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What is Varubi?

Varubi is a tablet administered an hour or two prior to the start of chemotherapy to help prevent the nausea and vomiting that can be a side effect of this cancer treatment by blocking the signals to the brain that trigger these symptoms. It is an antiemitic medication containing rolapitant; it is usually given with other antiemitics. Varubi's side effects may include dizziness, hiccups, stomach pain, and decreased appetite. Varubi should not be used with the tranquilizers thioridazine or pimozide. It may also interact with other drugs and supplements like St. John's wort, rifampin, and digoxin. The doctor should be alerted as to all other drugs and supplements the patient is taking. Varubi may lower white blood cell counts, leading to greater chance of infection. It should not be taken more frequently than once every two weeks. 

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