Select Oral Benzodiazepines/Aprepitant (Less Than or Equal To 40 mg) Interactions

This information is generalized and not intended as specific medical advice. Consult your healthcare professional before taking or discontinuing any drug or commencing any course of treatment.

Medical warning:

Moderate. These medicines may cause some risk when taken together. Contact your healthcare professional (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) for more information.

How the interaction occurs:

Aprepitant may slow down how quickly your liver processes your antianxiety (or sleep) medicine.

What might happen:

The blood levels of your antianxiety (or sleep) medicine may increase and cause side effects.

What you should do about this interaction:

Let your healthcare professionals (e.g. doctor or pharmacist) know you are taking these medicines together. If you experience excess drowsiness, confusion, or loss of coordination, contact your healthcare professional. Your doctor may want to adjust the dose of your medicine or change to an antianxiety/sleep medicine not affected by your antinausea medicine.Your healthcare professionals may already be aware of this interaction and may be monitoring you for it. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicine before checking with them first.

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  • 2.Emend (aprepitant) Australian prescribing information. MSD April 5, 2004. 3.Emend (aprepitant) UK summary of product characteristics. Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited January 10. 2005.
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