Pharmacotherapeutic group: Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs).
The ATC code: M01AN05
Etoricoxib is a selective cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) inhibitor when taken orally in therapeutic concentrations. In clinical pharmacological studies, etoricoxib inhibited COX-2 in a dose-dependent manner, with no effect on COX-1 at a daily dose up to 150 mg. The drug does not inhibit the synthesis of prostaglandins in the gastric mucosa and does not affect platelet function.
Cyclooxygenase is responsible for the formation of prostaglandins. Two isoforms of cyclooxygenase, COX-1 and COX-2, have been isolated. COX-2 is an isoenzyme that is induced under the action of various anti-inflammatory mediators and is considered to be the main enzyme responsible for the synthesis of prostanoid mediators of pain, inflammation and fever.
The COX-2 is involved in the processes of ovulation, implantation and closure of the arterial duct, the regulation of renal function and the central nervous system (induction of fever, pain sensation, cognitive function) and may also play a role in the healing of ulcers. COX-2 has been found in tissues surrounding gastric ulcers in humans, but its importance in ulcer healing has not been established.
In patients with osteoarthritis (OA), etoricoxib, when administered at a dose of 60 mg once daily, provided a significant reduction in pain and improvement in patients’ assessment of their condition. These favorable effects were observed on the second day of treatment and persisted for 52 weeks.
The studies of etoricoxib at a dose of 30 mg once daily (using similar assessment methods) demonstrated efficacy compared to placebo over a treatment period of 12 weeks. In a study conducted to determine the optimal dose, etoricoxib, when used at a dose of 60 mg, demonstrated significantly greater improvement than the 30 mg dose for all three primary endpoints after 6 weeks of treatment. The 30 mg dose has not been studied in osteoarthritis of the hand joints.
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg once daily provided a significant reduction in pain and inflammation and improved mobility. These favorable effects persisted for a treatment period of 12 weeks.
In patients with acute gouty arthritis, etoricoxib, administered at a dose of 120 mg once daily for an eight-day treatment period, reduced moderate to severe joint pain and inflammation. The efficacy was comparable to that of indomethacin when used in a dose of 50 mg three times a day. Pain reduction was noted as early as four hours after the start of treatment.
In patients with ankylosing spondylitis, etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg once daily provided a significant reduction in back pain, inflammation, stiffness, and improved function. The clinical efficacy of etoricoxib was observed on the second day of treatment and was sustained for the entire treatment period of 52 weeks.
In a clinical study of pain after dental surgery, etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg was administered once daily for three days.
In a subgroup of patients with moderate pain (at baseline assessment), etoricoxib had the same analgesic effect as ibuprofen at a dose of 600 mg when administered at 90 mg (16.11 vs. 16.39 P=0.722), and was superior to the paracetamol/codeine combination at a dose of 600 mg/60 mg (11.00, P< 0.001) and placebo (6.84, P< 0.001) according to the overall assessment of pain reduction during the first 6 hours (TOPAR6).
The proportion of patients who required rapid-acting pain medication within the first 24 hours of taking the study drugs was 40.8% with etoricoxib at 90 mg, 25.5% with ibuprofen at 600 mg every 6 hours, and 46.7% with the paracetamol/codein combination at 600 mg/60 mg every 6 hours, compared with 76.2% in the placebo group.
In this study, the median onset of action (perceptible pain reduction) with etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg was 28 minutes after taking the drug.
The MEDAL (Multinational Assessment of Long-Term Prescribing of Etoricoxib and Diclofenac in Arthritis) Program
The MEDAL Program was a study of the long-term use of etoricoxib and diclofenac in arthritis. The MEDAL program was a prospective safety assessment program based on cardiovascular (CV) events from pooled data from three randomized, double-blind, active-controlled trials: MEDAL, EDGE II and EDGE.
The MEDAL study was a trial, the duration of which was determined by the achievement of endpoints (CC events), that included 17,804 patients with OA and 5,700 patients with RA receiving etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg (OA) or 90 mg (OA and PA) or diclofenac at a dose of 150 mg daily for an average of 20.3 months (maximum 42.3 months, median 21.3 months). Only serious adverse events and dropouts due to any adverse events were reported in this study.
The EDGE and EDGE II studies compared the gastrointestinal tolerability of etoricoxib and diclofenac. The EDGE study included 7111 patients with OA who received etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg per day (1.5 times the recommended dose for OA) or diclofenac at a dose of 150 mg per day for an average of 9.1 months (maximum 16.6 months, median 11.4 months).
The EDGE II study included 4,086 patients with RA who received etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg daily or diclofenac at a dose of 150 mg daily for an average of 19.2 months (maximum 33.1 months, median 24 months).
In the combined MEDAL Program, 34,701 patients with OA or RA were treated for an average of 17.9 months (maximum 42.3 months, median 16.3 months); about 1,800 patients were treated for more than 24 months. MEDAL enrolled patients had a wide range of CV and gastrointestinal risk factors at baseline assessment.
Patients with recent myocardial infarction and with aortocoronary bypass or percutaneous coronary intervention within 6 months before study inclusion were excluded. Gastroprotectants and low-dose aspirin were allowed in the studies.
The gastrointestinal (GI) and hepatic adverse events were significantly more frequent with diclofenac than with etoricoxib. The frequency of adverse events in the EDGE and EDGE II studies, as well as adverse events that were considered serious or required treatment withdrawal in the MEDAL study, were higher with etoricoxib than with diclofenac.
Cardiovascular Safety Results
The incidence of confirmed serious thrombotic SS adverse events (which included cardiac, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular events) was comparable between the groups receiving etoricoxib or diclofenac (data are shown in the table below).
There were no statistically significant differences in the incidence of thrombotic events between etoricoxib and diclofenac in all subgroups analyzed, including patient categories in the baseline CC risk range. The relative risk for confirmed serious thrombotic CC adverse events was similar for etoricoxib (when administered at 60 mg or 90 mg) and diclofenac (when administered at 150 mg).
Approximately 50% of patients included in the MEDAL study had a history of arterial hypertension at baseline assessment. The dropout rate due to adverse events associated with arterial hypertension was statistically significantly higher for etoricoxib than for diclofenac.
The frequency of adverse events associated with chronic heart failure (dropouts and serious events) was similar for etoricoxib at the 60 mg dose and diclofenac at the 150 mg dose, but was higher for etoricoxib at the 90 mg dose compared with diclofenac at the 150 mg dose (and statistically significantly higher for etoricoxib at the 90 mg dose compared with diclofenac at the 150 mg dose in the MEDAL trial OA group).
The incidence of confirmed adverse events associated with chronic heart failure (events that were serious and resulted in hospitalization or emergency department visits) was marginally higher for etoricoxib compared to diclofenac at the 150 mg dose; this effect was dose-dependent.
The incidence of study dropout due to edema-related adverse events was higher for etoricoxib compared with diclofenac at 150 mg; this effect was dose-dependent (statistically significant for etoricoxib at 90 mg, but not for etoricoxib at 60 mg).
The results of the EDGE and EDGE II studies are consistent with the results in the MEDAL study. In individual MEDAL studies, the absolute dropout rate in any treatment group for etoricoxib (60 mg or 90 mg) was up to 2.6% for arterial hypertension, up to 1.9% for edema, and up to 1.1% for chronic heart failure. Patients taking etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg had a higher dropout rate than patients taking etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg.
The results of the MEDAL gastrointestinal tolerability assessment
In each of the three MEDAL studies, the dropout rate for any clinical GI adverse event (e.g., dyspepsia, abdominal pain, ulcers) was significantly lower for etoricoxib compared to diclofenac.
The dropout rate due to GI adverse clinical events per 100 patient-years over the entire study period was as follows: 3.23 for etoricoxib and 4.96 for diclofenac in the MEDAL study; 9.12 for etoricoxib and 12.28 for diclofenac in the EDGE study, and 3.71 for etoricoxib and 4.81 for diclofenac in the EDGE II study.
The MEDAL Gastrointestinal Safety Assessment Results
In general, upper GI adverse events were defined as perforations, ulcers and bleeding. Complicated upper GI adverse events included perforations, obstruction and complicated bleeding; uncomplicated upper GI adverse events included uncomplicated bleeding and uncomplicated ulcers.
The overall incidence of upper GI adverse events was significantly lower for etoricoxib compared with diclofenac. No significant difference was found between etoricoxib and diclofenac for the incidence of complications.
There were no significant differences between etoricoxib and diclofenac for upper GI hemorrhagic adverse events (complicated and uncomplicated combined). The upper GI benefit of etoricoxib compared with diclofenac in patients concomitantly taking low-dose aspirin (about 33% of patients) was not statistically significant.
. The incidence of confirmed complicated and uncomplicated upper GI clinical adverse events per 100 patient-years (perforations, ulcers, and bleeding) was 0.67 (95% CI 0.57, 0.77) for etoricoxib and 0.97 (95% CI 0.85, 1.10) for diclofenac, based on which the relative risk was 0.69 (95% CI 0.57, 0.83).
The incidence of confirmed upper GI adverse events in older patients was examined; the maximum reduction in incidence was observed in patients aged ≥75 years, 1.35 (95% CI 0.94, 1.87) compared with 2.78 (95% CI 2.14, 3.56) events per 100 patient-years for etoricoxib and diclofenac, respectively.
The incidence of confirmed lower GI adverse events (small or large bowel perforation, obstruction, or bleeding) did not differ significantly between the groups receiving etoricoxib and diclofenac.
The results of the MEDAL liver safety assessment.
Etoricoxib had a statistically significantly lower dropout rate due to liver adverse events compared to diclofenac. In the combined MEDAL Program, 0.3% of patients receiving etoricoxib and 2.7% of patients receiving diclofenac dropped out of the study due to liver adverse events.
The incidence of adverse events per 100 patient-years was 0.22 for etoricoxib and 1.84 for diclofenac (p< 0.001 for etoricoxib versus diclofenac). Most liver adverse events in the MEDAL Program were not serious.
Additional safety data related to thrombotic CC events.
In clinical trials other than the MEDAL Program trials, approximately 3,100 patients received etoricoxib at a dose of ≥60 mg daily for 12 weeks or longer. There were no notable differences in the incidence of confirmed serious thrombotic CC events in patients receiving etoricoxib at a dose of ≥60 mg, placebo, or naproxen-free NSAIDs.
The selective COX-2 inhibitors inhibit systemic (and possibly endothelial) prostacyclin formation without affecting platelet-derived thromboxane. The clinical significance of these observations has not been established.
Additional Gastrointestinal Safety Data
. In two double-blind, 12-week endoscopic studies, the cumulative incidence of gastroduodenal ulcers was significantly lower in patients receiving etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg once daily than in patients receiving naproxen at 500 mg twice daily or ibuprofen at 800 mg three times daily. The incidence of ulcers was higher with etoricoxib compared to placebo.
The study of renal function in the elderly
. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study evaluated the effects of 15 days of therapy with etoricoxib (90 mg), celecoxib (200 mg twice daily), naproxen (500 mg twice daily) and placebo on renal sodium excretion, blood pressure (BP) and other measures of renal function in patients aged 60 to 85 years who received a sodium diet of 200 mEq/day.
Etoricoxib, celecoxib, and naproxen had similar effects on renal sodium excretion after 2 weeks of treatment. All active comparison agents increased systolic BP relative to placebo, but etoricoxib therapy resulted in a statistically significant increase in systolic BP on day 14 compared with celecoxib and naproxen (mean change for systolic BP compared with baseline: etoricoxib, 7.7 mmHg; celecoxib, 2.4 mmHg; naproxen, 3.6 mmHg).
Absorption. Etoricoxib is rapidly absorbed when administered orally. Absolute bioavailability when administered orally is about 100%. When the drug is used in adults on an empty stomach at a dose of 120 mg once a day until equilibrium is reached, the maximum concentration (Cmax) is 3.6 mcg/ml.
The time to reach maximum concentration (TCmax) in plasma is 1h after drug administration. Geometric mean AUC0-24h – 37.8 µg*h/ml. Pharmacokinetics of etoricoxib within therapeutic doses is linear.
There was no clinically significant effect on the absorption rate when etoricoxib was taken at a dose of 120 mg with meals (high-fat meals). The rate of absorption varied, resulting in a 36% decrease in Cmax and a 2 h increase in TCmax.
These results are not considered clinically significant. In clinical trials, etoricoxib has been used regardless of food intake.
Distribution. Etoricoxib is approximately 92% bound to human plasma proteins at concentrations of 0.05-5 µg/mL. The volume of distribution (Vdss) in the equilibrium state is about 120 liters.
Etoricoxib penetrates the placental barrier and the blood-brain barrier.
Metabolism. Etoricoxib is extensively metabolized. Less than 1% of etoricoxib is excreted unchanged by the kidneys. The main route of metabolism is the formation of 6′-hydroxymethylethoricoxib, catalyzed by enzymes of the cytochrome system. CYP3A4 contributes to the metabolism of etoricoxib in vivo. In vitro studies indicate that the CYP2D6, CYP2C9, CYP1A2 and CYP2C19 isoenzymes can also catalyze the major metabolic pathway, but their quantitative effects in vivo have not been studied.
In humans, 5 metabolites of etoricoxib have been identified. The main metabolite is 6′-carboxyacetyl etoricoxib, formed by additional oxidation of 6′-hydroxymethyl etoricoxib. These major metabolites have no appreciable activity or are weak COX-2 inhibitors. None of these metabolites inhibits COX-1.
Elimination. When a single intravenous injection of labeled radioactive etoricoxib at a dose of 25 mg in healthy volunteers, 70% of etoricoxib was excreted through the kidneys, 20% – through the intestine, mostly as metabolites. Less than 2% was found unchanged.
The excretion of etoricoxib is mainly by metabolism, followed by excretion through the kidneys.
The equilibrium concentration is reached when 120 mg of etoricoxib is taken daily after 7 days with a cumulation coefficient of about 2, which corresponds to a half-life of about 22 hours. Plasma clearance after intravenous administration of 25 mg is approximately 50 ml/min.
Particular patient groups
The pharmacokinetics in the elderly (65 years and older) are comparable to those in the young.
The pharmacokinetics of etoricoxib are similar in men and women.
In patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score 5-6), administration of etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg once daily was associated with an increase in AUC of 16% compared to healthy subjects taking the drug at the same dose.
In patients with moderate hepatic dysfunction (Child-Pugh score 7-9) taking etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg once daily, the average AUC was the same as in healthy subjects taking etoricoxib daily at the same dose. Etoricoxib at a dose of 30 mg once daily has not been studied in this population.
There are no clinical or pharmacokinetic studies in patients with severe hepatic impairment (≥10 Child-Pugh score).
The pharmacokinetic parameters of a single dose of etoricoxib 120 mg in patients with moderate to severe renal impairment and with end-stage chronic renal failure (CKF) on hemodialysis were not significantly different from those in healthy subjects. Hemodialysis had little effect on excretion (dialysis clearance was about 50 ml/min).
The pharmacokinetic parameters of etoricoxib in children younger than 12 years have not been studied.
. In a pharmacokinetic study (n=16) conducted in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years, the pharmacokinetics in adolescents weighing 40 to 60 kg when taking etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg once daily and in those weighing more than 60 kg when taking etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg once daily were similar to the pharmacokinetics in adults when taking etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg once daily.
The safety and effectiveness of etoricoxib in children has not been established.
Symptomatic therapy of osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, ankylosing spondylitis, pain and inflammation associated with acute gouty arthritis. Short-term therapy of moderate acute pain after dental surgery.
1 tablet contains:
the active ingredient isricoxib 30.00 mg/60.00 mg/90.00 mg/120.00 mg;
helpers: calcium hydrophosphate (anhydrous) 38.20 mg/76.40 mg/114.60 mg/152.80 mg; microcrystalline cellulose (type 101) 10.90 mg/21.80 mg/32.70 mg/43.60 mg; microcrystalline cellulose (type 102) 10.90 mg/21.80 mg/32.70 mg/43.60 mg Crosspovidone (type A) 6.00 mg/12.00 mg/18.00 mg/24.00 mg; povidone-K25 3.00 mg/6.00 mg/9.00 mg/12.00 mg; magnesium stearate 1.00 mg/2.00 mg/3.00 mg/4.00 mg;
coating for a dosage of 120 mg: P green 074.25 MS (hypromellose 6.0000 mg; hydroxypropyl cellulose (hyprolose) 0.6000 mg; talc 1.8180 mg; triglycerides medium-chain 0.6000 mg; titanium dioxide (E171) 2.7600 mg; aluminum varnish based on diamond blue dye (E133) 0.0240 mg; aluminum varnish based on indigo carmine (E132) 0.0480 mg; iron oxide yellow dye (E172) 0.1020 mg; iron oxide black dye (E172) 0.0480 mg.
How to take, the dosage
Orally, regardless of meals, with a small amount of water.
The drug Etoricoxib-Teva should be used in the lowest effective dose for the shortest possible course.
The recommended dose is 30 mg once daily or 60 mg once daily.
Rheumatoid arthritis and ankylosing spondylitis
The recommended dose is 60 mg or 90 mg once daily. The minimum effective daily dose is 60 mg once daily. In some patients, taking a dose of 90 mg once daily may increase the therapeutic effect.
In conditions accompanied by acute pain, Etoricoxib-Teva should be used only in the acute symptomatic period.
Acute gouty arthritis
The recommended dose in the acute period is 120 mg once daily.
The duration of use of the drug in a dose of 120 mg is no more than 8 days.
Acute pain after dental surgery
The recommended dose is 90 mg once daily. When treating acute pain after dental surgery, Etoricoxib-Teva should only be used for an acute period of no more than 3 days.
Doses higher than those recommended for each indication either have no additional efficacy or have not been studied. Thus:
- daily dose for osteoarthritis should not exceed 60 mg;
- daily dose for rheumatoid arthritis should not exceed 90 mg;
- daily dose in ankylosing spondylitis should not exceed 90 mg; daily dose for acute gouty arthritis should not exceed 120 mg; for a period not to exceed 8 days;
- daily dose to relieve pain after dental surgery should not exceed 90 mg; for a period not to exceed 3 days.
Special patient groups
Dose adjustment in elderly patients is not necessary. As with other drugs in elderly patients, caution should be exercised when using Etoricoxib-Teva (see “Special Precautions”).
Patients with impaired liver function
. Regardless of the indication, patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh scores 5-6) should not exceed a dose of 60 mg once daily; patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh scores 7-9) should not exceed 30 mg once daily.
We recommend caution when using Etoricoxib-Teva in patients with moderate hepatic impairment because clinical experience with Etoricoxib-Teva in this group of patients is limited. Due to the lack of clinical experience with Etoricoxib-Teva in patients with severe hepatic impairment (≥10 Child-Pugh score) the drug is contraindicated for this group of patients (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacokinetics” as well as sections “Contraindications” and “Cautions”).
Patients with impaired renal function
Dose adjustment in patients with creatinine clearance ≥30 ml/min is not required (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacokinetics”). The use of etoricoxib in patients with creatinine clearance < 30 ml/min is contraindicated (see sections “Contraindications” and “Special indications”).
Etoricoxib is contraindicated in children and adolescents under 16 years of age (see Contraindications section).
Orderal anticoagulants (warfarin). In patients receiving warfarin, etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg daily was accompanied by an increase of approximately 13% in the international normalized ratio (INR) prothrombin time. In patients receiving oral anticoagulants, prothrombin time and INR should be monitored at the start of treatment or when treatment with etoricoxib is changed, particularly in the first few days.
Diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors and angiotensin II antagonists. NSAIDs may lessen the effect of diuretics and other antihypertensive drugs.
In some patients with impaired renal function (e.g., patients with dehydration or elderly patients with impaired renal function), simultaneous use of an ACE inhibitor or angiotensin II antagonist and cyclooxygenase inhibitor drugs may lead to additional impairment of renal function, including possible development of acute renal failure, which is usually reversible.
Patients taking etoricoxib concomitantly with ACE inhibitors or angiotensin II antagonists should be aware of the possibility of these interactions. This combination should be prescribed with caution, especially in elderly patients.
At the beginning of combined treatment, and at intervals thereafter, fluid replacement and monitoring of renal function should be considered.
Acetylsalicylic acid. In a study involving healthy volunteers, etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg daily in equilibrium did not affect the antiplatelet activity of acetylsalicylic acid (81 mg once daily). Etoricoxib can be used concomitantly with acetylsalicylic acid in low doses intended for prevention of CC diseases.
The concomitant use of etoricoxib with acetylsalicylic acid in doses higher than those recommended for the prevention of CC complications, as well as with other NSAIDs is not recommended (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacodynamics”, as well as section “Cautions”).
Cyclosporine and tacrolimus. The interaction of etoricoxib with these drugs has not been studied, but the simultaneous use of NSAIDs with cyclosporine and tacrolimus may increase the nephrotoxic effect of these drugs. Renal function should be monitored when concomitant use of etoricoxib with any of these drugs.
The effect of etoricoxib on other medicinal products
Lithium. NSAIDs reduce renal excretion of lithium and therefore increase plasma lithium concentrations. If necessary, frequent monitoring of lithium concentration in blood is carried out and the dose of lithium is adjusted during concomitant use with NSAIDs, as well as when NSAIDs are withdrawn.
Methotrexate. Two studies examined the effects of etoricoxib in doses of 60, 90, and 120 mg once daily for seven days in patients who received once-weekly methotrexate in doses of 7.5 to 20 mg for rheumatoid arthritis. Etoricoxib at doses of 60 and 90 mg had no effect on plasma concentrations and renal clearance of methotrexate.
In one study, etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg had no effect on the pharmacokinetic parameters of methotrexate. In another study, plasma concentrations of methotrexate were increased by 28% and renal clearance of methotrexate was decreased by 13%. When etoricoxib and methotrexate are prescribed concomitantly, monitoring should be conducted for possible toxic effects of methotrexate.
The oral contraceptives. Taking etoricoxib for 21 days at a dose of 60 mg with oral contraceptives containing 35 mcg ethinylestradiol (EE) and 0.5 to 1 mg norethindrone increases the AUC0-24h for EE by 37%.
Taking etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg with the above oral contraceptives (simultaneously or 12 hours apart) increases the equilibrium AUC0-24h for EE by 50-60%. This increase in EE concentration should be taken into account when selecting an appropriate oral contraceptive for concomitant use with etoricoxib.
This fact may lead to an increased incidence of adverse events associated with oral contraceptive use (e.g., venous thromboembolism in women at risk).
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT). Administration of etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg concomitantly with hormone replacement therapy containing conjugated estrogens at a dose of 0.625 mg for 28 days increases the mean equilibrium AUC0-24h of unconjugated estrone (41%), equiline (76%) and 17-β-estradiol (22%).
The effect of the doses of etoricoxib recommended for long-term use (30, 60, and 90 mg) has not been studied. Etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg changed the exposure (AUC0-24h) of these estrogenic components less than twice as much as monotherapy with a drug containing conjugated estrogens when the latter dose was increased from 0.625 to 1.25 mg.
The clinical significance of these increases is unknown. The use of a combination of etoricoxib and a drug containing higher doses of conjugated estrogens has not been studied. Increased estrogen concentrations should be considered when choosing a hormone for use in the postmenopause when concomitantly prescribed with etoricoxib because increased estrogen exposure may increase the risk of adverse events associated with MHT.
Prednisone/prednisolone. In drug interaction studies, etoricoxib had no clinically significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of prednisone/prednisolone. Digoxin. When using etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg once daily for 10 days in healthy volunteers there was no change in AUC0-24h at equilibrium or effect on digoxin renal excretion.
There was an increase in the Cmax of digoxin (approximately 33%). This increase is generally not significant in most patients. However, concomitant use of etoricoxib and digoxin should be monitored in patients at high risk of digoxin toxicity.
The effect of etoricoxib on drugs metabolized by sulfotransferases. Etoricoxib is an inhibitor of human sulfotransferase (specifically SULT1E1) and may increase serum EE concentrations.
Because there are currently insufficient data on the effects of various sulfotransferases, and their clinical relevance to the use of many drugs is still being studied, it is prudent to use etoricoxib with caution concomitantly with other drugs that are metabolized primarily by human sulfotransferases (e.g., oral salbutamol and minoxidil).
The effect of etoricoxib on drugs metabolized by isoenzymes of the cytochrome system. Based on the results of in vitro studies, etoricoxib is not expected to inhibit cytochrome P450 isoenzymes 1A2, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, 2E1 and WA4. In a study involving healthy volunteers, daily use of etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg had no effect on the activity of the CYP WA4 isoenzyme in the liver, according to the erythromycin breath test.
The effect of other drugs on the pharmacokinetics of etoricoxib
The main route of metabolism of etoricoxib depends on enzymes of the cytochrome system.
The CYP3A4 isoenzyme contributes to the metabolism of etoricoxib in vivo. In vitro studies suggest that the CYP2D6, CYP2C9, CYP1A2 and CYP2CI9 isoenzymes may also catalyze the major metabolic pathway, but their quantitative characteristics in vivo have not been studied.
Ketoconazole. Ketoconazole is a potent inhibitor of CYP3A4 isoenzyme. When ketoconazole was administered in healthy volunteers in dose of 400 mg once daily for 11 days it had no clinically significant effect on pharmacokinetics of one dose of etoricoxib 60 mg (increase AUC by 43%).
Voriconazole and miconazole. Concomitant administration of strong CYP3A4 isoenzyme inhibitors (oral voriconazole or topical myconazole, oral gel) and etoricoxib caused a slight increase in etoricoxib exposure, which was not considered clinically significant based on published data.
Rifampicin. Concomitant administration of etoricoxib and rifampicin (a potent inducer of the cytochrome system) resulted in a 65% decrease in plasma concentration of etoricoxib. This interaction may be accompanied by relapse of symptoms when concomitant use of etoricoxib with rifampicin.
These data may indicate a need to increase the dose; however, etoricoxib should not be used in doses greater than those recommended for each indication (see section “Dosage and administration”) because the combined use of rifampicin and etoricoxib in such doses has not been studied.
Antacids. Antacids have no clinically significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of etoricoxib.
Influence on the gastrointestinal tract
There have been cases of upper gastrointestinal complications (perforations, ulcers or bleeding), sometimes with fatal outcome, in patients who received etoricoxib.
We recommend caution when treating patients with a high risk of GI complications when using NSAIDs, particularly in the elderly, patients who use other NSAIDs, including acetylsalicylic acid, and in patients with a history of GI disease such as ulceration or gastrointestinal bleeding.
There is an additional risk of adverse GI reactions (gastrointestinal ulcers or other GI complications) when etoricoxib and acetylsalicylic acid are used concomitantly (even at low doses).
In long-term clinical studies, there were no significant differences in gastrointestinal safety with selective COX-2 inhibitors in combination with acetylsalicylic acid compared to NSAIDs in combination with acetylsalicylic acid (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacodynamics”).
Influence on the cardiovascular system
The results of clinical studies suggest that the use of drugs of the class of selective COX-2 inhibitors is associated with an increased risk of thrombotic events (especially myocardial infarction and stroke) relative to placebo and some NSAIDs.
Because the risk of CV disease with selective COX-2 inhibitors may increase with increasing dose and duration of use, the shortest possible duration of use and the lowest effective daily dose should be chosen.
The patient’s need for symptomatic treatment and response to therapy should be periodically evaluated, especially for patients with osteoarthritis (see Pharmacological properties, subsection Pharmacodynamics, and sections on Contraindications, Administration and Doses, and Side effects).
Patients with known risk factors for CC complications (such as: arterial hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, smoking) should only be prescribed etoricoxib after a careful assessment of benefits and risks (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacodynamics”).
The selective COX-2 inhibitors are not a substitute for acetylsalicylic acid in the prevention of SS because they have no effect on platelets. Therefore, the use of antiplatelet agents should not be discontinued (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacodynamics”, and section “Interaction with other medicinal products”).
Influence on renal function
The renal prostaglandins may play a compensatory role in maintaining renal perfusion. In the presence of conditions adversely affecting renal perfusion, administration of etoricoxib may cause decreased formation of prostaglandins and decreased renal blood flow, and thereby reduce renal function.
The greatest risk of developing this reaction is in patients with a significant decrease in renal function, decompensated heart failure, or a history of cirrhosis. In these patients, renal function should be monitored.
Fluid retention, edema and arterial hypertension
As with other prostaglandin synthesis inhibiting drugs, fluid retention, edema and arterial hypertension have been observed in patients using etoricoxib.
The use of all NSAIDs, including etoricoxib, may be associated with the occurrence or recurrence of chronic heart failure. See Pharmacological properties, subsection “Pharmacodynamics” for information on the dose-related effects of etoricoxib.
Caution should be exercised when prescribing etoricoxib in patients with a history of heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction, or arterial hypertension or in patients with pre-existing edema due to any other cause. If there are clinical signs of deterioration in such patients, appropriate measures should be taken, including discontinuation of etoricoxib.
The use of etoricoxib, especially in high doses, may be associated with more frequent and severe arterial hypertension than with some other NSAIDs and COX-2 selective inhibitors. During treatment with etoricoxib, special attention should be paid to BP control (see section “Contraindications”), which should be monitored for 2 weeks after the start of treatment and periodically thereafter. Alternative treatment should be considered if there is a significant increase in BP.
Influence on liver function
. In clinical studies lasting up to one year, approximately 1% of patients treated with etoricoxib at doses of 30 mg, 60 mg, and 90 mg per day experienced increases in alanine aminotransferase (ALT) and/or aspartate aminotransferase (ACT) activity (approximately three or more times the upper limit of normal).
All patients with symptoms and/or signs of liver dysfunction as well as patients with abnormal liver function parameters should be monitored.
The use of etoricoxib should be discontinued if persistent abnormal liver function is detected (three times the upper limit of normal).
If a patient experiences deterioration in any of the organ systems listed above during treatment, appropriate action should be taken and consideration should be given to discontinuing etoricoxib. Appropriate medical monitoring is necessary when using etoricoxib in elderly patients and in patients with impaired renal, hepatic or cardiac function.
With caution, treatment with etoricoxib should be initiated in patients who are dehydrated. Rehydration is recommended before starting etoricoxib.
During postmarketing surveillance, serious skin reactions have very rarely been reported with NSAIDs and some selective COX-2 inhibitors. Some of these (including exfoliative dermatitis, Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis) have been fatal (see section “Adverse effects”).
The risk of these reactions is highest at the beginning of therapy, in most cases during the first month of treatment. Serious hypersensitivity reactions such as anaphylaxis and angioedema have been reported in patients receiving etoricoxib (see section “Adverse effects”).
The use of some selective COX-2 inhibitors was accompanied by an increased risk of skin reactions in patients with a history of any drug allergy. Etoricoxib should be discontinued at the first appearance of skin rash, mucosal lesions or any other sign of hypersensitivity.
The use of etoricoxib may mask fever or other signs of inflammation.
Caution should be exercised when etoricoxib is coadministered with warfarin or other oral anticoagulants (see section “Interaction with other medicinal products”).
The use of etoricoxib, as well as other drugs that inhibit COX and prostaglandin synthesis, is not recommended for women who plan pregnancy (see section “Pharmacological properties”, subsection “Pharmacodynamics” and section “Use in pregnancy and during breastfeeding, effects on fertility”).
Influence on driving and operating machinery
Patients who have experienced dizziness, drowsiness or weakness while using etoricoxib should refrain from driving and operating machinery.
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- High sensitivity to any component of the drug.
- Gastric and duodenal ulcer in the acute stage, active gastrointestinal bleeding.
- The complete or incomplete combination of bronchial asthma, recurrent polyposis of the nose and sinuses, and intolerance to acetylsalicylic acid or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (including a history).
- Pregnancy, breastfeeding.
- Severe liver dysfunction (serum albumin < 25 g/L or ≥10 Child-Pugh score).
- Severe renal failure (CK less than 30 ml/min).
- Children under 16 years of age.
- Inflammatory bowel disease.
- Cronic heart failure (NYHA functional class II-IV).
- Uncontrolled arterial hypertension, in which BP values persistently exceed 140/90 mm Hg.
- Confirmed coronary heart disease, peripheral artery disease and/or cerebrovascular disease
- Confirmed hyperkalemia.
- Progressive renal disease.
Caution should be exercised when using the drug in the following patient groups:
- patients with an increased risk of gastrointestinal complications due to taking NSAIDs; elderly, concomitantly taking other NSAIDs including acetylsalicylic acid or patients with a history of gastrointestinal conditions such as peptic ulcer disease and gastrointestinal bleeding;
- patients with a history of cardiovascular risk factors such as dyslipidemia/hyperlipidemia, diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension, smoking, heart failure, left ventricular dysfunction, edema and fluid retention;
- Patients with dehydration;
- Patients with renal dysfunction concomitantly using ACE inhibitors, angiotensin II diuretics, especially the elderly;
- Patients with creatinine clearance < 60 ml/min;
- patients with a previous significant decrease in renal function, with impaired renal function, decompensated heart failure, or cirrhosis of the liver, who are at risk for long-term use of NSAIDs.
Caution should be exercised with concomitant therapy with the following drugs:
- anticoagulants (e.g., warfarin);
- anti-aggregants (e.g., acetylsalicylic acid, clopidogrel);
- drugs metabolized by sulfotransferases.
The safety of etoricoxib has been evaluated in clinical studies involving 9295 participants, including 6757 patients with OA, RA, chronic low back pain and ankylosing spondylitis (approximately 600 patients with OA or RA were treated for one year or longer).
In the clinical studies, the adverse effect profile was similar in patients with OA or RA who took etoricoxib for 1 year or longer.
In a clinical trial of acute gouty arthritis, patients received etoricoxib at a dose of 120 mg/day for 8 days. The adverse effect profile in this study was generally the same as in the pooled studies of OA, RA and chronic low back pain.
In the SS Safety Assessment Program, which included data from three active-controlled studies, 17412 patients with OA or RA received etoricoxib at a dose of 60 mg or 90 mg for an average of 18 months (see “Pharmacological Properties,” subsection “Pharmacodynamics”).
In clinical trials of acute postoperative pain associated with dental surgery in which 614 patients received etoricoxib at a dose of 90 mg or 120 mg, the adverse effect profile was generally similar to that in the pooled studies of OA, RA and chronic low back pain.
. The following adverse reactions were reported with greater frequency with the drug than with placebo in clinical trials involving patients with OA, RA, chronic low back pain or ankylosing spondylitis who were taking etoricoxib at 30 mg, 60 mg or 90 mg with dose increases to the recommended dose over 12 weeks, in MEDAL Program trials lasting up to 3.5 years, in short-term acute pain trials, and during postmarketing use.
|Class System/Organ||Undesirable Occurrence||Frequency1|
|Infectious and parasitic diseases||alveolar ostitis||frequently|
|Gastroenteritis, upper respiratory tract infections, urinary tract infections||infrequently|
|disorders of the blood and lymphatic system||anemia (mainly due to gastrointestinal bleeding), leukopenia, thrombocytopenia||infrequent|
|Immune system disorders||hypersensitivity reactions2,4||infrequent|
|angioedema, anaphylactic/anaphylactoid reactions, including shock2||rarely|
|Metabolic and nutritional disorders||edema/ fluid retention||often|
|decreased or increased appetite, increased body weight||infrequent|
|Mental disorders||anxiety, depression, concentration disorders, hallucinations2||infrequent|
|Nervous system disorders||dizziness, headache||often|
|taste disorder, insomnia, paraesthesia/hypoesthesia, somnolence||infrequently|
|Visual disturbances||blurred vision, conjunctivitis||infrequent|
|Hearing organ and labyrinth disorders||tinnitus, vertigo||infrequent|
|Heart disorders||heart palpitations, arrhythmia2||often/td>||often|
|atrial fibrillation, tachycardia2, chronic heart failure, nonspecific changes on ECG, angina2, myocardial infarction5||infrequent|
|Vascular disorders||arterial hypertension||often|
|“hot flashes,” cerebral circulation disorder5, transient ischemic attack, hypertensive crisis2, vasculitis2||infrequent|
|Respiratory system, thoracic and mediastinal organ disorders||bronchospasm2||often|
|cough, shortness of breath, nasal bleeding||infrequently|
|Gastrointestinal disorders||abdominal pain||very often|
|constipation, flatulence, gastritis, heartburn/gastroesophageal reflux, diarrhea, dyspepsia/ epigastric discomfort, nausea, vomiting, esophagitis, oral mucous membrane ulcers||often/td>||often|
|abdominal bloating, altered peristalsis, dry oral mucosa. gastroduodenal ulcer, peptic ulcer, including gastrointestinal perforations and bleeding, irritable bowel syndrome, pancreatitis2||infrequent|
|Liver and biliary tract disorders||increased ALT activity, increased ACT activity||often|
|hepatic failure2, jaundice2||rarely3|
|Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders||ecchymosis||often|
|facial swelling, itching, rash, erythema2, urticaria2||infrequent|
|Stevens-Johnson syndrome, toxic epidermal necrolysis2, fixed drug erythema2||rarely/td>||rarely3|
|Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders||muscle spasms/convulsions, skeletal muscle pain/constraint||infrequent|
|Renal and urinary tract disorders||proteinuria, increased serum creatinine, renal failure2||infrequent|
|General disorders and disorders at the site of administration||Asthenia/weakness, flu-like syndrome||often|
|Effect on laboratory and instrumental findings||elevated blood urea nitrogen, increased creatine phosphokinase, hyperkalemia. Increased uric acid||infrequent|
|decreased blood sodium||rarely|
| 1 According to the frequency reported in the clinical trial database: Very common (≥1/10), common (≥1/100 to < 1/10), infrequent (≥1/1000 to < 1/100, rare (≥1/10000 to < 1/1000), very rare (< 1/10000).|
2 This adverse reaction has been reported during post-marketing surveillance. The frequency of reports for it is estimated based on the highest frequency observed in clinical trials pooled by dose and indication.
3 The frequency category “Rare” was determined according to the guidelines (version 2, September 2009) for the Brief Drug Characteristic (SmPC) based on the estimated upper limit of the 95% confidence interval for 0 events, given the number of patients who received etoricoxib in the phase III data analysis pooled by dose and indication (n= 15470).
4 Hypersensitivity includes the terms “allergy,” “drug allergy,” “drug hypersensitivity,” “hypersensitivity to drug,” “hypersensitivity unspecified,” “hypersensitivity reaction,” and “non-specific allergy.”
5 According to the results of data analysis of long-term placebo-controlled and active-controlled clinical trials the use of selective COX-2 inhibitors increases the risk of serious arterial thrombotic events, including myocardial infarction and stroke. Based on available data, it is unlikely that the absolute risk of these events exceeds 1% per year (infrequent).
The following serious adverse events have been reported in association with NSAID use and cannot be excluded for etoricoxib: nephrotoxicity, including interstitial nephritis and nephrotic syndrome.
In clinical trials, administration of etoricoxib at a single dose of up to 500 mg or multiple doses of up to 150 mg/day over 21 days did not cause significant toxic effects. Acute atoricoxib overdose has been reported, but in most cases no adverse reactions have been reported.
The most common adverse reactions were consistent with the safety profile of etoricoxib (e.g., GI disturbances, cardiorenal events).
In the event of an overdose, the usual supportive measures such as: removal of unabsorbed drug from the GI tract, clinical observation and, if necessary, supportive therapy are appropriate. Etoricoxib is not excreted by hemodialysis; excretion of etoricoxib by peritoneal dialysis has not been studied.
There are no clinical data on the use of etoricoxib during pregnancy. Toxic effects on the reproductive system have been observed in animal studies. The potential risk in women during pregnancy is unknown.
The use of etoricoxib, like other drugs that inhibit prostaglandin synthesis, during the last trimester of pregnancy may lead to suppression of uterine contractions and premature closure of the arterial duct. Etoricoxib is contraindicated during pregnancy (see section “Contraindications”). If pregnancy occurs during treatment, etoricoxib should be discontinued.
Lactating rats excrete etoricoxib with milk. There have been no studies confirming etoricoxib excretion with breast milk in women. Women who take etoricoxib should stop breastfeeding (see section “Contraindications”).
The use of etoricoxib, like other drugs that inhibit COX-2 and prostaglandin synthesis, is not recommended for women who are planning a pregnancy.
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