Ondansetron AKA Zofran has been used for years as a preop medication and postop medication. In patients where nausea and/or vomiting must be avoided postoperatively, ZOFRAN Injection is recommended even where the incidence of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting is low. This drug is approved by the FDA.
I have received this medication from the GI Doctor pre-procedure as well at the Oral surgeon as a pre-procedure. I get very nauseated and dizzy from anesthsia of any kind. My husband had surgery for Crohn's Disease in February and Zofran was used for his postop nausea.
I suspect the problem was caused because Medicare prefers you to use a cheaper medications such as Compazine and Phenergan.
The 5-HT>3 antagonists are the newest and most expensive antiemetics. The three primary agents—Zofran, Anzemet, and Kytril—have similar efficacy. Cost of a 10 mg Companzine tablet $0.30 Cost of 4 mg Zofran Tablet $10.80 These prices are from an online pharmacyare table and will vary from Pharmacy to Pharmacy.
This is just my 2 cents worth.
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