COMMON  MEDICATIONS TO
MANAGE SIDE EFFECTS OF CHEMO

 

Fortunately, many medications are available to manage side effects.  Some medications come in more than one form.  Talk with your pharmacist if you have difficulty swallowing tablets or capsules—a liquid form may exist.

 

The following is a list of some, but not all, medications that treat the side effects of chemotherapy or other cancer treatments.  Generic names are in parentheses.

 

Antinauseants/Antiemetics (help prevent nausea and vomiting)

  • Emend (apprepitant) Tripack
  • Aloxi (palonosetron) IV
  • Anzemet (dolasetron)
  • Kytril (granisetron)
  • Zofran (ondansetron)
  • Compazine (prochloroperazine)
  • Reglan (metclopropamide)
  • Decadron (dexamethasone)
  • Ativan

 

White Blood Cell Boosters

  • Neulasta
  • Neupogen

 

Red Blood Cell Boosters

  • Aranesp
  • Procrit

 

Nutritional Supplements

  • Boost
  • Ensure

 

Laxatives and Stool Softeners

  • Kristalose (lactulose)
  • Colace (docusate)
  • Dulcolax (bisacodyl)
  • Milk of Magnesia
  • Senokot (senna)