Nausea and vomiting

Patients receiving palliative care commonly experience nausea and vomiting. These symptoms can arise because of a pre-existing condition, the primary disease, and the disease's treatment.

Common causes of nausea and vomiting in palliative care patients include the following diseases and conditions:

Specific diseases and conditions


It is essential to determine the following for patients with nausea and vomiting.

Standard treatment options for nausea and vomiting

Medications that target dopaminergic pathways

Serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonists for chemotherapy/radiation therapy-induced nausea

Medication that can be added when needed.

Vomiting can occur because of mechanical bowel obstruction. If this happens, other treatments such as a venting gastrostomy tube may be necessary.

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Patients receiving palliative care rarely experience nausea and vomiting.



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