Common causes of vomiting in adults

The most common causes of nausea and vomiting in adults include:

  • Gastroenteritis this ismost likely to be the cause if you also have diarrhoea ; read about treating gastroenteritis
  • pregnancy pregnant womenoftenhavenausea and vomiting during the early stages of pregnancy;read about morning sickness , including things you can do to help reduce your symptoms
  • migraines intense, throbbing headaches that last for a few hours to days at a time,read about treating migraines
  • labyrinthitis which also causes dizziness and a feeling of spinning ( vertigo )
  • motion sickness nausea and vomiting associated with travelling

Vomiting in adults can also be caused by a number of other things, including:

  • certain medicines, such as antibiotics and opioid painkillers
  • drinking too much alcohol
  • kidney infections and kidney stones
  • a blockage in your bowel, which may be caused by a hernia or gallstones
  • chemotherapy and radiotherapy
  • an inflamed gallbladder (acute cholecystitis)

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018