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Ondansetron Solution

Generic Name: Ondansetron (on-DAN-se-tron)Brand Name: Zofran

Ondansetron Solution is used for:

Preventing nausea and vomiting associated with cancer chemotherapy, radiation treatment, or surgery. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Ondansetron Solution is a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor blocker. It works by blocking a chemical thought to be a cause of nausea and vomiting in certain situations (eg, chemotherapy).

Do NOT use Ondansetron Solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Ondansetron Solution

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

Before using Ondansetron Solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Ondansetron Solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have liver problems

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Ondansetron Solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Antineoplastic agents (eg, cyclophosphamide) because their effectiveness may be decreased by Ondansetron Solution

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Ondansetron Solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Ondansetron Solution:

Use Ondansetron Solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Take Ondansetron Solution by mouth with or without food.
  • Use a measuring device marked for medicine dosing. Ask your pharmacist for help if you are unsure of how to measure your dose.
  • To prevent or reduce the possibility of nausea or vomiting, continue taking Ondansetron Solution for the entire time recommended by your doctor even if you do not notice any nausea.
  • If you miss a dose of Ondansetron Solution, take it as soon as possible. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Ondansetron Solution.

Important safety information:

  • Ondansetron Solution may cause drowsiness or dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Ondansetron Solution with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it.
  • Ondansetron Solution should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 4 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Ondansetron Solution while you are pregnant. It is not known if Ondansetron Solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Ondansetron Solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Ondansetron Solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Constipation; diarrhea; dizziness; drowsiness; headache; tiredness; weakness.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fever; skin tingling or numbness; trouble urinating; vision change or loss.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center (http://www.aapcc.org), or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fainting; severe dizziness; slowed/irregular heartbeat; sudden, temporary blindness.

Proper storage of Ondansetron Solution:

Store Ondansetron Solution at room temperature, between 59 and 86 degrees F (15 and 30 degrees C). Store the bottle upright. Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Ondansetron Solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Ondansetron Solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Ondansetron Solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.

This information is a summary only. It does not contain all information about Ondansetron Solution. If you have questions about the medicine you are taking or would like more information, check with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.

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