Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology

, Volume 84, Issue 1, pp 147–153 | Cite as

Olanzapine-containing antiemetic therapy for the prevention of carboplatin-induced nausea and vomiting

  • Kazuki Tanaka
  • Naoki InuiEmail author
  • Masato Karayama
  • Hideki Yasui
  • Hironao Hozumi
  • Yuzo Suzuki
  • Kazuki Furuhashi
  • Tomoyuki Fujisawa
  • Noriyuki Enomoto
  • Yutaro Nakamura
  • Hideki Kusagaya
  • Shun Matsuura
  • Tomohiro Uto
  • Dai Hashimoto
  • Takashi Matsui
  • Kazuhiro Asada
  • Takafumi Suda
Original Article



There remains an unmet clinical need for the control of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV), particularly in the prevention of nausea and the delayed phase control. We evaluated the efficacy and safety of antiemetic therapy with olanzapine, a neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist, a 5-hydroxytryptamine-3 (5-HT3) receptor antagonist and dexamethasone in patients receiving carboplatin-containing chemotherapy. Olanzapine inhibits signalling via multiple neurotransmitter receptors involved in CINV.


Chemotherapy-naïve patients with lung cancer who received carboplatin-containing chemotherapy were enrolled in this phase-II study. Patients received olanzapine, aprepitant, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist and dexamethasone. The primary endpoint was the complete response rate (no vomiting and no rescue therapy) during 120 h after administration of chemotherapy agents.


Thirty-three patients received olanzapine-containing antiemetic therapy. The overall complete response rate was 93.3% (95% confidence interval, 80.4–98.3%). The frequency of nausea was 15.2% in the delayed phase and 18.2% in the overall phase. Somnolence was observed in 16 patients.


Adding olanzapine to antiemetic therapy with aprepitant, a 5-HT3 receptor antagonist and dexamethasone improved CINV control in patients receiving carboplatin-containing chemotherapy.


Antiemetic Carboplatin Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting Olanzapine 



This work was supported, in part, by a Grant-in-Aid from the Japan Research Foundation for Clinical Pharmacology.

Conflict of interest

All authors declare no actual or potential conflicts of interest.

Ethical approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the institutional and/or national research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards. This trial is registered number UMIN000010018.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kazuki Tanaka
    • 1
  • Naoki Inui
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Masato Karayama
    • 1
    • 3
  • Hideki Yasui
    • 1
  • Hironao Hozumi
    • 1
  • Yuzo Suzuki
    • 1
  • Kazuki Furuhashi
    • 1
  • Tomoyuki Fujisawa
    • 1
  • Noriyuki Enomoto
    • 1
  • Yutaro Nakamura
    • 1
  • Hideki Kusagaya
    • 4
  • Shun Matsuura
    • 5
  • Tomohiro Uto
    • 6
  • Dai Hashimoto
    • 7
  • Takashi Matsui
    • 8
  • Kazuhiro Asada
    • 9
  • Takafumi Suda
    • 1
  1. 1.Second Division, Department of Internal MedicineHamamatsu University School of MedicineHamamatsuJapan
  2. 2.Department of Clinical Pharmacology and TherapeuticsHamamatsu University School of MedicineHamamatsuJapan
  3. 3.Department of Clinical OncologyHamamatsu University School of MedicineHamamatsuJapan
  4. 4.Department of Respiratory MedicineShizuoka Saiseikai General HospitalShizuokaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Respiratory MedicineFujieda Municipal General HospitalFujiedaJapan
  6. 6.Department of Respiratory MedicineIwata City HospitalIwataJapan
  7. 7.Department of Respiratory MedicineSeirei Hamamatsu General HospitalHamamatsuJapan
  8. 8.Department of Respiratory MedicineSeirei Mikatahara General HospitalHamamatsuJapan
  9. 9.Department of Respiratory MedicineShizuoka General HospitalShizuokaJapan

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