Nausea Information & Discounts
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Nausea can be caused by a variety of conditions or external stimuli. Continue reading to find out the causes of nausea and what treatments are available. Anti-nausea meds may include prescription nausea medication or over the counter medicine. There is also motion sickness medicine available for those who experience nausea due to movement. Review our top discounts on nausea medicine or continue reading the sections below to learn more.
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Nausea Information & Discounts
What is nausea?
Nausea is a symptom that can be caused by a variety of conditions and stimuli. Nausea is described by a queasy feeling in the stomach which is produced as the body prepares for emesis (vomiting). The diaphragm contracts as well as the lower muscles in the stomach. Most commonly nausea is caused by some external factor such as motion sickness, food, alcohol, a stomach virus or medications. Vary rarely is nausea the result of a serious illness such as pancreatitis or hepatitis, or a chronic condition such as gastroparesis. If you are suffering from chronic nausea, your doctor will first rule out external causes and examine your medication history. He or she will test for viruses and infections before finally proceeding to check for chronic conditions. Some stomach conditions can be difficult to diagnose due to the intricate two-way communication system between the brain and gastrointestinal system. The stomach readily responds to psychological factors which can also be a cause for nausea and other stomach issues. In fact, many doctors refer to the stomach as the second brain.
How can I manage nausea?
There are several nausea treatments available. If you have chronic nausea, it’s best to get your doctor’s opinion and identify the cause first. There are natural remedies, over the counter nausea medicines, and prescription nausea medications. Here we’ll cover some natural remedies for nausea. For more information on nausea medication, see the types of medication and drug information sections.
Natural Nausea Treatments
One commonly known home nausea treatment is ginger ale. To get the best effect from ginger ale, look for a non-standard ginger ale that actually has a good amount of ginger in it such as Reed’s Ginger Brew. These varieties can be found at your local health food store. Another option is to make your own ginger tea with peeled ginger root, honey, and lemon, but the carbonation in ginger ale is also soothing for some. Peppermint tea and any food or drink containing peppermint can soothe nausea as well. Peppermint oil and lavender oil may work as aromatherapies to control nausea. These remedies are great options if your nausea is the result of pregnancy.
What are the different types of anti-nausea meds?
Medications that control nausea are called antiemetics. The best type of nausea medication for you will depend on the source. Your doctor will most likely recommend one of these nausea treatments as a course of action:
Believe it or not, antihistamines are used to control nausea. Antihistamines are usually used for allergies because they block histamine which causes inflammation and other symptoms of allergic reaction. Blocking histamine, particularly H1, is thought to dull the sensation of equilibrium in the inner ear, which makes certain antihistamines particularly effective for treating motion sickness. Some antihistamines also serve as anticholinergics and block acetylcholine transmission.
Serotonin antagonists, specifically antagonists of the 5-HT3 receptors, are especially effective in controlling nausea from chemotherapy. By stopping the binding of serotonin to these receptors in the central nervous system, these medications are able to suppress the nauseous feeling caused by certain other medications or treatments.
Anticholinergic medications block the neurotransmitter acetylcholine which affects the parasympathetic nervous system. The parasympathetic nervous system controls the involuntary movement of smooth muscle tissue in the gastrointestinal tract and more. By blocking these nerve impulses, anticholinergics are able to control nausea. Some antihistamines are also anticholinergics.
What are the symptoms of nausea?
Symptoms of nausea include a queasy feeling in the stomach that produces an urge to vomit. Vomiting may or may not ensue. Nausea may also cause sensitivity to certain smells and foods. Nausea itself is a symptom or indication that the body is either ill or responding to some sort of stimuli such as medication, movement, or pregnancy.
Nausea Drug Information
Transderm Scop (scopolamine)
Transderm Scop is a motion sickness patch containing the anticholinergic medication scopolamine. This is a prescription nausea medication. It may also be used to treat nausea from surgery. This nausea/motion sickness patch should be placed on the skin behind the ear four hours before nausea is anticipated. The effects of Transderm Scop can last up to three days. To get up to 82% off Transderm Scop patches, print one of our discount coupons and use it in your local pharmacy.
Dimenhydrinate is the generic name for a motion sickness medication that is also known as Dramamine. Dimenhydrinate can be found under many generic names such as Equate, CVS, or Walgreens. These are over the counter motion sickness pills that can be purchased at any time and used as needed.
Zofran is a prescription nausea medication and a serotonin antagonist. It comes in the form of a tablet and is often prescribed to treat nausea resulting from chemotherapy, surgery, or other drug treatments. Zofran pills are not effective as motion sickness pills. To get up to 75% off the price of Zofran in your local pharmacy, print one of our coupons and use it when you fill your prescription.