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What are nausea and vomiting?

Nausea is a queasy feeling in the back of your throat or stomach that may make you feel like you could gag or vomit (throw up). Vomiting is your body’s way of trying to empty your stomach.

Both of these symptoms have many causes. They can make you feel weak and sick—and keep you from getting enough nutrients and rest.


What may cause nausea and vomiting?

What may cause a person to feel nauseated or vomit during a serious illness?

  • Medications, such as antibiotics, antidepressants or aspirin (ask your doctor or your Agrace nurse if the medications you are taking could cause nausea and vomiting)
  • Damage to your stomach and lining of your intestines caused by your illness or treatments
  • Other symptoms, such as anxiety or pain that is not well-controlled
  • Motion
  • Constipation
  • Coughing, thick mucus (may trigger vomiting)
  • Some foods
  • Strong odors

What can relieve nausea and vomiting?

If you can manage nausea, it may stop you from vomiting. Try the tips below.


When to tell Agrace about nausea or vomiting

If you are an Agrace Hospice Care patient, your Agrace team wants to know how nausea and vomiting are affecting you. We will keep trying to find something that works to help you feel better, including medications.

Call Agrace if:

  • Nausea or vomiting is making it hard to do or enjoy things that are important to you.
  • Your nausea or vomiting symptoms are getting worse.
  • You have tried some of the tips on this page and you still aren’t feeling better.

Call Agrace anytime you have questions or concerns about nausea and vomiting.


Hospice Caregiver Support

If you need help urgently for an Agrace Hospice Care patient, please call. Otherwise, email us directly at caregiversupport@agrace.org, or send your questions through our online contact form.

Call (800) 553-4289

Call to talk to an interpreter / Tenemos intérpretes disponibles: (800) 930-2770


More Care Tips for Families

For more expert advice from Agrace, visit Agrace.org/CareTips.