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aprepitant (cont.)

What should I discuss with my health care provider before taking aprepitant (Emend, Emend 2-Day, Emend 3-Day)?

You should not use aprepitant if you are allergic to it.

These other drugs can cause serious or life-threatening medical problems if you take them together with aprepitant:

  • cisapride (Propulsid); or
  • pimozide (Orap).

If you have liver disease, you may need an aprepitant dose adjustment or special tests.

FDA pregnancy category B. Aprepitant is not expected to be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.

It is not known whether aprepitant passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

How should I take aprepitant (Emend, Emend 2-Day, Emend 3-Day)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Aprepitant can be taken with or without food. If you take aprepitant before surgery, follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food or beverages.

The first dose of aprepitant is usually taken 1 hour before treatment with chemotherapy, or 3 hours before a surgery. You may also need additional doses for a couple days after your chemotherapy treatment. Follow your doctor's instructions.

You may also be given other medicines with aprepitant to further help prevent nausea and vomiting.

Aprepitant is not for long-term use.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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