Treatments for Nausea

A wide variety of treatments are available to cure your nausea and prevent it from reoccurring. Talk with your health care provider before choosing a treatment option.

Antihistamines

Various over-the-counter medications are available to help provide nausea relief and prevent future stomach upset. Some of the most popular over-the-counter nausea medications are antihistamines.

Antihistamines, including Avomine and Dramamine, work by blocking histamine receptors in the body. In particular, they block the "vomiting center" in the brain, stopping nausea and preventing vomiting. These antihistamines also help to restore the body's equilibrium.

Emetrol

Emetrol is also available without prescription to help relieve nausea and upset stomach. It is available in liquid form only, and should be taken every 15 minutes until symptoms disappear.

Prescription Medications

A variety of prescription medications exist that can help to reduce nausea, stomach upset, and vomiting. Medications are usually matched to treat the cause of the nausea. Speak with your doctor for information on specific prescription anti-nauseants.

Diet Solutions

Often, simple changes to your diet can help you to significantly reduce your symptoms of nausea. If you are feeling nauseated or have been vomiting, it is important to keep as hydrated as possible.

If you lose too much liquid your body can lose important electrolytes that it needs to function. Drink only clear liquids for the first 12 hours after vomiting. Avoid caffeinated beverages and all dairy products.

Certain foods that help nausea are also a good thing to try. Eating starchy foods, like crackers, helps to absorb excess stomach acids. Sucking on crystallized ginger can also help to reduce nausea.

Avoid citrus fruits, juices, and other acidic foods, as this will increase your nausea. Gradually introduce solid foods after 12 hours, beginning with applesauce and working your way up to breads, cereals, and eventually, protein products.

Preventing Nausea

Nausea can be prevented by avoiding those things that you know will trigger an upset stomach.

  • Avoid alcohol, as this can cause drowsiness, balance problems, dizziness, and nausea.
  • If you have to drive a long distance, sit in the front seat facing forwards. Keep your eyes on a stable object faraway in the distance. This will reduce nausea and motion sickness.
  • Take anti-nausea medication before traveling in a car, airplane, or boat.
  • Avoid smells that trigger nausea (these may include certain foods, perfumes, or flowers).

 

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1. Nausea
2. Why am I nauseous?
3. Tips to cure nausea
 
 
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