Topic: Anti-nausea and appetite enhancer?
This has been a rough couple weeks for my mom. Chemos #5 and #6 really beat her up. She is very tired. She is starting to show early signs of depression. She doesn't get up or go out really at all. She is not eating and is getting anxious when she even thinks about food. Details - she was taking Compazine and Marinol but didn't like the foggy and forgetful feeling they were giving her. She went off of the Marinol without telling anyone because she decided it was that drug that was making her feel that way. When I found out, I emailed the onc and he said it could have been either or both, So she went off of those and tried Zofran but last week was her worst week yet and she still did not eat at all. Then yesterday we asked the nurse at chemo about it all and she said to try Ativan to help her sleep, to help as an anti-anxiety and to help with nausea. Ok, she got some with her chemo and she slept well last night and felt better today but she always feels good on Tuesdays because of the Aloxi.
Soooo-Ativan at night but she doesn't want to feel foggy or sleepy during the day. No Marinol and docs said no Megace because it can cause blood clots, which she is already prone too.
This is my very detailed and long winded way of asking, which anti-nausea and appetite enhancing drugs have helped you? Which ones are we missing? because right now, we don't have an appetite enhancer and we don't even have a strategy for the day time.