Anti-nausea: Zofran / Ondansetron

Generic Name: ondansetron

Zofran is an anti-nausea drug administered to many chemotherapy and radiation patients while they undergo treatment.

Nausea occurs when your body produces a signaling chemical called serotonin to induce nausea in response to treatment. This signal binds to a receptor in your body, which triggers the nausea. Zofran works by blocking the serotonin receptor, thus preventing the response.

Drug Administration

Zofran can be administered intravenously (IV) or orally in pill form. If taken as a pill, you should not double dose, even if you miss one pill. Take only as directed.

Side Effects

Most side effects are mild, but Zofran can impair your thinking and reaction time, so you shouldn’t drive while taking it. These side effects include blurred vision, anxiety, and fainting.

Other symptoms include a slowed heart rate, headaches, dry mouth, shivering, frequent urination, trouble breathing, and allergic reactions. Alert your doctor to any drug allergies you have.

For more information on Hodgkin's disease please see the following pages:

For more information on Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, please see the following pages:

More Articles

More Articles

This article looks at the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma survival rate as well as the Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma mortality rate ....

The term NK T cell lymphoma refers to one of two subtypes of lymphoma that affect the NK (Natural Killer)...

Canine lymphoma is a fairly common cancer in American dogs. The most commonly seen lymphoma in America is a type called Lymphosarcoma, although...

Prednisone is a glucocorticosteroid (a steroid) used in the treatment of many types of cancers. It functions as an anti-inflammatory medicine that...

Marginal zone lymphomas (MZL) are indolent lymphomas that affect the B-cells. The...

Large Cell Lymphoma (LCL) is typically an aggressive (fast growing) cancer of either the B cell or T cell type. They are one of the most common...

A B cell is a type of lymphocyte that produces antibodies to fight infections. These are the most prevalent lymphocytes in the bloodstream and are...

Aggressive Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphomas (NHLs) are fast growing cancers (as opposed to indolent cancers). They involve...

A lymphoma prognosis varies greatly depending on the type of lymphoma. There are more than 35 types of lymphoma, including 5 types of...

What causes lymphoma is not well known. DNA mutations may be what causes lymphoma to develop but what triggers these mutations is...

Often the one who makes the first diagnosis of Hodgkin's Lymphoma / Disease is the person affected. There are some...

Lymphedema is abnormal swelling due to the presence of excess lymphatic fluid within the tissues. This swelling occurs when the...

RICE is an acronym for an anti-cancer treatment that expresses a combination chemotherapeutic regimen. This regimen is written variously as "R+ICE...

Hodgkin's Disease—also referred to as Hodgkin's Lymphoma, these are the exact same diseases, just...

Lymphoma is a cancer affecting the white blood cells (lymphocytes) of the body's immune system. The cells begin to grow abnormally and much faster...