Zofran

Generic name: Ondansetron hydrochloride.

Zofran is an anti-emetic. It is thought to act by inhibiting impulses to the vomiting center in the brain.

Quick Facts About Zofran

Purpose

Used to control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer therapy.

Zofran Dosage

Should not miss doses. To get maximum benefit, take all doses prescribed by your doctor.

  • Usual adult dose: one 8-milligram tablet taken 3 times per day. Take first dose 1/2 hour before chemotherapy, and the other two doses 4 and 8 hours after the first dose. Doctor will suggest taking for 1 to 2 days after completing chemotherapy.
  • Usual child dose: children 12 years and older — are prescribed adult dose. Children 4 to 12 years — one 4-milligram tablet taken 3 times per day. Take first dose 1/2 hour before chemotherapy, and the other 2 doses 4 and 8 hours after the first dose. Doctor will suggest taking for 1 to 2 days after completing chemotherapy.
  • Missed dose: take as soon as possible.

Zofran Side Effects

Overdose symptoms:

no specific information available. If you suspect an overdose, immediately seek medical attention.

More common side effects: abdominal pain, constipation, headache, weakness.

Less commonor rare Zofran side effects: anaphylaxis (severe allergic reaction), dry mouth, rash, wheezing.

Interactions

No Zofran drug interactions reported.

No known food/other substance interactions.

Special Cautions

If pregnant or planning to become pregnant, inform your doctor immediately. May appear in breast milk; could affect a nursing infant

No special precautions apply to seniors.

Follow doctor’s instructions carefully for children.

  • Avoid if sensitive to or allergic to any of the ingredients in Zofran.

Note:

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