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Brand Name: Emend®
Active Ingredient:   aprepitant
Strength(s): 80 mg, 125 mg
Dosage Form(s):   Capsule
Company Name:    Merck & Company, Inc.
Availability:         Prescription only
*Date Approved by the FDA:   March 26, 2003
*Approval by FDA does not mean that the drug is available for consumers at this time.

What is Emend used for?  

Emend is an antiemetic medicine for use in adult patients. An antiemetic is a medicine used to prevent and control nausea and vomiting. Emend is always used with other medicines to prevent and control nausea and vomiting caused by your chemotherapy treatment. Emend is not used to treat nausea and vomiting that you already have.

Who should not take Emend?

You should not take Emend if:

  • you are taking any of the following medicines (taking Emend with these medicines could cause serious or life-threatening problems): 
    • Orap® (pimozide) 
    • Seldane® (terfenadine) 
    • Hisminal® (astemizole) 
    • Propulsid® (cisapride)
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in Emend.

What should I tell my doctor or health care provider?:

Tell your health care provider: 

  • if you are trying to become pregnant, are already pregnant, or are breast-feeding. 
  • if you have or had liver problems. 
  • about all your medical problems. 

Tell your health care provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Some of these products may affect how Emend works and Emend may affect how some medicines work. 

Especially tell your health care provider if you are on: 

  • chemotherapy 
  • Coumadin® (warfarin) 
  •  birth control pills. 

Emend may affect how these medicines work.

What are some possible side effects of Emend? (This list is NOT a complete list of side effects reported with Emend. Your health care provider or pharmacist can discuss with you a more complete list of side effects.)

The most common side effects with Emend are: 

  • tiredness 
  • nausea 
  • hiccups 
  • constipation 
  • diarrhea 
  • loss of appetite

For more detailed information about Emend, ask your health care provider or pharmacist.    Emend's Approved Label

Posted:  5/5/03


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source: FDA

last update: December 2004

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