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Because clinical studies are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical studies of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.
The following adverse reactions are described in more detail in the WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS section of the label: Seizures, Anaphylaxis, and Urinary Tract Infections.
Controlled Clinical Trials Experience
In three placebo-controlled clinical trials of up to 14 weeks duration, 4% (15/400) of patients treated with AMPYRA 10 mg twice daily experienced one or more treatment emergent adverse events leading to discontinuation, compared to 2% (5/238) of placebo-treated patients. The treatment emergent adverse events leading to discontinuation of at least 2 patients treated with AMPYRA and that led to discontinuation more frequently compared to placebo were headache (AMPYRA 0.5%, placebo 0%), balance disorder (AMPYRA 0.5%; placebo 0%), dizziness (AMPYRA 0.5%, placebo 0%), and confusional state (AMPYRA 0.3%, placebo 0%).
Table 1 lists adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 2% of patients treated with AMPYRA 10 mg twice daily, and more frequently than in placebo-treated patients, in controlled clinical trials.
Table 1: Adverse reactions with an incidence ≥ 2%
of AMPYRA treated MS patients, and more frequent with AMPYRA compared to
placebo in controlled clinical trials
|10 mg twice
|Urinary tract infection||8%||12%|
|Multiple sclerosis relapse||3%||4%|
Other Adverse Reactions
AMPYRA has been evaluated in a total of 1,952 subjects, including 917 MS patients. A total of 741 patients have been treated with AMPYRA for over six months, 501 for over one year and 352 for over two years. The experience in open-label clinical trials is consistent with the safety profile observed in the placebo-controlled clinical trials. As in controlled clinical trials, a dose-dependent increase in the incidence of seizures has been observed in open-label clinical trials with AMPYRA in patients with MS as follows: AMPYRA 10 mg twice daily 0.41 per 100 person-years (95% confidence interval 0.13–0.96); dalfampridine 15 mg twice daily 1.7 per 100 person-years (95% confidence interval 0.21–6.28).
Read the Ampyra (dalfampridine extended-release tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects
In humans, dalfampridine is eliminated predominantly unchanged by the kidneys. No clinically significant drug interaction was identified. In particular, no interaction was identified between dalfampridine and baclofen [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacokinetics].
Last reviewed on RxList: 2/4/2013
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