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What is Granisetron used for?

Granisetron is an anti-emetic medication used to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer drug treatment (chemotherapy and radiation therapy). It belongs to the class of medications called 5-HT3 receptor antagonists. This medicine works by blocking a natural substance in the body called serotonin, which can cause nausea and vomiting. Granisetron may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor. This medicine may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.

What is the recommended dosage of Granisetron?

The dosage of Granisetron prescribed to each patient will vary. Always follow your physician’s instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.

What if you miss a dose of Granisetron?

If you have missed to take Granisetron medication at a prescribed time, contact your doctor or pharmacist immediately. Do not double the doses to make up for the missed dose.

What if you overdose on Granisetron?

Any medication taken in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Granisetron, seek medical attention immediately. Overdose symptom of Granisetron may include headache.

What other drugs could interact with Granisetron?

It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Granisetron.

Usually drug interactions occur when it is taken with another drug or with food. Before you take a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about intake of any other medications including non-prescription medications, (over-the-counter medicines that may increase the effect of Granisetron) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbal, so that the doctor can warn you of any possible drug interactions.

Granisetron can interact with QT prolongation drugs and macrolide antibiotics.

Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. Make sure to inform your doctor of any medical conditions you may have, or any family history of medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.

What are the side effects of Granisetron?

Like other medicines, Granisetron can cause some side effects. If they do occur, the side effects of Granisetron are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.

It is pertinent to note that side effects of Granisetron cannot be anticipated. If any side effects of Granisetron develop or change in intensity, the doctor should be informed as soon as possible.

Granisetron can cause side effects such as stomach pain, constipation, diarrhea, drowsiness, dizziness, weakness, trouble sleeping and loss of appetite. This is not a complete list of all side effects. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are taking Granisetron.

What are the questions to ask your doctor before taking Granisetron?

Is it possible for me to take Granisetron with other drugs?
Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I take Granisetron?
What are the possible drug interactions of Granisetron?
How will Granisetron work in my body?
How should Granisetron be taken?
How to reduce the risk of Granisetron drug interactions and side effects?

Note

The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Granisetron is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.

 

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