aprepitant fosaprepitant dimeglumine
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aprepitant fosaprepitant dimeglumine
Emend, Emend for Injection
Pharmacologic class: Substance P and neurokinin-1 antagonist
Therapeutic class: Adjunctive antiemetic
Pregnancy risk category B
Augments antiemetic activity of ondansetron (a 5-hydroxytryptamine3-receptor antagonist) and dexamethasone. Also inhibits cisplatin-induced emesis.
Capsules: 40 mg, 80 mg, 125 mg
Powder for injection, lyophilized: 115 mg, 150 mg in single-dose vials
⊘Indications and dosages
➣ To prevent acute and delayed nausea and vomiting caused by highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy
Adults: 125 mg P.O. 1 hour before chemotherapy on day 1; then 80 mg P.O. once daily in morning on days 2 and 3. Give with 12 mg dexamethasone P.O. and 32 mg ondansetron I.V. on day 1, and with 8 mg dexamethasone P.O. on days 2 to 4.
Adults: Single-dose regimen: 150 mg (fosaprepitant dimeglumine) by I.V. infusion over 20 to 30 minutes starting 30 minutes before chemotherapy, with 12 mg dexamethasone P.O. once daily and 32 mg ondansetron I.V. 30 minutes before chemotherapy once daily on day 1. On day 2, give dexamethasone 8 mg P.O. once daily in the morning. On days 3 and 4, give dexamethasone 8 mg P.O. b.i.d.
Adults: Three-day dosing regimen; 115 mg (fosaprepitant dimeglumine) by I.V. infusion over 15 minutes starting 30 minutes before chemotherapy, with 12 mg dexamethasone P.O. 30 minutes before chemotherapy once daily and 32 mg ondansetron I.V. once daily on day 1. On days 2 and 3, give 80 mg (aprepitant) capsules P.O. once daily and dexamethasone 8 mg P.O. once daily. On day 4, give dexamethasone 8 mg P.O. once daily.
➣ To prevent nausea and vomiting caused by moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy
Adults: Three-day dosing regimen; 115 mg (fosaprepitant dimeglumine) by I.V. infusion over 15 minutes starting 30 minutes before chemotherapy, with 12 mg dexamethasone P.O. 30 minutes before chemotherapy once daily and 8 mg ondansetron P.O. b.i.d. (one capsule 30 to 60 minutes before chemotherapy and one capsule 8 hours after first dose) on day 1. Give 80 mg (aprepitant) capsules P.O. once daily on days 2 and 3.
➣ Prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting
Adults: 40 mg P.O. once within 3 hours before induction anesthesia
• Hypersensitivity to drug
• Concurrent pimozide, terfenadine, astemizole, or cisapride therapy
Use cautiously in:
• patients receiving concurrent warfarin or CYP3A4 inhibitors
• pregnant patients.
• Give with other antiemetics as prescribed.
• For the 115-mg and 150-mg I.V. dose, reconstitute powder with 5 ml normal saline solution in vial and inject in infusion bag containing 110 ml and 145 ml normal saline solution, respectively, to yield a final concentration of 1 mg/ml. Then gently invert I.V. bag two or three times. Don't mix with other solutions, including lactated Ringer's and Hartmann's solutions.
CNS: dizziness, neuropathy, headache, insomnia, asthenia, fatigue
GI: nausea, vomiting, constipation, diarrhea, epigastric discomfort, gastritis, heartburn, abdominal pain, anorexia
Other: fever, dehydration, hiccups
Drug-drug.CYP3A4 inducers (carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin): decreased aprepitant blood level
CYP3A4 inhibitors (azole antifungals, clarithromycin, nefazodone, ritonavir): increased aprepitant blood level
Dexamethasone, methylprednisolone: increased steroid exposure
Docetaxel, etoposide, ifosfamide, imatinib, irinotecan, paclitaxel, vinblastine, vincristine, vinorelbine: increased blood levels of these drugs
Hormonal contraceptives: decreased contraceptive efficacy
Paroxetine: decreased efficacy of either drug
Pimozide: increased blood level and toxic effects of aprepitant
Tolbutamide, warfarin: CYP2C9 induction, decreased efficacy of these drugs
• Monitor neurologic status. Institute measures to prevent injury as needed.
• Assess nutritional and hydration status.
• Monitor CBC.
• Tell patient that drug may cause CNS effects. Explain that he'll be monitored to ensure his safety.
• Advise patient to minimize GI upset by eating small, frequent servings of food and drinking plenty of fluids.
• Caution patient to avoid driving and other hazardous activities until he knows how drug affects concentration, hearing, strength, balance, and alertness.
• As appropriate, review all other significant and life-threatening adverse reactions and interactions, especially those related to the drugs mentioned above.