Cancer Home > Zuplenz Uses
Zuplenz is prescribed for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by things such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy. While this medication is approved for many uses in adults, Zuplenz is only approved for children when used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. There are also several off-label uses of this drug, including the treatment of alcoholism and morning sickness.
What Is Zuplenz Used For?Zuplenz™ (Ondansetron Oral Soluble Film) is a prescription medicine licensed for preventing nausea and vomiting due to several causes. Specific uses for Zuplenz include preventing nausea and vomiting caused by:
- Surgery (postoperative nausea and vomiting)
- Chemotherapy (chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting)
- Radiation therapy (radiation-induced nausea and vomiting).
Surgery can sometimes cause nausea and vomiting. However, not all types of surgery are likely to cause these symptoms. Surgeries involving the abdomen (stomach area), eyes, ears, nose, and throat are most likely to cause nausea or vomiting.
People who have a higher risk for postoperative nausea and vomiting include:
- People who get motion sickness
- People who have had nausea or vomiting after surgery in the past
- People who do not smoke
- People who will use certain morphine-like medications ("opioids") after surgery.
Your healthcare provider will take all of these factors into consideration when deciding if you will need medication to prevent nausea and vomiting.
Zuplenz is given before surgery to help prevent nausea and vomiting from starting. It is not approved to treat nausea or vomiting after it starts, and it is much harder to treat nausea or vomiting than to prevent it from happening in the first place.