If your chemo is likely to cause nausea, your cancer doctor will order anti-nausea drugs to prevent or reduce the nausea you may have after your chemo treatments. Your health care team will tell you when to take your meds.
Some people also feel sick when starting or taking more of their pain meds. This mostly lasts only a couple of days. It is of great value to tell your health care team if this affects you, so that you can have drugs prescribed to ease this type of nausea.
There are many drugs to control nausea and throwing up and your doctor will order one or more of them for you. Some things to remember are:
- Make sure you get all the anti-nausea drugs prescribed for you.
- Let your doctor or nurse know if your drugstore does not have them or if you cannot afford to pay for them.
- If you are not sure how to take your anti-nausea meds, call your doctor or nurse at the number supplied by your Cancer Centre.
- Take the anti-nausea drugs as your doctor has ordered. If you are throwing up and cannot take them, call your doctor or nurse.
- If the anti-nausea meds help to lessen your nausea and throwing up but not as much as you would like, call your doctor or nurse. The drug dose may have to be changed, or the doctor may order a different drug.
Paying for Prescription Drugs
BC Cancer covers the cost of standard chemotherapy, chemotherapy given by mouth and hormone treatments. You may be required to buy medications to control symptoms (e.g. nausea and throwing up) linked to these treatments.
Prescription drugs can be bought at any drugstore in your town.
If you need money to help with the cost of prescription drugs related to your cancer treatment, there is help available.
For information about Financial Assistance please go to the Practical Support page.
If you are not sure about eligibility for programs or you have an urgent financial need, call your Cancer Centre's Patient & Family Counselling Services to make an appointment with a counsellor.