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Ways to Prevent It

How Can I Prevent Chemo-Related Nausea and Vomiting?

Medicines used to help prevent nausea and vomiting are called antiemetics. There are different classes, or groups, of antiemetics. They are grouped according to how they work in the body.

  • Some block triggers and signals from your brain
  • Others block triggers and signals from your stomach, saliva gland, and intestines

Doctors may prescribe medicines to help prevent nausea and vomiting that work in other ways. Dexamethasone is a steroid that is used to treat inflammation, or swelling, in the body and is usually given with most antiemetics.

Antiemetics are taken in different ways

You can take antiemetics by mouth in the form of a pill or capsule, either swallowed or dissolved under your tongue. They may also be given by a doctor through an injection or an intravenous (IV) line.

Your doctor will tell you when to take your antiemetic before your chemo treatment.

Getting through your chemo treatment doesn’t mean you have to suffer from nausea and vomiting. It can be prevented.

Approved Use/Important Safety Considerations

AKYNZEO is a prescription medicine called an “antiemetic.” AKYNZEO is used in people to help prevent the nausea and vomiting that happens right away or later with certain anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy).

It is not known if AKYNZEO is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Important Safety Considerations

  • AKYNZEO may cause serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to AKYNZEO: hives, swollen face, trouble breathing, or chest pain
  • Serotonin syndrome can happen with AKYNZEO particularly with certain other medicines such as anti‑depressants and anti‑migraine medicines and can be life‑threatening. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you get any of the following symptoms: agitation, hallucinations or other changes in mental status, dizziness, muscle twitching, or seizures
  • The most common side effects of AKYNZEO are headache, weakness, fatigue, upset stomach, constipation, and skin redness

For more about AKYNZEO, talk to your doctor or see the Full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Approved Use/Important Safety Considerations

AKYNZEO is a prescription medicine called an “antiemetic.” AKYNZEO is used in people to help prevent the nausea and vomiting that happens right away or later with certain anti-cancer medicines (chemotherapy).

It is not known if AKYNZEO is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Important Safety Considerations

  • AKYNZEO may cause serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis. Get emergency medical help right away if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to AKYNZEO: hives, swollen face, trouble breathing, or chest pain
  • Serotonin syndrome can happen with AKYNZEO particularly with certain other medicines such as anti‑depressants and anti‑migraine medicines and can be life‑threatening. Go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you get any of the following symptoms: agitation, hallucinations or other changes in mental status, dizziness, muscle twitching, or seizures
  • The most common side effects of AKYNZEO are headache, weakness, fatigue, upset stomach, constipation, and skin redness

For more about AKYNZEO, talk to your doctor or see the Full Prescribing Information.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.