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Dolasetron

Why is this medication prescribed?

Dolasetron is used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy, anesthesia, or surgery.

This medication is sometimes prescribed for other uses; ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How should this medicine be used?

Dolasetron comes as a tablet to take by mouth and in an injectable form. The tablets may be taken with or without food. The first dose of dolasetron usually is taken in a hospital or clinic 30 minutes before chemotherapy is begun or 15 minutes before anesthesia is stopped. Follow the directions on your prescription label carefully, and ask your doctor or pharmacist to explain any part you do not understand. Take dolasetron exactly as directed. Do not take more or less of it or take it more often than prescribed by your doctor.

Dolasetron injections are given by qualified health care professionals.

Other uses for this medicine

Dolasetron is also used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by radiation therapy. Talk to your doctor about the possible risks of using this drug for your condition.

What special precautions should I follow?

Before taking dolasetron,

  • tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to dolasetron, granisetron (Kytril), ondansetron (Zofran), or any other drugs.
  • tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking, especially acebutolol (Sectral), amitriptyline (Elavil), clomipramine (Anafranil), desipramine (Norpramin), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor), diuretics ('water pills'), flecainide (Tambocor), imipramine (Tofranil), moricizine (ethmozine), nortriptyline (Aventyl, Pamelor), propafenone (Rythmol), propranolol (Inderal), protriptyline (Vivactil), trimipramine (Surmontil), verapamil (Calan, Isoptin), and vitamins.
  • tell your doctor if you have ever been told you have low magnesium or potassium levels.
  • tell your doctor if you have or have ever had heart or liver disease.
  • tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking dolasetron, call your doctor.

What should I do if I forget a dose?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember it. However, if it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and continue your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one.

What side effects can this medication cause?

Although side effects from dolasetron are not common, they can occur. Tell your doctor if any of these symptoms are severe or do not go away:

  • diarrhea
  • headache
  • constipation
  • rash
  • dizziness
  • dry mouth
  • drowsiness

If you experience any of the following symptoms, call your doctor immediately:

  • difficulty breathing
  • chest pain

Keep this medication in the container it came in, tightly closed, and out of reach of children. Store it at room temperature and away from excess heat and moisture (not in the bathroom). Throw away any medication that is outdated or no longer needed. Talk to your pharmacist about the proper disposal of your medication.

In case of emergency/overdose

In case of overdose, call your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or is not breathing, call local emergency services at 911.

What other information should I know?

Keep all appointments with you doctor.

Do not let anyone else take your medication. Ask your pharmacist any questions you have about refilling your prescription.

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