Comparative clinical trial of granisetron and ondansetron in the prophylaxis of cisplatin-induced emesis

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  • Purpose: To compare the efficacy and safety of granisetron and ondansetron, serotonin (5-HT3) receptor antagonists shown to be effective in the prevention of chemotherapy-induced emesis. Patients and Methods: In a double-blind, randomized, stratified, parallel-group study, the efficacy and safety of granisetron and ondansetron were compared in 987 chemotherapy- naive patients who received cisplatin in doses ≥ 60 mg/m2. Granisetron was administered as o single dose of 10 or 40 μg/kg before the start of chemotherapy. Ondansetron was administered in doses of 0.15 mg/kg before and 4 and 8 hours after the start of chemotherapy. The three treatment groups were well-matched with respect to demographic characteristics and the dose of cisplatin administered. Results: For all evaluations, single doses of granisetron 10 or 40 μg/kg were as effective as three 0.15-mg/kg doses of ondansetron. Total control (no vomiting, no retching, no nausea, and no use of rescue) was attained by 38%, 41%, and 39% of all patients who received granisetron 10 μg/kg, granisetron 40 μg/kg, and ondansetron, respectively. No vomiting or retching and no use of rescue antiemetics were reported in 47%, 48%, and 51% of patients who received granisetron 10 μg/kg, granisetron 40 μg/kg, and ondansetron, respectively; no nausea and no use of rescue antiemetics were reported in 39%, 42%, and 40% of patients, respectively. Conclusion: All three treatment regimens were well-tolerated. The results of this study indicate that a single dose of granisetron 10 or 40 μg/kg is as effective as three doses of ondansetron 0.15 mg/kg in the prevention of nausea and vomiting induced by cisplatin chemotherapy.
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  • Navari R; Gandara D; Hesketh P; Hall S; Mailliard J; Ritter H; Friedman C; Fitts D
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  • 1242
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  • 1248
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  • 13
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  • 5