Who is at risk for nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy?

People who receive chemotherapy are at risk of having side effects, like nausea and vomiting. Some chemotherapies are more likely to cause nausea and vomiting compared to others. The dose of chemotherapy you receive and how often you get it matters as well. There are also personal risk factors that may increase the risk that you will get nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy.

Not all chemotherapy causes nausea and vomiting. Ask your healthcare provider if your chemotherapy is likely to cause nausea and vomiting.

Nearly 8 out of 10 people may have nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy if they do nothing to prevent it. Talk to your healthcare team to make sure you're taking steps to stand up to nausea and vomiting.

Nearly 8 out of 10 people may have nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy if they do nothing to prevent it

Patients experiencing nausea and vomiting

Patients not experiencing nausea and vomiting

Nausea and vomiting may happen as a side effect of chemotherapy and can cause unwanted results, including

  • Weight loss

  • Too much fluid loss (dehydration)

  • Poor nutrition

  • Time in the hospital


Some personal risk factors may make you more likely to experience nausea and vomiting, including if you

Female icon Are female

Under 50 icon Are younger than 50 years old

Motion icon Have ever had motion sickness

Morning sickness icon Have ever had morning sickness

No-alcohol icon Rarely drink alcohol

Chemo icon Have had chemotherapy before

Anxiety icon Have had anxiety or depression

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  • 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

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.

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

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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

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.

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

ALOXI is available by prescription only.

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