A cheap, easy alternative to drugs for post-surgical nausea

Chewing gum may be more effective than drugs to prevent postoperative nausea and vomiting, according to a pilot study.

Researchers at Royal Melbourne Hospital randomised women undergoing laparoscopic or breast surgery to either peppermint gum or intravenous ondansetron if they experienced nausea or vomiting after the procedure.

Of 12 women given chewing gum for their nausea, nine experienced full and immediate resolution of their symptoms.

That compared with five of 13 women on an ondansetron drip who said their nausea and vomiting stopped with the treatment.