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Eloxatin Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) is used together with other cancer medications to treat colon and rectal cancer. It is a cancer medication. This medication is available in generic form. Common side effects include diarrhea, changes in taste, mouth sores, nosebleeds, tiredness, headache, dizziness, nausea or vomiting (may be severe), or trouble sleeping.

Eloxatin is administered under physician supervision only. Dose of Eloxatin will be determined by your physician. Eloxatin may interact with blood thinners. Other drugs may interact with Eloxatin. Tell your doctor all prescription and over-the-counter medications and supplements you use. Eloxatin is not recommended for use during pregnancy. It may harm a fetus. If you become pregnant or think you may be pregnant, inform your doctor. Women of child-bearing age and men using this medication should use two forms of birth control (e.g., condoms and birth control pills) to prevent pregnancy. It is unknown if this medication asses into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this drug is not recommended.

Our Eloxatin (oxaliplatin) Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Some people receiving a oxaliplatin injection have had a reaction to the infusion within minutes after the medicine is injected into the vein. Tell your caregiver right away if you feel dizzy, short of breath, confused, sweaty, itchy, or have diarrhea, chest pain, warmth or redness in your face, or feel like you might pass out.

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • headache, confusion, change in mental status, vision problems, seizure (convulsions);
  • numbness, tingling, or burning pain that interferes with daily activities;
  • increased sensitivity to cold temperatures and cold objects;
  • jaw or chest tightness, eye pain, strange feeling in your tongue, problems with speech or swallowing;
  • fever, chills, sore throat, mouth and throat ulcers, cough with mucus;
  • dry cough, wheezing, feeling short of breath on exertion;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • easy bruising, unusual bleeding (nose, mouth, vagina, or rectum), purple or red pinpoint spots under your skin;
  • pale skin, feeling weak or tired, rapid heart rate, trouble concentrating;
  • pain, redness, swelling, or skin changes where the injection was given; or
  • feeling very thirsty or hot, being unable to urinate, heavy sweating, or hot and dry skin.

Other common side effects may include:

  • nausea, vomiting, stomach pain, loss of appetite;
  • diarrhea, constipation;
  • weight gain;
  • muscle pain; or
  • temporary hair loss.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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SIDE EFFECTS: Diarrhea, changes in taste, mouth sores, nosebleeds, tiredness, headache, dizziness, or trouble sleeping may occur. Nausea and vomiting may be severe in some patients. Your doctor may prescribe medication to prevent or relieve nausea and vomiting. Eating several small meals, not eating before treatment, or limiting activity may help lessen some of these effects. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Temporary hair loss may infrequently occur. Normal hair growth should return after treatment has ended.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor right away if you have any serious side effects, including: pain/redness/swelling at the injection site, easy or unusual bruising/bleeding, mental/mood changes (e.g., depression), signs of too much body water loss (e.g., decreased urination, increased thirst, dry mouth), muscle cramps, weakness, pain/redness/swelling of the arms/legs, groin/calf pain, fainting.

Oxaliplatin can sometimes affect how your nerves work (peripheral neuropathy). Tell your doctor immediately if you develop: sensitivity to cold, trouble breathing/swallowing/speaking, jaw tightness, strange feeling in your tongue, eye pain, chest pressure, numbness/tingling/"pins and needles" sensation of the hands/feet/mouth/throat.

You may lessen these types of nerve problems by avoiding cold drinks and ice and by dressing warmly. Tell your doctor immediately if your nerve problems begin to interfere with your normal daily activities (e.g., walking, writing, eating).

Get medical help right away if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: dry cough, shortness of breath, chest pain, black stools, vomit that looks like coffee grounds, vision changes (such as blurred vision, temporary vision loss), seizures, sudden confusion.

This medication can lower your body's ability to fight an infection. Notify your doctor promptly if you develop any signs of an infection such as fever, chills, or persistent sore throat.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

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Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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SIDE EFFECTS

The following serious adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the label:

Clinical Trials Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

More than 1100 patients with stage II or III colon cancer and more than 4,000 patients with advanced colorectal cancer have been treated in clinical studies with ELOXATIN. The most common adverse reactions in patients with stage II or III colon cancer receiving adjuvant therapy were peripheral sensory neuropathy, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, anemia, nausea, increase in transaminases and alkaline phosphatase, diarrhea, emesis, fatigue and stomatitis. The most common adverse reactions in previously untreated and treated patients were peripheral sensory neuropathies, fatigue, neutropenia, nausea, emesis, and diarrhea [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Combination Adjuvant Therapy with ELOXATIN and Infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin in Patients with Colon Cancer

One thousand one hundred and eight patients with stage II or III colon cancer, who had undergone complete resection of the primary tumor, have been treated in a clinical study with ELOXATIN in combination with infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin [see Clinical Studies]. The incidence of grade 3 or 4 adverse reactions was 70% on the ELOXATIN combination arm, and 31% on the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. The adverse reactions in this trial are shown in the tables below. Discontinuation of treatment due to adverse reactions occurred in 15% of the patients receiving ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin. Both 5fluorouracil/leucovorin and ELOXATIN are associated with gastrointestinal or hematologic adverse reactions. When ELOXATIN is administered in combination with infusional 5fluorouracil/leucovorin, the incidence of these events is increased.

The incidence of death within 28 days of last treatment, regardless of causality, was 0.5% (n=6) in both the ELOXATIN combination and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arms, respectively. Deaths within 60 days from initiation of therapy were 0.3% (n=3) in both the ELOXATIN combination and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arms, respectively. On the ELOXATIN combination arm, 3 deaths were due to sepsis/neutropenic sepsis, 2 from intracerebral bleeding and one from eosinophilic pneumonia. On the 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm, one death was due to suicide, 2 from Steven-Johnson Syndrome (1 patient also had sepsis), 1 unknown cause, 1 anoxic cerebral infarction and 1 probable abdominal aorta rupture.

The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the adjuvant therapy colon cancer clinical trial [see Clinical Studies] by body system and decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% and for NCI grade 3/4 events with incidences ≥ 1%.

Table 3 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Patients with Colon Cancer receiving Adjuvant Treatment ( ≥ 5% of all patients and with ≥ 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
N=1108
5-FU/LV
N=1111
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Any Event 100 70 99 31
Allergy/Immunology
Allergic Reaction 10 3 2 < 1
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain
Fatigue 44 4 38 1
Abdominal Pain 18 1 17 2
Dermatology/Skin
Skin Disorder 32 2 36 2
Injection Site Reaction1 11 3 10 3
Gastrointestinal
Nausea 74 5 61 2
Diarrhea 56 11 48 7
Vomiting 47 6 24 1
Stomatitis 42 3 40 2
Anorexia 13 1 8 < 1
Fever/Infection
Fever 27 1 12 1
Infection 25 4 25 3
Neurology
Overall Peripheral Sensory Neuropathy 92 12 16 <1
1Includes thrombosis related to the catheter

The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the adjuvant therapy colon cancer clinical trial [see Clinical Studies] by body system and decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% but with incidences < 1% NCI grade 3/4 events.

Table 4 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Patients with Colon Cancer receiving Adjuvant Treatment ( ≥ 5% of all patients, but with < 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) Eloxatin + 5-FU/LV
N=1108
5-FU/LV
N=1111
All Grades (%) All Grades (%)
Allergy/Immunology
Rhinitis 6 8
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain/Ocular/Visual
Epistaxis 16 12
Weight Increase 10 10
Conjunctivitis 9 15
Headache 7 5
Dyspnea 5 3
Pain 5 5
Lacrimation Abnormal 4 12
Dermatology/Skin
Alopecia 30 28
Gastrointestinal
Constipation 22 19
Taste Perversion 12 8
Dyspepsia 8 5
Metabolic
Phosphate Alkaline increased 42 20
Neurology
Sensory Disturbance 8 1

Although specific events can vary, the overall frequency of adverse reactions was similar in men and women and in patients < 65 and ≥ 65 years. However, the following grade 3/4 events were more common in females: diarrhea, fatigue, granulocytopenia, nausea and vomiting. In patients ≥ 65 years old, the incidence of grade 3/4 diarrhea and granulocytopenia was higher than in younger patients. Insufficient subgroup sizes prevented analysis of safety by race. The following additional adverse reactions, were reported in ≥ 2% and < 5% of the patients in the ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm (listed in decreasing order of frequency): pain, leukopenia, weight decrease, coughing.

The number of patients who developed secondary malignancies was similar; 62 in the ELOXATIN combination arm and 68 in the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. An exploratory analysis showed that the number of deaths due to secondary malignancies was 1.96% in the ELOXATIN combination arm and 0.98% in infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. In addition, the number of cardiovascular deaths was 1.4% in the ELOXATIN combination arm as compared to 0.7% in the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. Clinical significance of these findings is unknown.

Patients Previously Untreated for Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Two hundred and fifty-nine patients were treated in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm of the randomized trial in patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer [see Clinical Studies]. The adverse reaction profile in this study was similar to that seen in other studies and the adverse reactions in this trial are shown in the tables below. Both 5-fluorouracil and ELOXATIN are associated with gastrointestinal and hematologic adverse reactions. When ELOXATIN is administered in combination with 5-fluorouracil, the incidence of these events is increased.

The incidence of death within 30 days of treatment in the previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer study, regardless of causality, was 3% with the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination, 5% with irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, and 3% with ELOXATIN plus irinotecan. Deaths within 60 days from initiation of therapy were 2.3% with the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination, 5.1% with irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, and 3.1% with ELOXATIN plus irinotecan. The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer study [see Clinical Studies] by body system and decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% and for grade 3/4 events with incidences ≥ 1%.

Table 5 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Patients Previously Untreated for Advanced Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial ( ≥ 5% of all patients and with ≥ 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
N=259
irinotecan + 5-FU/LV
N=256
ELOXATIN + irinotecan
N=258
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Any Event 99 82 98 70 99 76
Allergy/Immunology
Hypersensitivity 12 2 5 0 6 1
Cardiovascular
Thrombosis 6 5 6 6 3 3
Hypotension 5 3 6 3 4 3
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain/Ocular/Visual
Fatigue 70 7 58 11 66 16
Abdominal Pain 29 8 31 7 39 10
Myalgia 14 2 6 0 9 2
Pain 7 1 5 1 6 1
Vision abnormal 5 0 2 1 6 1
Neuralgia 5 0 0 0 2 1
Dermatology/Skin
Skin reaction - hand/foot 7 1 2 1 1 0
Injection site reaction 6 0 1 0 4 1
Gastrointestinal
Nausea 71 6 67 15 83 19
Diarrhea 56 12 65 29 76 25
Vomiting 41 4 43 13 64 23
Stomatitis 38 0 25 1 19 1
Anorexia 35 2 25 4 27 5
Constipation 32 4 27 2 21 2
Diarrhea-colostomy 13 2 16 7 16 3
Gastrointestinal NOS* 5 2 4 2 3 2
Hematology/Infection
Infection normal ANC** 10 4 5 1 7 2
Infection low ANC** 8 8 12 11 9 8
Lymphopenia 6 2 4 1 5 2
Febrile neutropenia 4 4 15 14 12 11
Hepatic/Metabolic/Laboratory/Renal
Hyperglycemia 14 2 11 3 12 3
Hypokalemia 11 3 7 4 6 2
Dehydration 9 5 16 11 14 7
Hypoalbuminemia 8 0 5 2 9 1
Hyponatremia 8 2 7 4 4 1
Urinary frequency 5 1 2 1 3 1
Neurology
Overall Neuropathy 82 19 18 2 69 7
Paresthesias 77 18 16 2 62 6
Pharyngo-laryngeal dysesthesias 38 2 1 0 28 1
Neuro-sensory 12 1 2 0 9 1
Neuro NOS* 1 0 1 0 1 0
Pulmonary
Cough 35 1 25 2 17 1
Dyspnea 18 7 14 3 11 2
Hiccups 5 1 2 0 3 2
* Not otherwise specified
** Absolute neutrophil count

The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer study [see Clinical Studies] by body system and decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% but with incidences < 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events.

Table 6 : Adverse Reactions Reported in Patients Previously Untreated for Advanced Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial ( ≥ 5% of all patients but with < 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
N=259
irinotecan + 5-FU/LV
N=256
ELOXATIN + irinotecan
N=258
All Grades (%) All Grades (%) All Grades (%)
Allergy/Immunology
Rash 11 4 7
Rhinitis allergic 10 6 6
Cardiovascular
Edema 15 13 10
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain/Ocular/Visual
Headache 13 6 9
Weight loss 11 9 11
Epistaxis 10 2 2
Tearing 9 1 2
Rigors 8 2 7
Dysphasia 5 3 3
Sweating 5 6 12
Arthralgia 5 5 8
Dermatology/Skin
Alopecia 38 44 67
Flushing 7 2 5
Pruritis 6 4 2
Dry Skin 6 2 5
Gastrointestinal
Taste perversion 14 6 8
Dyspepsia 12 7 5
Flatulence 9 6 5
Mouth Dryness 5 2 3
Hematology/Infection
Fever normal ANC* 16 9 9
Hepatic/Metabolic/Laboratory/Renal
Hypocalcemia 7 5 4
Elevated Creatinine 4 4 5
Neurology
Insomnia 13 9 11
Depression 9 5 7
Dizziness 8 6 10
Anxiety 5 2 6
* Absolute neutrophil count

Adverse reactions were similar in men and women and in patients < 65 and ≥ 65 years, but older patients may have been more susceptible to diarrhea, dehydration, hypokalemia, leukopenia, fatigue and syncope. The following additional adverse reactions, at least possibly related to treatment and potentially important, were reported in ≥ 2% and < 5% of the patients in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm (listed in decreasing order of frequency): metabolic, pneumonitis, catheter infection, vertigo, prothrombin time, pulmonary, rectal bleeding, dysuria, nail changes, chest pain, rectal pain, syncope, hypertension, hypoxia, unknown infection, bone pain, pigmentation changes, and urticaria.

Previously Treated Patients with Advanced Colorectal Cancer

Four hundred and fifty patients (about 150 receiving the combination of ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin) were studied in a randomized trial in patients with refractory and relapsed colorectal cancer [see Clinical Studies]. The adverse reaction profile in this study was similar to that seen in other studies and the adverse reactions in this trial are shown in the tables below.

Thirteen percent of patients in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm and 18% in the 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm of the previously treated study had to discontinue treatment because of adverse effects related to gastrointestinal, or hematologic adverse reactions, or neuropathies. Both 5-fluorouracil and ELOXATIN are associated with gastrointestinal and hematologic adverse reactions. When ELOXATIN is administered in combination with 5-fluorouracil, the incidence of these events is increased.

The incidence of death within 30 days of treatment in the previously treated study, regardless of causality, was 5% with the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination, 8% with

ELOXATIN alone, and 7% with 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin. Of the 7 deaths that occurred on the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm within 30 days of stopping treatment, 3 may have been treatment related, associated with gastrointestinal bleeding or dehydration.

The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the previously treated study [see Clinical Studies] by body system and in decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% and for grade 3/4 events with incidences ≥ 1%. This table does not include hematologic and blood chemistry abnormalities; these are shown separately below.

Table 7 : Adverse Reactions Reported In Previously Treated Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial ( ≥ 5% of all patients and with ≥ 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) 5-FU/LV
(N = 142)
ELOXATIN
(N = 153)
ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
(N = 150)
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Any Event 98 41 100 46 99 73
Cardiovascular
Dyspnea 11 2 13 7 20 4
Coughing 9 0 11 0 19 1
Edema 13 1 10 1 15 1
Thromboembolism 4 2 2 1 9 8
Chest Pain 4 1 5 1 8 1
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain
Fatigue 52 6 61 9 68 7
Back Pain 16 4 11 0 19 3
Pain 9 3 14 3 15 2
Dermatology/Skin
Injection Site Reaction 5 1 9 0 10 3
Gastrointestinal
Diarrhea 44 3 46 4 67 11
Nausea 59 4 64 4 65 11
Vomiting 27 4 37 4 40 9
Stomatitis 32 3 14 0 37 3
Abdominal Pain 31 5 31 7 33 4
Anorexia 20 1 20 2 29 3
Gastroesophageal Reflux 3 0 1 0 5 2
Hematology/Infection
Fever 23 1 25 1 29 1
Febrile Neutropenia 1 1 0 0 6 6
Hepatic/Metabolic/Laboratory/Renal
Hypokalemia 3 1 3 2 9 4
Dehydration 6 4 5 3 8 3
Neurology
Neuropathy 17 0 76 7 74 7
Acute 10 0 65 5 56 2
Persistent 9 0 43 3 48 6

The following table provides adverse reactions reported in the previously treated study [see Clinical Studies] by body system and in decreasing order of frequency in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm for events with overall incidences ≥ 5% but with incidences < 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events.

Table 8 : Adverse Reactions Reported In Previously Treated Colorectal Cancer Clinical Trial ( ≥ 5% of all patients but with < 1% NCI Grade 3/4 events)

Adverse reaction (WHO/Pref) 5-FU/LV
(N = 142)
ELOXATIN
(N = 153)
ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
(N = 150)
All Grades (%) All Grades (%) All Grades (%)
Allergy/Immunology
Rhinitis 4 6 15
Allergic Reaction 1 3 10
Rash 5 5 9
Cardiovascular
Peripheral Edema 11 5 10
Constitutional Symptoms/Pain/Ocular/Visual
Headache 8 13 17
Arthralgia 10 7 10
Epistaxis 1 2 9
Abnormal Lacrimation 6 1 7
Rigors 6 9 7
Dermatology/Skin
Hand-Foot Syndrome 13 1 11
Flushing 2 3 10
Alopecia 3 3 7
Gastrointestinal
Constipation 23 31 32
Dyspepsia 10 7 14
Taste Perversion 1 5 13
Mucositis 10 2 7
Flatulence 6 3 5
Hepatic/Metabolic/Laboratory/Renal
Hematuria 4 0 6
Dysuria 1 1 6
Neurology
Dizziness 8 7 13
Insomnia 4 11 9
Pulmonary
Upper Resp Tract Infection 4 7 10
Pharyngitis 10 2 9
Hiccup 0 2 5

Adverse reactions were similar in men and women and in patients < 65 and ≥ 65 years, but older patients may have been more susceptible to dehydration, diarrhea, hypokalemia and fatigue. The following additional adverse reactions, at least possibly related to treatment and potentially important, were reported in ≥ 2% and < 5% of the patients in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm (listed in decreasing order of frequency): anxiety, myalgia, erythematous rash, increased sweating, conjunctivitis, weight decrease, dry mouth, rectal hemorrhage, depression, ataxia, ascites, hemorrhoids, muscle weakness, nervousness, tachycardia, abnormal micturition frequency, dry skin, pruritus, hemoptysis, purpura, vaginal hemorrhage, melena, somnolence, pneumonia, proctitis, involuntary muscle contractions, intestinal obstruction, gingivitis, tenesmus, hot flashes, enlarged abdomen, urinary incontinence.

Hematologic Changes

The following tables list the hematologic changes occurring in ≥ 5% of patients, based on laboratory values and NCI grade, with the exception of those events occurring in adjuvant patients and anemia in the patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer, respectively, which are based on AE reporting and NCI grade alone.

Table 9 : Adverse Hematologic Reactions in Patients with Colon Cancer Receiving Adjuvant Therapy ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Hematology Parameter ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
(N=1108)
5-FU/LV
(N=1111)
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Anemia 76 1 67 < 1
Neutropenia 79 41 40 5
Thrombocytopenia 77 2 19 < 1

Table 10 : Adverse Hematologic Reactions in Patients Previously Untreated for Advanced Colorectal Cancer ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Hematology Parameter ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
N=259
Irinotecan + 5-FU/LV
N=256
ELOXATIN + irinotecan
N=258
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Anemia 27 3 28 4 25 3
Leukopenia 85 20 84 23 76 24
Neutropenia 81 53 77 44 71 36
Thrombocytopenia 71 5 26 2 44 4

Table 11 : Adverse Hematologic Reactions in Previously Treated Patients ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Hematology Parameter 5-FU/LV (N=142) ELOXATIN (N=153) ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV (N=150)
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Anemia 68 2 64 1 81 2
Leukopenia 34 1 13 0 76 19
Neutropenia 25 5 7 0 73 44
Thrombocytopenia 20 0 30 3 64 4

Thrombocytopenia and Bleeding

Thrombocytopenia was frequently reported with the combination of ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin. The incidence of all hemorrhagic events in the adjuvant and previously treated patients was higher on the ELOXATIN combination arm compared to the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. These events included gastrointestinal bleeding, hematuria, and epistaxis. In the adjuvant trial, two patients died from intracerebral hemorrhages.

The incidence of Grade 3/4 thrombocytopenia was 2% in adjuvant patients with colon cancer. In patients treated for advanced colorectal cancer the incidence of Grade 3/4 thrombocytopenia was 3-5%, and the incidence of these events was greater for the combination of ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin over the irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin or 5fluorouracil/leucovorin control groups. Grade 3/4 gastrointestinal bleeding was reported in 0.2% of adjuvant patients receiving ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin. In the previously untreated patients, the incidence of epistaxis was 10% in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm, and 2% and 1%, respectively, in the irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin or irinotecan plus ELOXATIN arms.

Neutropenia

Neutropenia was frequently observed with the combination of ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, with Grade 3 and 4 events reported in 29% and 12% of adjuvant patients with colon cancer, respectively. In the adjuvant trial, 3 patients died from sepsis/neutropenic sepsis. Grade 3 and 4 events were reported in 35% and 18% of the patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer, respectively. Grade 3 and 4 events were reported in 27% and 17% of previously treated patients, respectively. In adjuvant patients the incidence of either febrile neutropenia (0.7%) or documented infection with concomitant grade 3/4 neutropenia (1.1%) was 1.8% in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm. The incidence of febrile neutropenia in the patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer was 15% (3% of cycles) in the irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm and 4% (less than 1% of cycles) in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm. Additionally, in this same population, infection with grade 3 or 4 neutropenia was 12% in the irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, and 8% in the ELOXATIN and 5fluorouracil/leucovorin combination. The incidence of febrile neutropenia in the previously treated patients was 1% in the 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm and 6% (less than 1% of cycles) in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm.

Gastrointestinal

In patients receiving the combination of ELOXATIN plus infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin for adjuvant treatment for colon cancer the incidence of Grade 3/4 nausea and vomiting was greater than those receiving infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin alone (see table). In patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer receiving the combination of ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, the incidence of Grade 3 and 4 vomiting and diarrhea was less compared to irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin controls (see table). In previously treated patients receiving the combination of ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, the incidence of Grade 3 and 4 nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and mucositis/stomatitis increased compared to 5fluorouracil/leucovorin controls (see table).

The incidence of gastrointestinal adverse reactions in the previously untreated and previously treated patients appears to be similar across cycles. Premedication with antiemetics, including 5-HT3 blockers, is recommended. Diarrhea and mucositis may be exacerbated by the addition of ELOXATIN to 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin, and should be managed with appropriate supportive care. Since cold temperature can exacerbate acute neurological symptoms, ice (mucositis prophylaxis) should be avoided during the infusion of ELOXATIN.

Dermatologic

ELOXATIN did not increase the incidence of alopecia compared to 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin alone. No complete alopecia was reported. The incidence of Grade 3/4 skin disorders was 2% in both the ELOXATIN plus infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin and the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin alone arms in the adjuvant colon cancer patients. The incidence of hand-foot syndrome in patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer was 2% in the irinotecan plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm and 7% in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm. The incidence of hand-foot syndrome in previously treated patients was 13% in the 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm and 11% in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm.

Intravenous Site Reactions

Extravasation, in some cases including necrosis, has been reported. Injection site reaction, including redness, swelling, and pain, has been reported.

Anticoagulation and Hemorrhage

There have been reports while on study and from post-marketing surveillance of prolonged prothrombin time and INR occasionally associated with hemorrhage in patients who received ELOXATIN plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin while on anticoagulants. Patients receiving ELOXATIN plus 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin and requiring oral anticoagulants may require closer monitoring.

Renal

About 5-10% of patients in all groups had some degree of elevation of serum creatinine. The incidence of Grade 3/4 elevations in serum creatinine in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm was 1% in the previously treated patients. Serum creatinine measurements were not reported in the adjuvant trial.

Hepatic

Hepatotoxicity (defined as elevation of liver enzymes) appears to be related to ELOXATIN combination therapy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. The following tables list the clinical chemistry changes associated with hepatic toxicity occurring in ≥ 5% of patients, based on adverse reactions reported and NCI CTC grade for adjuvant patients and patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer, laboratory values and NCI CTC grade for previously treated patients.

Table 12 : Adverse Hepatic Reactions in Patients with Stage II or III Colon Cancer Receiving Adjuvant Therapy ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Hepatic Parameter ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
(N=1108)
5-FU/LV
(N=1111)
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
Increase in transaminases 57 2 34 1
ALP increased 42 < 1 20 < 1
Bilirubinaemia 20 4 20 5

Table 13 : Adverse Hepatic - Clinical Chemistry Abnormalities in Patients Previously Untreated for Advanced Colorectal Cancer ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Clinical Chemistry ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
N=259
irinotecan + 5-FU/LV
N=256
ELOXATIN + irinotecan
N=258
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
ALT (SGPTALAT) 6 1 2 0 5 2
AST (SGOTASAT) 17 1 2 1 11 1
Alkaline Phosphatase 16 0 8 0 14 2
Total Bilirubin 6 1 3 1 3 2

Table 14 : Adverse Hepatic - Clinical Chemistry Abnormalities in Previously Treated Patients ( ≥ 5% of patients)

Clinical Chemistry 5-FU/LV
(N=142)
ELOXATIN
(N=153)
ELOXATIN + 5-FU/LV
(N=150)
All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%) All Grades (%) Grade 3/4 (%)
ALT (SGPTALAT) 28 3 36 1 31 0
AST (SGOTASAT) 39 2 54 4 47 0
Total Bilirubin 22 6 13 5 13 1

Thromboembolism

The incidence of thromboembolic events in adjuvant patients with colon cancer was 6% (1.8% grade 3/4) in the infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin arm and 6% (1.2% grade 3/4) in the ELOXATIN and infusional 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combined arm, respectively. The incidence was 6 and 9% of the patients previously untreated for advanced colorectal cancer and previously treated patients in the ELOXATIN and 5-fluorouracil/leucovorin combination arm, respectively.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of ELOXATIN. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

Body as a whole: angioedema, anaphylactic shock

Central and peripheral nervous system disorders: loss of deep tendon reflexes, dysarthria, Lhermitte's sign, cranial nerve palsies, fasciculations, convulsion, Reversible Posterior Leukoencephalopathy Syndrome (RPLS, also known as PRES).

Hearing and vestibular system disorders: deafness

Infusion reactions/hypersensitivity: laryngospasm

Liver and Gastrointestinal system disorders: severe diarrhea/vomiting resulting in hypokalemia, colitis (including Clostridium difficile diarrhea), metabolic acidosis; ileus; intestinal obstruction, pancreatitis; veno-occlusive disease of liver also known as sinusoidal obstruction syndrome, and perisinusoidal fibrosis which rarely may progress.

Platelet, bleeding, and clotting disorders: immuno-allergic thrombocytopenia prolongation of prothrombin time and of INR in patients receiving anticoagulants

Red Blood Cell disorders: hemolytic uremic syndrome, immuno-allergic hemolytic anemia

Renal disorders: Acute tubular necrosis, acute interstitial nephritis and acute renal failure.

Respiratory system disorders: pulmonary fibrosis, and other interstitial lung diseases (sometimes fatal)

Vision disorders: decrease of visual acuity, visual field disturbance, optic neuritis and transient vision loss (reversible following therapy discontinuation)

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