehydration, such as dry mouth, infrequent urination or dark urine

Top Medications for Nausea and vomiting according to our users

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All Medications for Nausea and vomiting

  • Anti-nausea > Antihistamine

    • Phenergan
      (Promethazine)
      Prescription only

      Phenergan (Promethazine) is used to treat and prevent nausea and vomiting from surgery, motion sickness, or pregnancy. While it's cheap and available in different forms to make it easier to take, it can make you feel very sleepy, and its side effects mean that children under 2 and adults over 65 shouldn't take it.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
  • Anti-nausea > Selective 5-HT3 antagonist

  • Anti-nausea > Anticholinergic

  • Anti-nausea > Dopamine receptor antagonist

    • Reglan
      (Metoclopramide)
      Prescription only

      Reglan (Metoclopramide) helps get your digestive system moving and lowers nausea and vomiting. Using it a long time can come with serious, potentially permanent side effects.

      Was it worth it?
      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Liquid
  • Antipsychotic > Typical

    • Haldol
      (Haloperidol)
      Prescription only

      Haldol (Haloperidol) is okay for treating psychosis and agitation. It's less likely to cause weight gain than other antipsychotics, but it's more likely to cause other bad side effects.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Injection
  • Antipsychotic > Atypical

    • Zyprexa
      (Olanzapine)
      Prescription only

      Zyprexa (Olanzapine) is good for treating psychosis, mania, and agitation. More likely to cause weight gain and sleepiness than other antipsychotics.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Dissolving tablet
      • Injection
  • Anti-inflammatory, Immunosuppressant > Corticosteroid

    • Cortef
      (Hydrocortisone)
      Prescription only

      Cortef (Hydrocortisone) is identical to an essential hormone that humans produce and has been proven to work safely.

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      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid
      • Suppository
    • Prednisone
      Prescription only

      Deltasone (Prednisone) is a common oral corticosteroid that's great for controlling the unwanted symptoms from your immune responses and will make you feel better. There are lots of side effects but most of are tolerable or can be managed.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Extended release
      • Liquid
  • Anti-anxiety > Benzodiazepine

    • Ativan
      (Lorazepam)
      Prescription only

      Ativan (Lorazepam) is okay for occasional or short-term use (up to 4 weeks) for anxiety and sleep. Less likely to have drug interactions, but more likely to cause withdrawal symptoms compared to similar drugs.

      • Available dosage forms:
      • Pill
      • Liquid

Medication side effects for Nausea and vomiting

These are some of the most common side effects from clinical trials for dizziness.

  • Reglan: 1%
  • Scopolamine: 17%
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At this end, no one is expected to have dizziness

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have dizziness

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