I can only add to the positive feedback for Aprepitant. I also got very sick after my first FEC, and ended up in A&E that night for an injection. It took me three days until I was able to eat halfway normal food again.
With Aprepitant I was still suffering a little on the day of each FEC chemo, but I never again vomitted, and on day 2 I usually felt fine - drugged but OK.
Cyclecine I tried to reduce to a mimimum, because it made me reeeeeaaallly tired, I am sure one pill could make an elephant sleep! 😉
All the best for you
Hi Barbara, I was the same after my first FEC and vomitted every hour fro 13 hours until GP gave me another pill to put under my top lip which enabled me to keep anti sickness meds down. Onc prescribed Amend for second one and was loads better although still had little nausea. She also gave me Lorazepan in case it was anxiety related (it wasn't) but that helped me sleep night before and after session. Just on day 12 of first T not nice but doable.Sue xx
Thank you so much for taking the time to reply, it's really useful to have info from real people's experience of this as I am so wary of anymore side effects after this first chemo.
I saw my lovely Breast Care Nurse yesterday, and she felt I needed to see someone to review the side effects asap, so I have an appointment on Monday to see a consultant chemo nurse practitioner (think that's right).
I am now improving day by day which is good, trying to eat good things, drink loads and rest up - I am sure someone has removed my batteries..............!
Take care, and thanks again ladies,
Barbara x x
I was extremely sick after my 1st chemo - had to go back to hospital for an injection to stop the vomiting as I was so worried that I wasn't keeping my steriods down. From then on I was prescribed Emend which was very successful, although it would take several days for the nausea to disappear. I couldn't even be in the same room as my husband when he was eating.
I was really sick after the first cycle so went onto Emend for the second, and I was still sick but not for as long. I did manage to keep water down better with the second cycle, although I still felt very nauseous and drinking anything was a bit of a trial. I am now a week on and having to take metoclopramide occasionally but it's not too bad.
I know they say it is important to take all the antisickness stuff for the first few days, whether you are feeling bad or not, but each time I take one I start worrying about the constipation to come.
I hope you find the Emend helpful - I know most people say that it is excellent. I will definitely try it again for the third cycle.
My first cycle of chemo has been hard due to a reaction to some of the anti-sickness/steroid meds. I had my treatment last Tuesday, ended up back in the unit on the Wednesday having IV fluids and anti-sickness meds, then spent a couple of days trying to keep water down. I started to improve a little on Saturday and am now able to eat a little and have been topping up my fluids by drinking as much as I can.
The hospital have prescribed a 3 day course of Emend, one capsule an hour before chemo, then one capsule per day for 2 days after for my next cycle of chemo.
I would be interested to hear if anyone else has had a similar experience to mine, and whether they found this medication helped them.
Many thanks, Barbara x x