Nausea can happen for many different reasons, it is a symptom that can be caused by many different things. It is a common symptom of many disorders, and could even be a side effect of existing medication being taken by a patient. This website is aimed informing you at the options available on how to stop nausea, it is just a guideline and by no means does it take the place of talking to your doctor or pharmacist.
Given that there are so many causes of nausea, here is a list of just some common causes
- Motion Sickness
- Food poisoning
- Over eating
- Over drinking
- Nausea induces by other medication
- Severe migraines
Over The Counter Medication
If you decide to go for over the counter medication, you really need to consider what has caused the nausea, and definitely consult with the pharmacist because although medications are considered “over the counter”, you need to talk with the pharmacist before you can buy them as they are typically not kept on the shelves.
Here are a list of causes, and their treatments
Kwells and Travel Calm are medications which you can take if you are suffering from motion sickness. These medications are more effective if you take them before you actually begin travelling.
For those who are keen on alternative therapies, you can also get Seabands which help to relieve nausea through acupressure. But in actual fact these Seabands are designed to apply pressure against a pressure point near your wrist. An even simpler technique which you can start using immediately is to simply apply pressure to this point using your fingers.
Here’s a helpful video where you can see exactly how to do this
You’ll probably want to see a doctor for this one, because many of the prescription medications mentioned above are very effective for providing relief however they require a prescription from a doctor.
You can purchase a product called Anagraine which is specifically designed to treat nausea that has been caused from a migraine. The medication is made up of a couple of ingredients, which do the following
- Target the part of the part that controls nausea and vomiting
- Increase muscle contractions in the stomach and upper intestines
- Provide temporary pain relief
For mild cases of an upset stomach, or if you’ve over eaten (or over drank!), there’s a product called Emetrol which is targets your stomach to bring things under control and provide you with relief from nausea.
During pregnancy many women prefer to stay away from medicinal drugs in case they harm the fetus, and so they often look to natural treatments to deal with nausea. Here are a few remedies which may assist you.
Peppermint is a cooling relaxing herb which has long been used as a remedy for motion sickness, seasickness, and nausea from pregnancy. Of the key components of peppermint is menthol – menthol helps stimulate the stomach lining, its cooling properties help sooth the stomach and ease stomach pain.
Ginger has been used since ancient times as a remedy for nausea, it help increase the movement of digestive juices which basically stimulates your appetite. Ginger works directly on your digestive system, not on your central nervous system like many traditional medications. The great thing about ginger is it can be taken in many different forms, ginger bread, ginger beer, ginger snaps, or just in its natural form.
It has been researched and shown that taking vitamin B6 can really reduce nausea, however experts are not exactly sure how it does it. This is definitely something that can be very effective, however you really need to talk to your pharmacist to ask them what sort of dosage is suitable for you. Especially if you’re pregnant, if you take too much it may not be safe for the baby, but taken in the right quantities it can definitely provide some relief for you.
Avoid Nauseous Triggers
Try to avoid thing which trigger off nausea, examples of some these could be body odours, stale food left in the fridge, garbage, wet dog smells. Every person has different triggers, its probably best if you try to work out what’s happening just before you get your nausea.
Flat Soft Drink
There are many people advising that a flat soft drinks can help prevent nausea, because they boost sugar levels. However I’d probably just stick with water, making sure you’re hydrated – especially after reading these reports by Dr Stephen Murphy in the UK.
Po Chai Pills
This is my favourite of all alternative treatments, I’ve always thought of it as a secret chinese medicine that cures nausea, stomach aches in an instant. Its definitely something that I always carry with me when I travel overseas. They come in small bottles which contain tiny red balls, but whenever I’ve used them, they’ve provided almost instant relief.
If you are suffering from nausea, and it happening frequently I would definitely recommend you contact a doctor, by visiting the doctor they have a range of prescription medications available to them.
Stemetil is a drug that is designed to help control chemical imbalances in the brain, these chemical imbalances may be affecting the part of the brain which controls the feeling of nausea. By controlling the chemical imbalance, this helps stop your nausea.
Used to provide relief from nausea and vomiting, it does this by trying to stimulate activity in the upper gastrointestinal tract.
Motilium doesn’t have the drowsiness effect that’s you get with stemetil or maxilon, meaning you can still stay mentally alert. Its used in situations where you’re experiencing discomfort caused by a slow moving stomach, also known as gastroparesis. Basically you feel like you can’t finish a meal, because you’re feeling too full or have lost your appetite. It works by blocking a messenger in your brain that causes nausea, at the same time stimulating movement in the stomach allowing food to move more easily.
Zofran is a drug that blocks receptors in the brain that are responsible for triggering nausea and vomiting. Its commonly used for treating nausea that occurs after having a medical treatment or operation.
These are just a few of the remedies and medications that are available to you on how to stop nausea, hopefully it’s given you some ideas which you can ask your doctor or pharmacist about.