Pubdate: Thu, 12 May 2011
Source: Albany Democrat-Herald (OR)
Copyright: 2011 Lee Enterprises
Author: Ralph Givens


Pardon me for questioning Mr. Jeff Limon's claims about "better 
alternatives" for nausea relief than marijuana (Letters, May 8).

First off, the Zofran Mr. Limon touts must be taken by intravenous 
infusion. How did Limon manage this at home away from doctors and 
nurses? Most people can only use Zofran in a hospital, not at home or at work.

Second, I've had a Zofran infusion before receiving a medicine that 
causes such severe vomiting and nausea that they call the symptoms 
"fountain vomiting." After taking a 4-ounce IV infusion of Zofran 
before the isodide treatment, I had the worst nausea and vomiting in 
my entire life. I had severe cramps, diarrhea and intense nausea and 
vomiting for 18 hours that was so severe that morphine could not stop 
the pain. The Zofran was worthless.

The next day I had the same treatment. That time I smoked some 
marijuana and never had a burp. I was able to eat an hour after the 
chemo and left the hospital to get a good meal. There was zero nausea 
and vomiting when I smoked the pot first.

I do not know what "fiction" about medical marijuana Mr. Limon is 
trying to prove, but the nausea-reducing power of marijuana has been 
testified to by thousands of patients.

Lastly, Marinol is worthless when someone has an attack of 
chemo-induced vomiting because it is impossible to get a pill down 
when you are puking your guts out. Also, many Marinol users complain 
about the intense high it causes.

Ralph Givens

Daly City, Calif. (May 9)
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