OTC and Rx nausea solutions?

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crohnskitten
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   Posted 6/6/2010 10:10 PM (GMT -7)   
I admit it--I'm a wimp when it comes to being nauseated. I have a high tolerance for my other pains but getting nauseous makes me want to cry. What can I do in the short and long term to stop upset stomachs and get rid of that "oh my god I'm going to puke" sensation?

I know I need to avoid fried foods, that triggers it the most. But some times I can't pin down why I feel ill and just want it to go away. I've tried drinking water, eating crackers to settle my stomach, but sometimes I'm too nauseated for wanting to eat anything. Are there OTC meds I can try? I asked my doc and he said just to wait it out which isn't a very satisfying solution. What works for you? And also, since I'm thinking of it, what triggers your nausea? Maybe its something I haven't considered and can eliminate. Thanks! Allison

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mdf34
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   Posted 6/7/2010 12:00 AM (GMT -7)   
Your question may be best answered by first asking what meds are you on?  And how long has it been going on?

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Zanne
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   Posted 6/7/2010 5:22 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with the above posted, however, I don't agree with a doctor telling you to wait for it to pass. If you are having spells of nausea, you should have something in you arsenal to handle it. Nothing over the counter is going to be as strong as a prescription. Nausea is part of CD and most of us have it at some point in our disease process. You need to ask again, but with more of a demand to your request. There are plenty of drugs out there that are on the mild spectrum.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


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Nanners
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   Posted 6/7/2010 6:10 AM (GMT -7)   
Over the counter wise you could try Dramamine. Its a motion sickness med that also helps with nausea. But I suffer with alot of nausea myself and I take either Zofran or Phenergan. I like the Zofran as it doesn't make you drowsy like the others do.

Also, nausea with Crohns can be a sign of either one of your meds making you sick (such as 6mp/Imuran/antibiotics) or it could also be a sign of a stricture. Hope I have been of some help. Hugs!
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   Posted 6/7/2010 8:20 AM (GMT -7)   
7 up, sprite, serra mist, etc, pepto
But I think it is always a good idea to make sure your nausua is not due to heart burn.

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Antinausea Drugs
Brand Name (Generic Name) Possible Common Side Effects Include:
Compazine (phochlorperazine) Involuntary muscle spasms, dizziness, jitteriness, puckering of the mouth
Phenergan (promethazine hydrochloride) Dizziness, dry mouth, nausea and vomiting, rash
Reglan (metoclopramide hydrochloride) Fatigue, drowsiness, restlessness
Tigan (trimethobenzamide hydrochloride) Blurred vision, diarrhea, cramps, headache
Zofan (ondansetron hydrochloride) Constipation, headache, fatigue, abdominal pain
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crohnskitten
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   Posted 6/7/2010 9:31 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm taking Imuran right now, and it hasn't seemed to cause nausea in the past but I suppose side effects can change. I haven't had enough symptoms lately to make me think I've got a stricture going on, but you never know. I did have a rough episode last week, but that was kind of out of the blue. Lately I'm just nauseus enough that when I want to eat, nothing sounds good, or everything sounds like it would make me feel worse. It makes eating enough to stay healthy difficult. And my "safety" foods that I ate before like crackers and toast aren't allowed on the SCD which I'm trying to follow to the best of my ability. But if something is going to be effective I'll be more lax with the rules.

Nanners
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Did you by any chance just recently increase your dose of Imuran? Sometimes that can cause the nausea. Just a thought!
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Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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leysa
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:24 AM (GMT -7)   
One thing that always has helped me is plain, regular Coke. Not diet, the real stuff. For some reason that always seems to help mild cases of nausea for me. You can also buy something called Emetrol over the counter that helps mild nausea as well.

I would definitely ask your doctor for a prescription med to keep in your arsenal though, because sometimes you need it.
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kazbern
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   Posted 6/7/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -7)   
Ginger beer might help (may need to shop around for this). I liked phenergan for my morning sickness - I used a suppository and cut it into the smallest possible dose that would relieve my nausea and not make me too drowsy.

I feel nauseated when my bowels are really slow.

Zanne
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   Posted 6/7/2010 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
If the nausea is coinciding with the start of the SCD, it might be something you are eating that is disagreeing with you, or the lack of your regular diet. I know that I tend to have more nausea (when I am having episodes) if my belly is empty. I need to keep just a little in my tummy at all times to fend off the waves. Like eating 4 or 5 saltines every 2 hours or so, just small amounts.

Just another thought.
Suzanne

CD 20 years officially, 30 unofficially. 3 resections '93, '95 '97
Managing with strict low residue diet, keeping symptoms to a minimum. All test show small amount of ulceration, still have occasional blockages. But still have a great time with my 2 daughters and husband!


Prednisone, 6MP,Prevacid, B12 shots, Bentyl, Xifaxan.....


dunny2
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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:47 PM (GMT -7)   
I posted a similar thread not long ago, someone told me ginger ale. I found that worked some. Good luck
Vicky

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ivy6
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   Posted 6/7/2010 4:50 PM (GMT -7)   
Bacterial die-off might be making you feel unwell, too. I seem to remember hearing the SCD people say that this is common in the earlier stages of the diet.

I would suggest that you don't take any OTC medicine without checking with your doctor first, as some may be contraindicated for your medicines, or for someone in your current state of health, or for someone with your blood test results, or for any one of a dozen other reasons.

Other dietary tips:

* small, regular snacks, rather than larger meals
* mint - tea, lollies, whatever.
* ginger - ditto
* flat lemonade, flat ginger ale, flat ginger beer

I'm sorry you're feeling this way. Nausea is horrendous.

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ClassAction
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   Posted 6/7/2010 5:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I would suggest Zofran ODT.  It is a prescription drug.  It is a tablet that disolves in your mouth, so you don't have to swallow any pills and make your nausea worse.

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   Posted 6/8/2010 7:42 AM (GMT -7)   
I love the ODT Zofran too, it works quickly and has a pleasant pepperminty taste. Good luck!
Gail*Nanners* Co-Moderator for Crohns Disease 
Crohn's Disease for over 34 years. Currently on Asacol, Prilosec, Estrace, Prinivil, Diltiazem, Percoset prn for pain, Zofran, Phenergan, Probiotics, Calcium, Vit D, and Xanax prn. Resections in 2002 & 2005. Also diagnosed w/ Fibromyalgia, Osteoarthritis, & Anxiety. Currently my Crohns is in remission, but my joints are going crazy!
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Homeboy
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   Posted 6/8/2010 12:21 PM (GMT -7)   
I really like the Zofran, I don't notice it making me sleepy or anything at all.
I didn't know it came in other forms, that is great, thanks for posting that.
 
The phenergen suppositories are still the strongest stuff I have come across, but I don't need them anymore.

crohnskitten
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   Posted 6/8/2010 7:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Talked to my doc and he's just reccommending extra fiber in the form of prunes (ew) since my nausea seems to be constipation linked. Hopefully that will help things move along better. Thanks for the recs!
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