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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  • Atarax
    (hydroxyzine hydrochloride)
    Prescription only

    Atarax (Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride) is an effective treatment for the itching caused by an allergic reaction. It can also help treat mild anxiety.

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    82%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
  • chlorpromazine
    Prescription only

    Thorazine (chlorpromazine) has more side effects than other medicines like it. It is most useful during psychotic episodes because it slows you down quickly.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Injection
  • Compro
    (prochlorperazine)
    Prescription only

    Compro (Prochlorperazine) can be used to treat severe nausea and vomiting and can be taken orally or rectally, but get ready for a nap.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Suppository
  • perphenazine
    Prescription only

    Trilafon (perphenazine) is a good medicine for schizophrenia, but it can make you gain weight.

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  • 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.

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    Women
    95%
    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Suppository
  • Zofran
    (ondansetron)
    Prescription only

    Zofran (Ondansetron) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting, and it's available in different forms that you don't have to swallow.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Sublingual film
  • Compro
    (prochlorperazine)
    Prescription only

    Compro (Prochlorperazine) can be used to treat severe nausea and vomiting and can be taken orally or rectally, but get ready for a nap.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Suppository
  • Scopolamine
    Prescription only

    Transderm-Scop (Scopolamine) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting and the patch is low-hassle, but it takes about 4 hours to kick in.

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    • Available dosage forms:
    • Patch
  • Zofran
    (ondansetron)
    Prescription only

    Zofran (Ondansetron) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting, and it's available in different forms that you don't have to swallow.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Sublingual film
  • 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
  • Pepto Bismol
    (bismuth subsalicylate)
    Over-the-counter

    Pepto Bismol (Bismuth Subsalicylate) does it all, from upset stomach to crampy diarrhea.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • 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.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
  • Cortef
    (hydrocortisone)
    Prescription only

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

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Liquid
    • Suppository
  • Zofran
    (ondansetron)
    Prescription only

    Zofran (Ondansetron) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting, and it's available in different forms that you don't have to swallow.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Sublingual film
  • 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
  • Benadryl
    (diphenhydramine)
    Prescription or OTC

    Benadryl (Diphenhydramine) is great for allergies, but curl up on the couch after taking it and get ready for a nap.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Oral solution
    • Cream, gel, or ointment
  • 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
  • Unisom SleepGels
    (diphenhydramine)
    Over-the-counter

    Unisom Sleepgels (Diphenhydramine) is a good over-the-counter medication for nighttime allergies.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Chewable tablet
    • Liquid
  • 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
  • Zofran
    (ondansetron)
    Prescription only

    Zofran (Ondansetron) works well to prevent nausea and vomiting, and it's available in different forms that you don't have to swallow.

    • Available dosage forms:
    • Pill
    • Dissolving tablet
    • Liquid
    • Sublingual film

Medication side effects for Nausea and vomiting

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

  • Reglan: 2%
  • Zofran: 8%
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At this end, no one is expected to have Drowsiness

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At this end, almost everyone is expected to have Drowsiness

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