Cancer Treatment Centers of America

Coping with nausea

The following are some tips for coping with nausea:

  • Eat small meals often and eat slowly
  • Eat foods at room temperature or cooler; drink beverages that are cool or chilled
  • Snack on dry foods (e.g., saltine crackers, toast) when you wake up
  • Avoid foods that are fried, greasy, sweet, or spicy, or that have a strong odor
  • Sit upright when eating and rest upright for at least one hour after meals
  • Sip on clear liquids (e.g., water, broth, juice, popsicles) frequently to prevent dehydration
  • Avoid eating in a room that is too warm, or that has cooking odors
  • Rinse your mouth with baking soda and salt before and after meals (1 quart water, ¾ teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon baking soda)
  • If there is a bad taste in your mouth, suck on hard candy (e.g., peppermint, lemon)
  • Avoid drinking a lot of liquids during mealtime – it may make you feel full and bloated
  • Avoid eating for one or two hours before a treatment
  • Try bland, soft foods on scheduled treatment days (e.g., cream of wheat, chicken noodle soup)
  • Avoid stuffy environments and restrictive clothing
  • Try natural supplements, such as ginger capsules (ginger root beer) and peppermint extract
  • Consider sea bands
  • Ask your doctor about medications to ease nausea

NOTE: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to making decisions about your treatment.