• brief - an unpleasant feeling indicating oncoming sickness or vomiting
  • symptoms - accompanied by cold sweat or weakness in the body
  • causes - include stomach bugs, pregnancy, migraines or motion sickness
  • medication - use when persistent nausea or wanting faster relief


141.4 million 70-80%
working days in 2018 were lost in the UK as a result of nausea. of pregnant women experience morning sickness and nausea.


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Cinnarizine is an antihistamine and calcium channel blocker prescribed for nausea and vomiting due to motion sickness, chemotherapy, vertigo, or Ménière's disease. It belongs to the diphenylmethylpiperazine group and prevents constriction of the blood vessels of the inner ear.


Cyclizine is an effective medicine used to treat nausea caused by vertigo, travelling, inner and middle ear problems, radiotherapy treatment, or after a surgery where general anaesthetic has been used. Cyclizine is an antihistamine medicine and contains the active ingredient Cyclizine hydrochloride.


Prochlorperazine belongs to a group of medicines called phenothiazine tranquillizers, and it can be used to treat, as well as prevent, feelings of nausea and vomiting.


Nausea is the discomfort and debilitating feeling you get just before you get sick. It can be mild in some cases, in other cases it may be overwhelming – depending on the cause of nausea. Even though nausea is a painless condition, it can make it impossible to go about your day to day life. Sometimes nausea passes on its own, such as morning sickness in pregnancy, and in other cases, it takes time to pass.

Almost always, nausea is accompanied by other symptoms such as a lurching of the stomach, dry heaving, fever, faintness, diarrhea, or headache. Understanding your other symptoms may help determine the cause of nausea.


There are a lot of causes that may result in conditions leading to nausea. To determine what causes nausea, the underlying condition needs to be understood and treated. Here are some examples -


  Underlying cause Examples Mechanisms leading to
nausea and vomiting
1 Disturbance in brain membranes such as meninges Caused by irritation or stretching in the intracranial region Not Known
2 Tumor or tumor-like growth in the abdomen or pelvic region
  • Metastasis of liver

  • Retroperitoneal cancer

  • Metastasis in the abdominal organs such as the mesentery muscles

Pressurizing or stretching of the sensory receptors of the brain to indicate distortion
3 Bowel obstruction due to cancerous growth
  • Intrinsic or extrinsic obstruction by a cancerous growth

  • Intestinal motility issues

  • Paraneoplastic neuropathy

Pressurizing or stretching of the sensory receptors of the brain to indicate distortion
4 Gastric Stasis
  • Drug overdose

  • Stomach ulcers

  • Swelling or enlargement of the liver

Gastric mechanoreceptors
5 Chemical/metabolic causes
  • Anti-epileptic drugs

  • Antibiotic medicines

  • Raised blood-calcium levels

Stimulates the chemoreceptor trigger zone of the brain
6 Anxiety
  • Being in a stressful situation

  • Social issues

  • Panic attack

Stimulates multiple cerebral receptors
7 Motion Sickness
  • Pregnancy

  • Drug overdose

  • Vestibular diseases

Disturbance of vestibular functions, stretching of mechanoreceptors

Nausea itself is a symptom of other conditions and is often accompanied by other signs such as vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, faintness, and fever.

Some of the serious conditions that begin with nausea may also include symptoms and signs such as chest pains, headaches, breathing difficulty, and excessive sweating.


The prevention of Nausea is almost always connected with the underlying problem. Sometimes nausea is known to pass by itself, especially after vomiting. Severe nausea may require medications. 

If you have a medical condition that makes you prone to nausea and sickness. Here are a few things to prevent nausea –

  • Eating flavored, light food that does not disturb your digestive system.

  • Avoid fried, greasy, or sweet foods. Also, steer clear of food with strong aromas.

  • Drink plenty of fluids including herbal drinks such as ginger tea, peppermint tea, and lemonade.

  • Acupressure is also known to be helpful in the prevention of nausea.

  • Eat smaller meals at frequent intervals.

  • Avoid road trips if you are prone to motion sickness.

  • If you feel nausea coming on, keep a calm mind, and take several deep breaths to relax. It also works to engage your thoughts on work or fun.


Seek immediate medical attention for your nausea in the following cases – 

  • Symptoms of a heart attack, such as pain in the left arm, chest pain, headache, and jaw pain.

  • Symptoms of a stroke such as severe headache, stiff neck, confusion, or difficulty in breathing.

  • If you are nauseous due to the ingestion of a poisonous substance.

  • If you think you may have nausea due to a drug overdose.

  • If your nausea has left you unable to eat or drink for more than 12 hours.

  • If your nausea does not subside within 24 hours of onset.


The treatment of nausea is linked to the underlying cause. However, in some cases, medications for nausea are prescribed. Check out the wide range of medications available on MedsNow for the treatment of nausea. Usually, antiemetics are recommended for relief from nausea.

Some of the commonly prescribed drugs for nausea include – 

  1. Domperidone

  2. Pepto-Bismol

  3. Cyclizine

  4. Prochlorperazine


Here are some of the most common home remedies for the treatment of nausea. 

  • Sit upright instead of lying on your back or standing. Find a position that does not compress your stomach.

  • Sit in front of a fan or front of an open window.

  • Use a cool compress such as a cloth dipped in ice water and apply it to your forehead.

  • Acupressure - presson the inside of your wrists. 

  • Deep breathing and meditation

  • Distract yourself by engaging in some work or fun activity

  • Drink plenty of fluids such as herbal tea or lemon water

  • A small meal of neutral or bland taste


  1. How long can nausea last?

Usually,nausea does not long more than a few minutes to an hour. At most, nausea does not last more than 24 hours.

  1. Why do I feel nauseous and tired?

Feeling nauseous or tired most of the time may be linked to lifestyle and habits. Form a regular sleep routine and eat your meals at the same time every day. Also, avoid alcohol, narcotic drugs, and smoking to normalize your health. Seek medical advice if nausea persists.

  1. Can a shower help nausea?

Yes. In many cases, it has been observed that taking a shower helps relax the body muscles and can relieve nausea.

  1. Is throwing up a good thing?

Yes. Even though vomiting is not a pleasant sensation, it helps the body rid the digestive system of any toxins or harmful bacteria. 

  1. How should you sleep when nauseous?

If you are nauseous, do not lie flat on the bed. Keep your head elevated, at least 12 inches above your feet.

  1. What food makes your stomach feel better?

If you are nauseous, choose neutral tasting and light foods such as bananas, rice, apples, toast, crackers, and oatmeal.

  1. Does laying down make nausea worse?

Yes. If you are nauseous you should lie in an inclined position with your head elevated. Laying down can increase your discomfort.

  1. Can less sleep cause nausea?

Yes. Exhaustion can cause nausea, upset the digestive system, and increase blood pressure. 

  1. Why does 7 Up settle your stomach?

7Up does not possess any medical properties to help improve digestion. The amount of sugar in 7Upmay helps you feel better due to instant energy and it may also induce a burp to help get rid of excess gas in your stomach. However, it does nothing to relieve nausea or aid digestion.

  1. Should I brush my teeth after throwing up?

It is not recommended to brush your teeth immediately after throwing up. It is better to rinse with water and wait for a few minutes before brushing.

  1. How do you rehydrate after vomiting?

After vomiting, it is not recommended to drink a lot of water. Rather, you should suck on ice chips, drink small sips of water or herbal tea.


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