Managing side effects:
- Zofran 8mg (Ondansetron) take every 8 hours as needed for nausea, may cause constipation
- If still nauseated after 30 minutes of taking Zofran, take Compazine (prochlorperazine) 5-10 mg every 6 hours as needed for nausea (maximum 40 mg per day)
- Use Imodium (Loperamide) over the counter for diarrhea.
- On the 1st episode of diarrhea, take 2 tabs of Imodium, then 1 tab every 2 hours until diarrhea free for 12 hours. Maximum 8 tabs per day.
- Call the clinic for 3 or more episodes of diarrhea not controlled with Imodium.
- Drink plenty of fluids—12 (8 oz.) cups of fluids daily. Avoid caffeinated products.
- Eat small frequent meals that are low fiber such as:
- Banana, Rice, Applesauce and Toast (BRAT diet)
- Keep rectal area clean and dry.
- If above isn’t enough, please call the clinic.
Constipation, prevent and treat
- Try eating lots of high-fiber foods, such as fruit, vegetables and whole grains (aim for 4 to 5 cups).
- Drink plenty of fluids (at least 8 cups or 64 oz. per day) and get as much exercise as you can. Being physically active helps the GI tract function optimally.
- Try relaxation techniques, such as meditation, yoga or light stretching.
- If the above isn’t enough, please call the clinic.
It’s not uncommon for people to experience a loss of appetite, difficulty swallowing, dry mouth, nausea or vomiting as a result of cancer treatment. This can lead to weight loss. Contact the dietitian (503-338-4085) for help if your weight loss increases to more than 5% in a month or 10% in the last 6 months. There is a dietician available to meet with during your treatment.
Eating well during treatment
Eating Hints: Before, during, and after Cancer Treatment
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