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Trijardy XR

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/14/2020
Drug Description

TRIJARDY™ XR
(empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride) Extended-release Tablets, for Oral Use

WARNING

LACTIC ACIDOSIS

Postmarketing cases of metformin-associated lactic acidosis have resulted in death, hypothermia, hypotension, and resistant bradyarrhythmias. The onset of metformin-associated lactic acidosis is often subtle, accompanied only by nonspecific symptoms such as malaise, myalgias, respiratory distress, somnolence, and abdominal pain. Metformin-associated lactic acidosis was characterized by elevated blood lactate levels (>5 mmol/Liter), anion gap acidosis (without evidence of ketonuria or ketonemia), an increased lactate/pyruvate ratio; and metformin plasma levels generally >5 mcg/mL [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Risk factors for metformin-associated lactic acidosis include renal impairment, concomitant use of certain drugs (e.g., carbonic anhydrase inhibitors such as topiramate), age 65 years old or greater, having a radiological study with contrast, surgery and other procedures, hypoxic states (e.g., acute congestive heart failure), excessive alcohol intake, and hepatic impairment.

Steps to reduce the risk of and manage metformin-associated lactic acidosis in these high risk groups are provided in the full prescribing information [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, DRUG INTERACTIONS, and Use In Specific Populations].

If metformin-associated lactic acidosis is suspected, immediately discontinue TRIJARDY XR and institute general supportive measures in a hospital setting. Prompt hemodialysis is recommended [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DESCRIPTION

TRIJARDY XR tablets contain: empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride.

Empagliflozin

Empagliflozin is an orally-active inhibitor of the sodium-glucose co-transporter (SGLT2).

The chemical name of empagliflozin is D-Glucitol,1,5-anhydro-1-C-[4-chloro-3-[[4-[[(3S)-tetrahydro-3furanyl]oxy]phenyl]methyl]phenyl]-, (1S).

The molecular formula is C23H27ClO7 and the molecular weight is 450.91. The structural formula is:

Empagliflozin Structural Formula - Illustration

Empagliflozin is a white to yellowish, non-hygroscopic powder. It is very slightly soluble in water, sparingly soluble in methanol, slightly soluble in ethanol and acetonitrile; soluble in 50% acetonitrile/water; and practically insoluble in toluene.

Linagliptin

Linagliptin is an orally-active inhibitor of the dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) enzyme.

The chemical name of linagliptin is 1H-Purine-2,6-dione, 8-[(3R)-3-amino-1-piperidinyl]-7-(2-butyn-1-yl)-3,7dihydro-3-methyl-1-[(4-methyl-2-quinazolinyl)methyl]

The molecular formula is C25H28N8O2 and the molecular weight is 472.54. The structural formula is:

Linagliptin Structural Formula - Illustration

Linagliptin is a white to yellowish, not or only slightly hygroscopic solid substance. It is very slightly soluble in water. Linagliptin is soluble in methanol, sparingly soluble in ethanol, very slightly soluble in isopropanol, and very slightly soluble in acetone.

Metformin Hydrochloride

Metformin hydrochloride (N,N-dimethylimidodicarbonimidic diamide hydrochloride) is a biguanide. Metformin hydrochloride is a white to off-white crystalline compound with a molecular formula of C4H11N5•HCl and a molecular weight of 165.63. Metformin hydrochloride is freely soluble in water and is practically insoluble in acetone, ether, and chloroform. The pKa of metformin is 12.4. The pH of a 1% aqueous solution of metformin hydrochloride is 6.68. The structural formula is:

Metformin hydrochloride Structural Formula - Illustration

TRIJARDY XR

Each film coated tablet of TRIJARDY XR consists of an extended-release metformin hydrochloride core tablet that is coated with the immediate-release drug substances: empagliflozin and linagliptin.

TRIJARDY XR tablets for oral administration are available in four strengths containing:

  • 5 mg empagliflozin/2.5 mg linagliptin/1000 mg metformin hydrochloride extended-release
  • 10 mg empagliflozin/5 mg linagliptin/1000 mg metformin hydrochloride extended-release
  • 12.5 mg empagliflozin/2.5 mg linagliptin/1000 mg metformin hydrochloride extended-release
  • 25 mg empagliflozin/5 mg linagliptin/1000 mg metformin hydrochloride extended-release

Each film-coated tablet of TRIJARDY XR contains the following inactive ingredients: Tablet Core: polyethylene oxide, hypromellose, and magnesium stearate. Film Coatings and Printing Ink: hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, talc, titanium dioxide, arginine, polyethylene glycol, carnauba wax, purified water, shellac glaze, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ammonium hydroxide, isopropyl alcohol, ferrosoferric oxide and ferric oxide yellow (5 mg/2.5 mg/1000 mg and 25 mg/5 mg/1000 mg), ferric oxide yellow and ferric oxide red (10 mg/5 mg/1000 mg), and ferrosoferric oxide and ferric oxide red (12.5 mg/2.5 mg /1000 mg).

Indications & Dosage

INDICATIONS

TRIJARDY XR is a combination of empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride (HCl) indicated as an adjunct to diet and exercise to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

Empagliflozin is indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and established cardiovascular disease [see Clinical Studies].

Limitations Of Use

TRIJARDY XR is not recommended for patients with type 1 diabetes or for the treatment of diabetic ketoacidosis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

TRIJARDY XR has not been studied in patients with a history of pancreatitis. It is unknown whether patients with a history of pancreatitis are at an increased risk for the development of pancreatitis while using TRIJARDY XR [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Prior To Initiation Of TRIJARDY XR

  • Assess renal function prior to initiation of TRIJARDY XR and periodically thereafter [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Use In Specific Populations].
  • In patients with volume depletion, correct this condition prior to initiation of TRIJARDY XR [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS, Use In Specific Populations].

Recommended Dosage

  • Individualize the starting dose of TRIJARDY XR based on the patient's current regimen:
    • In patients on metformin HCl, with or without linagliptin, switch to TRIJARDY XR containing a similar total daily dose of metformin HCl and a total daily dose of empagliflozin 10 mg and linagliptin 5 mg;
    • In patients on metformin HCl and any regimen containing empagliflozin, with or without linagliptin, switch to TRIJARDY XR containing a similar total daily dose of metformin HCl, the same total daily dose of empagliflozin and linagliptin 5 mg.
  • Monitor effectiveness and tolerability, and adjust dosing as appropriate, not to exceed the maximum recommended daily dose of empagliflozin 25 mg, linagliptin 5 mg and metformin HCl 2000 mg.
  • Take TRIJARDY XR orally, once daily with a meal in the morning.
    • Take TRIJARDY XR 10 mg/5 mg/1000 mg or TRIJARDY XR 25 mg/5 mg/1000 mg as a single tablet once daily.
    • Take TRIJARDY XR 5 mg/2.5 mg/1000 mg or TRIJARDY XR 12.5 mg/2.5 mg/1000 mg as two tablets together once daily.
  • Swallow TRIJARDY XR tablets whole. Do not split, crush, dissolve, or chew.

Dosage Recommendations In Patients With Renal Impairment

No dose adjustment is needed in patients with an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) greater than or equal to 45 mL/min/1.73 m².

TRIJARDY XR should not be initiated or continued in patients with an eGFR less than 45 mL/min/1.73 m².

TRIJARDY XR is contraindicated in patients with an eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m² [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Discontinuation For Iodinated Contrast Imaging Procedures

Discontinue TRIJARDY XR at the time of, or prior to, an iodinated contrast imaging procedure in patients with an eGFR less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m²; in patients with a history of liver disease, alcoholism or heart failure; or in patients who will be administered intra-arterial iodinated contrast. Re-evaluate eGFR 48 hours after the imaging procedure; restart TRIJARDY XR if renal function is stable [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

TRIJARDY XR Tablets:

Empagliflozin StrengthLinagliptin StrengthMetformin HCl Extended-Release StrengthColor/ShapeTablet Markings
5 mg2.5 mg1000 mggrey, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “395” on the top line and “5/2.5” on the bottom line
10 mg5 mg1000 mgtan, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “380” on the top line and “10/5” on the bottom line
12.5 mg2.5 mg1000 mgred, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “385” on the top line and “12.5/2.5” on the bottom line
25 mg5 mg1000 mgbrown, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “390” on the top line and “25/5” on the bottom line

Storage And Handling

TRIJARDY XR tablets are available as follows:

Tablet StrengthColor/ShapeTablet MarkingsPackage SizeNDC Number
5 mg Empagliflozin 2.5 mg Linagliptin 1000 mg Metformin HCl Extended-Releasegrey, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “395” on the top line and “5/2.5” on the bottom lineBottles of 600597-0395-82
Bottles of 1800597-0395-23
10 mg Empagliflozin 5 mg Linagliptin 1000 mg Metformin HCl Extended-Releasetan, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “380” on the top line and “10/5” on the bottom lineBottles of 300597-0380-13
Bottles of 900597-0380-68
12.5 mg Empagliflozin 2.5 mg Linagliptin 1000 mg Metformin HCl Extended-Releasered, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “385” on the top line and “12.5/2.5” on the bottom lineBottles of 600597-0385-77
Bottles of 1800597-0385-86
25 mg Empagliflozin 5 mg Linagliptin 1000 mg Metformin HCl Extended-Releasebrown, oval-shaped, film-coated tabletPrinted on one side in white ink with the BI logo and “390” on the top line and “25/5” on the bottom lineBottles of 300597-0390-71
Bottles of 900597-0390-13

Storage

Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15°C to 30°C (59°F to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from exposure to high humidity.

Distributed by: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT 06877 USA. Marketed by: Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Ridgefield, CT 06877 USA and Eli Lilly and Company Indianapolis, IN 46285 USA. Revised: Jan 2020

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Side Effects

SIDE EFFECTS

The following important adverse reactions are described below and elsewhere in the labeling:

  • Lactic Acidosis [see BOXED WARNING and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Pancreatitis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Heart Failure [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Hypotension [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Ketoacidosis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Acute Kidney Injury [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Urosepsis and Pyelonephritis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Hypoglycemia with Concomitant Use with Insulin and Insulin Secretagogues [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Perineum (Fournier's Gangrene) [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Genital Mycotic Infections [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Hypersensitivity Reactions [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Vitamin B12 Deficiency [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Severe and Disabling Arthralgia [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
  • Bullous Pemphigoid [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]

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.

Empagliflozin, Linagliptin And Metformin

The safety of concomitantly administered empagliflozin (daily dose 10 mg or 25 mg), linagliptin (daily dose 5 mg) and metformin has been evaluated in a total of 686 patients with type 2 diabetes treated for up to 52 weeks in an active-controlled clinical trial. The most common adverse reactions are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 : Adverse Reactions Reported in ≥5% of Patients Treated with Empagliflozin, Linagliptin, and Metformin in an Active-Controlled Clinical Trial of 52 Weeks

Empagliflozin 10 mg + Linagliptin 5 mg + Metformin
n=136
Empagliflozin 25 mg + Linagliptin 5 mg + Metformin
n=137
Upper respiratory tract infection10.3%8.0%
Urinary tract infectiona9.6%10.2%
Nasopharyngitis8.1%5.8%
Diarrhea6.6%2.2%
Constipation5.1%5.8%
Headache5.1%5.1%
Gastroenteritis2.9%5.8%
aPredefined grouping, including, but not limited to, urinary tract infection, asymptomatic bacteriuria, cystitis

Hypoglycemia

The incidence of hypoglycemia (defined as plasma or capillary glucose of less than 54 mg/dL) was 0.7% in patients receiving empagliflozin 10 mg/linagliptin 5 mg/metformin and 0.7% in patients receiving empagliflozin 25 mg/linagliptin 5 mg/metformin. Events of severe hypoglycemia (requiring assistance regardless of blood glucose) did not occur in this trial.

Empagliflozin

Adverse reactions that occurred in ≥2% of patients receiving empagliflozin and more commonly than in patients given placebo included (10 mg, 25 mg, and placebo): urinary tract infection (9.3%, 7.6%, and 7.6%), female genital mycotic infections (5.4%, 6.4%, and 1.5%), upper respiratory tract infection (3.1%, 4.0%, and 3.8%), increased urination (3.4%, 3.2%, and 1.0%), dyslipidemia (3.9%, 2.9%, and 3.4%), arthralgia (2.4%, 2.3%, and 2.2%), male genital mycotic infections (3.1%, 1.6%, and 0.4%), and nausea (2.3%, 1.1%, and 1.4%).

Thirst (including polydipsia) was reported in 0%, 1.7%, and 1.5% for placebo, empagliflozin 10 mg, and empagliflozin 25 mg, respectively.

Empagliflozin causes an osmotic diuresis, which may lead to intravascular volume contraction and adverse reactions related to volume depletion. Events related to volume depletion (hypotension and syncope) were reported in 3 patients (1.1%) treated with empagliflozin, linagliptin and metformin combination therapy.

Linagliptin

Adverse reactions reported in ≥2% of patients treated with linagliptin 5 mg and more commonly than in patients treated with placebo, included: nasopharyngitis (7.0% and 6.1%), diarrhea (3.3% and 3.0%), and cough (2.1% and 1.4%).

Other adverse reactions reported in clinical studies with treatment of linagliptin monotherapy were hypersensitivity (e.g., urticaria, angioedema, localized skin exfoliation, or bronchial hyperreactivity) and myalgia.

In the clinical trial program, pancreatitis was reported in 15.2 cases per 10,000 patient-year exposure while being treated with linagliptin, compared with 3.7 cases per 10,000 patient-year exposure while being treated with comparator (placebo and active comparator, sulfonylurea). Three additional cases of pancreatitis were reported following the last administered dose of linagliptin.

Metformin

The most common (>5%) established adverse reactions due to initiation of metformin therapy are diarrhea, nausea/vomiting, flatulence, abdominal discomfort, indigestion, asthenia, and headache.

In a 24-week clinical trial in which extended-release metformin or placebo was added to glyburide therapy, the most common (>5% and greater than placebo) adverse reactions in the combined treatment group were hypoglycemia (13.7% vs 4.9%), diarrhea (12.5% vs 5.6%), and nausea (6.7% vs 4.2%).

Laboratory Tests

Empagliflozin

Increases in Serum Creatinine and Decreases in eGFR: Initiation of empagliflozin causes an increase in serum creatinine and decrease in eGFR. Patients with hypovolemia may be more susceptible to these changes.

Increase in Low-Density Lipoprotein Cholesterol (LDL-C): Dose-related increases in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were observed in patients treated with empagliflozin. LDL-C increased by 2.3%, 4.6%, and 6.5% in patients treated with placebo, empagliflozin 10 mg, and empagliflozin 25 mg, respectively. The range of mean baseline LDL-C levels was 90.3 to 90.6 mg/dL across treatment groups.

Increase in Hematocrit: Median hematocrit decreased by 1.3% in placebo and increased by 2.8% in empagliflozin 10 mg and 2.8% in empagliflozin 25 mg-treated patients. At the end of treatment, 0.6%, 2.7%, and 3.5% of patients with hematocrits initially within the reference range had values above the upper limit of the reference range with placebo, empagliflozin 10 mg, and empagliflozin 25 mg, respectively.

Linagliptin

Increase in Uric Acid: Changes in laboratory values that occurred more frequently in the linagliptin group and ≥1% more than in the placebo group were increases in uric acid (1.3% in the placebo group, 2.7% in the linagliptin group).

Increase in Lipase: In a placebo-controlled clinical trial with linagliptin in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with micro-or macroalbuminuria, a mean increase of 30% in lipase concentrations from baseline to 24 weeks was observed in the linagliptin arm, compared to a mean decrease of 2% in the placebo arm. Lipase levels above 3 times upper limit of normal were seen in 8.2% compared to 1.7% patients in the linagliptin and placebo arms, respectively.

Metformin

Decrease in Vitamin B12: In metformin clinical trials of 29-week duration, a decrease to subnormal levels of previously normal serum vitamin B12 levels was observed in approximately 7% of patients.

Postmarketing Experience

Additional adverse reactions have been identified during postapproval use of linagliptin, empagliflozin, or metformin. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is generally not possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure.

  • Acute Pancreatitis, including Fatal Pancreatitis [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE]
  • Ketoacidosis
  • Urosepsis and Pyelonephritis
  • Necrotizing Fasciitis of the Perineum (Fournier's gangrene)
  • Hypersensitivity Reactions including Anaphylaxis, Angioedema, and Exfoliative Skin Conditions
  • Severe and Disabling Arthralgia
  • Bullous Pemphigoid
  • Skin Reactions (e.g., rash, urticaria)
  • Mouth Ulceration, Stomatitis
  • Cholestatic, hepatocellular, and mixed hepatocellular liver injury
  • Rhabdomyolysis
Drug Interactions

DRUG INTERACTIONS

Table 2 :Clinically Relevant Interactions with TRIJARDY XR

Carbonic Anhydrase Inhibitors
Clinical ImpactTopiramate or other carbonic anhydrase inhibitors (e.g., zonisamide, acetazolamide or dichlorphenamide) frequently causes a decrease in serum bicarbonate and induce non-anion gap, hyperchloremic metabolic acidosis.
InterventionConcomitant use of these drugs with TRIJARDY XR may increase the risk of lactic acidosis. Consider more frequent monitoring of these patients.
Drugs that Reduce Metformin Clearance
Clinical ImpactConcomitant use of drugs that interfere with common renal tubular transport systems involved in the renal elimination of metformin (e.g., organic cationic transporter-2 [OCT2] / multidrug and toxin extrusion [MATE] inhibitors such as ranolazine, vandetanib, dolutegravir, and cimetidine) could increase systemic exposure to metformin and may increase the risk for lactic acidosis [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
InterventionConsider the benefits and risks of concomitant use.
Alcohol
Clinical ImpactAlcohol is known to potentiate the effect of metformin on lactate metabolism.
InterventionWarn patients against excessive alcohol intake while receiving TRIJARDY XR.
Diuretics
Clinical ImpactCoadministration of empagliflozin with diuretics resulted in increased urine volume and frequency of voids, which might enhance the potential for volume depletion.
InterventionBefore initiating TRIJARDY XR, assess for volume contraction and correct volume status if indicated. Monitor for signs and symptoms of hypotension after initiating therapy and increase monitoring in clinical situations where volume contraction is expected.
Insulin or Insulin Secretagogues
Clinical ImpactEmpagliflozin or linagliptin in combination with an insulin secretagogue (e.g., sulfonylurea) or insulin was associated with a higher rate of hypoglycemia compared with placebo in a clinical trial. Metformin may increase the risk of hypoglycemia when combined with insulin and/or an insulin secretagogue.
InterventionCoadministration of TRIJARDY XR with an insulin secretagogue (e.g., sulfonylurea) or insulin may require lower doses of the insulin secretagogue or insulin to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia.
Drugs Affecting Glycemic Control
Clinical ImpactCertain drugs tend to produce hyperglycemia and may lead to loss of glycemic control. These drugs include the thiazides and other diuretics, corticosteroids, phenothiazines, thyroid products, estrogens, oral contraceptives, phenytoin, nicotinic acid, sympathomimetics, calcium channel blocking drugs, and isoniazid.
InterventionWhen such drugs are administered to a patient receiving TRIJARDY XR, the patient should be closely observed to maintain adequate glycemic control. When such drugs are withdrawn from a patient receiving TRIJARDY XR, the patient should be observed closely for hypoglycemia.
Positive Urine Glucose Test
Clinical ImpactSGLT2 inhibitors increase urinary glucose excretion and will lead to positive urine glucose tests.
InterventionMonitoring glycemic control with urine glucose tests is not recommended in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors. Use alternative methods to monitor glycemic control.
Interference with 1,5-anhydroglucitol (1,5-AG) Assay
Clinical ImpactMeasurements of 1,5-AG are unreliable in assessing glycemic control in patients taking SGLT2 inhibitors.
InterventionMonitoring glycemic control with 1,5-AG assay is not recommended. Use alternative methods to monitor glycemic control.
Inducers of P-glycoprotein or CYP3A4 Enzymes
Clinical ImpactRifampin decreased linagliptin exposure, suggesting that the efficacy of linagliptin may be reduced when administered in combination with a strong P-gp or CYP3A4 inducer.
InterventionUse of alternative treatments is strongly recommended when linagliptin is to be administered with a strong P-gp or CYP3A4 inducer.

Warnings & Precautions

WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

Lactic Acidosis

There have been postmarketing cases of metformin-associated lactic acidosis, including fatal cases. These cases had a subtle onset and were accompanied by nonspecific symptoms such as malaise, myalgias, abdominal pain, respiratory distress, or increased somnolence; however, hypothermia, hypotension, and resistant bradyarrhythmias have occurred with severe acidosis. Metformin-associated lactic acidosis was characterized by elevated blood lactate concentrations (>5 mmol/Liter), anion gap acidosis (without evidence of ketonuria or ketonemia), and an increased lactate:pyruvate ratio; metformin plasma levels generally >5 mcg/mL. Metformin decreases liver uptake of lactate increasing lactate blood levels, which may increase the risk of lactic acidosis, especially in patients at risk.

If metformin-associated lactic acidosis is suspected, general supportive measures should be instituted promptly in a hospital setting, along with immediate discontinuation of TRIJARDY XR. In TRIJARDY XR-treated patients with a diagnosis or strong suspicion of lactic acidosis, prompt hemodialysis is recommended to correct the acidosis and remove accumulated metformin (metformin is dialyzable, with a clearance of up to 170 mL/minute under good hemodynamic conditions). Hemodialysis has often resulted in reversal of symptoms and recovery.

Educate patients and their families about the symptoms of lactic acidosis and if these symptoms occur instruct them to discontinue TRIJARDY XR and report these symptoms to their healthcare provider.

For each of the known and possible risk factors for metformin-associated lactic acidosis, recommendations to reduce the risk of and manage metformin-associated lactic acidosis are provided below:

Renal Impairment

The postmarketing metformin-associated lactic acidosis cases primarily occurred in patients with significant renal impairment. The risk of metformin accumulation and metformin-associated lactic acidosis increases with the severity of renal impairment because metformin is substantially excreted by the kidney. Clinical recommendations based upon the patient’s renal function include [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]:

  • Before initiating TRIJARDY XR, obtain an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR).
  • TRIJARDY XR is contraindicated in patients with an eGFR below 30 mL/min/1.73 m² [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].
  • Obtain an eGFR at least annually in all patients taking TRIJARDY XR. In patients at increased risk for the development of renal impairment (e.g., the elderly), renal function should be assessed more frequently.

Drug Interactions

The concomitant use of TRIJARDY XR with specific drugs may increase the risk of metformin-associated lactic acidosis: those that impair renal function, result in significant hemodynamic change, interfere with acid-base balance or increase metformin accumulation [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. Therefore, consider more frequent monitoring of patients.

Age 65 Or Greater

The risk of metformin-associated lactic acidosis increases with the patient’s age because elderly patients have a greater likelihood of having hepatic, renal, or cardiac impairment than younger patients. Assess renal function more frequently in elderly patients [see Use In Specific Populations].

Radiological Studies With Contrast

Administration of intravascular iodinated contrast agents in metformintreated patients has led to an acute decrease in renal function and the occurrence of lactic acidosis. Stop TRIJARDY XR at the time of, or prior to, an iodinated contrast imaging procedure in patients with an eGFR less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m²; in patients with a history of hepatic impairment, alcoholism, or heart failure; or in patients who will be administered intra-arterial iodinated contrast. Re-evaluate eGFR 48 hours after the imaging procedure, and restart TRIJARDY XR if renal function is stable.

Surgery And Other Procedures

Withholding of food and fluids during surgical or other procedures may increase the risk for volume depletion, hypotension and renal impairment. TRIJARDY XR should be temporarily discontinued while patients have restricted food and fluid intake.

Hypoxic States

Several of the postmarketing cases of metformin-associated lactic acidosis occurred in the setting of acute congestive heart failure (particularly when accompanied by hypoperfusion and hypoxemia). Cardiovascular collapse (shock), acute myocardial infarction, sepsis, and other conditions associated with hypoxemia have been associated with lactic acidosis and may also cause prerenal azotemia. When such events occur, discontinue TRIJARDY XR.

Excessive Alcohol Intake

Alcohol potentiates the effect of metformin on lactate metabolism and this may increase the risk of metformin-associated lactic acidosis. Warn patients against excessive alcohol intake while receiving TRIJARDY XR.

Hepatic Impairment

Patients with hepatic impairment have developed cases of metformin-associated lactic acidosis. This may be due to impaired lactate clearance resulting in higher lactate blood levels. Therefore, avoid use of TRIJARDY XR in patients with clinical or laboratory evidence of hepatic disease.

Pancreatitis

Acute pancreatitis, including fatal pancreatitis, has been reported in patients treated with linagliptin. In the CARMELINA trial [see Clinical Studies], acute pancreatitis was reported in 9 (0.3%) patients treated with linagliptin and in 5 (0.1%) patients treated with placebo. Two patients treated with linagliptin in the CARMELINA trial had acute pancreatitis with a fatal outcome. There have been postmarketing reports of acute pancreatitis, including fatal pancreatitis, in patients treated with linagliptin.

Take careful notice of potential signs and symptoms of pancreatitis. If pancreatitis is suspected, promptly discontinue TRIJARDY XR and initiate appropriate management. It is unknown whether patients with a history of pancreatitis are at increased risk for the development of pancreatitis while using TRIJARDY XR.

Heart Failure

An association between DPP-4 inhibitor treatment and heart failure has been observed in cardiovascular outcomes trials for two other members of the DPP-4 inhibitor class. These trials evaluated patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.

Consider the risks and benefits of TRIJARDY XR prior to initiating treatment in patients at risk for heart failure, such as those with a prior history of heart failure and a history of renal impairment, and observe these patients for signs and symptoms of heart failure during therapy. Advise patients of the characteristic symptoms of heart failure and to immediately report such symptoms. If heart failure develops, evaluate and manage according to current standards of care and consider discontinuation of TRIJARDY XR.

Hypotension

Empagliflozin causes intravascular volume contraction. Symptomatic hypotension may occur after initiating empagliflozin [see ADVERSE REACTIONS] particularly in patients with renal impairment, the elderly, in patients with low systolic blood pressure, and in patients on diuretics. Before initiating TRIJARDY XR, assess for volume contraction and correct volume status if indicated. Monitor for signs and symptoms of hypotension after initiating therapy and increase monitoring in clinical situations where volume contraction is expected [see Use In Specific Populations].

Ketoacidosis

Reports of ketoacidosis, a serious life-threatening condition requiring urgent hospitalization have been identified in postmarketing surveillance in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes mellitus receiving sodium glucose co-transporter-2 (SGLT2) inhibitors, including empagliflozin. Fatal cases of ketoacidosis have been reported in patients taking empagliflozin. TRIJARDY XR is not indicated for the treatment of patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus [see INDICATIONS AND USAGE].

Patients treated with TRIJARDY XR who present with signs and symptoms consistent with severe metabolic acidosis should be assessed for ketoacidosis regardless of presenting blood glucose levels, as ketoacidosis associated with TRIJARDY XR may be present even if blood glucose levels are less than 250 mg/dL. If ketoacidosis is suspected, TRIJARDY XR should be discontinued, patient should be evaluated, and prompt treatment should be instituted. Treatment of ketoacidosis may require insulin, fluid and carbohydrate replacement.

In many of the postmarketing reports, and particularly in patients with type 1 diabetes, the presence of ketoacidosis was not immediately recognized and institution of treatment was delayed because presenting blood glucose levels were below those typically expected for diabetic ketoacidosis (often less than 250 mg/dL). Signs and symptoms at presentation were consistent with dehydration and severe metabolic acidosis and included nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, generalized malaise, and shortness of breath. In some but not all cases, factors predisposing to ketoacidosis such as insulin dose reduction, acute febrile illness, reduced caloric intake, surgery, pancreatic disorders suggesting insulin deficiency (e.g., type 1 diabetes, history of pancreatitis or pancreatic surgery), and alcohol abuse were identified.

Before initiating TRIJARDY XR, consider factors in the patient history that may predispose to ketoacidosis including pancreatic insulin deficiency from any cause, caloric restriction, and alcohol abuse.

For patients who undergo scheduled surgery, consider temporarily discontinuing TRIJARDY XR for at least 3 days prior to surgery [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

Consider monitoring for ketoacidosis and temporarily discontinuing TRIJARDY XR in other clinical situations known to predispose to ketoacidosis (e.g., prolonged fasting due to acute illness or post-surgery). Ensure risk factors for ketoacidosis are resolved prior to restarting TRIJARDY XR.

Educate patients on the signs and symptoms of ketoacidosis and instruct patients to discontinue TRIJARDY XR and seek medical attention immediately if signs and symptoms occur.

Acute Kidney Injury

Empagliflozin causes intravascular volume contraction [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS] and can cause renal impairment [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. There have been postmarketing reports of acute kidney injury, some requiring hospitalization and dialysis, in patients receiving SGLT2 inhibitors, including empagliflozin; some reports involved patients younger than 65 years of age.

Before initiating TRIJARDY XR, consider factors that may predispose patients to acute kidney injury including hypovolemia, chronic renal impairment, heart failure and concomitant medications (diuretics, ACE inhibitors, ARBs, NSAIDs). Consider temporarily discontinuing TRIJARDY XR in any setting of reduced oral intake (such as acute illness or fasting) or fluid losses (such as gastrointestinal illness or excessive heat exposure); monitor patients for signs and symptoms of acute kidney injury. If acute kidney injury occurs, discontinue TRIJARDY XR promptly and institute treatment.

Empagliflozin increases serum creatinine and decreases eGFR. Patients with hypovolemia may be more susceptible to these changes. Renal function abnormalities can occur after initiating TRIJARDY XR [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Renal function should be evaluated prior to initiation of TRIJARDY XR and monitored periodically thereafter. More frequent renal function monitoring is recommended in patients with an eGFR below 60 mL/min/1.73 m². Use of TRIJARDY XR is contraindicated in patients with an eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m² [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, CONTRAINDICATIONS and Use In Specific Populations].

Urosepsis And Pyelonephritis

There have been postmarketing reports of serious urinary tract infections including urosepsis and pyelonephritis requiring hospitalization in patients receiving SGLT2 inhibitors, including empagliflozin. Treatment with SGLT2 inhibitors increases the risk for urinary tract infections. Evaluate patients for signs and symptoms of urinary tract infections and treat promptly, if indicated [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Hypoglycemia With Concomitant Use With Insulin And Insulin Secretagogues

Insulin and insulin secretagogues are known to cause hypoglycemia. The use of empagliflozin or linagliptin in combination with an insulin secretagogue (e.g., sulfonylurea) or insulin was associated with a higher rate of hypoglycemia compared with placebo in a clinical trial. Metformin may increase the risk of hypoglycemia when combined with insulin and/or an insulin secretagogue. Therefore, a lower dose of the insulin secretagogue or insulin may be required to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia when used in combination with TRIJARDY XR.

Necrotizing Fasciitis Of The Perineum (Fournier’s Gangrene)

Reports of necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum (Fournier’s gangrene), a rare but serious and life-threatening necrotizing infection requiring urgent surgical intervention, have been identified in postmarketing surveillance in patients with diabetes mellitus receiving SGLT2 inhibitors, including empagliflozin. Cases have been reported in both females and males. Serious outcomes have included hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and death.

Patients treated with TRIJARDY XR presenting with pain or tenderness, erythema, or swelling in the genital or perineal area, along with fever or malaise, should be assessed for necrotizing fasciitis. If suspected, start treatment immediately with broad-spectrum antibiotics and, if necessary, surgical debridement. Discontinue TRIJARDY XR, closely monitor blood glucose levels, and provide appropriate alternative therapy for glycemic control.

Genital Mycotic Infections

Empagliflozin increases the risk for genital mycotic infections [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Patients with a history of chronic or recurrent genital mycotic infections were more likely to develop genital mycotic infections. Monitor and treat as appropriate.

Hypersensitivity Reactions

There have been postmarketing reports of serious hypersensitivity reactions in patients treated with linagliptin (one of the components of TRIJARDY XR). These reactions include anaphylaxis, angioedema, and exfoliative skin conditions. Onset of these reactions occurred within the first 3 months after initiation of treatment with linagliptin, with some reports occurring after the first dose.

Angioedema has also been reported with other dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors. Use caution in a patient with a history of angioedema to another DPP-4 inhibitor because it is unknown whether such patients will be predisposed to angioedema with TRIJARDY XR.

There have been postmarketing reports of serious hypersensitivity reactions (e.g., angioedema) in patients treated with empagliflozin (one of the components of TRIJARDY XR).

If a hypersensitivity reaction occurs, discontinue TRIJARDY XR, treat promptly per standard of care, and monitor until signs and symptoms resolve. TRIJARDY XR is contraindicated in patients with a previous serious hypersensitivity reaction to linagliptin or empagliflozin [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

In metformin clinical trials of 29-week duration, a decrease to subnormal levels of previously normal serum vitamin B12 levels was observed in approximately 7% of metformin-treated patients. Such decrease, possibly due to interference with B12 absorption from the B12-intrinsic factor complex, may be associated with anemia but appears to be rapidly reversible with discontinuation of metformin or vitamin B12 supplementation. Certain individuals (those with inadequate vitamin B12 or calcium intake or absorption) appear to be predisposed to developing subnormal vitamin B12 levels. Measure hematologic parameters on an annual basis and vitamin B12 at 2 to 3 year intervals in patients on TRIJARDY XR and manage any abnormalities [see ADVERSE REACTIONS].

Severe And Disabling Arthralgia

There have been postmarketing reports of severe and disabling arthralgia in patients taking DPP-4 inhibitors. The time to onset of symptoms following initiation of drug therapy varied from one day to years. Patients experienced relief of symptoms upon discontinuation of the medication. A subset of patients experienced a recurrence of symptoms when restarting the same drug or a different DPP-4 inhibitor. Consider DPP-4 inhibitors as a possible cause for severe joint pain and discontinue drug if appropriate.

Bullous Pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid was reported in 7 (0.2%) patients treated with linagliptin compared to none in patients treated with placebo in the CARMELINA trial [see Clinical Studies], and 3 of these patients were hospitalized due to bullous pemphigoid. Postmarketing cases of bullous pemphigoid requiring hospitalization have been reported with DPP-4 inhibitor use. In reported cases, patients typically recovered with topical or systemic immunosuppressive treatment and discontinuation of the DPP-4 inhibitor. Tell patients to report development of blisters or erosions while receiving TRIJARDY XR. If bullous pemphigoid is suspected, TRIJARDY XR should be discontinued and referral to a dermatologist should be considered for diagnosis and appropriate treatment.

Patient Counseling Information

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

Lactic Acidosis

Inform patients of the risks of lactic acidosis due to metformin, its symptoms, and conditions that predispose to its development. Advise patients to discontinue TRIJARDY XR immediately and to notify their doctor promptly if unexplained hyperventilation, malaise, myalgia, unusual somnolence, or other nonspecific symptoms occur. Counsel patients against excessive alcohol intake and inform patients about importance of regular testing of renal function while receiving TRIJARDY XR. Instruct patients to inform their doctor that they are taking TRIJARDY XR prior to any surgical or radiological procedure, as temporary discontinuation may be required until renal function has been confirmed to be normal [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Pancreatitis

Inform patients that acute pancreatitis has been reported during use of linagliptin. Inform patients that persistent severe abdominal pain, sometimes radiating to the back, which may or may not be accompanied by vomiting, is the hallmark symptom of acute pancreatitis. Instruct patients to discontinue TRIJARDY XR promptly and contact their physician if persistent severe abdominal pain occurs [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Heart Failure

Inform patients of the signs and symptoms of heart failure. Before initiating TRIJARDY XR, patients should be asked about a history of heart failure or other risk factors for heart failure including moderate to severe renal impairment. Instruct patients to contact their healthcare provider as soon as possible if they experience symptoms of heart failure, including increasing shortness of breath, rapid increase in weight or swelling of the feet [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hypotension

Inform patients that hypotension may occur with TRIJARDY XR and advise them to contact their healthcare provider if they experience such symptoms [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Inform patients that dehydration may increase the risk for hypotension, and to have adequate fluid intake.

Ketoacidosis

Inform patients that ketoacidosis is a serious life-threatening condition and that cases of ketoacidosis have been reported during use of empagliflozin, sometimes associated with illness or surgery among other risk factors. Instruct patients to check ketones (when possible) if symptoms consistent with ketoacidosis occur even if blood glucose is not elevated. If symptoms of ketoacidosis (including nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, tiredness, and labored breathing) occur, instruct patients to discontinue TRIJARDY XR and seek medical attention immediately [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Acute Kidney Injury

Inform patients that acute kidney injury has been reported during use of empagliflozin. Advise patients to seek medical advice immediately if they have reduced oral intake (such as due to acute illness or fasting) or increased fluid losses (such as due to vomiting, diarrhea, or excessive heat exposure), as it may be appropriate to temporarily discontinue TRIJARDY XR use in those settings [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Monitoring Of Renal Function

Inform patients about the importance of regular testing of renal function when receiving treatment with TRIJARDY XR [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Serious Urinary Tract Infections

Inform patients of the potential for urinary tract infections, which may be serious. Provide them with information on the symptoms of urinary tract infections. Advise them to seek medical advice if such symptoms occur [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hypoglycemia

Inform patients that the incidence of hypoglycemia is increased when TRIJARDY XR is used in combination with an insulin secretagogue (e.g., sulfonylurea) or insulin, and that a lower dose of the insulin secretagogue or insulin may be required to reduce the risk of hypoglycemia [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Necrotizing Fasciitis Of The Perineum (Fournier’s Gangrene)

Inform patients that necrotizing infections of the perineum (Fournier’s gangrene) have occurred with empagliflozin, a component of TRIJARDY XR. Counsel patients to promptly seek medical attention if they develop pain or tenderness, redness, or swelling of the genitals or the area from the genitals back to the rectum, along with a fever above 100.4°F or malaise [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Genital Mycotic Infections In Females (e.g., Vulvovaginitis)

Inform female patients that vaginal yeast infections may occur and provide them with information on the signs and symptoms of vaginal yeast infections. Advise them of treatment options and when to seek medical advice [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Genital Mycotic Infections In Males (e.g., Balanitis or Balanoposthitis)

Inform male patients that yeast infection of the penis (e.g., balanitis or balanoposthitis) may occur, especially in uncircumcised males and patients with chronic and recurrent infections. Provide them with information on the signs and symptoms of balanitis and balanoposthitis (rash or redness of the glans or foreskin of the penis). Advise them of treatment options and when to seek medical advice [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hypersensitivity Reactions

Inform patients that serious allergic reactions, such as anaphylaxis, angioedema, and exfoliative skin conditions, have been reported during postmarketing use of linagliptin or empagliflozin, components of TRIJARDY XR. If symptoms of allergic reactions (such as rash, skin flaking or peeling, urticaria, swelling of the skin, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing) occur, patients must stop taking TRIJARDY XR and seek medical advice promptly [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Vitamin B12 Deficiency

Inform patients about importance of regular hematological parameters while receiving TRIJARDY XR [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Severe And Disabling Arthralgia

Inform patients that severe and disabling joint pain may occur with this class of drugs. The time to onset of symptoms can range from one day to years. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if severe joint pain occurs [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Bullous Pemphigoid

Inform patients that bullous pemphigoid has been reported during use of linagliptin. Instruct patients to seek medical advice if blisters or erosions occur [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Laboratory Tests

Inform patients that elevated glucose in urinalysis is expected when taking TRIJARDY XR.

Pregnancy

Advise pregnant women, and females of reproductive potential, of the potential risk to a fetus with treatment with TRIJARDY XR [see Use In Specific Populations]. Instruct females of reproductive potential to report pregnancies to their physicians as soon as possible.

Lactation

Advise women that breastfeeding is not recommended during treatment with TRIJARDY XR [see Use In Specific Populations].

Females And Males Of Reproductive Potential

Inform females that treatment with metformin may result in ovulation in some premenopausal anovulatory women which may lead to unintended pregnancy [see Use In Specific Populations].

Administration Instructions

Inform patients that the tablets must be swallowed whole and never split, crushed, dissolved, or chewed and that incompletely dissolved TRIJARDY XR tablets may be eliminated in the feces. Patients should be told that if they see tablets in feces, they should report this finding to their healthcare provider. The healthcare provider should assess adequacy of glycemic control if a patient reports observing tablets in feces.

Missed Dose

Instruct patients to take TRIJARDY XR only as prescribed. If a dose is missed, it should be taken as soon as the patient remembers. Advise patients not to double their next dose.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility

TRIJARDY XR

No carcinogenicity, mutagenicity, or impairment of fertility studies have been conducted with the combination of empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin HCl.

Empagliflozin

Carcinogenesis was evaluated in 2-year studies conducted in CD-1 mice and Wistar rats. Empagliflozin did not increase the incidence of tumors in female rats dosed at 100, 300, or 700 mg/kg/day (up to 72 times the exposure from the maximum clinical dose of 25 mg). In male rats, hemangiomas of the mesenteric lymph node were increased significantly at 700 mg/kg/day or approximately 42 times the exposure from a 25 mg clinical dose. Empagliflozin did not increase the incidence of tumors in female mice dosed at 100, 300, or 1000 mg/kg/day (up to 62 times the exposure from a 25 mg clinical dose). Renal tubule adenomas and carcinomas were observed in male mice at 1000 mg/kg/day, which is approximately 45 times the exposure of the maximum clinical dose of 25 mg. These tumors may be associated with a metabolic pathway predominantly present in the male mouse kidney.

Empagliflozin was not mutagenic or clastogenic with or without metabolic activation in the in vitro Ames bacterial mutagenicity assay, the in vitro L5178Y tk+/-mouse lymphoma cell assay, and an in vivo micronucleus assay in rats.

Empagliflozin had no effects on mating, fertility or early embryonic development in treated male or female rats, up to the high dose of 700 mg/kg/day (approximately 155 times the 25 mg clinical dose in males and females, respectively).

Linagliptin

Linagliptin did not increase the incidence of tumors in male and female rats in a 2-year study at doses of 6, 18, and 60 mg/kg. The highest dose of 60 mg/kg is approximately 418 times the clinical dose of 5 mg/day based on AUC exposure. Linagliptin did not increase the incidence of tumors in mice in a 2-year study at doses up to 80 mg/kg (males) and 25 mg/kg (females), or approximately 35 and 270 times the clinical dose based on AUC exposure. Higher doses of linagliptin in female mice (80 mg/kg) increased the incidence of lymphoma at approximately 215 times the clinical dose based on AUC exposure.

Linagliptin was not mutagenic or clastogenic with or without metabolic activation in the Ames bacterial mutagenicity assay, a chromosomal aberration test in human lymphocytes, and an in vivo micronucleus assay.

In fertility studies in rats, linagliptin had no adverse effects on early embryonic development, mating, fertility, or bearing live young up to the highest dose of 240 mg/kg (approximately 943 times the clinical dose based on AUC exposure).

Metformin HCl

Long-term carcinogenicity studies have been performed in Sprague Dawley rats at doses of 150, 300, and 450 mg/kg/day in males and 150, 450, 900, and 1200 mg/kg/day in females. These doses are both approximately 2, 4, and 8 times in males, and 3, 7, 12, and 16 times in females of the maximum recommended human daily dose of 2000 mg/kg/day based on body surface area comparisons. No evidence of carcinogenicity with metformin was found in either male or female rats. A carcinogenicity study was also performed in Tg.AC transgenic mice at doses of up to 2000 mg/kg/day applied dermally. No evidence of carcinogenicity was observed in male or female mice.

Genotoxicity assessments in the Ames test, gene mutation test (mouse lymphoma cells), chromosomal aberrations test (human lymphocytes) and in vivo mouse micronucleus tests were negative.

Fertility of male or female rats was not affected by metformin when administered at doses up to 600 mg/kg/day, which is approximately 3 times the maximum recommended human daily dose based on body surface area comparisons.

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Risk Summary

Based on animal data showing adverse renal effects from empagliflozin, TRIJARDY XR is not recommended during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy.

The limited available data with TRIJARDY XR, linagliptin, or empagliflozin in pregnant women are not sufficient to determine a drug-associated risk for major birth defects and miscarriage. Published studies with metformin use during pregnancy have not reported a clear association with metformin and major birth defect or miscarriage risk (see Data). There are risks to the mother and fetus associated with poorly controlled diabetes in pregnancy (see Clinical Considerations).

In animal studies, empagliflozin, a component of TRIJARDY XR, resulted in adverse renal changes in rats when administered during a period of renal development corresponding to the late second and third trimesters of human pregnancy. Doses approximately 13-times the maximum clinical dose caused renal pelvic and tubule dilatations that were reversible. No adverse developmental effects were observed when linagliptin or metformin were administered to pregnant rats or rabbits (see Data).

The estimated background risk of major birth defects is 6 to 10% in women with pre-gestational diabetes with a HbA1c >7 and has been reported to be as high as 20 to 25% in women with HbA1c >10. The estimated background risk of miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.

Clinical Considerations

Disease-Associated Maternal And/Or Embryo/Fetal Risk

Poorly controlled diabetes in pregnancy increases the maternal risk for diabetic ketoacidosis, pre-eclampsia, spontaneous abortions, preterm delivery, and delivery complications. Poorly controlled diabetes increases the fetal risk for major birth defects, stillbirth, and macrosomia related morbidity.

Data

Human Data

Published data from postmarketing studies have not reported a clear association with metformin and major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes when metformin was used during pregnancy. However, these studies cannot definitely establish the absence of any metformin-associated risk because of methodological limitations, including small sample size and inconsistent comparator groups.

Animal Data

Empagliflozin

Empagliflozin dosed directly to juvenile rats from postnatal day (PND) 21 until PND 90 at doses of 1, 10, 30, and 100 mg/kg/day caused increased kidney weights and renal tubular and pelvic dilatation at 100 mg/kg/day, which approximates 13-times the maximum clinical dose of 25 mg, based on AUC. These findings were not observed after a 13-week drug-free recovery period. These outcomes occurred with drug exposure during periods of renal development in rats that correspond to the late second and third trimester of human renal development.

In embryo-fetal development studies in rats and rabbits, empagliflozin was administered for intervals coinciding with the first trimester period of organogenesis in humans. Doses up to 300 mg/kg/day, which approximates 48times (rats) and 128-times (rabbits) the maximum clinical dose of 25 mg (based on AUC), did not result in adverse developmental effects. In rats, at higher doses of empagliflozin causing maternal toxicity, malformations of limb bones increased in fetuses at 700 mg/kg/day or 154-times the 25 mg maximum clinical dose. Empagliflozin crosses the placenta and reaches fetal tissues in rats. In the rabbit, higher doses of empagliflozin resulted in maternal and fetal toxicity at 700 mg/kg/day, or 139-times the 25 mg maximum clinical dose.

In pre-and postnatal development studies in pregnant rats, empagliflozin was administered from gestation day 6 through to lactation day 20 (weaning) at up to 100 mg/kg/day (approximately 16-times the 25 mg maximum clinical dose) without maternal toxicity. Reduced body weight was observed in the offspring at greater than or equal to 30 mg/kg/day (approximately 4-times the 25 mg maximum clinical dose).

Linagliptin

No adverse developmental outcome was observed when linagliptin was administered to pregnant Wistar Han rats and Himalayan rabbits during the period of organogenesis at doses up to 240 mg/kg/day and 150 mg/kg/day, respectively. These doses represent approximately 943-times (rats) and 1943-times (rabbits) the 5 mg maximum clinical dose, based on exposure. No adverse functional, behavioral, or reproductive outcome was observed in offspring following administration of linagliptin to Wistar Han rats from gestation day 6 to lactation day 21 at a dose 49-times the maximum recommended human dose, based on exposure.

Linagliptin crosses the placenta into the fetus following oral dosing in pregnant rats and rabbits.

Metformin HCl

Metformin hydrochloride did not cause adverse developmental effects when administered to pregnant Sprague Dawley rats and rabbits at up to 600 mg/kg/day during the period of organogenesis. This represents an exposure of approximately 2-and 6-times a clinical dose of 2000 mg, based on body surface area (mg/m²) for rats and rabbits, respectively.

Lactation

Risk Summary

There is limited information regarding the presence of TRIJARDY XR, or its components (empagliflozin, linagliptin, or metformin) in human milk, the effects on the breastfed infant, or the effects on milk production. Limited published studies report that metformin is present in human milk (see Data). Empagliflozin and linagliptin are present in rat milk (see Data). Since human kidney maturation occurs in utero and during the first 2 years of life when lactational exposure may occur, there may be risk to the developing human kidney.

Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in a breastfed infant, including the potential for empagliflozin to affect postnatal renal development, advise patients that use of TRIJARDY XR is not recommended while breastfeeding.

Data

Published clinical lactation studies report that metformin is present in human milk which resulted in infant doses approximately 0.11% to 1% of the maternal weight-adjusted dosage and a milk/plasma ratio ranging between 0.13 and 1. However, the studies were not designed to definitely establish the risk of use of metformin during lactation because of small sample size and limited adverse event data collected in infants.

Empagliflozin was present at a low level in rat fetal tissues after a single oral dose to the dams at gestation day 18. In rat milk, the mean milk to plasma ratio ranged from 0.634 -5, and was greater than one from 2 to 24 hours post-dose. The mean maximal milk to plasma ratio of 5 occurred at 8 hours post-dose, suggesting accumulation of empagliflozin in the milk. Juvenile rats directly exposed to empagliflozin showed a risk to the developing kidney (renal pelvic and tubular dilatations) during maturation.

Females And Males Of Reproductive Potential

Discuss the potential for unintended pregnancy with premenopausal women as therapy with metformin may result in ovulation in some anovulatory women.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness of TRIJARDY XR in pediatric patients under 18 years of age have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Assess renal function more frequently in TRIJARDY XR-treated geriatric patients because there is a greater risk of empagliflozin-associated intravascular volume contraction and symptomatic hypotension in geriatric patients (empagliflozin is a component of TRIJARDY XR) and there is a greater risk of metformin-associated lactic acidosis in geriatric patients (metformin is a component of TRIJARDY XR) [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

The recommended dosage of the empagliflozin and linagliptin components of TRIJARDY XR are the same in geriatric patients (patients 65 years of age and older) as in younger adult patients. The recommended dosage for the metformin component of TRIJARDY XR in geriatric patients should usually start at the lower end of the dosage range.

Of the 273 patients treated with the combination of empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride to improve glycemic control in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus, 58 were 65 years of age and older, while 8 were 75 years of age and older. Clinical studies of TRIJARDY XR did not include sufficient numbers of geriatric patients to determine whether they respond differently from younger adult patients.

Empagliflozin

In empagliflozin type 2 diabetes studies, 2721 empagliflozin-treated patients were 65 years of age and older (including 491 empagliflozin-treated patients 75 years of age and older). In these studies, volume depletion-related adverse reactions occurred in 2.1%, 2.3%, and 4.4% of patients 75 years of age and older in the placebo, empagliflozin 10 mg, and empagliflozin 25 mg once daily groups, respectively; and urinary tract infections occurred in 10.5%, 15.7%, and 15.1% of patients 75 years of age and older in the placebo, empagliflozin 10 mg, and empagliflozin 25 mg once daily groups, respectively [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Linagliptin

In the 15 linagliptin type 2 diabetes studies, 1085 linagliptin-treated patients were 65 years of age and older (including 131 linagliptin-treated patients 75 years of age and older). Of these 15 studies, 12 were double-blind placebo-controlled. In these 12 studies, 591 linagliptin-treated patients were 65 years of age and older (including 82 linagliptin-treated patients 75 years of age and older). In these linagliptin studies, no overall differences in safety or effectiveness of linagliptin were observed between geriatric patients and younger adult patients.

Metformin

Clinical studies of metformin did not include sufficient numbers of geriatric patients to determine whether they respond differently from younger adult patients.

Renal Impairment

TRIJARDY XR should not be initiated or continued in patients with an eGFR less than 45 mL/min/1.73 m² and is contraindicated in patients with severe renal impairment (eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m²), end-stage renal disease, or dialysis.

Empagliflozin

The glucose lowering benefit of empagliflozin 25 mg decreased in patients with worsening renal function. The risks of renal impairment [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], volume depletion adverse reactions and urinary tract infection-related adverse reactions increased with worsening renal function.

Metformin HCl

Metformin is substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of metformin accumulation and lactic acidosis increases with the degree of renal impairment [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hepatic Impairment

Use of metformin in patients with hepatic impairment has been associated with some cases of lactic acidosis. TRIJARDY XR is not recommended in patients with hepatic impairment [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Overdosage & Contraindications

OVERDOSE

In the event of an overdose with TRIJARDY XR, contact the Poison Control Center.

Overdose of metformin HCl has occurred, including ingestion of amounts greater than 50 grams. Lactic acidosis has been reported in approximately 32% of metformin overdose cases [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Metformin is dialyzable with a clearance of up to 170 mL/min under good hemodynamic conditions. Therefore, hemodialysis may be useful for removal of accumulated drug from patients in whom metformin overdosage is suspected.

Removal of empagliflozin by hemodialysis has not been studied, and removal of linagliptin by hemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis is unlikely.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

TRIJARDY XR is contraindicated in patients with:

  • Severe renal impairment (eGFR less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m²), end-stage renal disease, or dialysis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and Use In Specific Populations].
  • Acute or chronic metabolic acidosis, including diabetic ketoacidosis [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
  • Hypersensitivity to empagliflozin, linagliptin, metformin or any of the excipients in TRIJARDY XR, reactions such as anaphylaxis, angioedema, exfoliative skin conditions, urticaria, or bronchial hyperreactivity have occurred [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS and ADVERSE REACTIONS].
Clinical Pharmacology

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism Of Action

TRIJARDY XR

TRIJARDY XR contains: empagliflozin, a sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) inhibitor, linagliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitor, and metformin, a biguanide.

Empagliflozin

Sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT2) is the predominant transporter responsible for reabsorption of glucose from the glomerular filtrate back into the circulation. Empagliflozin is an inhibitor of SGLT2. By inhibiting SGLT2, empagliflozin reduces renal reabsorption of filtered glucose and lowers the renal threshold for glucose, and thereby increases urinary glucose excretion.

Linagliptin

Linagliptin is an inhibitor of DPP-4, an enzyme that degrades the incretin hormones glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) and glucose-dependent insulinotropic polypeptide (GIP). Thus, linagliptin increases the concentrations of active incretin hormones, stimulating the release of insulin in a glucose-dependent manner and decreasing the levels of glucagon in the circulation. Both incretin hormones are involved in the physiological regulation of glucose homeostasis. Incretin hormones are secreted at a low basal level throughout the day and levels rise immediately after meal intake. GLP-1 and GIP increase insulin biosynthesis and secretion from pancreatic beta cells in the presence of normal and elevated blood glucose levels. Furthermore, GLP-1 also reduces glucagon secretion from pancreatic alpha cells, resulting in a reduction in hepatic glucose output.

Metformin HCl

Metformin is an antihyperglycemic agent which improves glucose tolerance in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, lowering both basal and postprandial plasma glucose. Metformin decreases hepatic glucose production, decreases intestinal absorption of glucose, and improves insulin sensitivity by increasing peripheral glucose uptake and utilization. With metformin therapy, insulin secretion remains unchanged while fasting insulin levels and day-long plasma insulin response may decrease.

Pharmacodynamics

Empagliflozin

Urinary Glucose Excretion

In patients with type 2 diabetes, urinary glucose excretion increased immediately following a dose of empagliflozin and was maintained at the end of a 4-week treatment period averaging at approximately 64 grams per day with 10 mg empagliflozin and 78 grams per day with 25 mg empagliflozin once daily. Data from single oral doses of empagliflozin in healthy subjects indicate that, on average, the elevation in urinary glucose excretion approaches baseline by about 3 days for the 10 mg and 25 mg doses.

Urinary Volume

In a 5-day study, mean 24-hour urine volume increase from baseline was 341 mL on Day 1 and 135 mL on Day 5 of empagliflozin 25 mg once daily treatment.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

In a randomized, placebo-controlled, active-comparator, crossover study, 30 healthy subjects were administered a single oral dose of empagliflozin 25 mg, empagliflozin 200 mg (8 times the maximum recommended dose), moxifloxacin, and placebo. No increase in QTc was observed with either 25 mg or 200 mg empagliflozin.

Linagliptin

Linagliptin binds to DPP-4 in a reversible manner and increases the concentrations of incretin hormones. Linagliptin glucose-dependently increases insulin secretion and lowers glucagon secretion, thus resulting in a better regulation of the glucose homeostasis. Linagliptin binds selectively to DPP-4 and selectively inhibits DPP-4, but not DPP-8 or DPP-9 activity in vitro at concentrations approximating therapeutic exposures.

Cardiac Electrophysiology

In a randomized, placebo-controlled, active-comparator, 4-way crossover study, 36 healthy subjects were administered a single oral dose of linagliptin 5 mg, linagliptin 100 mg (20 times the recommended dose), moxifloxacin, and placebo. No increase in QTc was observed with either the recommended dose of 5 mg or the 100-mg dose. At the 100-mg dose, peak linagliptin plasma concentrations were approximately 38-fold higher than the peak concentrations following a 5-mg dose.

Pharmacokinetics

Administration of TRIJARDY XR with food resulted in no change in overall exposure of empagliflozin or linagliptin. For metformin extended-release, high-fat meals increased systemic exposure (as measured by area-under-the-curve [AUC]) by approximately 70% relative to fasting, while Cmax is not affected. Meals prolonged Tmax by approximately 3 hours.

Empagliflozin

Absorption

The pharmacokinetics of empagliflozin has been characterized in healthy volunteers and patients with type 2 diabetes and no clinically relevant differences were noted between the two populations. After oral administration, peak plasma concentrations of empagliflozin were reached at 1.5 hours post-dose. Thereafter, plasma concentrations declined in a biphasic manner with a rapid distribution phase and a relatively slow terminal phase. The steady-state mean plasma AUC and Cmax were 1870 nmol·h/L and 259 nmol/L, respectively, with 10 mg empagliflozin once daily treatment, and 4740 nmol·h/L and 687 nmol/L, respectively, with 25 mg empagliflozin once daily treatment. Systemic exposure of empagliflozin increased in a dose-proportional manner in the therapeutic dose range. The single-dose and steady-state pharmacokinetic parameters of empagliflozin were similar, suggesting linear pharmacokinetics with respect to time.

Distribution

The apparent steady-state volume of distribution was estimated to be 73.8 L based on a population pharmacokinetic analysis. Following administration of an oral [14C]-empagliflozin solution to healthy subjects, the red blood cell partitioning was approximately 36.8% and plasma protein binding was 86.2%.

Elimination

The apparent terminal elimination half-life of empagliflozin was estimated to be 12.4 h and apparent oral clearance was 10.6 L/h based on the population pharmacokinetic analysis. Following once-daily dosing, up to 22% accumulation, with respect to plasma AUC, was observed at steady-state, which was consistent with empagliflozin half-life.

Metabolism

No major metabolites of empagliflozin were detected in human plasma and the most abundant metabolites were three glucuronide conjugates (2-O-, 3-O-, and 6-O-glucuronide). Systemic exposure of each metabolite was less than 10% of total drug-related material. In vitro studies suggested that the primary route of metabolism of empagliflozin in humans is glucuronidation by the uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferases UGT2B7, UGT1A3, UGT1A8, and UGT1A9.

Excretion

Following administration of an oral [14C]-empagliflozin solution to healthy subjects, approximately 95.6% of the drug-related radioactivity was eliminated in feces (41.2%) or urine (54.4%). The majority of drug-related radioactivity recovered in feces was unchanged parent drug and approximately half of drug-related radioactivity excreted in urine was unchanged parent drug.

Linagliptin

Absorption

The absolute bioavailability of linagliptin is approximately 30%. A high-fat meal reduced Cmax by 15% and increased AUC by 4%; this effect is not clinically relevant. Linagliptin may be administered with or without food.

Distribution

The mean apparent volume of distribution at steady-state following a single intravenous dose of linagliptin 5 mg to healthy subjects is approximately 1110 L, indicating that linagliptin extensively distributes to the tissues. Plasma protein binding of linagliptin is concentration-dependent, decreasing from about 99% at 1 nmol/L to 75% to 89% at ≥30 nmol/L, reflecting saturation of binding to DPP-4 with increasing concentration of linagliptin. At high concentrations, where DPP-4 is fully saturated, 70% to 80% of linagliptin remains bound to plasma proteins and 20% to 30% is unbound in plasma. Plasma binding is not altered in patients with renal or hepatic impairment.

Elimination

Linagliptin has a terminal half-life of about 200 hours at steady-state, though the accumulation half-life is about 11 hours. Renal clearance at steady-state was approximately 70 mL/min.

Metabolism

Following oral administration, the majority (about 90%) of linagliptin is excreted unchanged, indicating that metabolism represents a minor elimination pathway. A small fraction of absorbed linagliptin is metabolized to a pharmacologically inactive metabolite, which shows a steady-state exposure of 13.3% relative to linagliptin.

Excretion

Following administration of an oral [14C]-linagliptin dose to healthy subjects, approximately 85% of the administered radioactivity was eliminated via the enterohepatic system (80%) or urine (5%) within 4 days of dosing.

Metformin HCl

Absorption

Following a single oral dose of 1000 mg (2 x 500 mg tablets) metformin HCl extended-release after a meal, the time to reach maximum plasma metformin concentration (Tmax) is achieved at approximately 7 to 8 hours. In both single-and multiple-dose studies in healthy subjects, once daily 1000 mg (2 x 500 mg tablets) dosing provides equivalent systemic exposure, as measured by AUC, and up to 35% higher Cmax of metformin relative to the immediate-release given as 500 mg twice daily.

Single oral doses of metformin HCl extended-release from 500 mg to 2500 mg resulted in less than proportional increase in both AUC and Cmax. Low-fat and high-fat meals increased the systemic exposure (as measured by AUC) from metformin extended-release tablets by about 38% and 73%, respectively, relative to fasting. Both meals prolonged metformin Tmax by approximately 3 hours but Cmax, was not affected.

Distribution

The apparent volume of distribution (V/F) of metformin following single oral doses of immediate-release metformin HCl tablets 850 mg averaged 654±358 L. Metformin is negligibly bound to plasma proteins. Metformin partitions into erythrocytes, most likely as a function of time.

Elimination

Metformin has a plasma elimination half-life of approximately 6.2 hours. In blood, the elimination half-life is approximately 17.6 hours, suggesting that the erythrocyte mass may be a compartment of distribution.

Metabolism

Intravenous single-dose studies in normal subjects demonstrate that metformin does not undergo hepatic metabolism (no metabolites have been identified in humans) nor biliary excretion.

Excretion

Following oral administration, approximately 90% of the absorbed drug is excreted via the renal route within the first 24 hours. Renal clearance is approximately 3.5 times greater than creatinine clearance, which indicates that tubular secretion is the major route of metformin elimination.

Specific Populations

Renal Impairment

TRIJARDY XR

Studies characterizing the pharmacokinetics of empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin after administration of TRIJARDY XR in renally impaired patients have not been performed.

Empagliflozin

In patients with mild (eGFR: 60 to less than 90 mL/min/1.73 m²), moderate (eGFR: 30 to less than 60 mL/min/1.73 m²), and severe (eGFR: less than 30 mL/min/1.73 m²) renal impairment and subjects with kidney failure/end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients, AUC of empagliflozin increased by approximately 18%, 20%, 66%, and 48%, respectively, compared to subjects with normal renal function. Peak plasma levels of empagliflozin were similar in subjects with moderate renal impairment and kidney failure/ESRD, compared to patients with normal renal function. Peak plasma levels of empagliflozin were roughly 20% higher in subjects with mild and severe renal impairment, as compared to subjects with normal renal function. Population pharmacokinetic analysis showed that the apparent oral clearance of empagliflozin decreased, with a decrease in eGFR leading to an increase in drug exposure. However, the fraction of empagliflozin that was excreted unchanged in urine, and urinary glucose excretion, declined with decrease in eGFR.

Linagliptin

An open-label pharmacokinetic study evaluated the pharmacokinetics of linagliptin 5 mg in male and female patients with varying degrees of chronic renal impairment. The study included 6 healthy subjects with normal renal function (creatinine clearance [CrCl] ≥80 mL/min), 6 patients with mild renal impairment (CrCl 50 to <80 mL/min), 6 patients with moderate renal impairment (CrCl 30 to <50 mL/min), 10 patients with type 2 diabetes and severe renal impairment (CrCl <30 mL/min), and 11 patients with type 2 diabetes and normal renal function. Creatinine clearance was measured by 24-hour urinary creatinine clearance measurements or estimated from serum creatinine based on the Cockcroft-Gault formula.

Under steady-state conditions, linagliptin exposure in patients with mild renal impairment was comparable to healthy subjects.

In patients with moderate renal impairment under steady-state conditions, mean exposure of linagliptin increased (AUCτ,ss by 71% and Cmax by 46%), compared with healthy subjects. This increase was not associated with a prolonged accumulation half-life, terminal half-life, or an increased accumulation factor. Renal excretion of linagliptin was below 5% of the administered dose and was not affected by decreased renal function. Patients with type 2 diabetes and severe renal impairment showed steady-state exposure approximately 40% higher than that of patients with type 2 diabetes and normal renal function (increase in AUCτ,ss by 42% and Cmax by 35%). For both type 2 diabetes groups, renal excretion was below 7% of the administered dose.

These findings were further supported by the results of population pharmacokinetic analyses.

Metformin HCl

In patients with decreased renal function, the plasma and blood half-life of metformin is prolonged and the renal clearance is decreased [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Hepatic Impairment

TRIJARDY XR

Studies characterizing the pharmacokinetics of empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin after administration of TRIJARDY XR in hepatically impaired patients have not been performed.

Empagliflozin

In subjects with mild, moderate, and severe hepatic impairment according to the Child-Pugh classification, AUC of empagliflozin increased by approximately 23%, 47%, and 75% and Cmax increased by approximately 4%, 23%, and 48%, respectively, compared to subjects with normal hepatic function.

Linagliptin

In patients with mild hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class A) steady-state exposure (AUCτ,ss) of linagliptin was approximately 25% lower and Cmax,ss was approximately 36% lower than in healthy subjects. In patients with moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class B), AUCss of linagliptin was about 14% lower and Cmax,ss was approximately 8% lower than in healthy subjects. Patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class C) had comparable exposure of linagliptin in terms of AUC0-24 and approximately 23% lower Cmax compared with healthy subjects. Reductions in the pharmacokinetic parameters seen in patients with hepatic impairment did not result in reductions in DPP-4 inhibition.

Metformin HCl

No pharmacokinetic studies of metformin have been conducted in patients with hepatic impairment.

Effects Of Age, Body Mass Index, Gender, And Race

Empagliflozin

Based on the population PK analysis, age, body mass index (BMI), gender and race (Asians versus primarily Whites) do not have a clinically meaningful effect on pharmacokinetics of empagliflozin [see Use In Specific Populations].

Linagliptin

Based on the population PK analysis, age, body mass index (BMI), gender and race do not have a clinically meaningful effect on pharmacokinetics of linagliptin [see Use In Specific Populations].

Metformin HCl

Metformin pharmacokinetic parameters did not differ significantly between normal subjects and patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus when analyzed according to gender. Similarly, in controlled clinical studies in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, the antihyperglycemic effect of metformin was comparable in males and females.

No studies of metformin pharmacokinetic parameters according to race have been performed. In controlled clinical studies of metformin HCl in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus, the antihyperglycemic effect was comparable in Caucasians (n=249), Blacks (n=51), and Hispanics (n=24).

Limited data from controlled pharmacokinetic studies of metformin HCl in healthy elderly subjects suggest that total plasma clearance of metformin is decreased, the half-life is prolonged, and Cmax is increased, compared with healthy young subjects. From these data, it appears that the change in metformin pharmacokinetics with aging is primarily accounted for by a change in renal function.

Pediatric

Studies characterizing the pharmacokinetics of empagliflozin, linagliptin, or metformin after administration of TRIJARDY XR in pediatric patients have not been performed.

Drug Interactions

Pharmacokinetic drug interaction studies with TRIJARDY XR have not been performed; however, such studies have been conducted with the individual components of TRIJARDY XR (empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin HCl).

Empagliflozin

In vitro Assessment Of Drug Interactions

In vitro data suggest that the primary route of metabolism of empagliflozin in humans is glucuronidation by the uridine 5'-diphospho-glucuronosyltransferases UGT2B7, UGT1A3, UGT1A8, and UGT1A9. Empagliflozin does not inhibit, inactivate, or induce CYP450 isoforms. Empagliflozin also does not inhibit UGT1A1. Therefore, no effect of empagliflozin is anticipated on concomitantly administered drugs that are substrates of the major CYP450 isoforms or UGT1A1. The effect of UGT induction (e.g., induction by rifampicin or any other UGT enzyme inducer) on empagliflozin exposure has not been evaluated.

Empagliflozin is a substrate for P-glycoprotein (P-gp) and breast cancer resistance protein (BCRP), but it does not inhibit these efflux transporters at therapeutic doses. Based on in vitro studies, empagliflozin is considered unlikely to cause interactions with drugs that are P-gp substrates. Empagliflozin is a substrate of the human uptake transporters OAT3, OATP1B1, and OATP1B3, but not OAT1 and OCT2. Empagliflozin does not inhibit any of these human uptake transporters at clinically relevant plasma concentrations and, therefore, no effect of empagliflozin is anticipated on concomitantly administered drugs that are substrates of these uptake transporters.

In vivo Assessment Of Drug Interactions

Empagliflozin pharmacokinetics were similar with and without coadministration of metformin, glimepiride, pioglitazone, sitagliptin, linagliptin, warfarin, verapamil, ramipril, and simvastatin in healthy volunteers and with or without coadministration of hydrochlorothiazide and torsemide in patients with type 2 diabetes (see Figure 1). In subjects with normal renal function, coadministration of empagliflozin with probenecid resulted in a 30% decrease in the fraction of empagliflozin excreted in urine without any effect on 24-hour urinary glucose excretion. The relevance of this observation to patients with renal impairment is unknown.

Figure 1 : Effect of Various Medications on the Pharmacokinetics of Empagliflozin as Displayed as 90% Confidence Interval of Geometric Mean AUC and Cmax Ratios [reference lines indicate 100% (80% -125%)]

Effect of Various Medications on the
Pharmacokinetics of Empagliflozin as Displayed as 90% Confidence Interval of Geometric Mean AUC and Cmax Ratios - Illustration

aempagliflozin, 50 mg, once daily;
bempagliflozin, 25 mg, single dose; cempagliflozin, 25 mg, once daily; dempagliflozin, 10 mg, single dose

Empagliflozin had no clinically relevant effect on the pharmacokinetics of metformin, glimepiride, pioglitazone, sitagliptin, linagliptin, warfarin, digoxin, ramipril, simvastatin, hydrochlorothiazide, torsemide, and oral contraceptives when coadministered in healthy volunteers (see Figure 2).

Figure 2 : Effect of Empagliflozin on the Pharmacokinetics of Various Medications as Displayed as 90% Confidence Interval of Geometric Mean AUC and Cmax Ratios [reference lines indicate 100% (80% -125%)]

Effect of Empagliflozin
on the Pharmacokinetics of Various Medications as Displayed as 90% Confidence
Interval of Geometric Mean AUC and Cmax Ratios Formula - Illustration

aempagliflozin, 50 mg, once daily;
bempagliflozin, 25 mg, once daily;
cempagliflozin, 25 mg, single dose;
dadministered as simvastatin;
eadministered as warfarin racemic mixture;
fadministered as Microgynon®;
gadministered as ramipril

Linagliptin

In vitro Assessment Of Drug Interactions

Linagliptin is a weak to moderate inhibitor of CYP isozyme CYP3A4 but does not inhibit other CYP isozymes and is not an inducer of CYP isozymes, including CYP1A2, 2A6, 2B6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, 2D6, 2E1, and 4A11.

Linagliptin is a P-glycoprotein (P-gp) substrate and inhibits P-gp mediated transport of digoxin at high concentrations. Based on these results, and in vivo drug interaction studies, linagliptin is considered unlikely to cause interactions with other P-gp substrates at therapeutic concentrations.

In vivo Assessment Of Drug Interactions

Strong inducers of CYP3A4 or P-gp (e.g., rifampin) decrease exposure to linagliptin to subtherapeutic and likely ineffective concentrations [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. In vivo studies indicated evidence of a low propensity for causing drug interactions with substrates of CYP3A4, CYP2C9, CYP2C8, P-gp and organic cationic transporter (OCT).

Table 3 : Effect of Coadministered Drugs on Systemic Exposure of Linagliptin

Coadministered DrugDosing of Coadministered DrugaDosing of LinagliptinaGeometric Mean Ratio (ratio with/without coadministered drug) No effect=1.0
AUCdCmax
Metformin850 mg TID10 mg QD1.201.03
Glyburide1.75 mgc5 mg QD1.021.01
Pioglitazone45 mg QD10 mg QD1.131.07
Ritonavir200 mg BID5 mgc2.012.96
Rifampinb600 mg QD5 mg QD0.600.56
aMultiple dose (steady-state) unless otherwise noted
bFor information regarding clinical recommendations [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
cSingle dose
dAUC = AUC(0 to 24 hours) for single dose treatments and AUC = AUC(TAU) for multiple-dose treatments
QD = once daily
BID = twice daily
TID = three times daily

Table 4 : Effect of Linagliptin on Systemic Exposure of Coadministered Drugs

Coadministered DrugDosing of Coadministered DrugaDosing of LinagliptinaGeometric Mean Ratio (ratio with/without coadministered drug) No effect=1.0
AUCcCmax
Metformin850 mg TID10 mg QDmetformin1.010.89
Glyburide1.75 mgb5 mg QDglyburide0.860.86
Pioglitazone45 mg QD10 mg QDpioglitazone0.940.86
metabolite M-III0.980.96
metabolite M-IV1.041.05
Digoxin0.25 mg QD5 mg QDdigoxin1.020.94
Simvastatin40 mg QD10 mg QDsimvastatin1.341.10
simvastatin acid1.331.21
Warfarin10 mgb5 mg QDR-warfarin0.991.00
S-warfarin1.031.01
INR0.93d1.04d
PT1.03d1.15d
Ethinylestradiol andethinylestradiol 0.03 mg and5 mg QDethinylestradiol1.011.08
levonorgestrellevonorgestrel 0.150 mg QDlevonorgestrel1.091.13
aMultiple dose (steady-state) unless otherwise noted
bSingle dose
cAUC = AUC(INF) for single dose treatments and AUC = AUC(TAU) for multiple-dose treatments
dAUC = AUC(0-168) and Cmax = Emax for pharmacodynamic end points
INR = International Normalized Ratio
PT = Prothrombin Time
QD = once daily
TID = three times daily

Metformin HCl

Table 5 : Effect of Coadministered Drug on Plasma Metformin Systemic Exposure

Coadministered DrugDosing of Coadministered Drug*Dose of Metformin HCl*Geometric Mean Ratio (ratio with/without coadministered drug) No effect=1.0
AUC†Cmax
Glyburide5 mg500 mg≠metformin0.98‡0.99‡
Furosemide40 mg850 mgmetformin1.09‡1.22‡
Nifedipine10 mg850 mgmetformin1.161.21
Propranolol40 mg850 mgmetformin0.900.94
Ibuprofen400 mg850 mgmetformin1.05‡1.07‡
Cationic drugs eliminated by renal tubular secretion may reduce metformin elimination [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Cimetidine400 mg850 mgmetformin1.401.61
Carbonic anhydrase inhibitors may cause metabolic acidosis [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Topiramate**100 mg500 mgmetformin1.251.17
*All metformin and coadministered drugs were given as single doses
†AUC = AUC(INF) ≠Metformin HCl extended-release tablets 500 mg
‡Ratio of arithmetic means
**At steady-state with topiramate 100 mg every 12 hours and metformin 500 mg every 12 hours; AUC = AUC(0-12 hours)

Table 6 : Effect of Metformin on Coadministered Drug Systemic Exposure

Coadministered DrugDosing of Coadministered Drug*Dose of Metformin HCl*Geometric Mean Ratio (ratio with/without metformin) No effect=1.0
AUC†Cmax
Glyburide5 mg500 mg§glyburide0.78‡0.63‡
Furosemide40 mg850 mgfurosemide0.87‡0.69‡
Nifedipine10 mg850 mgnifedipine1.10§1.08
Propranolol40 mg850 mgpropranolol1.01§0.94
Ibuprofen400 mg850 mgibuprofen0.97¶1.0¶
Cimetidine400 mg850 mgcimetidine0.95§1.01

Clinical Studies

Empagliflozin And Linagliptin Add-On Combination Therapy With Metformin For Glycemic Control

A total of 686 patients with type 2 diabetes participated in a double-blind, active-controlled study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of empagliflozin 10 mg or 25 mg in combination with linagliptin 5 mg, compared to the individual components.

Patients with type 2 diabetes inadequately controlled on at least 1500 mg of metformin per day entered a single-blind placebo run-in period for 2 weeks. At the end of the run-in period, patients who remained inadequately controlled and had an HbA1c between 7 and 10.5% were randomized 1:1:1:1:1 to one of 5 active-treatment arms of empagliflozin 10 mg or 25 mg, linagliptin 5 mg, or linagliptin 5 mg in combination with 10 mg or 25 mg empagliflozin as a fixed dose combination tablet.

At Week 24, empagliflozin 10 mg or 25 mg used in combination with linagliptin 5 mg provided statistically significant improvement in HbA1c (p-value <0.0001) and FPG (p-value <0.001) compared to the individual components in patients who had been inadequately controlled on metformin (see Table 7, Figure 3). Treatment with empagliflozin 10 mg or 25 mg used in combination with linagliptin 5 mg also resulted in a statistically significant reduction in body weight compared to linagliptin 5 mg (p-value <0.0001). There was no statistically significant difference compared to empagliflozin alone.

Table 7 : Glycemic Parameters at 24 Weeks in a Study Comparing Empagliflozin in Combination with Linagliptin to the Individual Components as Add-on Therapy in Patients Inadequately Controlled on Metformin

Empagliflozin 10 mg/ Linagliptin 5 mgEmpagliflozin 25 mg/ Linagliptin 5 mgEmpagliflozin 10 mgEmpagliflozin 25 mgLinagliptin 5 mg
HbA1c (%)
Number of patientsn=135n=133n=137n=139n=128
Baseline (mean)8.07.98.08.08.0
Change from baseline (adjusted mean)-1.1-1.2-0.7-0.6-0.7
Comparison vs empagliflozin 25 mg or 10 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)a-0.4 (-0.6, -0.2)d-0.6 (-0.7, -0.4)d------
Comparison vs linagliptin 5 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)a-0.4 (-0.6, -0.2)d-0.5 (-0.7, -0.3)d------
Patients [n (%)] achieving HbA1c <7%b74 (58)76 (62)35 (28)43 (33)43 (36)
FPG (mg/dL)
Number of patientsn=133n=131n=136n=137n=125
Baseline (mean)157155162160156
Change from baseline (adjusted mean)-33-36-21-21-13
Comparison vs empagliflozin 25 mg or 10 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)a-12 (-18, -5)d-15 (-22, -9)d------
Comparison vs linagliptin 5 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)a-20 (-27, -13)d-23 (-29, -16)d------
Body Weight
Number of patientsn=135n=1347 3 15n=140n=128
Baseline (mean) in kg8785868885
% change from baseline (adjusted mean)-3.1-3.4-3.0-3.5-0.7
Comparison vs empagliflozin 25 mg or 10 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)c0.0 (-0.9, 0.8)0.1 (-0.8, 0.9)------
Comparison vs linagliptin 5 mg (adjusted mean) (95% CI)c-2.4 (-3.3, -1.5)d-2.7 (-3.6, -1.8)d------
aFull analysis population (observed case) using MMRM. MMRM model included treatment, renal function, region, visit, visit by treatment interaction, and baseline HbA1c.
bPatients with HbA1c above 7% at baseline: empagliflozin 25 mg/linagliptin 5 mg, n=123; empagliflozin 10 mg/linagliptin 5 mg, n=128; empagliflozin 25 mg, n=132; empagliflozin 10 mg, n=125; linagliptin 5 mg, n=119. Non-completers were considered failures (NCF).
cFull analysis population using last observation carried forward. ANCOVA model included treatment, renal function, region, baseline weight, and baseline HbA1c.
dp<0.001 for FPG; p<0.0001 for HbA1c and body weight

Figure 3 : Adjusted Mean HbA1c Change at Each Time Point (Completers) and at Week 24 (mITT population)

Adjusted Mean
HbA1c Change at Each Time Point (Completers) and at Week 24 (mITT population) - Illustration

Empagliflozin Cardiovascular Outcome Study In Patients With Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus And Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease

Empagliflozin is indicated to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death in adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus and established cardiovascular disease. The effect of empagliflozin on cardiovascular risk in adult patients with type 2 diabetes and established, stable, atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is presented below.

The EMPA-REG OUTCOME study, a multicenter, multi-national, randomized, double-blind parallel group trial compared the risk of experiencing a major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) between empagliflozin and placebo when these were added to and used concomitantly with standard of care treatments for diabetes and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Coadministered antidiabetic medications were to be kept stable for the first 12 weeks of the trial. Thereafter, antidiabetic and atherosclerotic therapies could be adjusted, at the discretion of investigators, to ensure participants were treated according to the standard care for these diseases.

A total of 7020 patients were treated (empagliflozin 10 mg = 2345; empagliflozin 25 mg = 2342; placebo = 2333) and followed for a median of 3.1 years. Approximately 72% of the study population was Caucasian, 22% was Asian, and 5% was Black. The mean age was 63 years and approximately 72% were male.

All patients in the study had inadequately controlled type 2 diabetes mellitus at baseline (HbA1c greater than or equal to 7%). The mean HbA1c at baseline was 8.1% and 57% of participants had diabetes for more than 10 years. Approximately 31%, 22% and 20% reported a past history of neuropathy, retinopathy and nephropathy to investigators respectively and the mean eGFR was 74 mL/min/1.73 m². At baseline, patients were treated with one (~30%) or more (~70%) antidiabetic medications including metformin (74%), insulin (48%), sulfonylurea (43%) and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor (11%).

All patients had established atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease at baseline including one (82%) or more (18%) of the following: a documented history of coronary artery disease (76%), stroke (23%) or peripheral artery disease (21%). At baseline, the mean systolic blood pressure was 136 mmHg, the mean diastolic blood pressure was 76 mmHg, the mean LDL was 86 mg/dL, the mean HDL was 44 mg/dL, and the mean urinary albumin to creatinine ratio (UACR) was 175 mg/g. At baseline, approximately 81% of patients were treated with renin angiotensin system inhibitors, 65% with beta-blockers, 43% with diuretics, 77% with statins, and 86% with antiplatelet agents (mostly aspirin).

The primary endpoint in EMPA-REG OUTCOME was the time to first occurrence of a Major Adverse Cardiac Event (MACE). A major adverse cardiac event was defined as occurrence of either a cardiovascular death or a nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI) or a nonfatal stroke. The statistical analysis plan had pre-specified that the 10 and 25 mg doses would be combined. A Cox proportional hazards model was used to test for non-inferiority against the pre-specified risk margin of 1.3 for the hazard ratio of MACE and superiority on MACE if non-inferiority was demonstrated. Type-1 error was controlled across multiples tests using a hierarchical testing strategy.

Empagliflozin significantly reduced the risk of first occurrence of primary composite endpoint of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, or non-fatal stroke (HR: 0.86; 95% CI 0.74, 0.99). The treatment effect was due to a significant reduction in the risk of cardiovascular death in subjects randomized to empagliflozin (HR: 0.62; 95% CI 0.49, 0.77), with no change in the risk of non-fatal myocardial infarction or non-fatal stroke (see Table 8 and Figure 4 and 5). Results for the 10 mg and 25 mg empagliflozin doses were consistent with results for the combined dose groups.

Table 8 : Treatment Effect for the Primary Composite Endpoint, and its Componentsa

Placebo
N=2333
Empagliflozin
N=4687
Hazard ratio vs placebo (95% CI)
Composite of cardiovascular death, non-fatal myocardial infarction, non-fatal stroke (time to first occurrence)b282 (12.1%)490 (10.5%)0.86 (0.74, 0.99)
Non-fatal myocardial infarctionc121 (5.2%)213 (4.5%)0.87 (0.70, 1.09)
Non-fatal strokec60 (2.6%)150 (3.2%)1.24 (0.92, 1.67)
Cardiovascular deathc137 (5.9%)172 (3.7%)0.62 (0.49, 0.77)
aTreated set (patients who had received at least one dose of study drug)
bp-value for superiority (2-sided) 0.04
cTotal number of events

Figure 4 : Estimated Cumulative Incidence of First MACE

Estimated Cumulative Incidence of First
MACE - Illustration

Figure 5 : Estimated Cumulative Incidence of Cardiovascular Death

Estimated
Cumulative Incidence of Cardiovascular Death - Illustration

The efficacy of empagliflozin on cardiovascular death was generally consistent across major demographic and disease subgroups.

Vital status was obtained for 99.2% of subjects in the trial. A total of 463 deaths were recorded during the EMPA-REG OUTCOME trial. Most of these deaths were categorized as cardiovascular deaths. The non-cardiovascular deaths were only a small proportion of deaths, and were balanced between the treatment groups (2.1% in patients treated with empagliflozin, and 2.4% of patients treated with placebo).

Linagliptin Cardiovascular Safety Trial

The cardiovascular risk of linagliptin was evaluated in CARMELINA (NCT0189753), a multi-national, multi-center, placebo-controlled, double-blind, parallel group trial comparing linagliptin (N=3494) to placebo (N=3485) in adult patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and a history of established macrovascular and/or renal disease. The trial compared the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) between linagliptin and placebo when these were added to standard of care treatments for diabetes and other cardiovascular risk factors. The trial was event driven, the median duration of follow-up was 2.2 years and vital status was obtained for 99.7% of patients.

Patients were eligible to enter the trial if they were adults with type 2 diabetes, with HbA1c of 6.5% to 10%, and had either albuminuria and previous macrovascular disease (39% of enrolled population), or evidence of impaired renal function by eGFR and Urinary Albumin Creatinine Ratio (UACR) criteria (42% of enrolled population), or both (18% of enrolled population).

At baseline the mean age was 66 years and the population was 63% male, 80% Caucasian, 9% Asian, and 6% Black. Mean HbA1c was 8.0% and mean duration of type 2 diabetes mellitus was 15 years. The trial population included 17% patients ≥75 years of age and 62% patients with renal impairment defined as eGFR <60 mL/min/1.73 m². The mean eGFR was 55 mL/min/1.73 m² and 27% of patients had mild renal impairment (eGFR 60 to 90 mL/min/1.73 m²), 47% of patients had moderate renal impairment (eGFR 30 to <60 mL/min/1.73 m²) and 15% of patients had severe renal impairment (eGFR <30 mL/min/1.73 m²). Patients were taking at least one antidiabetic drug (97%), and the most common were insulin and analogues (57%), metformin (54%) and sulfonylurea (32%). Patients were also taking antihypertensives (96%), lipid lowering drugs (76%) with 72% on statin, and aspirin (62%).

The primary endpoint, MACE, was the time to first occurrence of one of three composite outcomes which included cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction or nonfatal stroke. The study was designed as a non-inferiority trial with a pre-specified risk margin of 1.3 for the hazard ratio of MACE. The incidence rate of MACE in both treatment arms: 56.3 MACE per 1000 patient-years on placebo vs. 57.7 MACE per 1000 patient-years on linagliptin. The estimated hazard ratio for MACE associated with linagliptin relative to placebo was 1.02 with a 95% confidence interval of (0.89, 1.17). The upper bound of this confidence interval, 1.17, excluded the risk margin of 1.3.

Medication Guide

PATIENT INFORMATION

TRIJARDY™ XR
(try-JAR-dee XR)
(empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride extended-release tablets)

What is the most important information I should know about TRIJARDY XR?

TRIJARDY XR can cause serious side effects, including:

1. Lactic Acidosis. Metformin hydrochloride, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR, can cause a rare but serious condition called lactic acidosis (a build-up of lactic acid in the blood) that can cause death. Lactic acidosis is a medical emergency and must be treated in a hospital. Stop taking TRIJARDY XR and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you get any of the following symptoms of lactic acidosis:

  • feel very weak and tired
  • have unusual sleepiness or sleep longer than usual
  • have unusual (not normal) muscle pain
  • feel cold, especially in your arms and legs
  • have trouble breathing
  • feel dizzy or lightheaded
  • have unexplained stomach or intestinal problems with nausea and vomiting, or diarrhea
  • have a slow or irregular heartbeat

You have a higher chance of getting lactic acidosis with TRIJARDY XR if you:

  • have moderate to severe kidney problems.
  • have liver problems.
  • drink a lot of alcohol (very often or short-term “binge” drinking).
  • get dehydrated (lose a large amount of body fluids). This can happen if you are sick with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea. Dehydration can also happen when you sweat a lot with activity or exercise and do not drink enough fluids.
  • have certain x-ray tests with injectable dyes or contrast agents.
  • have surgery or other procedure for which you need to restrict the amount of food and liquid you eat and drink.
  • have congestive heart failure.
  • have a heart attack, severe infection, or stroke.
  • are 65 years of age or older.

Tell your doctor if you have any of the problems in the list above. Tell your doctor that you are taking TRIJARDY XR before you have surgery or x-ray tests. Your doctor may need to stop your TRIJARDY XR for a while if you have surgery or certain x-ray tests. TRIJARDY XR can have other serious side effects. See “What are the possible side effects of TRIJARDY XR?”

2. Inflammation of the pancreas (pancreatitis) which may be severe and lead to death. Certain medical problems make you more likely to get pancreatitis.

Before you start taking TRIJARDY XR, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

  • inflammation of your pancreas (pancreatitis)
  • stones in your gallbladder (gallstones)
  • a history of alcoholism
  • high blood triglyceride levels

Stop taking TRIJARDY XR and call your doctor right away if you have pain in your stomach area (abdomen) that is severe and will not go away. The pain may be felt going from your abdomen to your back. The pain may happen with or without vomiting. These may be symptoms of pancreatitis.

3. Heart failure. Heart failure means your heart does not pump blood well enough.

Before you start taking TRIJARDY XR, tell your doctor if you have ever had heart failure or have problems with your kidneys. Contact your doctor right away if you have any of the following symptoms:

  • increasing shortness of breath or trouble breathing, especially when you lie down
  • swelling or fluid retention, especially in the feet, ankles or legs
  • an unusually fast increase in weight
  • unusual tiredness

These may be symptoms of heart failure.

What is TRIJARDY XR?

TRIJARDY XR is a prescription medicine that contains 3 diabetes medicines, empagliflozin (JARDIANCE), linagliptin (TRADJENTA), and metformin hydrochloride. TRIJARDY XR can be used:

    • along with diet and exercise to lower blood sugar in adults with type 2 diabetes,
    • in adults with type 2 diabetes who have known cardiovascular disease when empagliflozin (JARDIANCE), one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR, is needed to reduce the risk of cardiovascular death.
  • TRIJARDY XR is not for people with type 1 diabetes.
  • TRIJARDY XR is not for people with diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).
  • If you have had pancreatitis in the past, it is not known if you have a higher chance of getting pancreatitis while you take TRIJARDY XR.
  • It is not known if TRIJARDY XR is safe and effective in children under 18 years of age.

Who should not take TRIJARDY XR?

Do not take TRIJARDY XR if you:

  • have severe kidney problems, end stage renal disease, or are on dialysis.
  • have a condition called metabolic acidosis or diabetic ketoacidosis (increased ketones in the blood or urine).
  • are allergic to empagliflozin (JARDIANCE), linagliptin (TRADJENTA), metformin, or any of the ingredients in TRIJARDY XR. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in TRIJARDY XR. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction to TRIJARDY XR may include:
    • skin rash, itching, flaking or peeling
    • raised red patches on your skin (hives)
    • swelling of your face, lips, tongue and throat that may cause difficulty in breathing or swallowing
    • difficulty with swallowing or breathing

If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking TRIJARDY XR and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

What should I tell my doctor before taking TRIJARDY XR?

Before taking TRIJARDY XR, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have moderate to severe kidney problems.
  • have liver problems.
  • have heart problems, including congestive heart failure.
  • are 65 years of age or older.
  • have a history of infection of the vagina or penis.
  • have a history of urinary tract infection or problems with urination.
  • are going to have surgery. Your doctor may stop your TRIJARDY XR before you have surgery. Talk to your doctor if you are having surgery about when to stop taking TRIJARDY XR and when to start it again.
  • are eating less, or there is a change in your diet.
  • have or have had problems with your pancreas, including pancreatitis or surgery on your pancreas.
  • drink alcohol very often or drink a lot of alcohol in the short term (“binge” drinking).
  • are going to get an injection of dye or contrast agents for an x-ray procedure. TRIJARDY XR may need to be stopped for a short time. Talk to your doctor about when you should stop TRIJARDY XR and when you should start TRIJARDY XR again. See “What is the most important information I should know about TRIJARDY XR?”
  • have type 1 diabetes. TRIJARDY XR should not be used to treat people with type 1 diabetes.
  • have low levels of vitamin B12 in your blood.
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. TRIJARDY XR may harm your unborn baby. If you become pregnant while taking TRIJARDY XR, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Talk with your doctor about the best way to control your blood sugar while you are pregnant.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. TRIJARDY XR may pass into your breast milk and may harm your baby. Talk with your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you are taking TRIJARDY XR. Do not breastfeed while taking TRIJARDY XR.
  • are a woman who has not gone through menopause (premenopausal) who does not have periods regularly or at all. TRIJARDY XR can cause the release of an egg from an ovary in a woman (ovulation).This can increase your chance of getting pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant while taking TRIJARDY XR.

Tell your doctor about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.

TRIJARDY XR may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect how TRIJARDY XR works.

Especially tell your doctor if you take:

  • insulin or other medicines that can lower your blood sugar
  • diuretics (water pills)
  • rifampin (Rifadin, Rimactane, Rifater, Rifamate), an antibiotic that is used to treat tuberculosis Know the medicines you take.

Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I take TRIJARDY XR?

  • Take TRIJARDY XR exactly as your doctor tells you to take it.
  • Take TRIJARDY XR by mouth 1 time each day with a meal in the morning. Taking TRIJARDY XR with a meal may lower your chance of having an upset stomach.
  • Swallow TRIJARDY XR tablets whole. Do not break, cut, crush, dissolve, or chew TRIJARDY XR. If you cannot swallow TRIJARDY XR tablets whole, tell your doctor.
  • You may see something that looks like the TRIJARDY XR tablet in your stool (bowel movement). If you see tablets in your stool, talk to your doctor. Do not stop taking TRIJARDY XR without talking to your doctor.
  • Your doctor may change your dose if needed.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If you do not remember until it is time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your regular schedule. Do not take two doses of TRIJARDY XR at the same time.
  • Your doctor may tell you to take TRIJARDY XR along with other diabetes medicines. Low blood sugar can happen more often when TRIJARDY XR is taken with certain other diabetes medicines. See “What are the possible side effects of TRIJARDY XR?”
  • If you take too much TRIJARDY XR, call your doctor or local poison control center or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
  • Check your blood sugar as your doctor tells you to.
  • Your doctor will do blood tests to check how well your kidneys are working before and during your treatment with TRIJARDY XR.
  • When taking TRIJARDY XR, you may have sugar in your urine, which will show up on a urine test.
  • Your doctor may do certain blood tests before you start taking TRIJARDY XR and during treatment.

What should I avoid while taking TRIJARDY XR?

Avoid drinking alcohol very often or drinking a lot of alcohol in a short period of time (“binge” drinking). It can increase your chances of getting serious side effects.

What are the possible side effects of TRIJARDY XR?

TRIJARDY XR may cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about TRIJARDY XR?”
  • Dehydration. Dehydration may increase your risk of low blood pressure. TRIJARDY XR can cause some people to have dehydration (the loss of body water and salt). Dehydration may cause you to feel dizzy, faint, light-headed, or weak, especially when you stand up (orthostatic hypotension). You may be at higher risk of dehydration if you:
    • have low blood pressure
    • are on low sodium (salt) diet
    • have kidney problems
    • take medicines to lower your blood pressure, including diuretics (water pills)
    • are 65 years of age or older
    Talk to your doctor about what you can do to prevent dehydration including how much fluid you should drink on a daily basis.
  • Ketoacidosis (increased ketones in your blood or urine). Ketoacidosis has happened in people who have type 1 diabetes or type 2 diabetes, during treatment with empagliflozin, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR. Ketoacidosis has also happened in people with diabetes who were sick or who had surgery during treatment with TRIJARDY XR. Ketoacidosis is a serious condition, which needs to be treated in a hospital. Ketoacidosis may lead to death. Ketoacidosis can happen with TRIJARDY XR even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL. Stop taking TRIJARDY XR and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room if you get any of the following symptoms:
    • nausea
    • tiredness
    • vomiting
    • trouble breathing
    • stomach-area (abdominal) pain

If you get any of these symptoms during treatment with TRIJARDY XR, if possible, check for ketones in your urine, even if your blood sugar is less than 250 mg/dL.

  • Kidney problems. Sudden kidney injury has happened to people taking TRIJARDY XR. Talk to your doctor right away if you:
    • reduce the amount of food or liquid you drink for example, if you are sick or cannot eat or
    • start to lose liquids from your body for example, from vomiting, diarrhea or being in the sun too long
  • Serious urinary tract infections. Serious urinary tract infections that may lead to hospitalization have happened in people who are taking empagliflozin, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR. Tell your doctor if you have any signs or symptoms of a urinary tract infection such as a burning feeling when passing urine, a need to urinate often, the need to urinate right away, pain in the lower part of your stomach (pelvis), or blood in the urine. Sometimes people also may have a fever, back pain, nausea or vomiting.
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia). If you take TRIJARDY XR with another medicine that can cause low blood sugar, such as a sulfonylurea or insulin, your risk of getting low blood sugar is higher. The dose of your sulfonylurea medicine or insulin may need to be lowered while you take TRIJARDY XR. Signs and symptoms of low blood sugar may include:
    • headache
    • irritability
    • confusion
    • dizziness
    • drowsiness
    • hunger
    • shaking or feeling
    • sweating
    • weakness
    • fast heartbeat jittery
  • A rare but serious bacterial infection that causes damage to the tissue under the skin (necrotizing fasciitis) in the area between and around the anus and genitals (perineum). Necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum has happened in women and men who take empagliflozin, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR. Necrotizing fasciitis of the perineum may lead to hospitalization, may require multiple surgeries, and may lead to death. Seek medical attention immediately if you have a fever or you are feeling very weak, tired or uncomfortable (malaise), and you develop any of the following symptoms in the area between and around your anus and genitals:
    • pain or tenderness
    • swelling
    • redness of skin (erythema)
  • Vaginal yeast infection. Women who take TRIJARDY XR may get vaginal yeast infections. Symptoms of a vaginal yeast infection include vaginal odor, white or yellowish vaginal discharge (discharge may be lumpy or look like cottage cheese), or vaginal itching.
  • Yeast infection of the penis (balanitis). Men who take TRIJARDY XR may get a yeast infection of the skin around the penis. Certain men who are not circumcised may have swelling of the penis that makes it difficult to pull back the skin around the tip of the penis. Other symptoms of a yeast infection of the penis include redness, itching, or swelling of the penis, rash of the penis, foul smelling discharge from the penis, or pain in the skin around the penis.
    Talk to your doctor about what to do if you get symptoms of a yeast infection of the vagina or penis. Your doctor may suggest you use an over-the-counter antifungal medicine. Talk to your doctor right away if you use an over-the-counter antifungal medication and your symptoms do not go away.
  • Allergic (hypersensitivity) reactions. Serious allergic reactions have happened in people who are taking
  • TRIJARDY XR. Symptoms may include:
    • swelling of your face, lips, throat, and other areas on your skin
    • difficulty with swallowing or breathing
    • raised, red areas on your skin (hives)
    • skin rash, itching, flaking, or peeling

If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking TRIJARDY XR and call your doctor right away or go to the nearest hospital emergency room.

  • Low vitamin B12 (vitamin B12 deficiency). Using metformin for long periods of time may cause a decrease in the amount of vitamin B12 in your blood, especially if you have had low vitamin B12 blood levels before. Your doctor may do blood tests to check your vitamin B12 levels.
  • Joint pain. Some people who take medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR, may develop joint pain that can be severe. Call your doctor if you have severe joint pain.
  • Skin reaction. Some people who take medicines called DPP-4 inhibitors, one of the medicines in TRIJARDY XR, may develop a skin reaction called bullous pemphigoid that can require treatment in a hospital. Tell your doctor right away if you develop blisters or the breakdown of the outer layer of your skin (erosion). Your doctor may tell you to stop taking TRIJARDY XR.

The most common side effects of TRIJARDY XR include:

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the possible side effects of TRIJARDY XR. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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

How should I store TRIJARDY XR?

  • Store TRIJARDY XR at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep TRIJARDY XR tablets dry.

Keep TRIJARDY XR and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of TRIJARDY XR.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use TRIJARDY XR for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give TRIJARDY XR to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

You can ask your pharmacist or doctor for information about TRIJARDY XR that is written for health professionals.

What are the ingredients in TRIJARDY XR?

Active ingredients: empagliflozin, linagliptin, and metformin hydrochloride

Inactive ingredients: Tablet core contains: polyethylene oxide, hypromellose, and magnesium stearate. The Film Coatings and Printing Ink contain: hydroxypropyl cellulose, hypromellose, talc, titanium dioxide, arginine, polyethylene glycol, carnauba wax, purified water, shellac glaze, n-butyl alcohol, propylene glycol, ammonium hydroxide, isopropyl alcohol, ferrosoferric oxide and ferric oxide yellow (5 mg/2.5 mg/1000 mg and 25 mg/5 mg/1000 mg), ferric oxide yellow and ferric oxide red (10 mg/5 mg/1000 mg), and ferrosoferric oxide and ferric oxide red (12.5 mg/2.5 mg /1000 mg).

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

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