You’re often given far more meds than you can keep track of when you’re fighting cancer. But there’s one you should watch for.
It’s NOT one of the “big guns” given to fight the cancer itself. It’s a drug you likely wouldn’t give a second thought to.
Because the latest warning is about a med you get for one of the most common side effects of cancer treatments. And that’s the notorious nausea and vomiting that often come with chemo and radiation.
The trouble is that any relief from these nausea-fighting drugs comes with a VERY dark side. Because new research finds it could send your stroke risk soaring.
But I get it. Nausea that accompanies cancer treatments and other conditions CAN be overwhelming. So today, I want to share some additional effective and safe, stomach-settling solutions that you can try instead.
Stomach-settling meds could raise stroke risk
The new warning isn’t about a single medication. It’s about an entire class of drugs called antidopaminergic antiemetics.
As I mentioned, these meds are often used to fight nausea in cancer patients. But they’re also used in other situations, such as when someone is battling migraine symptoms or right after surgery.
And to be honest, what the study uncovered is shocking.
I typically have extreme nausea every time I’m given anesthesia. But after reading this research, I’d prefer a bucket and some mouthwash to any of these drugs. Because the new study finds the meds could TRIPLE your odds of ischemic stroke.
That’s the most common form of stroke, caused by a blockage in blood flow to the brain. And it’s not only potentially deadly. Ischemic strokes are a leading cause of disability for those who do survive.
According to researchers, two nausea meds – metopimazine and metoclopramide – had the biggest risk associated with them. They could potentially raise your odds of stroke by three and a half times.
But all of the drugs in the class seemed to have some degree of danger. Guys appear to have a higher stroke risk than women. But the takeaway here is that none of these meds are especially safe for anyone.
And here’s the terrifying part: This risk kicks in within as little as 14 days.
A far better way to fight nausea
OK, so the bucket option might be an alternative. But let’s face it, it’s not a good one.
And besides, even once your tummy is empty, nausea can remain, hanging around like an unwelcome house guest.
Fortunately, you may no longer have to put up with those stomach-churning moments. A study found that in some cases, vitamin D may help calm the gut inflammation caused by chemo. This could improve digestion and ease nausea and vomiting.
Emerging evidence also suggests that CBD can help fight many of the worst side effects of chemo, including nausea.
And there’s also another option. It’s often an excellent fit for cancer patients, especially after chemo. But it’s highly effective for nausea and other stomach issues in everyone else, too.
I’m talking about good old-fashioned ginger.
You can get ginger as a supplement… a chewable… a gummy… a tea… and more. And ginger is generally easy to find in all of these forms anywhere supplements are sold.
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