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Support Care Cancer. 2014 May;22(5):1181-7. doi: 10.1007/s00520-013-2070-6. Epub 2013 Dec 12.

Safety and efficacy of aprepitant, ramosetron, and dexamethasone for chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in patients with ovarian cancer treated with paclitaxel/carboplatin.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 50 Ilwon-Dong, Kangnam-Ku, Seoul, 135-710, South Korea.



Women with ovarian carcinoma that are treated with paclitaxel/carboplatin are particularly susceptible to chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV). The current study evaluated the new combination (aprepitant/ramosetron/dexamethasone, 20 mg) in ovarian cancer patients receiving multiple cycles of paclitaxel/carboplatin.


This is a prospective non-randomized single site study. Patients received the following regimen for the prevention of CINV-day 1, 125 mg aprepitant, 0.6 mg ramosetron, and 20 mg dexamethasone before chemotherapy; and days 2-3, 80 mg aprepitant each day. The primary end point was the proportion of patients with complete response (CR) during the 120 h following the first chemotherapy cycle. Toxicity assessments were conducted using the NCI-CTC investigator guide (version 3.0).


Of the 89 patients enrolled, 85 patients were evaluable for efficacy and toxicity, and 68 (80 %) completed all 6 cycles. In cycle 1, the percentage of patients who achieved CR in the acute, delayed, and overall phases was 98.8 %, 89.4 %, and 89.4 %, respectively. Of the 460 cycles, adverse events, drug-related adverse events, and serious adverse events occurred in 179 (38.9 %), 35 (7.6 %), and 10 cycles (2.2 %), respectively. The most common adverse event was constipation (12.4 %) and headache (11.1 %). None of the patients discontinued the study because of adverse events.


The combination of aprepitant, ramosetron, and high-dose dexamethasone demonstrated efficacy for CINV prevention in ovarian cancer patients receiving paclitaxel and carboplatin.


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