Carac

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following were adverse events considered to be drug-related and occurring with a frequency of ≥ 1% with Carac (fluorouracil) : application site reaction (94.6%), and eye irritation (5.4%). The signs and symptoms of facial irritation (application site reaction) are presented below.

Summary of Facial Irritation Signs and Symptoms - Pooled Phase 3 Studies

Clinical Sign or
Symptom
Active One
Week
Active Two
Week
Active Four
Week
ALL Active
Treatments
Vehicle
Treatments
N=85 N=87 N=85 N=257 N=127
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Erythema 76 (89.4) 82 (94.3) 82 (96.5) 240 (93.4) 76 (59.8)
Dryness 59 (69.4) 76 (87.4) 79 (92.9) 214 (83.3) 60 (47.2)
Burning 51 (60.0) 70 (80.5) 71 (83.5) 192 (74.7) 28 (22.0)
Erosion 21 (24.7) 38 (43.7) 54 (63.5) 113 (44.0) 17 (13.4)
Pain 26 (30.6) 34 (39.1) 52 (61.2) 112 (43.6) 7 (5.5)
Edema 12 (14.1) 28 (32.2) 51 (60.0) 91 (35.4) 6 (4.7)

During clinical trials, irritation generally began on day 4 and persisted for the remainder of treatment. Severity of facial irritation at the last treatment visit was slightly below baseline for the vehicle group, mild to moderate for the 1 week active treatment group, and moderate for the 2 and 4 week active treatment groups. Mean severity declined rapidly for each active group after completion of treatment and was below baseline for each group at the week 2 post-treatment follow-up visit.

Thirty-one patients (12% of those treated with Carac (fluorouracil) in the Phase 3 clinical studies) discontinued study treatment early due to facial irritation. Except for three patients, discontinuation of treatment occurred on or after day 11 of treatment.

Eye irritation adverse events, described as mild to moderate in intensity, were characterized as burning, watering, sensitivity, stinging and itching. These adverse events occurred across all treatment arms in one of the two Phase 3 studies.

Summary of All Adverse Events Reported in ≥ 1% of Patients in the Combined Active Treatment and Vehicle Groups – Pooled Phase 3 Studies

9721 and 9722 Combined
Adverse Event Active One
Week
Active Two
Week
Active Four
Week
ALL Active
Treatments
Vehicle
Treatments
N=85 N=87 N=85 N=257 N=127
n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
BODY AS A WHOLE 7 (8.2) 6 (6.9) 12 (14.1) 25 (9.7) 15 (11.8)
Headache 3 (3.5) 2 (2.3) 3 (3.5) 8 (3.1) 3 (2.4)
Common Cold 4 (4.7) 0 2 (2.4) 6 (2.3) 3 (2.4)
Allergy 0 2 (2.3) 1 (1.2) 3 (1.2) 2 (1.6)
Infection Upper Respiratory 0 0 0 0 2 (1.6)
MUSCULOSKELETAL 1 (1.2) 1 (1.1) 1 (1.2) 3 (1.2) 5 (3.9)
Muscle Soreness 0 0 0 0 2 (1.6)
RESPIRATORY 5 (5.9) 0 1 (1.2) 6 (2.3) 6 (4.7)
Sinusitis 4 (4.7) 0 0 4 (1.6) 2 (1.6)
SKIN & APPENDAGES 78 (91.8) 83 (95.4) 82 (96.5) 243 (94.6) 85 (66.9)
Application Site 78 (91.8) 83 (95.4) 82 (96.5) 243 (94.6) 83 (65.4)
Reaction                    
Irritation Skin 1 (1.2) 0 2 (2.4) 3 (1.2) 0
SPECIAL SENSES 6 (7.1) 4 (4.6) 6 (7.1) 16 (6.2) 6 (4.7)
Eye Irritation 5 (5.9) 3 (3.4) 6 (7.1) 14 (5.4) 3 (2.4)

Adverse Experiences Reported by Body System

In the Phase 3 studies, no serious adverse event was considered related to study drug. A total of five patients, three in the active treatment groups and two in the vehicle group, experienced at least one serious adverse event. Three patients died as a result of adverse event(s) considered unrelated to study drug (stomach cancer, myocardial infarction and cardiac failure).

Post-treatment clinical laboratory tests other than pregnancy tests were not performed during the Phase 3 clinical studies. Clinical laboratory tests were performed during conduct of a Phase 2 study of 104 patients and 21 patients in a Phase 1 study. No abnormal serum chemistry, hematology, or urinalysis results in these studies were considered clinically significant.

Read the Carac (fluorouracil) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects

DRUG INTERACTIONS

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Last reviewed on RxList: 11/10/2008
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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