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What Is Ondansetron Oral Soluble Film Used For?

How Does Ondansetron Oral Soluble Film Work?

Nausea and vomiting are complex processes involving many chemicals in the body and several parts of the body, including the brain and the small intestine. It is likely that ondansetron oral soluble film works in the small intestine.
However, ondansetron oral soluble film may also work in the brain by blocking serotonin, a chemical produced by the body that is associated with nausea and vomiting. Serotonin has many effects in the body and has several receptors where it can bind. This medication blocks serotonin at a specific type of receptor (the 5-HT3 receptor).

Is It Safe for Use in Children?

The use of ondansetron oral soluble film for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy has been studied in children as young as four years old. Using this medication for other uses (including radiation and surgery) has not been studied in children. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using this medication in children less than four years old.

What About Off-Label Uses?

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend ondansetron oral soluble film for something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, there are a few off-label uses for ondansetron oral soluble film, such as:
  • Treating nausea and vomiting (once it starts)
  • Treating or preventing morning sickness (nausea and vomiting during pregnancy)
  • Treating alcoholism (alcohol addiction)
  • Treating or preventing chronic nausea or vomiting (long-term nausea or vomiting).
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