Effectiveness of Olanzapine Combined with Ondansetron in Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer


The objective of this study is to compare the effectiveness of olanzapine combined with ondansetron or ondansetron alone in preventing chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). A total of 84 NSCLC patients were equally randomized into intervention group and control group. Both groups were intravenously administered with ondansetron 8 mg 30 min before chemotherapy. In the intervention group, olanzapin 10 mg was orally administered for 8 days, beginning from the first morning of chemotherapy. The antiemetic effectiveness was evaluated in the first chemotherapy cycle. The incidence of acute vomiting was 33.33 % (14/42) and 54.76 % (23/42) in the intervention group and control group (p < 0.05) whereas that of delayed vomiting was 16.57 % (7/42) and 47.62 % (20/42) (p < 0.05). Compared with ondansetron alone, the combination of olanzapine with ondansetron has better effectiveness in preventing CINV in NSCLC patients, particularly for the delayed type.

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Wang Lei and Wang Xin have contributed equally to the study and should be considered as co-first authors.

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Wang, X., Wang, L., Wang, H. et al. Effectiveness of Olanzapine Combined with Ondansetron in Prevention of Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting of Non-small Cell Lung Cancer. Cell Biochem Biophys 72, 471–473 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12013-014-0489-0

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  • Non-small-cell lung cancer
  • Olanzapine
  • Ondansetron
  • Chemotherapy
  • Nausea/vomiting