Managing your diet during chemotherapy

Eating is vital to life and health. Chemotherapy may cause you to lose your appetite or experience other side effects, but it is essential for your body to continue receiving the nutrients it needs.

Chemo patients should avoid liquids with meals or only take small sips to keep from feeling full.

Stimulating your appetite

To help stimulate your appetite, speak to your doctor about whether to incorporate the following simple suggestions:

  • Eat small meals or snacks every 2 to 3 hours

  • Avoid liquids with meals or only take small sips to keep from feeling full

  • Keep high-calorie, high-protein snacks available, like hard-cooked eggs, peanut butter, cheese, ice cream, granola bars, nuts, canned tuna or chicken, or liquid nutritional supplements

  • Have breakfast for dinner! If you have a favorite food, don't wait to enjoy it

Controlling chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV)

Speak to your doctor about whether you should incorporate these small changes to your eating habits:

  • Avoid solid food right before and after treatment; try eating lightly instead

  • Eat small meals instead of large ones

  • Drink clear liquids, including sports drinks, ginger ale, and lemon-lime sodas

  • Enjoy foods at room temperature, avoiding foods that are hot

  • Try bland foods, such as dry toast and soda crackers

If you are experiencing CINV, be sure to discuss your symptoms with your doctor or nurse.

Indication in Adults

  • ALOXI® injection 0.25 mg/5 mL is used in adults to help prevent nausea and vomiting on the day of chemotherapy that is highly likely to cause nausea and vomiting, and up to 5 days following chemotherapy that is moderately likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Indication in Pediatrics

  • ALOXI injection 20 mcg/kg (max 1.5 mg) is used in children 1 month old to less than 17 years of age to help prevent nausea and vomiting on the day of chemotherapy that is moderately or highly likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Important Safety Information

  • ALOXI can cause allergic reactions that can be serious. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have any of these following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: hives, swelling of the face, trouble breathing and chest pain

  • The most common side effects of ALOXI in adults are headache and constipation

  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking other medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed

For more information about ALOXI, talk to your doctor or see full Prescribing Information.

ALOXI is available by prescription only.

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Indication in Adults

  • ALOXI® injection 0.25 mg/5 mL is used in adults to help prevent nausea and vomiting on the day of chemotherapy that is highly likely to cause nausea and vomiting, and up to 5 days following chemotherapy that is moderately likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Indication in Pediatrics

  • ALOXI injection 20 mcg/kg (max 1.5 mg) is used in children 1 month old to less than 17 years of age to help prevent nausea and vomiting on the day of chemotherapy that is moderately or highly likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Important Safety Information

  • ALOXI can cause allergic reactions that can be serious. Tell your doctor or nurse right away if you have any of these following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: hives, swelling of the face, trouble breathing and chest pain

  • The most common side effects of ALOXI in adults are headache and constipation

  • Tell your doctor or nurse if you are taking other medications or if you are pregnant or breastfeeding or plan to become pregnant or breastfeed

For more information about ALOXI, talk to your doctor or see full Prescribing Information.

ALOXI is available by prescription only.

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