Pharmacokinetics of Oral Dexamethasone and Midazolam When Administered With Single-Dose Intravenous 150 mg Fosaprepitant in Healthy Adult Subjects

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Abstract

Aprepitant or its prodrug fosaprepitant, in combination with a corticosteroid and a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist, are used to prevent chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting. This study evaluated the effect of fosaprepitant 150 mg on CYP3A4 metabolism. Fosaprepitant 150 mg has been submitted to regulatory agencies for consideration of approval as a single-day alternative to the 3-day oral aprepitant antiemetic regimen currently marketed. Part 1 of the study evaluated the drug interaction between fosaprepitant 150 mg and oral dexamethasone (8 mg daily for 3 days). Part 2 of the study evaluated the drug interaction between fosaprepitant 150 mg and oral midazolam (2 mg on days 1 and 4). Thirteen subjects were enrolled in part 1 and 10 in part 2. For dexamethasone, fosaprepitant increased the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from 0 to 24 hours by approximately 2.0-fold on days 1 and 2 and to a lesser extent (˜1.2-fold) on day 3. Similarly, for midazolam, fosaprepitant increased the area under the plasma concentration-time curve from 0 hours to infinity by approximately 1.8-fold on day 1 but had no effect on midazolam pharmacokinetics on day 4. Fosaprepitant 150 mg is a weak inhibitor of CYP3A4. Oral dexamethasone doses on days 1 and 2 should be reduced by approximately 50% when coadministered with intravenous fosaprepitant 150 mg on day 1.

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