Ondem syrup, is it safe? Uses, side-effects, dosage

What is Ondem Syrup?

Ondem syrup is an medicated antiemetic syrup which is useful in treating nausea and vomiting feeling cause by chemotherapy. It is manufactured and marketed by Alkem Laboratories Limited. It is available in the packaging of 30 ml syrup per bottle.

  1. What is the generic name(s)?
  2. How does it work ?
  3. What are it’s uses ?
  4. How effective is this medicine ?
  5. What are the Side Effects ?
  6. What is the Dosage ?
  7. What are the precautions I need to take ?
  8. Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?
  9. Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
  10. Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?
  11. Is Ondem Syrup available as an over the counter (OTC) product?
  12. Frequently asked questions
  13. Reference
Ondem Syrup - uses, side-effects, dosage

Ondem Syrup – uses, side-effects, dosage


What is the generic name (s)?

The active ingredient and generic present in this syrup is Ondansetron . It is present in the strength of 2 mg per 5 ml of the syrup.

How does it work ?

Ondansetron belongs to a class of medicines called as ‘anti-emetic’ . This medicine works in the small intestine by inhibiting the effects of serotonin. It also stimulates the part of brain which is responsible for nausea and vomiting.

What are it’s uses ?

Ondansetron is used in the prevention, control and treatment of nausea and vomiting induced due to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

How effective is this medicine ?

Ondem Syrup is a very effective medicine for all the conditions mentioned above, if it is taken in the correct dosage frequency for the prescribed period of time by the doctor.

What are the Side Effects ?

Following are the commonly reported side effects of Ondem Syrup:

  • Chest pain
  • Liver ailments
  • Weakness
  • Dry mouth
  • Constipation
  • Liver function test result changed
  • Increasd level of liver enzymes
  • Diarrhoea
  • Fits
  • Feeling of warmth or flushing
  • Headache
  • Seizure
  • Low potassium level in blood
  • Low blood pressure
  • Fainting or dizziness
  • Hiccups
  • Bloating
  • Rare allergic reaction
  • Skin Rashes, hives
  • Cardiac arrhythmia
  • Shaking or shaking
  • Involuntary reactions
  • Urinary retention

Stop using the medicine and seek emergency medical help or consult a doctor immediately if you see any of the adverse effects listed above.


What is the Dosage ?

Please consult a qualified doctor and follow his or her recommendations for the dosage of Ondem syrup. Dosage will depend on the physical health, medical history and upon the condition for which it has to be administered.

Self medicate can be dangerous. As instructed by doctors the recommended dose for this syrup is 1 to 2 tablespoon, two times a day.

Syrup Dosage

Syrup Dosage

What are the precautions I need to take ?

While taking these syrups, following precautions should be taken :

  • Ask a doctor about the required dosage and frequency for this medicine
  • This syrup can affect heart’s rhythm (Cardiac arrhythmia)
  • Prolonged use of this syrup can damage the liver functionality
  • Syrup is not advised with the patients having electrolyte abnormalities
  • Take full course of treatment
  • Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipients
  • Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
  • Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine
  • Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any disease
  • Discuss your pregnancy and breastfeeding plan with a doctor before using the syrup
  • Do not consume alcohol during medication

Is it safe to take if I am pregnant ?

Yes, Ondem syrup can be prescribed if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant.

This syrup is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘B’ No risk in other studies: Animal reproduction studies have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women OR Animal studies have shown an adverse effect, but adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women have failed to demonstrate a risk to the fetus in any trimester.

Consult your gynecologist before administering this drug. Please, do not self medicate.

Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?

Ondansetron is reported secret in the breast milk. It can affects the quality of the breast milk. The effect of ondansetron is yet to be to tested on infants. So, it is suggested that this drug may administered to nursing mothers only when clearly necessary and the potential benefits from administering this drug outweighs the potential risks to the infant.

Can this medicine be given to children and infants ?

Ondem syrup can be given to children above 2 years of age, under strict medical supervision.
This syrup is not suitable for infants.


Is Ondem Syrup available as an over the counter (OTC) product?

No, Ondem Syrup is not available as an over the counter or OTC product. It is a prescription medicine. When being prescribed, please consult with the doctor regarding correct dosage, timing and duration of use of this medicine.

Frequently asked questions

How to store this syrup?
This syrup should be stored in a dry place protected from direct sun light. Keep this syrup at room temperature (15-25* Celsius). Keep the medicine away from the reach of children. For more information on how to store please refer to the instructions mentioned on the packaging of this syrup.

What if i happen to miss a dose of Ondem syrup ?
You can take it if the time is not close for the next dose. Don’t take double dose in any case. Its always better to consult your doctor or a healthcare expert in such cases in order to avoid any bad or harmful effects.

Can this syrup cause dizziness?
Yes, the generic Ondansetron present in this drug can cause dizziness and drowsiness. It is advised to refrain from driving or operating heavy machinery, and avoiding work that require optimum concentration, while on this medication.

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