Brand name(s): Emend®
What special precautions should I follow?
Before taking aprepitant,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to aprepitant or any other medications.
- do not take aprepitant if you are taking astemizole (Hismanal), cisapride (Propulsid), pimozide (Orap), or terfenadine (Seldane).
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what other prescription and nonprescription medications, vitamins, and nutritional supplements you are taking. Be sure to mention any of the following: anticoagulants ('blood thinners') such as warfarin (Coumadin); antifungals such as fluconzaole (Diflucan), itraconzaole (Sporanox), and ketoconazole (Nizoral); benzodiazepines such as alprazolam (Xanax), diazepam (Valium), and triazolam (Halcion); buspirone (BuSpar); calcium channel blockers such as amlodipine (Norvasc), diltiazem (Cardizem, Dilacor, Tiazac,), felodipine (Lexxel, Plendil), nifedipine (Adalat, Procardia), nisoldipine (Sular), and verapamil (Calan, Isoptin, Verelan); chlolesterol-lowering medications (statins) such as atorvastatin (Lipitor), fluvastatin (Lescol); lovastatin (Altocor, Mevacor), and simvastin (Zocor); cancer chemotherapy medications such as docetaxel (Taxotere), etoposide (Toposar, VePesid), ifosfamide (Ifex), imatinib (Gleevec), irinotecan (Camptosar), paclitaxel (Taxol), tamoxifen (Nolvadex), vinblastine, vincristine (Vincasar), and vinorelbine (Navelbine); carbamazepine (Tegretol); celecoxib (Celebrex); chlorpheniramine (Chlor-Trimeton, other cough, cold and sinus medications); cimetidine (Tagamet); clarithromycin (Biaxin); cyclosporine (Neoral, Sandimmune); danazol (Danocrine); delavirdine (Rescriptor); dexamethasone (Decadron); diclofenac (Arthrotec, Voltaren); efavirenz (Sustiva); erythromycin (E.E.S., E-Mycin, Erythrocin); ethosuximide (Zarontin); fluoxetine (Prozac, Sarafem); fluvoxamine (Luvox); glipizide (Glucotrol); haloperidol (Haldol); HIV protease inhibitors such as indinavir (Crixivan), nelfinavir (Viracept), ritonavir (Norvir), and saquinavir (Fortovase, Invirase); ibuprofen (Advil, Motrin); irbesartan (Avapro, Avalide); isoniazid (INH, Nydriazid); losartan (Cozaar, Hyzaar); methadone (Dolophine, Methadose); methylprednisolone (Medrol); metronidazole (Flagyl); naproxen ( Naprosyn); nefazadone (Serzone); oral contraceptives (birth control pills); phenobarbital (Luminal, Solfoton); phenytoin (Dilantin); piroxicam (Feldene); quinidine (Cardioglute, Quinaglute); quinine; rifabutin (Mycobutin); rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane); tacrolimus (Prograf); sildenafil (Viagra); sulfamethoxazole (Bactrim, Septra, Sulfatrim); tolbutamide (Orinase); torsemide (Demadex); trazodone; troleandomycin (TAO); and zafirlukast (Accolate). Your doctor may need to change the doses of your medications or monitor you carefully for side effects.
- tell your doctor what herbal products you are taking, especially St. John's Wort.
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had liver disease.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while taking aprepitant, call your doctor.
Last Revised: 04/01/2004
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