A = Ativan
B = Benadryl
H = Haldol
Once again, MD Anderson reveals its mettle as to why it's consistently rated the number #1 cancer center in the world. Why, you may ask? ABH. And what does ABH have to do with cancer? They offer this combo of three established and very unrelated drugs as a measure to control chemotherapy induced nausea. Ativan is an anti-anxiety medicine. Think valium. It's in the same class of drugs. Benadryl? Think the over the counter antihistamine drug that makes one sleepy. And Haldol? It's an anti-psychotic used in schizophrenia.
Put them together and what do you get? A helluva anti-nausea cocktail. Let me put it this way. After the last round of chemo, my brother didn't eat for 4-5 days, lost ~15 pounds, was horizontal the entire time and states that if he had been asked if he wanted to do chemo again, he would have flat out said NO. And that's knowing full well that refusing chemo meant death. That's how bad he felt. And after his second round? He answered the phone this morning after having 2 eggs for breakfast. Holy freakin' crap! These are the types of stories that make me want to be a physician now more than ever. And I want to shake the hand of the person who came up with the idea of using this cocktail because it works beautifully. Why it's not used more widely is beyond me.