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Aprepitant or Ondansetron in Treating Nausea and Vomiting Caused By Opioids in Patients With Cancer

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT00499668
Recruitment Status : Withdrawn (slow accrual)
First Posted : July 11, 2007
Last Update Posted : April 2, 2013
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Barbara Murphy, MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

Brief Summary:

RATIONALE: Antiemetic drugs, such as aprepitant and ondansetron, may help lessen nausea and vomiting caused by opioids. It is not yet known whether aprepitant is more effective than ondansetron in treating nausea and vomiting caused by opioids in patients with cancer.

PURPOSE: This randomized clinical trial is studying aprepitant to see how well it works compared to ondansetron in treating nausea and vomiting caused by opioids in patients with cancer.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Myeloproliferative Disorders Leukemia Lymphoma Lymphoproliferative Disorder Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm Myelodysplastic Syndromes Nausea and Vomiting Solid Tumor Drug: aprepitant Drug: ondansetron hydrochloride Not Applicable

Detailed Description:



  • To evaluate the efficacy of aprepitant as monotherapy for opioid-induced nausea and vomiting (OINV) in comparison to ondansetron hydrochloride in patients who have failed at least one prior anti-emetic agent/regimen.


  • To determine whether control of OINV improves quality of life.
  • To determine if control in OINV decreases pain.
  • To determine if control in OINV improves mood.

OUTLINE: Patients are randomized to 1 of 2 treatment arms.

  • Arm A: Patients receive aprepitant orally once daily for 7 days in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or persistent grade 4 nausea and vomiting.
  • Arm B: Patients receive ondansetron hydrochloride orally 3 times daily for 7 days in the absence of unacceptable toxicity or persistent grade 4 nausea and vomiting.

Patients complete the following questionnaires: Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General (FACT-G); Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D); and Brief Pain Index (BPI) at baseline and on day 7. Patients also complete symptom diaries documenting the following: number of episodes (an emetic episode is defined as a simple vomit or retch, or any number of continuous vomits or retches; distinct episodes that are separated by at least 1 minute) of vomiting or retching including the date and time; worst and average degree of nausea (recorded every 2 hours while awake during the first 24 hours after treatment and every 8 hours on days 1-7); and adverse events other than episodes of vomiting and nausea.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 0 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Pilot Study of Aprepitant Versus Ondansetron for the Treatment of Opioid Induced Nausea and Vomiting
Study Start Date : August 2007
Actual Primary Completion Date : January 2008
Actual Study Completion Date : March 2008

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Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: ARM A Drug: aprepitant
125 mg orally for 7 days
Other Name: EMEND

Experimental: ARM B Drug: ondansetron hydrochloride
24 mg orally for 7 days
Other Name: Zofran

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Control of nausea and vomiting [ Time Frame: Day 1 and Day 7 ]

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Quality of life [ Time Frame: Day 1 and Day 7 ]
  2. Pain control [ Time Frame: Day 1 and Day 7 ]
  3. Mood [ Time Frame: Day 1 and Day 7 ]
  4. Global satisfaction [ Time Frame: Day 1 and Day 7 ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Older Adult)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


  • History of malignancy (including hematological malignancies)
  • Has pain requiring opioid analgesics
  • Nausea and vomiting (associated with opioid analgesic use) that is unrelieved by at least one standard antiemetic regimen (including 5HT3 antagonist and dexamethasone combination therapy)

    • Patients who have failed ondansetron hydrochloride for treatment of opioid-induced nausea and vomiting will be excluded from the study


  • ECOG performance status 0-2
  • Able to assess severity of nausea and vomiting and document it in the diary
  • Women must not be pregnant or lactating
  • Women of childbearing potential and sexually active males are strongly advised to use an accepted and effective method of contraception
  • Urine pregnancy test will be given to women of childbearing age
  • No concerns about compliance with medication regimen or medical follow-up (patient must be able to tolerate oral dosing)
  • No severe or chronic illness or other causes of nausea and vomiting, that in judgment of the treating physician, will place patient at risk
  • No severe gastrointestinal obstruction or active peptic ulcer disease
  • Serum ALT and AST < 2 times upper limit of normal (ULN)
  • Serum bilirubin < 2 times ULN
  • Serum alkaline phosphatase < 2 times ULN


  • No surgery within the past 7 days
  • No chemotherapy within the past 7 days
  • No total or lower body radiation therapy within the past 7 days
  • Patient may not be scheduled to undergo total body irradiation or lower body irradiation, chemotherapy, or surgery during study participation
  • Patient must not be taking warfarin

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT00499668

Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
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Study Chair: Barbara A. Murphy, MD Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center

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Responsible Party: Barbara Murphy, MD, Professor of Medicine; Director, Cancer Supportive Care Program; Director, Head and Neck Research Program; Medical Oncologist, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00499668     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: VICC SUPP 0513
First Posted: July 11, 2007    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: April 2, 2013
Last Verified: March 2013
Keywords provided by Barbara Murphy, MD, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center:
adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma
unspecified adult solid tumor, protocol specific
nausea and vomiting
chronic myelogenous leukemia
chronic eosinophilic leukemia
chronic idiopathic myelofibrosis
chronic neutrophilic leukemia
essential thrombocythemia
polycythemia vera
adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia
adult acute myeloid leukemia
acute undifferentiated leukemia
mast cell leukemia
T-cell large granular lymphocyte leukemia
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
hairy cell leukemia
prolymphocytic leukemia
AIDS-related lymphoma
adult Hodgkin lymphoma
anaplastic large cell lymphoma
angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma
cutaneous B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
cutaneous T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma
mycosis fungoides/Sezary syndrome
adult grade III lymphomatoid granulomatosis
adult nasal type extranodal NK/T-cell lymphoma
Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia
adult Burkitt lymphoma
adult diffuse large cell lymphoma
adult diffuse mixed cell lymphoma
Additional relevant MeSH terms:
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Psychotropic Drugs
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Myeloproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Lymphatic Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Pathologic Processes
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Bone Marrow Diseases
Precancerous Conditions
Signs and Symptoms, Digestive