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Tips to Relieve Vomiting or Nausea Due to Chemotherapy
If you are undergoing chemotherapy and nausea or vomiting becomes a problem, there are some things that you can do. Some suggestions include:
- Eat and drink slowly.
- Eat small meals throughout the day instead of eating one, two, or three large meals.
- Drink liquids at least an hour before or after mealtime, instead of with your meals. Drink frequently and drink small amounts.
- Eat foods cold or at room temperature so that you won't be bothered by strong smells.
- Chew your food well for easier digestion.
- Try to eat dry foods like cereal, toast, or crackers before getting up (if nausea is a problem in the morning). However, you should not try this if you have mouth or throat sores, or if you are troubled by a lack of saliva.
- Drink cool, clear, unsweetened fruit juices (such as apple or grape juice) or light-colored sodas (such as ginger ale) that have lost their fizz and do not have caffeine.
- Suck on mints or tart candies. (Do not use tart candies if you have mouth or throat sores.)
- Prepare and freeze meals in advance for days when you do not feel like cooking.
- Wear loose-fitting clothes.
- Breathe deeply and slowly when you feel nauseated.
- Distract yourself by chatting with friends or family members, listening to music, or watching a movie or TV show.
- Use relaxation techniques (see Alternative Cancer Treatment).
- Try to avoid odors that bother you, such as cooking smells, smoke, or perfume.
- Avoid sweet, fried, or fatty foods.
- Rest, but make sure not to lie flat for at least two hours after you finish a meal.
- Avoid eating for at least a few hours before treatment if nausea usually occurs during chemotherapy.
- Eat a light meal before treatment.