In studies of Anzemet to prevent nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy, up to 73 percent of people taking the medicine experienced no vomiting. The medicine also decreased the severity of nausea.
Anzemet was also studied for preventing nausea and vomiting after surgery. Up to 51 percent of people who took it before surgery did not experience any vomiting, compared to just 35 percent of those not taking the medicine. Anzemet also decreased the severity of nausea.
General considerations for when and how to take Anzemet include the following:
- The tablet form of this medication is taken by mouth, usually within one hour before chemotherapy.
- Anzemet also comes in an injectable form that is given by an IV about 15 minutes before the end of surgery (or given as soon as nausea starts, after surgery, if it was not given earlier).
- The injectable form can also be taken by mouth (when mixed with apple or apple-grape juice). This is useful for children who cannot swallow tablets (or who need a smaller dose than is available in tablet form).
- Anzemet can be taken with or without food.
- For the medication to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed.
The dosage that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Whether you are having surgery or chemotherapy
- Your age and weight
- Other medications you may be taking
- Other medical conditions you may have.
As is always the case, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Anzemet Dosage for more information.)