Compare Anzemet vs. granisetron
Head-to-head comparisons of medication uses, side effects, ratings, and more.
Helps prevent nausea and vomiting
Anzemet (dolasetron) prevents nausea and vomiting and does not have many side effects.
Helps prevent nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy or radiation treatment
granisetron is a safe and effective medication used for preventing nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy and radiation, but it can be very expensive.
- Reduced nausea and vomiting in people receiving chemotherapy.
- Well-tolerated with mild headache as the most common side effect.
- Requires only 1 dose prior to chemotherapy and once daily dosing after chemotherapy if needed for delayed nausea/vomiting.
- granisetron is effective even for those who are using chemotherapy that is associated with a high risk for causing nausea and vomiting.
- Safe and effective option for older people, unlike some other alternatives.
- You only need to take granisetron on the days you actually receive chemotherapy and radiation.
- A patch form of the medication is available for those who don't want to or who are unable to take pills.
- Safe to use for people with kidney problems.
- Anzemet (dolasetron) doesn't treat nausea and vomiting that's already happening. It only works to prevent future episodes.
- High doses of Anzemet (dolasetron) can cause problems with heart rhythm.
- Can be expensive since a generic version is not available.
- granisetron only prevents symptoms of nausea and vomiting so you must take the medication before you get chemotherapy or radiation treatment.
- Can affect the natural rhythm of your heart, especially if you take other medications that can also potentially cause the same problem.
- Might not be a good option for those who are on certain antidepressants.
- granisetron is very expensive compared to similar alternatives.
- Very likely to cause side effects like headache and constipation.
- Prevention of chemotherapy-associated nausea and vomiting
- Prevention of radiation-associated nausea and vomiting
- Prevention of post-surgery nausea and vomiting
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9possible side effects
- Decreased heart rate4%
- Increased heart rate3%
6possible side effects
- Stomach pain4%
Risks and risk factors
- Abnormal heart rhythm
- History of heart rhythms such as long QT syndrome or atrial fibrillation
- Heart failure
- Taking other medications that can affect heart rhythms
- Low potassium or magnesium levels
- Advanced age
- Serotonin syndrome
- Taking other medicines that affect serotonin levels such as tramadol and anti-depressants
- Serotonin syndrome
- Taking other medications that also affect serotonin levels in the brain
- Effects on heart
- History of arrhythmias
- Taking other medications that can also cause irregular heartbeat
- Electrolyte imbalance
- History of constipation problems
- Those who had recent abdominal surgery