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Manage nausea from medicines

Friday March 16, 2012

I get nausea in the morning. Could this be caused by my medicines?

All dopaminergic medicines can cause nausea.  Nausea is worse when you first start a medicine and can increase as you increase dose.  Nausea usually gets better but many people find the following tips helpful:

 

 

  • Take medicine with food (exception may be carbidopa/levodopa- see protein article.)
  • Eat smaller more frequent meals throughout the day
  • Drink plenty of water or ginger ale with medicines
  • Try eating ginger- dried ginger, fresh ginger, candied ginger or ginger candies
  • Camomille tea, peppermint and peppermint tea soothes gastric upset
  • Ask your doctor about carbidopa (Lodosyn) if you are taking carbidopa/levodopa (Sinemet)
  • Always see your doctor for nausea that is severe or does not improve
  • Vitamins and supplements can also cause nausea.  Switch these to  night time dosing

Learn more about medicines and their side effects

Monique L. Giroux, MDMonique L. Giroux, MD
Medical Director, Northwest Parkinson's Foundation

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