Treatments and drugs

By Mayo Clinic Staff

There's no cure for cyclic vomiting syndrome, so treatment focuses on controlling the signs and symptoms. You or your child may be prescribed:

  • Anti-nausea drugs
  • Sedatives
  • Medications that suppress stomach acid
  • Antidepressants

The same types of medications used for migraines can sometimes help stop or even prevent episodes of cyclic vomiting. These medications may be recommended for people whose episodes are frequent and long-lasting.

Behavioral therapy

Research indicates that almost half the people with cyclic vomiting syndrome also have depression or anxiety. But the extent to which depression and anxiety cause cyclic vomiting or result from cyclic vomiting isn't clear. Your child's doctor or yours may recommend behavioral therapy to help with any depression or anxiety.

April 19, 2013