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Unread 12-26-2001, 04:43 PM
nausea meds

Hi sisters! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! My question is... Will the give meds for nausea before you throw up?? When I vomit and get dry heaves I pass out I am afraid that since we are npo before surgery there will not be anything to Vomit. Which will give me dry heaves. I always get VERY nauseas after surgery

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Unread 12-26-2001, 04:50 PM
nausea meds

I am curious about this too. I tend to have a queasy stomach and do not relish the idea of being in pain AND puking my guts out at the same time (sorry). Is it a good idea to tell your Dr. at the pre-op appt. that you are prone to nausea?
Unread 12-26-2001, 04:54 PM
nausea meds

Hi gals !!

I didn't have a "pre-op" appointment as many of you did. Rather, I told the floor nurse who admitted me (the one who asks you the 100's of questions), and she immediately brought me in 2 tablets. They were both to reduce stomach acid, which she said will reduce post-op nausea. It worked. I can't remember the names, but they were similar to an over the counter "Tagamet" or something.

Tell your anesthesiologist too. They can also give you something in your I.V.

Wishing you a speedy and uneventful recovery !!

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Unread 12-26-2001, 05:46 PM
Ask for zofran

I was allowed to take Zantac with a small sip of water the morning of surgery on the advice of the pre-op nurse. I don't know what type of surgery you are having but I found that I did better with spinal/epidural rather than general anesthesia which caused me to be for three days after the lap. For my TVH the anesthesiologist did give me zofran before surgery and I got some more a couple days after and never got heaves or sick. Just ask for them to give you something. The other meds I had compazine, and phenergan didn't work as well as the zofran. You will have an I.V. giving you extra fluids to prevent dehydration.
Unread 12-26-2001, 08:21 PM
get it in writing!

I finally got wise after three surgeries with vomiting and learned to ask BOTH my gyn/surgeon AND the anestisiologist (sp?) to WRITE it on my chart, that I am to have IV anti-nausea meds as well as oral anti-nausea meds AS NEEDED. The BEST is in the IV! Nurses stand around with the vomit cup and can't give you anything unless it is on your chart in writing from your doc or unless they call the doc and get an OK (which can take many painful hours).
As other sisters mentioned, the anestisiologist can also order a pre-op anti-nausea and relaxation pill. These also helped me.
Also, this is the first surgery I had "the pump" I could control the pain medicine. That is definetely the way to go. The anestesiologist prescribed demerol (sp?) for me because it's supposed to be easier on the stomach than morphine. And it was.
It's great that you are getting all of the education you need to go in and ask for what you want.
Best of luck to you .
Peace and a big
Unread 12-27-2001, 04:27 AM
Re: nausea meds

Thank you sisters for answering my question so quick. It realy eased my mind. One less thing to worry about I will be so glad to have this behind me. i am such a But... my sisters have put my mind at ease about a lot of questions I had. THANK YOU !!! I also have another question... My sjogrens disease leaves my mouth very dry at all times. I know we are not allowed to drink anything before surgery. Do you think they will allow a wet cloth to use to wet my mouth. I don't produce enough saliva and my throat feels like it "sticks" and I have a hard time to swallow or talk when I'm dry like that. my toungue has NO moisture at all when I get dry. I am not worried about my cracked lips, I can use my carmex. ( I should buy stock in that company! )
Unread 12-27-2001, 04:45 AM
nausea meds

When you go for your Pre-Op appointment please advise the nurse that you have this problem with nausea and that the vomiting causes you to pass-out.

The nurse will write all of this down on your chart. You will want to say the same thing to your anesthesiologist as well. I happen to be highly allergic to compazine. This is a drug used for nausea so................compazine is a big NO-No for me and is written all over my chart. But.........there are other drug choices to help in your situation. Each person is so different. Tell every nurse your story..........and remind them the morning of your surgery. Your doctors and nurses will work with you if they have the information from you.

Unread 12-27-2001, 05:00 AM
nausea meds


I also had the same problem, but told the nurse upon admission and after the IV was placed I was given a shot for nausea. I then had no problems at all.

Unread 12-27-2001, 08:09 AM
anti-nausea drugs

When I met with the nurse anesthetist and the anesthesiologist as I was waiting to be taken to the OR, they both asked me separately if I'd ever had any problems with nausea or vomiting after surgery. (My only other surgery was a laproscopic gallbladder removal 5 yrs. prior.) I told them both that I had no problems at all after that surgery because I had a wonderful anesthesiologist who gave me anti-nausea meds in my IV before I even woke up. I didn't remember what meds I had been given that did such a wonderful job on me, but the nurse anesthetist called the other hospital where that surgery had been done and asked them to fax over a copy of the surgical report.

The anesthesiologist told me that it was a "cocktail" of four different drugs and since I'd had such a good result before, he'd use the same combination. Because he and his assistant cared enough to follow up on the drugs that were used on me for my first surgery, I again had the same results - absolutely no nausea, vomiting, or the slightest bit of queasiness. If you've had surgery with a general before and had either a bad or a good result from the drugs used, I'd make sure that your anesthesiologist, or at least your surgeon, gets a copy of the report to see what drugs were used. Everyone reacts differently to the different drugs available, but anything that helps the DR produce a good result for the patient is worth the effort. If I had known beforehand that I could get a copy of my surgical report, I would have taken a copy to my pre-op appointment with my surgeon and the anesthesiologist. Luckily, he asked me about my prior experience and was able to get a copy faxed over right before my surgery.

Unread 12-27-2001, 08:11 AM
nausea meds

Make sure the carmex doesn't contain petroleum as it can react with oxygen.

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