Olanzapine versus aprepitant for the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in breast cancer patients receiving doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide regimen: A prospective, nonrandomized, open-label study

G. Shivaprakash, Karthik Udupa, V. Sarayu, Joseph Thomas, Vishal Gupta, L. Pallavi, Sudhakar Pemminati

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OBJECTIVE: Despite the guideline-directed therapy, complete absence of nausea was noted only in 33% of breast cancer patients on anthracycline-cyclophosphamide regimen. Hence, we sought to compare the efficacy of aprepitant (APT) versus olanzapine (OLP) in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in breast cancer patients on doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide regimen. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A prospective, open-label, nonrandomized study was conducted at the Department of Oncology. Eighty-three patients completed the study with 43 in the APT group and 40 in OLP group. Data about nausea and vomiting were collected using Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer Antiemesis Tool (MAT). The severity of nausea and vomiting was assessed by the MAT and Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events (CTCAE) version 4.03, respectively. RESULTS: Complete response (no emesis and no rescue medication) was achieved in 81% of the patients in APT group and 85% in the OLP group in the acute period (P = 0.661); 74% of patients in APT group and 85% in OLP group had no nausea during the same period (P = 0.233). Among the OLP patients who had nausea, 67% had moderately severe and 33% had Severe grade, and in the APT group, severity was equally distributed in mild, moderate, and severe grades. Among the patients who had vomiting, severe (CTCAE) vomiting was noticed in 81% of patients who were treated with APT compared to 50% in OLP group. CONCLUSION: OLP was found to be an equally effective alternative to APT in the antiemetic prophylaxis of CINV in breast cancer patients receiving chemotherapy with doxorubicin-cyclophosphamide regimen.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)451-457
Number of pages7
JournalIndian Journal of Pharmacology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 01-11-2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology (medical)

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