Aprepitant is used in adults in combination with other medicines to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy or after a surgery.
How it works
Aprepitant is an antiemetic and belongs to a group of medicines called neurokinin 1 (NK1) receptor antagonists. It works by blocking the action of neurokinin, a natural substance in the brain that causes nausea and vomiting.
Common side effects
indigestion, Constipation, increased amount of liver enzymes in blood, stomach upset, tiredness, heart burn, hair loss., loss of appetite, diarrhea, dizziness, hiccups, headache, weakness
Aprepitant can only prevent nausea and vomiting and is not used for its treatment. Do not start aprepitant if you are already having nausea or vomiting.
If you have liver disease, you may be monitored with liver function test regularly, as it may affect the breakdown of this medicine in your body.
You are advised to use another or additional non-hormonal form of birth control method during and after up to 2 months of using aprepitant, as certain hormonal birth control [e.g. birth control pills, skin patches, implants, and certain intrauterine devices (IUDs)] may not work adequately when taken along with aprepitant.
Do not drive or use machinery while taking Aprepitant as it may make you feel dizzy and sleepy.
Frequently asked questions
Q. Is aprepitant safe during pregnancy?
Aprepitant should not be used in pregnancy or by those who plan to become pregnant as it is highly unsafe for the growing baby.
Q. Is it safe to use aprepitant during breastfeeding?
Aprepitant is not safe for the baby and should not be used by women who are breastfeeding.
Q. What are aprepitant capsules/ what is aprepitant used for?
Aprepitant is used in adults in combination with other medicines to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy (cancer treatment) or in some cases after a surgery.
Q. How does aprepitant work?
Aprepitant is an antiemetic that works by blocking the action of neurokinin, a natural substance in the brain that causes nausea and vomiting.
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