Manage Chemotherapy Nausea  

For caregivers

If you’re a caregiver, you may find that the job can sometimes use up your energy, emotional resources, and humor. Like many caregivers, you’ve given your own needs low priority.

But when you care for someone who depends on you, you need to be at your best. Follow these guidelines to help cope with stress, regain energy, and find hope.

Assemble a caregiving team

Accept that you cannot do it all. Just as your loved one has a team of professionals for his or her medical care, you should put together a support team for caregiving.

  • Consider whether your loved one needs professional nursing care.
  • Ask for help from other family members and friends.
  • Delegate responsibilities, such as housecleaning, child care, grocery shopping, errands, and bill paying.

Take care of yourself

Tending to your own health needs is not selfish; it’s part of the job.

  • Eat nutritious meals. It’s not always easy to eat right when you’re caring for someone else. But it’s important to remember that you need to care for yourself as well during this difficult time.
  • Get adequate sleep and visit your doctor for regular checkups.
  • Make time for exercise—at least 30 minutes a day, 4 to 6 times a week. Working out can give you extra energy, reduce stress, and boost your mood.

Schedule downtime

Allow yourself time off from caregiving.

  • Pursue your own interests and social activities.
  • Meet a friend for lunch, see a movie, or dine out.
  • The change of scenery and opportunity for smiles and laughter can be rejuvenating.

Seek support

  • Share your feelings with trusted friends so you can vent frustrations.
  • Talk to your doctor, clergy member, social worker, or counselor if stress or despair becomes overwhelming.

EMEND is used in adults to prevent nausea and vomiting caused by certain anticancer medicines. EMEND is always used with other medicines.

EMEND is not used to treat nausea and vomiting that you already have.

EMEND should not be used continuously for a long time (chronic use).

Important Safety Information

  • Do not take EMEND® (aprepitant) if you are taking Orap (pimozide), Seldane (terfenadine), Hismanal (astemizole), or Propulsid (cisapride). Taking EMEND with any of these medicines could cause serious or life-threatening problems. Do not take EMEND if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in EMEND.
  • Before you take EMEND, tell your doctor if you have liver problems.
  • Before you take EMEND, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant because it is not known if EMEND can harm your unborn baby. Women who use birth control medicines containing hormones (birth control pills, skin patches, implants, and certain IUDs) should also use a backup method of birth control to prevent pregnancy during treatment with EMEND and for up to 1 month after using EMEND.
  • Before you take EMEND, tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding because it is not known if EMEND passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby.
  • EMEND may affect how other medicines work, including chemotherapy. Other medicines may affect how EMEND works. Tell your doctor about all the medicines you are taking or plan to take, including prescription or nonprescription medicines, vitamins, or herbal supplements.
  • If you take the blood-thinner medicine warfarin sodium (Coumadin or Jantoven), your doctor may do blood tests after you take EMEND to check your blood clotting.
  • EMEND® (aprepitant) may cause serious side effects, including serious allergic reactions such as hives, rash, itching, and trouble breathing or swallowing. Severe skin reactions may occur rarely. Stop taking EMEND and call your doctor right away if you have any of these signs or symptoms of an allergic reaction.
  • The most common side effects of EMEND are tiredness, nausea, hiccups, constipation, diarrhea, loss of appetite, headache, and hair loss. These are not all the possible side effects of EMEND.

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

EMEND is available by prescription only. Please read the Patient Information for EMEND and discuss it with your doctor. The physician Prescribing Information also is available.