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What is ondansetron HCL 4mg used for? Ondansetron hcl 4mg tablet is used alone or with other medications to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment (chemotherapy) and radiation therapy. It is also used to prevent and treat nausea and vomiting after surgery. Ondansetron works by blocking one of the body’s natural substances (serotonin) that causes vomiting. Zofran side effects in pregnancy are common, use this medication in pregnancy when clearly needed. Buy zofran online.
How to use
Ondansetron hcl 4mg tablet is dissolved on top of the tongue. It is not meant to be chewed or swallowed like other tablet forms.
- Dry your hands before using Ondansetron HCL 4mg tablet.
- Ondansetron HCL 4mg tablet may come in a bottle or a blister pack. If using the blister pack, peel back the foil on the blister pack to remove a tablet.
- Do not push the tablet through the foil.
- Immediately after removing the tablet, place it on the tongue.
- Allow it to dissolve completely, then swallow it with saliva.
- Ondansetron hcl 4mg tablet may be taken with or without food.
You do not need to take this product with water. Doing so may increase your chance of getting a headache.
Methods of use
Take ondansetron HCL 4mg used for nausea within 30 minutes before treatment begins. To prevent nausea from radiation treatment, take this medication 1 to 2 hours before the start of your treatment. To prevent nausea after surgery, take ondansetron HCL 4mg used for nausea 1 hour before the start of surgery. However, your doctor may tell you not to eat before chemotherapy, radiation, or surgery.
Take any other doses as directed by your doctor. Ondansetron may be taken up to 3 times a day for 1 to 2 days after your chemotherapy or radiation treatment is finished. If you are taking this medication on a prescribed schedule, take it regularly in order to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same time each day.
Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. The dosage for children may also be based on age and weight. In patients with severe liver problems, the usual maximum dose is 8 milligrams in 24 hours. Take this medication exactly as directed. Do not take more medication or take it more often than prescribed. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
Inform your doctor if your condition does not improve or if it worsens.
If these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Some serious and rare side effects
Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur:
- stomach pain
- muscle spasm/stiffness
- vision changes
Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur:
- chest pain
- slow/fast/irregular heartbeat
- severe dizziness
This medication may increase serotonin and rarely cause a very serious condition called serotonin syndrome/toxicity. Get medical help right away if you develop some of the following symptoms:
- fast heartbeat
- loss of coordination
- severe dizziness
- severe nausea/vomiting/diarrhea
- twitching muscles
- unexplained fever
- unusual agitation/restlessness.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is unlikely, but stop taking this medication and seek immediate medical attention if it occurs.
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Warnings & Precautions
- Before taking ondansetron, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it.
- Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history.
- Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely.
- Avoid alcoholic beverages.
Ondansetron may cause a condition that affects the heart rhythm (QT prolongation). QT prolongation can rarely cause serious (rarely fatal) fast/irregular heartbeat and other symptoms (such as severe dizziness, fainting) that need medical attention right away.
Low levels of potassium or magnesium in the blood may also increase your risk of QT prolongation. This risk may increase if you use certain drugs (such as diuretics/”water pills”) or if you have conditions such as severe sweating, diarrhea, or vomiting. Talk to your doctor about using ondansetron safely.
To minimize dizziness and lightheadedness, get up slowly when rising from a sitting or lying position.
This medicine may contain aspartame. Zofran side effects in pregnancy may occur. If you have phenylketonuria (PKU) or any other condition that requires you to restrict your intake of aspartame (or phenylalanine), consult your doctor or pharmacist regarding the safe use of this medicine.
Older adults may be more sensitive to the side effects of this drug, especially QT prolongation.
This medication should be used only when clearly needed during pregnancy. Zofran side effects in pregnancy may occur. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
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The dissolving tablets may be stored in the refrigerator or at room temperature between 36-86 degrees F (2-30 degrees C).
Store away from light and moisture. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines out of reach of children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Your healthcare professionals (such as your doctor or pharmacist) may already be aware of any possible drug interactions and may be monitoring you for them. Do not start, stop or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.
This drug should not be used with the following medication because a very serious interaction may occur: apomorphine.
If you are currently using the medication listed above, tell your doctor or pharmacist before starting ondansetron.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor of all nonprescription and prescription medication you may use, especially: tramadol.
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