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Ondansetron

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Uses
Dosing
Safety
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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: Zofran®;Zofran® ODT;Zuplenz®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Apo-Ondansetron®;CO Ondansetron;Dom-Ondansetron;JAMP-Ondansetron;Mint-Ondansetron;Mylan-Ondansetron;Ondansetron Injection;Ondansetron Injection USP;Ondansetron-Odan;Ondansetron-Omega;PHL-Ondansetron;PMS-Ondansetron;RANT-Ondansetron;ratio-Ondansetron;Sandoz-Ondansetron;Teva-Ondansetron;Zofran®;Zofran® ODT;ZYM-Ondansetron
    • Mexican Brand Names: Danac;Lartron;Zofran
    • Pharmacologic Category: Antiemetic;Selective 5-HT3 Receptor Antagonist

    Uses
    • It is used to stop or treat upset stomach and throwing up.
    • Ondansetron helps with upset stomach and throwing up.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • To stop upset stomach from chemo, take 30 minutes before chemo.
    • To stop upset stomach from radiation, take 1 to 2 hours before care.
    • Take with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • There is a liquid (solution) if you cannot swallow pills.
    • Those who have feeding tubes may also use the liquid. Flush the feeding tube before and after this drug is given.
    • Oral-disintegrating tablet:
    • Place on your tongue and let it melt. Water is not needed. Do not swallow it whole. Do not chew, break, or crush it.
    • Oral film:
    • Open right before use.
    • Put film on tongue and let it melt. Water in not needed. If using more than 1 film, let each film melt all the way before using the next film.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Do not take 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect from light.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to ondansetron or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • If you have a heart problem called congenital QT syndrome, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have liver disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have a low potassium or magnesium level, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • If you have PKU, talk with your doctor. Some products have phenylalanine.
    • You may not be alert. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions until you see how this drug affects you.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Headache.
    • Feeling tired or weak.
    • Hard stools (constipation). Drinking more liquids, working out, or adding fiber to your diet may help. Talk with your doctor about a stool softener or laxative.
    • Feeling dizzy. Rise slowly over a few minutes when sitting or lying down. Be careful climbing.
    • Feeling lightheaded, sleepy, having blurred eyesight, or a change in thinking clearly. Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how this drug affects you.
    • A faster, harmful heartbeat may rarely happen.

    Monitoring

    • Change in the health problem being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
    • Follow up with the doctor.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • A fast heartbeat.
    • Change in thinking clearly and with logic.
    • Very bad headache.
    • Feeling very tired or weak.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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