How It Works:
Ondansetron belongs to a class of drugs known as anti-emetics which inhibit serotonin. It works on small intestine and the part of the brain that controls vomiting or nausea.
uneven heartbeats, Very common: Headache, low blood pressure leading to fainting or dizziness, unusual body movements or shaking., changes to results of some liver function tests, constipation, feeling of warmth or flushing, hiccups, chest pain, fits
Ondansetron is used for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy (in adults or children) or radiotherapy for cancer or after surgery in adults.
Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.Do not take the drug:
- If you are allergic to it or to any content in the medicine.
- If you have a blockage in your gut or suffer from severe constipation.
- If you are going to undergo surgery of the adenoids or tonsils.
- If you have any heart or liver problems.
- If you are taking apomorphine, used for Parkinson’s disease.
- If you have abnormal levels of salts such as sodium, magnesium and potassium in your blood.
Frequently Ask Questions:
Q. Is ondansetron safe in pregnancy? Does it cause birth defects?Studies in animals have shown no risk to the fetus, however there are no sufficient studies in humans. Please consult your doctor before taking the drug.
Q. Can I take ondansetron during lactation?Ondansetron should not be taken during lactation as it may affect the baby. Please consult your doctor before use.
Q. What is Emset/ondem/Vomikind/Zafran/ Ranidom used for?Emset/Ondem/Vomikind/Zafran are some of the brand names of ondansetron, which is used to treat nausea and vomiting. Ranidom is a brand containing the active ingredient Esomeprazole, which is used to treat acidity.
Q. Can I take ondansetron for nausea/vomiting/stomach flu/food poisoning/motion sickness/diarrhea/pain?Ondansetron can be taken for nausea, vomiting or motion sickness if prescribed by your doctor. It is not used to treat food poisoning, pain or stomach flu.
Q. Can I take ondansetron with Tylenol/Pepto bismol/azithromycin/ xanax/ vicodin/ oxycodone/ hydrocodone?There is no evidence of interaction of ondansetron with Tylenol (paracetamol)/Pepto bismol (bismuth salicylate)/azithromycin/ Xanax (alprazolam)/ Vicodin (aspirin and hydrocodone)/oxycodone/hydrocodone. However, please consult your doctor before use.
Q. Can ondansetron make you sleepy?Ondansetron may cause sleepiness/dizziness. If you notice such symptoms, please consult your doctor.
Q. Does ondansetron contain acetaminophen/aspirin/penicillin?No. Ondansetron is by itself a chemical compound. It does not contain acetaminophen, aspirin or penicillin.
Q. Is ondansetron antibiotic/anti-histaminic/sulfa drug?No. Ondansetron is not an anti-biotic, sulfa drug or an anti-histaminic. It is an anti-emetic drug used to treat nausea and vomiting.
Q. Is Emeset safe for infants/toddlers?Emeset should not be used in infants/toddlers unless prescribed by the doctor.
Q. Is Ondansetron an OTC drug?No. Ondansetron is a prescription drug. It is not available over the counter.
Q. Is ondansetron a controlled substance?No. Ondansetron is not a controlled substance.