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Rolapitant (By injection)

Rolapitant (roe-LA-pi-tant)

Prevents nausea and vomiting caused by chemotherapy (cancer medicine).

Brand Name(s):

Varubi

There may be other brand names for this medicine.

When This Medicine Should Not Be Used:

This medicine is generally considered safe for most people. Talk to your doctor if you have concerns.

How to Use This Medicine:

Injectable

  • Your doctor will prescribe your dose and schedule. This medicine is given through a needle placed in a vein. This medicine must be given slowly, so the IV tube will have to stay in place for 30 minutes. It will be given on the first day of your chemotherapy session, within 2 hours before the start of treatment.
  • A nurse or other health provider will give you this medicine.
  • Read and follow the patient instructions that come with this medicine. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.

Drugs and Foods to Avoid:

Ask your doctor or pharmacist before using any other medicine, including over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products.

  • Do not use this medicine together with pimozide or thioridazine.
  • Some medicines can affect how rolapitant works. Tell your doctor if you are using digoxin, irinotecan, methotrexate, rifampin, rosuvastatin, topotecan, or warfarin.

Warnings While Using This Medicine:

  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, or if you have liver disease.
  • Talk with your doctor before receiving this medicine if you plan to have children. Some women receiving this medicine have become infertile (unable to have children).

Possible Side Effects While Using This Medicine:

Call your doctor right away if you notice any of these side effects:

  • Allergic reaction: Itching or hives, swelling in your face or hands, swelling or tingling in your mouth or throat, chest tightness, trouble breathing
  • Fever, chills, cough, sore throat, body aches

If you notice these less serious side effects, talk with your doctor:

  • Pain, itching, burning, swelling, or a lump under your skin where the needle is placed

If you notice other side effects that you think are caused by this medicine, tell your doctor

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088


Last Updated: 7/4/2018
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