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What Is Granisetron Transdermal Used For?

The granisetron transdermal patch is primarily used for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy. However, healthcare providers may choose to use granisetron transdermal for other, unapproved uses. Granisetron transdermal is sometimes used "off-label" for preventing nausea and vomiting caused by other factors, such as from radiation or pregnancy. It is not approved for use in children under the age of 18 years old.

What Is Granisetron Transdermal Used For?

Granisetron transdermal (Sancuso®) is a prescription medication approved to help prevent nausea and vomiting due to certain chemotherapy regimens that last five days or less. It comes as a skin patch that is applied 24 to 48 hours before the start of the chemotherapy regimen, and is worn until at least 24 hours after the last day of chemotherapy (for up to seven days total).
 
Nausea and vomiting are common side effects of chemotherapy (see Chemotherapy and Nausea). Nausea and vomiting from chemotherapy are likely due to many causes. Some types of chemotherapy are more likely to cause nausea and vomiting than others. Granisetron transdermal is approved to prevent nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy regimens that are moderately likely or highly likely to cause vomiting.
 
It is much easier to prevent nausea and vomiting before it happens, rather than to treat it once it starts. Granisetron transdermal is licensed to prevent nausea and vomiting, but it is not a treatment for vomiting or nausea.
 
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