Fosaprepitant intravenous antiemetic adverse events

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Fosaprepitant may be useful, yet it can also present a risk for hypersensitivity reactions and phlebitis. Oncology nurses must be aware of the signs and symptoms of these potential adverse events to properly care for their patients” Pritchett and Kinsley (2016).

Abstract:

Fosaprepitant dimeglumine (Emend IV®) is an IV antiemetic that may be beneficial to patients receiving highly emetogenic regimens. Aprepitant (Emend®) is an oral medication that is administered for three consecutive days, whereas fosaprepitant is a single-dose IV medication that is administered on the day of chemotherapy for 20-30 minutes (depending on the IV access type). Fosaprepitant may be useful, yet it can also present a risk for hypersensitivity reactions and phlebitis. Oncology nurses must be aware of the signs and symptoms of these potential adverse events to properly care for their patients.

Reference:

Pritchett, W. and Kinsley, K. (2016) Benefits and Risks of Fosaprepitant in Patients Receiving Emetogenic Regimens. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing. 20(5), p.555-6.

doi: 10.1188/16.CJON.555-556.

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