Medications and Drugs
Brand Names: Anzemet
Generic Name: dolasetron (oral) (Pronunciation: doe LAS e tron)
What is dolasetron (Anzemet)?
Dolasetron blocks the actions of chemicals in the body that can trigger nausea and vomiting.
Dolasetron oral (taken by mouth) is used to prevent nausea and vomiting that may be caused by surgery or by medicine to treat cancer (chemotherapy).
Dolasetron may be used for other purposes not listed in this medication guide.
Anzemet 100 mg
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What are the possible side effects of dolasetron (Anzemet)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
Less serious side effects may include:
This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What is the most important information I should know about dolasetron (Anzemet)?
You should not take dolasetron if you are allergic to it.
Dolasetron can cause serious heart rhythm problems. You should not use this medication if you have a history of Long QT syndrome. Tell your doctor if anyone in your family has ever had this condition.
Before taking dolasetron, tell your doctor if you have a heart rhythm disorder; a personal or family history of Long QT syndrome, or an electrolyte imbalance (such as low levels of potassium or magnesium in your blood).
Tell your doctor about all other medicines you use. There are many other medicines that can increase your risk of heart rhythm problems if you use them together with dolasetron.
Tell your caregivers at once if you have fast, slow, or uneven heartbeats, or if you feel like you might pass out.
Dolasetron is usually taken 1 hour before chemotherapy or 2 hours before surgery. Tell your doctor if you forget to take the medication within the specified amount of time before your procedure.
Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration
You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.
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