Compounded relief for nausea and vomiting
An occasional bout with the flu or a case of gastrointestinal distress is common in children. However, there are situations in which nausea and vomiting are of significant concern and must be addressed by a pediatrician. The nausea and vomiting that accompany chemotherapy can be distressing for patient and parent alike. Motion sickness can be inconvenient and can spoil a family vacation or even just a lengthy drive.
Orally administered antiemetics can be sedating, which is not always a desired effect. Rectal administration of antiemetics is usually not a favored route for patients or parents.
Compounding pharmacists can offer another option in the form of transdermal antiemetics. Dispensed in a graduated syringe, transdermal antiemetics enable precise administration of the medication to the child’s inner wrist or arm. As the medication enters the circulation, the dose can be regulated to control nausea and vomiting while the child remains awake and alert.
Other non-medicinal therapies for nausea and vomiting include such things as ginger lollipops, or peppermint oil given orally. Ginger has been found to act as a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the gut, while peppermint oil has become increasing popular as a treatment for a variety of conditions, including irritable bowel syndrome, headache, and non-ulcer dyspepsia (at a recommended dosage of 0.1 to 0.2ml of peppermint oil 3 times daily for children over 8 years.