Issue: 2018 > April > review

Drug-drug interactions with aprepitant in antiemetic prophylaxis for chemotherapy

R. Schoffelen, A.G. Lankheet, C.M.L. van Herpen, J.J.M. van der Hoeven, I.M.E. Desar, C. Kramers
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In the current guidelines to prevent hemotherapyinduced
nausea and vomiting, multiple antiemetic drugs are administered simultaneously. In patients who receive highly emetogenic chemotherapy, aprepitant, an NK1-receptor antagonist, is combined with ondansetron and dexamethasone. Aprepitant can influence the pharmacokinetics of other drugs, as it is an inhibitor and inducer of CYP3A4. Some anticancer drugs and other co-medication frequently used in cancer patients are CYP3A4 or CYP29C substrates. We give an overview of the metabolism and current data on clinically relevant drug-drug interactions with aprepitant during chemotherapy. Physicians should be aware of the potential risk of drug-drug interactions with aprepitant, especially in regimens with curative intent. More research should be performed on drug-drug interactions with aprepitant and their clinical consequences to make evidence-based recommendations.