Are you feeling nauseated?

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Nick McMellon, PharmD

Many people have felt sick from riding in a car, having an upset stomach, or from other causes such as pregnancy. While these sensations can come and go quickly, some patients suffer from this unpleasant situation for longer periods of time or from more severe episodes. Many patients look for ways to help prevent or treat nausea.

Some patients prefer a more natural approach using supplements to treat their condition. Ginger and pyridoxine (vitamin B6) are two supplements used for treating nausea. Ginger can be given 3 to 4 times a day for a total dose of 1 gram per day1. Pyridoxine is typically dosed at 10-25 mg three times a day1.

Another way to treat nausea is by using acupressure. This involves applying direct pressure to the pericardium-6 (P6) point, which is found about two thumb widths from the middle crease of the wrist1. While pressure can be applied with a finger, there are wristbands available over the counter that are designed to apply pressure to this spot. Using bands might benefit patients who are unable or wanting to avoid taking medications or using natural products or supplements.

While nausea is not a strange concept to most people, there are times when you should seek medical care. A few examples of these would be if you are pregnant and have severe symptoms, if you are vomiting blood, if you have severe pain, or if you have suspected food poisoning that does not clear up in a day. While no single medication or treatment option is right for all patients, your doctor or pharmacist can provide you with more information on ways to prevent or treat nausea, and when you should seek medical care. Feel free to stop in to Rx Express Pharmacy at anytime to discuss ways to prevent or treat your nausea symptoms.