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FDA has ruled against Tigan: Now, what to do for nausea and vomiting?

Companies must stop manufacturing and distributing trimethobenzamide hydrochloride (Tigan, Tebamide, T-Gen, Trimazide, and Trimethobenz) suppositories.

It’s a good time to review CAM options for nausea and vomiting.

The Oncology Nursing Society has posted a table that summarizes CAM studies on the treatment of nausea and vomiting in cancer patients. No miracle cures here.

A review of acupuncture is here, and the results of a positive study are here.

A pseudo-study of marijuana for morning sickness is here, although the data with ginger are stronger.

The bottom line?

As a practicing hospital pharmacist back in the ’70s, I dispensed so much Tigan; you might have thought it was a miracle drug. Not so.

No single treatment for nausea and vomiting works all the time. It depends on the cause of the problem. Most of the time nausea and vomiting clear quickly. If not, consult a healthcare professional for guidance. A detailed review from Amdipharm is available here.

4/9/07 10:24 JR

Hi, I’m JR

John Russo, Jr., PharmD, is president of The MedCom Resource, Inc. Previously, he was senior vice president of medical communications at, a complementary and alternative medicine website.