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Ondansetron

[ Generic Medicines for Cancer Treatment ]

Ondansetron is used as active component that shows antiemetic activity. It is a selective serotonin receptor antagonist that competitively blocks the action of serotonin chemical at receptors. It leads to suppression of chemotherapy- and radiotherapy induced nausea and vomiting. This medication treats symptoms like headache, constipation, and dizziness. This medicine affects peripheral and central nerves.

Class of Drugs – Antiemetics drugs

Molecular Formula – C18H19N3O

Molecular Weight - 293.4 g/mol

Working: This medication belongs to a class of drugs called antiemetics. It acts to decrease nausea and vomiting. Ondansetron acts by blocking the release of the chemical serotonin in the central nervous system and the gut. It also helps to keep serotonin from inducing nausea and vomiting.

Uses: This antiemetic medication is indicated to prevent nausea and vomiting induced by cancer drug treatment and radiation therapy. It is also approved for the prevention and treatment nausea and vomiting after surgery. Ondansetron restricts one of the natural substances in the body that causes vomiting.

Popular Brands and Dosages: It is used as the main active component in popular brand medicines as given below:

  • Zofran: 4 mg and 8 mg
  • Zofran ODT: 4 mg and 8 mg

Discuss the medical history of irregular heartbeat, liver disease, stomach/intestinal problems before consuming this medication. This drug should not be mixed with other cancer medication.