For anyone facing chemotherapy or radiation treatments, probably the biggest fear you have is the nausea and vomiting that usually follows. This also describes some individuals that are scheduled to undergo surgery but most anesthetics cause them to become nauseous with vomiting. If your surgery involves anything to do with your stomach, throat, or anywhere that must be kept from straining, your doctor will recommend an antiemetic, such as Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets to block vomit signals.
As a pre-emptive move while undergoing surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation, Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets or generic Ondansetron are simply placed on or under your tongue and dissolve or melt. This is helpful as there is no opportunity to throw-up this medication when it is not swallowed. Once absorbed, Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets work as a serotonin blocker. The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
Serotonin (5-HT3) is a chemical messenger that sends messages to your vomit center when something is detected in your body that may cause harm, such as chemo drugs. By blocking these messages, your brain will not know that cytotoxic substances are present and you will not become nauseous and vomit.
The reason for nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy is due to the drugs you are given that are meant to destroy the cancer cells. However, some of your normal cells in your digestive tract and hair follicles will also be affected which causes your body to become nauseous as the toxic drugs in your body are detected and this is the immune response trying to rid you of the toxins. Radiation has the same effect on your healthy cells.
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or are breast feeding before taking Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets to be certain of any risks to your unborn or nursing baby. Explain other medical conditions or allergies to your doctor and list any current OTC or Rx drugs you take or use, including any herbal remedies and supplements, this will determine if Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets are right for you.
Do not handle Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets with wet or damp hands as the tablet will begin to dissolve before you get it in your mouth. You should not start, stop, or change the dosage of Ondansetron or any medications without first talking to your doctor. Keep Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets out of children’s reach and in a dry environment. Until you know how Zofran Oral Dispersible Tablets will affect your body, do not drive or attempt any task that requires your full attention.