Emend

(aprepitant)

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Stops nausea and vomitting caused by chemotherapy and surgery.

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Our bottom line

Emend (aprepitant) is used with other medicines to stop nausea and vomiting that can happen after chemotherapy and surgery.

Quick facts about Emend
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (aprepitant)
Prices and discounts
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Upsides

  • Emend (aprepitant) can help stop nausea that lasts several days after receiving chemo, which is harder to control than the nausea that starts immediately.
  • Emend (aprepitant) can also be used to stop nausea in adults that happens after surgery.
  • Emend (aprepitant) also comes as a liquid for children over 6 months and adults who can't take pills.
  • The side effects of Emend (aprepitant) are usually mild and include hiccups and fatigue.
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Downsides

  • Emend (aprepitant) only stops nausea and vomiting from happening. It won't work if you already have nausea and vomiting.
  • Emend (aprepitant) has to be used in combination with other medicines to treat chemotherapy related nausea.
  • Emend (aprepitant) needs to be taken for the first three days of chemo.
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How it works

Emend (aprepitant) blocks substance P from starting the nausea and vomiting response in the brain.

Quick facts about Emend
  • Drug class: Gastrointestinal
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (aprepitant)

Used for

  • Prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with highly-emetogenic chemotherapy
  • Prevention of acute and delayed nausea and vomiting associated with moderately-emetogenic chemotherapy
  • Prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting

Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Liquid
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What to expect when you take Emend (aprepitant) for Nausea and vomitting

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Side effect rates for Emend (aprepitant)

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From clinical trials of Emend / Chemotherapy induced nausea & vomiting in adults
  • Fatigue
  • Diarrhea
  • Weakness
  • Indigestion
  • Hiccups
  • Lower white blood cells

Risks and Warnings for Emend (aprepitant)

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  • Emend (aprepitant) interacts with many other medicines. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking. Some of your medications may need to be changed or you might need to be monitored more closely for side effects.

Common concerns from people taking Emend (aprepitant)

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Interactions
  • Emend (aprepitant) interacts with many other medicines. Be sure to tell your doctor about all of the medications you’re taking. Some of your medications may need to be changed or you might need to be monitored more closely for side effects.