What should I take for vomiting?

Jill A. Grimes, MD
Family Medicine

For one or two episodes of vomiting, you should cautiously hydrate with sips of an electrolyte drink such as Gatorade and wait and see. However, for those occasional wicked stomach viruses that cause nonstop throwing up all night, reach for a prescription that you should keep on hand: Phenergan (promethazine).

This drug comes in suppositories as well as pills. When a family member is ready to deal with a suppository, they really need it.

Note that Phenergan makes you sleepy, which is often a desired side effect, but it also can be addictive -- this is for infrequent intense nausea, not for daily use.

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