Nausea & Vomiting

This chapter will guide you through the causes and treatment of nausea and vomiting.

The management and choice of antiemetic will be influenced by the cause(s) of nausea and vomiting. These are identified from a thorough patient history, physical examination and investigations where appropriate.


This Guide is intended for use by healthcare professionals and the expectation is that they will use clinical judgement, medical, and nursing knowledge in applying the general principles and recommendations contained within. They are not meant to replace the many available texts on the subject of palliative care.

Some of the management strategies describe the use of drugs outside their licensed indications. They are, however, established and accepted good practice. Please refer to the current BNF for further guidance.

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