PERMANENT VISION LOSS
- VIGADRONE can cause permanent bilateral concentric visual field constriction, including tunnel vision that can result in disability. In some cases, VIGADRONE also can damage the central retina and may decrease visual acuity [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
- The onset of vision los s from VIGADRONE is unpredictable, and can occur within weeks of starting treatment or sooner, or at any time after starting treatment, even after months or years.
- Symptoms of vision loss from VIGADRONE are unlikely to be recognized by patients or caregivers before vision loss is severe. Vision loss of milder severity, while often unrecognized by the patient or caregiver, can still adversely affect function.
- The risk of vision loss increases with increasing dose and cumulative exposure, but there is no dose or exposure known to be free of risk of vision loss. Vision assessment is recommended at baseline (no later than 4 weeks after starting VIGADRONE), at least every 3 months during therapy, and about 3 to 6 months after the discontinuation of therapy.
- Once detected, vision loss due to VIGADRONE is not reversible. It is expected that, even with frequent monitoring, some patients will develop severe vision loss.
- Consider drug discontinuation, balancing benefit and risk, if vision los s is documented.
- Risk of new or worsening vision loss continues as long as VIGADRONE is used. It is possible that vision loss can worsen despite discontinuation of VIGADRONE.
- Because of the risk of vision loss, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn from patients with refractory complex partial seizures who fail to show substantial clinical benefit within 3 months of initiation and within 2 to 4 weeks of initiation for patients with infantile spasms, or sooner if treatment failure becomes obvious . Patient response to and continued need for VIGADRONE should be periodically reassessed.
- VIGADRONE should not be used in patients with, or at high risk of, other types of irreversible vision loss unless the benefits of treatment clearly outweigh the risks. VIGADRONE should not be used with other drugs associated with serious adverse ophthalmic effects such as retinopathy or glaucoma unless the benefits clearly outweigh the risks.
- Use the lowest dosage and shortest exposure to VIGADRONE cons is tent with clinical objectives [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
- Because of the risk of permanent vision loss, VIGADRONE is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the Vigabatrin REMS Program [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Further information is available at www.vigabatrinREMS.com or call 1-866-244-8175.
VIGADRONE (vigabatrin, USP) is an oral antiepileptic drug and is available as a white to off-white granular powder for oral solution in packets of 500 mg.
The chemical name of vigabatrin, a racemate consisting of two enantiomers, is (±) 4-amino-5-hexenoic acid. The molecular formula is C6H11NO2 and the molecular weight is 129.16. It has the following structural formula:
Vigabatrin, USP is a white to off-white powder which is freely soluble in water, slightly soluble in methyl alcohol, very slightly soluble in ethyl alcohol and chloroform, and insoluble in toluene and hexane. The pH of a 1% aqueous solution is about 6.9. The n-octanol/water partition coefficient of vigabatrin is about 0.011 (log P=-1.96) at physiologic pH. Vigabatrin melts with decomposition in a 3- degree range within the temperature interval of 171°C to 176°C. The dissociation constants (pKa) of vigabatrin are 4 and 9.7 at room temperature (25°C).
VIGADRONE for oral solution is available as white to off-white granular powder for oral administration. Each packet contains 500 mg of vigabatrin.
Refractory Complex Partial Seizures (CPS)
VIGADRONE is indicated as adjunctive therapy for adults and pediatric patients 2 years of age and older with refractory complex partial seizures who have inadequately responded to several alternative treatments and for whom the potential benefits outweigh the risk of vision loss [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. VIGADRONE is not indicated as a first line agent for complex partial seizures.
Infantile Spasms (IS)
VIGADRONE is indicated as monotherapy for pediatric patients with infantile spasms 1 month to 2 years of age for whom the potential benefits outweigh the potential risk of vision loss [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION
Important Dosing And Administration Instructions
Use the lowest dosage and shortest exposure to VIGADRONE consistent with clinical objectives [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
The VIGADRONE dosing regimen depends on the indication, age group, weight, and dosage form (tablets or powder for oral solution) [see Refractory Complex Partial Seizures, Infantile Spasms]. Patients with impaired renal function require dose adjustment [see Patients With Renal Impairment].
Monitoring of VIGADRONE plasma concentrations to optimize therapy is not helpful.
VIGADRONE is given orally with or without food.
VIGADRONE powder for oral solution should be mixed with water prior to administration [see Preparation And Administration Instructions For VIGADRONE Powder For Oral Solution]. A calibrated measuring device is recommended to measure and deliver the prescribed dose accurately. A household teaspoon or tablespoon is not an adequate measuring device.
If a decision is made to discontinue VIGADRONE, the dose should be gradually reduced [see Refractory Complex Partial Seizures, Infantile Spasms and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Refractory Complex Partial Seizures
Adults (Patients 17 Years Of Age And Older)
Treatment should be initiated at 1000 mg/day (500 mg twice daily). Total daily dose may be increased in 500 mg increments at weekly intervals, depending on response. The recommended dose of VIGADRONE in adults is 3000 mg/day (1500 mg twice daily). A 6000 mg/day dose has not been shown to confer additional benefit compared to the 3000 mg/day dose and is associated with an increased incidence of adverse events.
In controlled clinical studies in adults with complex partial seizures, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose 1000 mg/day on a weekly basis until discontinued [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Pediatric (Patients 2 To 16 Years Of Age)
The recommended dosage is based on body weight and administered as two divided doses, as shown in Table 1. The dosage may be increased in weekly intervals to the total daily maintenance dosage, depending on response.
Pediatric patients weighing more than 60 kg should be dosed according to adult recommendations.
Table 1. CPS Dosing Recommendations for Pediatric Patients Weighing 10 kg up to 60 kg††
|Total Daily *|
|10 kg to 15 kg||350 mg||1,050 mg|
|Greater than 15 kg to 20 kg||450 mg||1,300 mg|
|Greater than 20 kg to 25 kg||500 mg||1,500 mg|
|Greater than 25 kg to 60 kg||500 mg||2,000 mg|
|* Administered in two divided doses.|
† Maintenance dose is based on 3000 mg/day adult-equivalent dose
†† Patients weighing more than 60 kg should be dosed according to adult recommendations
In patients with refractory complex partial seizures, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn if a substantial clinical benefit is not observed within 3 months of initiating treatment. If, in the clinical judgment of the prescriber, evidence of treatment failure becomes obvious earlier than 3 months, treatment should be discontinued at that time [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
In a controlled study in pediatric patients with complex partial seizures, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose by one third every week for three weeks [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
The initial daily dosing is 50 mg/kg/day given in two divided doses (25 mg/kg twice daily); subsequent dosing can be titrated by 25 mg/kg/day to 50 mg/kg/day increments every 3 days, up to a maximum of 150 mg/kg/day given in 2 divided doses (75 mg/kg twice daily) [see Use In Specific Populations].
Table 2 provides the volume of the 50 mg/mL dosing solution that should be administered as individual doses in infants of various weights.
Table 2. Infant Dosing Table
|3||1.5 mL twice daily||4.5 mL twice daily|
|4||2 mL twice daily||6 mL twice daily|
|5||2.5 mL twice daily||7.5 mL twice daily|
|6||3 mL twice daily||9 mL twice daily|
|7||3.5 mL twice daily||10.5 mL twice daily|
|8||4 mL twice daily||12 mL twice daily|
|9||4.5 mL twice daily||13.5 mL twice daily|
|10||5 mL twice daily||15 mL twice daily|
|11||5.5 mL twice daily||16.5 mL twice daily|
|12||6 mL twice daily||18 mL twice daily|
|13||6.5 mL twice daily||19.5 mL twice daily|
|14||7 mL twice daily||21 mL twice daily|
|15||7.5 mL twice daily||22.5 mL twice daily|
|16||8 mL twice daily||24 mL twice daily|
In patients with infantile spasms, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn if a substantial clinical benefit is not observed within 2 to 4 weeks. If, in the clinical judgment of the prescriber, evidence of treatment failure becomes obvious earlier than 2 to 4 weeks, treatment should be discontinued at that time [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
In a controlled clinical study in patients with infantile spasms, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose at a rate of 25 mg/kg to 50 mg/kg every 3 to 4 days [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Patients With Renal Impairment
VIGADRONE is primarily eliminated through the kidney.
Information about how to adjust the dose in infants with renal impairment is unavailable.
Adult And Pediatric Patients 2 Years And Older
- Mild renal impairment (CLcr >50 to 80 mL/min): dose should be decreased by 25%
- Moderate renal impairment (CLcr >30 to 50 mL/min): dose should be decreased by 50%
- Severe renal impairment (CLcr >10 to 30 mL/min): dose should be decreased by 75%
CLcr in mL/min may be estimated from serum creatinine (mg/dL) using the following formulas:
- Patients 2 to <12 years old: CLcr (mL/min/1.73 m2) = (K × Ht) / Scr height (Ht) in cm; serum creatinine (Scr) in mg/dL K (proportionality constant): Female Child (<12 years): K=0.55; Male Child (<12 years): K=0.70
- Adult and pediatric patients 12 years or older: CLcr (mL/min) = [140–age (years)] × weight (kg) / [72 × serum creatinine (mg/dL)] (×0.85 for female patients)
The effect of dialysis on VIGADRONE clearance has not been adequately studied [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and Use In Specific Populations].
Preparation And Administration Instructions For VIGADRONE Powder For Oral Solution
If using VIGADRONE powder for oral solution, physicians should review and discuss the Medication Guide and instructions for mixing and giving VIGADRONE with the patient or caregiver(s). Physicians should confirm that patients or caregiver(s) understand how to mix VIGADRONE powder with water and administer the correct daily dose.
Empty the entire contents of each 500 mg packet into a clean cup, and dissolve in 10 mL of cold or room temperature water per packet. Administer the resulting solution using the 3 mL or 10 mL oral syringe provided by the pharmacy [see HOW SUPPLIED]. The concentration of the final solution is 50 mg/mL.
Table 3 below describes how many packets and how many milliliters (mL) of water will be needed to prepare each individual dose. The concentration after reconstitution is 50 mg/mL.
Table 3. Number of VIGADRONE Packets and mL of Water Needed for Each Individual Dose
|Individual Dose [mg]|
[Given Twice Daily]
|Total Number of VIGADRONE Packets||Total mL of Water Required for Dissolving|
|0 to 500||1 Packet||10 mL|
|501 to 1,000||2 Packets||20 mL|
|1,001 to 1,500||3 Packets||30 mL|
Discard the resulting solution if it is not clear (or free of particles) and colorless. Each individual dose should be prepared and used immediately. Discard any unused portion of the solution after administering the correct dose.
Dosage Forms And Strengths
500 mg packets of a white to off-white granular powder.
VIGADRONE® powder for oral solution, 500 mg packets contain a white to off-white granular powder. They are supplied in cartons of 50 packets (NDC 0245-0556-50).
The oral syringes are provided separately by the pharmacy.
Storage And Handling
Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F). [See USP Controlled Room Temperature].
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The following serious and otherwise important adverse reactions are described elsewhere in labeling:
- Permanent Vision Loss [see BOXED WARNING and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Abnormalities in Infants [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Neurotoxicity [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Suicidal Behavior and Ideation [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Withdrawal of Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs) [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Anemia [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Somnolence and Fatigue [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Peripheral Neuropathy [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Weight Gain [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
- Edema [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]
Clinical Trial 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.
In U.S. and primary non-U.S. clinical studies of 4,079 vigabatrin-treated patients, the most common (≥5%) adverse reactions associated with the use of vigabatrin in combination with other AEDs were headache, somnolence, fatigue, dizziness, convulsion, nasopharyngitis, weight gain, upper respiratory tract infection, visual field defect, depression, tremor, nystagmus, nausea, diarrhea, memory impairment, insomnia, irritability, abnormal coordination, blurred vision, diplopia, vomiting, influenza, pyrexia, and rash.
The adverse reactions most commonly associated with vigabatrin treatment discontinuation in ≥1% of patients were convulsion and depression.
In patients with infantile spasms, the adverse reactions most commonly associated with vigabatrin treatment discontinuation in ≥1% of patients were infections, status epilepticus, developmental coordination disorder, dystonia, hypotonia, hypertonia, weight gain, and insomnia.
Refractory Complex Partial Seizures
Table 5 lists the adverse reactions that occurred in ≥2% and more than one patient per vigabatrin-treated group and that occurred more frequently than in placebo patients from 2 U.S. adjunctive clinical studies of refractory CPS in adults.
Table 5. Adverse Reactions in Pooled, Adjunctive Trials in Adults with Refractory Complex Partial Seizures
|Upper abdominal pain||5||5||1|
|Upper respiratory tract infection||7||9||6|
|Urinary tract infection||4||5||0|
|Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders|
|Pain in extremity||6||2||4|
|Nervous System Disorders|
|Disturbance in attention||9||0||1|
|Expressive language disorder||1||7||1|
|Respiratory and Thoracic Disorders|
|Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders|
Pediatrics 3 to 16 years of age
Table 6 lists adverse reactions from controlled clinical studies of pediatric patients receiving vigabatrin or placebo as adjunctive therapy for refractory complex partial seizures. Adverse reactions that are listed occurred in at least 2% of vigabatrin-treated patients and more frequently than placebo. The median vigabatrin dose was 49.4 mg/kg (range of 8.0 to 105.9 mg/kg).
Table 6. Adverse Reactions in Pooled, Adjunctive Trials in Pediatric Patients 3 to 16 Years of Age with Refractory Complex Partial Seizures
|Upper abdominal pain||4||3|
|Infections and Infestations|
|Upper respiratory tract infection||15||11|
|Nervous System Disorders|
Safety of VIGADRONE for the treatment of refractory CPS in patients 2 years of age is expected to be similar to pediatric patients 3 to 16 years of age.
In a randomized, placebo-controlled IS study with a 5 day double-blind treatment phase (n=40), the adverse reactions that occurred in >5% of patients receiving vigabatrin and that occurred more frequently than in placebo patients were somnolence (vigabatrin 45%, placebo 30%), bronchitis (vigabatrin 30%, placebo 15%), ear infection (vigabatrin 10%, placebo 5%), and acute otitis media (vigabatrin 10%, placebo 0%).
In a dose response study of low-dose (18 to 36 mg/kg/day) versus high-dose (100 to 148 mg/kg/day) vigabatrin, no clear correlation between dose and incidence of adverse reactions was observed. The adverse reactions (≥5% in either dose group) are summarized in Table 7.
Table 7. Adverse Reactions in a Placebo-Controlled Trial in Patients with Infantile Spasms
|Eye Disorders (other than field or acuity changes)|
|Upper respiratory tract infection||51||46|
|Urinary tract infection||5||6|
|Metabolism and Nutrition Disorders|
|Nervous System Disorders|
|Skin and Subcutaneous Tissue Disorders|
The following adverse reactions have been identified during post-approval use of vigabatrin. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure. Adverse reactions are categorized by system organ class.
Birth Defects: Congenital cardiac defects, congenital external ear anomaly, congenital hemangioma, congenital hydronephrosis, congenital male genital malformation, congenital oral malformation, congenital vesicoureteric reflux, dentofacial anomaly, dysmorphism, fetal anticonvulsant syndrome, hamartomas, hip dysplasia, limb malformation, limb reduction defect, low set ears, renal aplasia, retinitis pigmentosa, supernumerary nipple, talipes
Ear Disorders: Deafness
Endocrine Disorders: Delayed puberty
Hepatobiliary Disorders: Cholestasis
Although phenytoin dose adjustments are not routinely required, dose adjustment of phenytoin should be considered if clinically indicated, since VIGADRONE may cause a moderate reduction in total phenytoin plasma levels [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
VIGADRONE may moderately increase the Cmax of clonazepam resulting in an increase of clonazepam-associated adverse reactions [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
There are no clinically significant pharmacokinetic interactions between vigabatrin and either phenobarbital or sodium valproate. Based on population pharmacokinetics, carbamazepine, clorazepate, primidone, and sodium valproate appear to have no effect on plasma concentrations of vigabatrin [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
VIGADRONE is unlikely to affect the efficacy of steroid oral contraceptives [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Drug-Laboratory Test Interactions
VIGADRONE decreases alanine transaminase (ALT) and aspartate transaminase (AST) plasma activity in up to 90% of patients. In some patients, these enzymes become undetectable. The suppression of ALT and AST activity by VIGADRONE may preclude the use of these markers, especially ALT, to detect early hepatic injury.
VIGADRONE may increase the amount of amino acids in the urine, possibly leading to a false positive test for certain rare genetic metabolic diseases (e.g., alpha aminoadipic aciduria).
Drug Abuse And Dependence
Vigabatrin is not a controlled substance.
Vigabatrin did not produce adverse events or overt behaviors associated with abuse when administered to humans or animals. It is not possible to predict the extent to which a CNS active drug will be misused, diverted, and/or abused once marketed. Consequently, physicians should carefully evaluate patients for history of drug abuse and follow such patients closely, observing them for signs of misuse or abuse of vigabatrin (e.g., incrementation of dose, drug-seeking behavior).
Following chronic administration of vigabatrin to animals, there were no apparent withdrawal signs upon drug discontinuation. However, as with all AEDs, vigabatrin should be withdrawn gradually to minimize increased seizure frequency [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Included as part of the "PRECAUTIONS" Section
Permanent Vision Loss
VIGADRONE can cause permanent vision loss. Because of this risk and because, when it is effective, VIGADRONE provides an observable symptomatic benefit; patient response and continued need for treatment should be periodically assessed.
Based upon adult studies, 30 percent or more of patients can be affected with bilateral concentric visual field constriction ranging in severity from mild to severe. Severe cases may be characterized by tunnel vision to within 10 degrees of visual fixation, which can result in disability. In some cases, VIGADRONE also can damage the central retina and may decrease visual acuity. Symptoms of vision loss from VIGADRONE are unlikely to be recognized by patients or caregivers before vision loss is severe. Vision loss of milder severity, while often unrecognized by the patient or caregiver, can still adversely affect function.
Because assessing vision may be difficult in infants and children, the frequency and extent of vision loss is poorly characterized in these patients. For this reason, the understanding of the risk is primarily based on the adult experience. The possibility that vision loss from VIGADRONE may be more common, more severe, or have more severe functional consequences in infants and children than in adults cannot be excluded.
The onset of vision loss from VIGADRONE is unpredictable and can occur within weeks of starting treatment or sooner, or at any time after starting treatment, even after months or years.
The risk of vision loss increases with increasing dose and cumulative exposure, but there is no dose or exposure known to be free of risk of vision loss.
In patients with refractory complex partial seizures, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn if a substantial clinical benefit is not observed within 3 months of initiating treatment. If, in the clinical judgment of the prescriber, evidence of treatment failure becomes obvious earlier than 3 months, treatment should be discontinued at that time [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Withdrawal Of Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)].
In patients with infantile spasms, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn if a substantial clinical benefit is not observed within 2 to 4 weeks. If, in the clinical judgment of the prescriber, evidence of treatment failure becomes obvious earlier than 2 to 4 weeks, treatment should be discontinued at that time [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Withdrawal Of Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)].
VIGADRONE should not be used in patients with, or at high risk of, other types of irreversible vision loss unless the benefits of treatment clearly outweigh the risks. The interaction of other types of irreversible vision damage with vision damage from VIGADRONE has not been well-characterized, but is likely adverse.
Monitoring Of Vision
Monitoring of vision by an ophthalmic professional with expertise in visual field interpretation and the ability to perform dilated indirect ophthalmoscopy of the retina is recommended [see Vigabatrin REMS Program]. Because vision testing in infants is difficult, vision loss may not be detected until it is severe. For patients receiving VIGADRONE, vision assessment is recommended at baseline (no later than 4 weeks after starting VIGADRONE), at least every 3 months while on therapy, and about 3 to 6 months after the discontinuation of therapy. The diagnostic approach should be individualized for the patient and clinical situation.
In adults and cooperative pediatric patients, perimetry is recommended, preferably by automated threshold visual field testing. Additional testing may also include electrophysiology (e.g., electroretinography [ERG]), retinal imaging (e.g., optical coherence tomography [OCT]), and/or other methods appropriate for the patient. In patients who cannot be tested, treatment may continue according to clinical judgment, with appropriate patient counseling. Because of variability, results from ophthalmic monitoring must be interpreted with caution, and repeat assessment is recommended if results are abnormal or uninterpretable. Repeat assessment in the first few weeks of treatment is recommended to establish if, and to what degree, reproducible results can be obtained, and to guide selection of appropriate ongoing monitoring for the patient.
The onset and progression of vision loss from VIGADRONE is unpredictable, and it may occur or worsen precipitously between assessments. Once detected, vision loss due to VIGADRONE is not reversible. It is expected that even with frequent monitoring, some VIGADRONE patients will develop severe vision loss. Consider drug discontinuation, balancing benefit and risk, if vision loss is documented. It is possible that vision loss can worsen despite discontinuation of VIGADRONE.
Vigabatrin REMS Program
VIGADRONE is available only through a restricted distribution program called the Vigabatrin REMS Program, because of the risk of permanent vision loss.
Notable requirements of the Vigabatrin REMS Program include the following:
- Prescribers must be certified by enrolling in the program, agreeing to counsel patients on the risk of vision loss and the need for periodic monitoring of vision, and reporting any event suggestive of vision loss to www.vigabatrinREMS.com
- Patients must enroll in the program.
- Pharmacies must be certified and must only dispense to patients authorized to receive VIGADRONE.
Further information is available at www.vigabatrinREMS.com or call 1-866-244-8175.
Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Abnormalities In Infants
Abnormal MRI signal changes characterized by increased T2 signal and restricted diffusion in a symmetric pattern involving the thalamus, basal ganglia, brain stem, and cerebellum have been observed in some infants treated with vigabatrin.
In a retrospective epidemiologic study in infants with infantile spasms (N=205), the prevalence of MRI changes was 22% in vigabatrin-treated patients versus 4% in patients treated with other therapies. In this study, in post-marketing experience, and in published literature reports, these changes generally resolved with discontinuation of treatment. In a few patients, the lesion resolved despite continued use. It has been reported that some infants exhibited coincident motor abnormalities, but no causal relationship has been established and the potential for long-term clinical sequelae has not been adequately studied.
Neurotoxicity (brain histopathology and neurobehavioral abnormalities) was observed in rats exposed to vigabatrin during late gestation and the neonatal and juvenile periods of development, and brain histopathological changes were observed in dogs exposed to vigabatrin during the juvenile period of development. The relationship between these findings and the abnormal MRI findings in infants treated with vigabatrin for infantile spasms is unknown [see Neurotoxicity and Use In Specific Populations].
The specific pattern of signal changes observed in patients 6 years and younger was not observed in older pediatric and adult patients treated with vigabatrin. In a blinded review of MRI images obtained in prospective clinical trials in patients with refractory complex partial seizures (CPS) 3 years and older (N=656), no difference was observed in anatomic distribution or prevalence of MRI signal changes between vigabatrin treated and placebo treated patients. In the post-marketing setting, MRI changes have also been reported in patients 6 years of age and younger being treated for refractory CPS.
For adults treated with VIGADRONE, routine MRI surveillance is unnecessary as there is no evidence that vigabatrin causes MRI changes in this population.
Intramyelinic Edema (IME) has been reported in postmortem examination of infants being treated for infantile spasms with vigabatrin.
Abnormal MRI signal changes characterized by increased T2 signal and restricted diffusion in a symmetric pattern involving the thalamus, basal ganglia, brain stem, and cerebellum have also been observed in some infants treated for IS with vigabatrin. Studies of the effects of vigabatrin on MRI and evoked potentials (EP) in adult epilepsy patients have demonstrated no clear-cut abnormalities [see Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Abnormalities In Infants].
Vacuolation, characterized by fluid accumulation and separation of the outer layers of myelin, has been observed in brain white matter tracts in adult and juvenile rats and adult mice, dogs, and possibly monkeys following administration of vigabatrin. This lesion, referred to as intramyelinic edema (IME), was seen in animals at doses within the human therapeutic range. A no-effect dose was not established in rodents or dogs. In the rat and dog, vacuolation was reversible following discontinuation of vigabatrin treatment, but, in the rat, pathologic changes consisting of swollen or degenerating axons, mineralization, and gliosis were seen in brain areas in which vacuolation had been previously observed. Vacuolation in adult animals was correlated with alterations in MRI and changes in visual and somatosensory EP.
Administration of vigabatrin to rats during the neonatal and juvenile periods of development produced vacuolar changes in the brain gray matter (including the thalamus, midbrain, deep cerebellar nuclei, substantia nigra, hippocampus, and forebrain) which are considered distinct from the IME observed in vigabatrin-treated adult animals. Decreased myelination and evidence of oligodendrocyte injury were additional findings in the brains of vigabatrin-treated rats. An increase in apoptosis was seen in some brain regions following vigabatrin exposure during the early postnatal period. Long-term neurobehavioral abnormalities (convulsions, neuromotor impairment, learning deficits) were also observed following vigabatrin treatment of young rats. Administration of vigabatrin to juvenile dogs produced vacuolar changes in the brain gray matter (including the septal nuclei, hippocampus, hypothalamus, thalamus, cerebellum, and globus pallidus). Neurobehavioral effects of vigabatrin were not assessed in the juvenile dog. These effects in young animals occurred at doses lower than those producing neurotoxicity in adult animals and were associated with plasma vigabatrin levels substantially lower than those achieved clinically in infants and children [see Use In Specific Populations].
In a published study, vigabatrin (200, 400 mg/kg/day) induced apoptotic neurodegeneration in the brain of young rats when administered by intraperitoneal injection on postnatal days 5 to 7.
Administration of vigabatrin to female rats during pregnancy and lactation at doses below those used clinically resulted in hippocampal vacuolation and convulsions in the mature offspring.
Suicidal Behavior And Ideation
Antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), including VIGADRONE, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior in patients taking these drugs for any indication. Patients treated with any AED for any indication should be monitored for the emergence or worsening of depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior, and/or any unusual changes in mood or behavior.
Pooled analyses of 199 placebo-controlled clinical trials (mono- and adjunctive therapy) of 11 different AEDs showed that patients randomized to one of the AEDs had approximately twice the risk (adjusted Relative Risk 1.8, 95% CI: 1.2, 2.7) of suicidal thinking or behavior compared to patients randomized to placebo. In these trials, which had a median treatment duration of 12 weeks, the estimated incidence rate of suicidal behavior or ideation among 27,863 AED treated patients was 0.43%, compared to 0.24% among 16,029 placebo-treated patients, representing an increase of approximately one case of suicidal thinking or behavior for every 530 patients treated. There were four suicides in drug treated patients in the trials and none in placebo-treated patients, but the number is too small to allow any conclusion about drug effect on suicide.
The increased risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with AEDs was observed as early as one week after starting drug treatment with AEDs and persisted for the duration of treatment assessed. Because most trials included in the analysis did not extend beyond 24 weeks, the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior beyond 24 weeks could not be assessed.
The risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior was generally consistent among drugs in the data analyzed. The finding of increased risk with AEDs of varying mechanisms of action and across a range of indications suggests that the risk applies to all AEDs used for any indication. The risk did not vary substantially by age (5 to 100 years) in the clinical trials analyzed. Table 4 shows absolute and relative risk by indication for all evaluated AEDs.
Table 4. Risk by Indication for Antiepileptic Drugs in the Pooled Analysis
|Indication||Placebo Patients with Events per 1,000 Patients||Drug Patients with Events per 1,000 Patients||Relative Risk:|
Incidence of Drug Events in Drug Patients/Incidence in Placebo Patients
Additional Drug Patients with Events per 1,000 Patients
The relative risk for suicidal thoughts or behavior was higher in clinical trials for epilepsy than in clinical trials for psychiatric or other conditions, but the absolute risk differences were similar for the epilepsy and psychiatric indications.
Anyone considering prescribing VIGADRONE or any other AED must balance the risk of suicidal thoughts or behavior with the risk of untreated illness. Epilepsy and many other illnesses for which AEDs are prescribed are themselves associated with morbidity and mortality and an increased risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Should suicidal thoughts and behavior emerge during treatment, the prescriber needs to consider whether the emergence of these symptoms in any given patient may be related to the illness being treated.
Patients, their caregivers, and families should be informed that AEDs increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior and should be advised of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of the signs and symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts about self-harm. Behaviors of concern should be reported immediately to healthcare providers.
Withdrawal Of Antiepileptic Drugs (AEDs)
As with all AEDs, VIGADRONE should be withdrawn gradually. However, if withdrawal is needed because of a serious adverse event, rapid discontinuation can be considered. Patients and caregivers should be told not to suddenly discontinue VIGADRONE therapy.
In controlled clinical studies in adults with complex partial seizures, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose 1000 mg/day on a weekly basis until discontinued.
In a controlled study in pediatric patients with complex partial seizures, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose by one third every week for three weeks.
In a controlled clinical study in patients with infantile spasms, vigabatrin was tapered by decreasing the daily dose at a rate of 25 to 50 mg/kg every 3 to 4 days.
In North American controlled trials in adults, 6% of patients (16/280) receiving vigabatrin and 2% of patients (3/188) receiving placebo had adverse events of anemia and/or met criteria for potentially clinically important hematology changes involving hemoglobin, hematocrit, and/or RBC indices. Across U.S. controlled trials, there were mean decreases in hemoglobin of about 3% and 0% in vigabatrin and placebo-treated patients, respectively, and a mean decrease in hematocrit of about 1% in vigabatrin-treated patients compared to a mean gain of about 1% in patients treated with placebo.
In controlled and open-label epilepsy trials in adults and pediatric patients, 3 vigabatrin patients (0.06%, 3/4,855) discontinued for anemia and 2 vigabatrin patients experienced unexplained declines in hemoglobin to below 8 g/dL and/or hematocrit below 24%.
Somnolence And Fatigue
VIGADRONE causes somnolence and fatigue. Patients should be advised not to drive a car or operate other complex machinery until they are familiar with the effects of VIGADRONE on their ability to perform such activities.
Pooled data from two vigabatrin controlled trials in adults demonstrated that 24% (54/222) of vigabatrin patients experienced somnolence compared to 10% (14/135) of placebo patients. In those same studies, 28% of vigabatrin patients experienced fatigue compared to 15% (20/135) of placebo patients. Almost 1% of vigabatrin patients discontinued from clinical trials for somnolence and almost 1% discontinued for fatigue.
Pooled data from three vigabatrin controlled trials in pediatric patients demonstrated that 6% (10/165) of vigabatrin patients experienced somnolence compared to 5% (5/104) of placebo patients. In those same studies, 10% (17/165) of vigabatrin patients experienced fatigue compared to 7% (7/104) of placebo patients. No vigabatrin patients discontinued from clinical trials due to somnolence or fatigue.
Vigabatrin causes symptoms of peripheral neuropathy in adults. Pediatric clinical trials were not designed to assess symptoms of peripheral neuropathy but observed incidence of symptoms based on pooled data from controlled pediatric studies appeared similar for pediatric patients on vigabatrin and placebo. In a pool of North American controlled and uncontrolled epilepsy studies, 4.2% (19/457) of vigabatrin patients developed signs and/or symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. In the subset of North American placebo-controlled epilepsy trials, 1.4% (4/280) of vigabatrin treated patients and no (0/188) placebo patients developed signs and/or symptoms of peripheral neuropathy. Initial manifestations of peripheral neuropathy in these trials included, in some combination, symptoms of numbness or tingling in the toes or feet, signs of reduced distal lower limb vibration or position sensation, or progressive loss of reflexes, starting at the ankles. Clinical studies in the development program were not designed to investigate peripheral neuropathy systematically and did not include nerve conduction studies, quantitative sensory testing, or skin or nerve biopsy. There is insufficient evidence to determine if development of these signs and symptoms was related to duration of vigabatrin treatment, cumulative dose, or if the findings of peripheral neuropathy were completely reversible upon discontinuation of vigabatrin.
VIGADRONE causes weight gain in adult and pediatric patients.
Data pooled from randomized controlled trials in adults found that 17% (77/443) of vigabatrin patients versus 8% (22/275) of placebo patients gained ≥7% of baseline body weight. In these same trials, the mean weight change among vigabatrin patients was 3.5 kg compared to 1.6 kg for placebo patients.
Data pooled from randomized controlled trials in pediatric patients with refractory complex partial seizures found that 47% (77/163) of vigabatrin patients versus 19% (19/102) of placebo patients gained ≥7% of baseline body weight.
In all epilepsy trials, 0.6% (31/4,855) of vigabatrin patients discontinued for weight gain. The long-term effects of vigabatrin related weight gain are not known. Weight gain was not related to the occurrence of edema.
VIGADRONE causes edema in adults. Pediatric clinical trials were not designed to assess edema but observed incidence of edema-based pooled data from controlled pediatric studies appeared similar for pediatric patients on vigabatrin and placebo.
Pooled data from controlled trials demonstrated increased risk among vigabatrin patients compared to placebo patients for peripheral edema (vigabatrin 2%, placebo 1%), and edema (vigabatrin 1%, placebo 0%). In these studies, one vigabatrin and no placebo patients discontinued for an edema related AE. In adults, there was no apparent association between edema and cardiovascular adverse events such as hypertension or congestive heart failure. Edema was not associated with laboratory changes suggestive of deterioration in renal or hepatic function.
Patient Counseling Information
Advise patients and caregivers to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide and Instructions for Use).
Administration Instructions For VIGADRONE Powder For Oral Solution
Physicians should confirm that caregiver(s) understand how to mix VIGADRONE for Oral Solution and to administer the correct dose to their infants and pediatric patients [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Permanent Vision Loss
Inform patients and caregivers of the risk of permanent vision loss, particularly loss of peripheral vision, from VIGADRONE, and the need for monitoring vision [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Monitoring of vision, including assessment of visual fields and visual acuity, is recommended at baseline (no later than 4 weeks after starting VIGADRONE), at least every 3 months while on therapy, and about 3 to 6 months after discontinuation of therapy. In patients for whom vision testing is not possible, treatment may continue without recommended testing according to clinical judgment with appropriate patient or caregiver counseling. Patients or caregivers should be informed that if baseline or subsequent vision is not normal, VIGADRONE should only be used if the benefits of VIGADRONE treatment clearly outweigh the risks of additional vision loss.
Advise patients and caregivers that vision testing may be insensitive and may not detect vision loss before it is severe. Also advise patients and caregivers that if vision loss is documented, such loss is irreversible. Ensure that both of these points are understood by patients and caregivers.
Patients and caregivers should be informed that if changes in vision are suspected, they should notify their physician immediately.
Vigabatrin REMS Program
VIGADRONE is available only through a restricted program called the Vigabatrin REMS Program [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS]. Inform patients/caregivers of the following:
- Patients/caregivers must be enrolled in the program.
- VIGADRONE is only available through pharmacies that are enrolled in the Vigabatrin REMS Program.
MRI Abnormalities In Infants
Inform caregiver(s) of the possibility that infants may develop an abnormal MRI signal of unknown clinical significance [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Suicidal Thinking And Behavior
Counsel patients, their caregiver(s), and families that AEDs, including VIGADRONE, may increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior. Also advise patients and caregivers of the need to be alert for the emergence or worsening of symptoms of depression, any unusual changes in mood or behavior, or the emergence of suicidal thoughts, behavior, or thoughts of self-harm. Behaviors of concern should be reported immediately to healthcare providers [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Advise pregnant women and women of child-bearing potential that the use of VIGADRONE during pregnancy can cause fetal harm which may occur early in pregnancy before many women know they are pregnant. Instruct patients to notify their physician if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy. Advise patients that there is a pregnancy exposure registry that collects information about the safety of antiepileptic drugs during pregnancy [see Use In Specific Populations].
Counsel patients that VIGADRONE is excreted in breast milk. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions in nursing infants from VIGADRONE, breastfeeding is not recommended. If a decision is made to breastfeed, nursing mothers should be counseled to observe their infants for signs of vision loss, sedation and poor sucking [see Use In Specific Populations].
Withdrawal Of VIGADRONE Therapy
Instruct patients and caregivers not to suddenly discontinue VIGADRONE therapy without consulting with their healthcare provider. As with all AEDs, withdrawal should normally be gradual [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment Of Fertility
Vigabatrin showed no carcinogenic potential in mouse or rat when given in the diet at doses up to 150 mg/kg/day for 18 months (mouse) or at doses up to 150 mg/kg/day for 2 years (rat). These doses are less than the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) for infantile spasms (150 mg/kg/day) and for refractory complex partial seizures (3 g/day) on a mg/m2 basis.
Vigabatrin was negative in in vitro (Ames, CHO/HGPRT mammalian cell forward gene mutation, chromosomal aberration in rat lymphocytes) and in in vivo (mouse bone marrow micronucleus) assays.
No adverse effects on male or female fertility were observed in rats at oral doses up to 150 mg/kg/day (approximately ½ the MRHD of 3 g/day on a mg/m2 basis for refractory complex partial seizures).
Use In Specific Populations
Pregnancy Exposure Registry
There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to AEDs, including VIGADRONE, during pregnancy. Encourage women who are taking VIGADRONE during pregnancy to enroll in the North American Antiepileptic Drug (NAAED) Pregnancy Registry. This can be done by calling the toll-free number 1-888-233-2334 or visiting the website, http://www.aedpregnancyregistry.org/. This must be done by the patient herself.
There are no adequate data on the developmental risk associated with the use of VIGADRONE in pregnant women. Limited available data from case reports and cohort studies pertaining to VIGADRONE use in pregnant women have not established a drug-associated risk of major birth defects, miscarriage, or adverse maternal or fetal outcomes. However, based on animal data, VIGADRONE use in pregnant women may result in fetal harm.
When administered to pregnant animals, vigabatrin produced developmental toxicity, including an increase in fetal malformations and offspring neurobehavioral and neurohistopathological effects, at clinically relevant doses. In addition, developmental neurotoxicity was observed in rats treated with vigabatrin during a period of postnatal development corresponding to the third trimester of human pregnancy (see Data).
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. The background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown.
Administration of vigabatrin (oral doses of 50 to 200 mg/kg/day) to pregnant rabbits throughout the period of organogenesis was associated with an increased incidence of malformations (cleft palate) and embryofetal death; these findings were observed in two separate studies. The no-effect dose for adverse effects on embryofetal development in rabbits (100 mg/kg/day) is approximately ½ the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 3 g/day on a body surface area (mg/m2) basis. In rats, oral administration of vigabatrin (50, 100, or 150 mg/kg/day) throughout organogenesis resulted in decreased fetal body weights and increased incidences of fetal anatomic variations. The no-effect dose for adverse effects on embryo-fetal development in rats (50 mg/kg/day) is approximately 1/5 the MRHD on a mg/m2 basis. Oral administration of vigabatrin (50, 100, 150 mg/kg/day) to rats from the latter part of pregnancy through weaning produced long-term neurohistopathological (hippocampal vacuolation) and neurobehavioral (convulsions) abnormalities in the offspring. A no-effect dose for developmental neurotoxicity in rats was not established; the low-effect dose (50 mg/kg/day) is approximately 1/5 the MRHD on a mg/m2 basis.
In a published study, vigabatrin (300 or 450 mg/kg) was administered by intraperitoneal injection to a mutant mouse strain on a single day during organogenesis (day 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12). An increase in fetal malformations (including cleft palate) was observed at both doses.
Oral administration of vigabatrin (5, 15, or 50 mg/kg/day) to young rats during the neonatal and juvenile periods of development (postnatal days 4 to 65) produced neurobehavioral (convulsions, neuromotor impairment, learning deficits) and neurohistopathological (brain vacuolation, decreased myelination, and retinal dysplasia) abnormalities in treated animals. The early postnatal period in rats is generally thought to correspond to late pregnancy in humans in terms of brain development. The no-effect dose for developmental neurotoxicity in juvenile rats (5 mg/kg/day) was associated with plasma vigabatrin exposures (AUC) less than 1/30 of those measured in pediatric patients receiving an oral dose of 50 mg/kg.
Vigabatrin is excreted in human milk. The effects of VIGADRONE on the breastfed infant and on milk production are unknown. Because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from vigabatrin in nursing infants, breastfeeding is not recommended. If exposing a breastfed infant to VIGADRONE, observe for any potential adverse effects [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
The safety and effectiveness of VIGADRONE as adjunctive treatment of refractory complex partial seizures in pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age have been established and is supported by three double-blind, placebo-controlled studies in patients 3 to 16 years of age, adequate and well-controlled studies in adult patients, pharmacokinetic data from patients 2 years of age and older, and additional safety information in patients 2 years of age [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and Clinical Studies]. The dosing recommendation in this population varies according to age group and is weight-based [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION]. Adverse reactions in this pediatric population are similar to those observed in the adult population [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. The safety and effectiveness of VIGADRONE as monotherapy for pediatric patients with infantile spasms (1 month to 2 years of age) have been established [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and Clinical Studies].
Safety and effectiveness as adjunctive treatment of refractory complex partial seizures in pediatric patients below the age of 2 and as monotherapy for the treatment of infantile spasms in pediatric patients below the age of 1 month have not been established.
Duration of therapy for infantile spasms was evaluated in a post hoc analysis of a Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network (CPEN) study of developmental outcomes in infantile spasms patients. This analysis suggests that a total duration of 6 months of vigabatrin therapy is adequate for the treatment of infantile spasms. However, prescribers must use their clinical judgment as to the most appropriate duration of use [see Clinical Studies].
Abnormal MRI signal changes and Intramyelinic Edema (IME) in infants and young children being treated with vigabatrin have been observed [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Juvenile Animal Toxicity Data
Oral administration of vigabatrin (5, 15, or 50 mg/kg/day) to young rats during the neonatal and juvenile periods of development (postnatal days 4 to 65) produced neurobehavioral (convulsions, neuromotor impairment, learning deficits) and neurohistopathological (brain gray matter vacuolation, decreased myelination, and retinal dysplasia) abnormalities. The no-effect dose for developmental neurotoxicity in juvenile rats (the lowest dose tested) was associated with plasma vigabatrin exposures (AUC) substantially less than those measured in pediatric patients at recommended doses. In dogs, oral administration of vigabatrin (30 or 100 mg/kg/day) during selected periods of juvenile development (postnatal days 22 to 112) produced neurohistopathological abnormalities (brain gray matter vacuolation). Neurobehavioral effects of vigabatrin were not assessed in the juvenile dog. A no-effect dose for neurohistopathology was not established in juvenile dogs; the lowest effect dose (30 mg/kg/day) was associated with plasma vigabatrin exposures lower than those measured in pediatric patients at recommended doses [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].
Clinical studies of vigabatrin did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 and over to determine whether they responded differently from younger patients.
Vigabatrin is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function.
Oral administration of a single dose of 1.5 g of vigabatrin to elderly (≥65 years) patients with reduced creatinine clearance (<50 mL/min) was associated with moderate to severe sedation and confusion in 4 of 5 patients, lasting up to 5 days. The renal clearance of vigabatrin was 36% lower in healthy elderly subjects (≥65 years) than in young healthy males. Adjustment of dose or frequency of administration should be considered. Such patients may respond to a lower maintenance dose [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients.
Dose adjustment, including initiating treatment with a lower dose, is necessary in pediatric patients 2 years of age and older and adults with mild (creatinine clearance >50 to 80 mL/min), moderate (creatinine clearance >30 to 50 mL/min) and severe (creatinine clearance >10 to 30 mL/min) renal impairment [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION and CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].
Signs, Symptoms, And Laboratory Findings Of Overdosage
Confirmed and/or suspected vigabatrin overdoses have been reported during clinical trials and in post marketing surveillance. No vigabatrin overdoses resulted in death. When reported, the vigabatrin dose ingested ranged from 3 g to 90 g, but most were between 7.5 g and 30 g. Nearly half the cases involved multiple drug ingestions including carbamazepine, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, lamotrigine, valproic acid, acetaminophen, and/or chlorpheniramine.
Coma, unconsciousness, and/or drowsiness were described in the majority of cases of vigabatrin overdose. Other less commonly reported symptoms included vertigo, psychosis, apnea or respiratory depression, bradycardia, agitation, irritability, confusion, headache, hypotension, abnormal behavior, increased seizure activity, status epilepticus, and speech disorder. These symptoms resolved with supportive care.
Management Of Overdosage
There is no specific antidote for VIGADRONE overdose. Standard measures to remove unabsorbed drug should be used, including elimination by emesis or gastric lavage. Supportive measures should be employed, including monitoring of vital signs and observation of the clinical status of the patient.
In an in vitro study, activated charcoal did not significantly adsorb vigabatrin.
The effectiveness of hemodialysis in the treatment of VIGADRONE overdose is unknown. In isolated case reports in renal failure patients receiving therapeutic doses of vigabatrin, hemodialysis reduced vigabatrin plasma concentrations by 40% to 60%.
Mechanism Of Action
The precise mechanism of vigabatrin’s anti-seizure effect is unknown, but it is believed to be the result of its action as an irreversible inhibitor of γ-aminobutyric acid transaminase (GABA-T), the enzyme responsible for the metabolism of the inhibitory neurotransmitter GABA. This action results in increased levels of GABA in the central nervous system.
No direct correlation between plasma concentration and efficacy has been established. The duration of drug effect is presumed to be dependent on the rate of enzyme re-synthesis rather than on the rate of elimination of the drug from the systemic circulation.
Effects On Electrocardiogram
There is no indication of a QT/QTc prolonging effect of vigabatrin in single doses up to 6.0 g. In a randomized, placebo-controlled, crossover study, 58 healthy subjects were administered a single oral dose of vigabatrin (3 g and 6 g) and placebo. Peak concentrations for 6.0 g vigabatrin were approximately 2-fold higher than the peak concentrations following the 3.0 g single oral dose.
Vigabatrin displayed linear pharmacokinetics after administration of single doses ranging from 0.5 g to 4 g, and after administration of repeated doses of 0.5 g and 2.0 g twice daily. Bioequivalence has been established between the oral solution and tablet formulations. The following PK information (Tmax, half-life, and clearance) of vigabatrin was obtained from stand-alone PK studies and population PK analyses.
Following oral administration, vigabatrin is essentially completely absorbed. The time to maximum concentration (Tmax) is approximately 1 hour for children and adolescents (3 years to 16 years of age) and adults, and approximately 2.5 hours for infants (5 months to 2 years of age). There was little accumulation with multiple dosing in adult and pediatric patients. A food effect study involving administration of vigabatrin to healthy volunteers under fasting and fed conditions indicated that the Cmax was decreased by 33%, Tmax was increased to 2 hours, and AUC was unchanged under fed conditions.
Vigabatrin does not bind to plasma proteins. Vigabatrin is widely distributed throughout the body; mean steady-state volume of distribution is 1.1 L/kg (CV = 20%).
Metabolism And Elimination
Vigabatrin is not significantly metabolized; it is eliminated primarily through renal excretion. The terminal half-life of vigabatrin is about 5.7 hours for infants (5 months to 2 years of age), 6.8 hours for children (3 to 9 years of age), 9.5 hours for children and adolescents (10 to 16 years of age) and 10.5 hours for adults. Following administration of C- vigabatrin to healthy male volunteers, about 95% of total radioactivity was recovered in the urine over 72 hours with the parent drug representing about 80% of this. Vigabatrin induces CYP2C9 but does not induce other hepatic cytochrome P450 enzyme systems.
The renal clearance of vigabatrin in healthy elderly patients (≥65 years of age) was 36% less than those in healthy younger patients. This finding is confirmed by an analysis of data from a controlled clinical trial [see Use In Specific Populations].
The clearance of vigabatrin is 2.4 L/hr for infants (5 months to 2 years of age), 5.1 L/hr for children (3 to 9 years of age), 5.8 L/hr for children and adolescents (10 to 16 years of age) and 7 L/hr for adults.
No gender differences were observed for the pharmacokinetic parameters of vigabatrin in patients.
No specific study was conducted to investigate the effects of race on vigabatrin pharmacokinetics. A cross study comparison between 23 Caucasian and 7 Japanese patients who received 1, 2, and 4 g of vigabatrin indicated that the AUC, Cmax, and half-life were similar for the two populations. However, the mean renal clearance of Caucasians (5.2 L/hr) was about 25% higher than the Japanese (4.0 L/hr). Inter-subject variability in renal clearance was 20% in Caucasians and was 30% in Japanese.
Mean AUC increased by 30% and the terminal half-life increased by 55% (8.1 hr vs 12.5 hr) in adult patients with mild renal impairment (CLcr from >50 to 80 mL/min) in comparison to normal subjects.
Mean AUC increased by two-fold and the terminal half-life increased by two-fold in adult patients with moderate renal impairment (CLcr from >30 to 50 mL/min) in comparison to normal subjects.
Mean AUC increased by 4.5-fold and the terminal half-life increased by 3.5-fold in adult patients with severe renal impairment (CLcr from >10 to 30 mL/min) in comparison to normal subjects.
Adult Patients With Renal Impairment
Dosage adjustment, including starting at a lower dose, is recommended for adult patients with any degree of renal impairment [see Use In Specific Populations and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Infants With Renal Impairment
Information about how to adjust the dose in infants with renal impairment is unavailable.
Pediatric Patients 2 Years And Older With Renal Impairment
Although information is unavailable on the effects of renal impairment on vigabatrin clearance in pediatric patients 2 years and older, dosing can be calculated based upon adult data and an established formula [see Use In Specific Populations and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
Vigabatrin is not significantly metabolized. The pharmacokinetics of vigabatrin in patients with impaired liver function has not been studied.
A 16% to 20% average reduction in total phenytoin plasma levels was reported in adult controlled clinical studies. In vitro drug metabolism studies indicate that decreased phenytoin concentrations upon addition of vigabatrin therapy are likely to be the result of induction of cytochrome P450 2C enzymes in some patients. Although phenytoin dose adjustments are not routinely required, dose adjustment of phenytoin should be considered if clinically indicated [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
In a study of 12 healthy adult volunteers, clonazepam (0.5 mg) co-administration had no effect on vigabatrin (1.5 g twice daily) concentrations. Vigabatrin increases the mean Cmax of clonazepam by 30% and decreases the mean Tmax by 45% [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
When coadministered with vigabatrin, phenobarbital concentration (from phenobarbital or primidone) was reduced by an average of 8% to 16%, and sodium valproate plasma concentrations were reduced by an average of 8%. These reductions did not appear to be clinically relevant. Based on population pharmacokinetics, carbamazepine, clorazepate, primidone, and sodium valproate appear to have no effect on plasma concentrations of vigabatrin [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Coadministration of ethanol (0.6 g/kg) with vigabatrin (1.5 g twice daily) indicated that neither drug influences the pharmacokinetics of the other.
In a double-blind, placebo-controlled study using a combination oral contraceptive containing 30 mcg ethinyl estradiol and 150 mcg levonorgestrel, vigabatrin (3 g/day) did not interfere significantly with the cytochrome P450 isoenzyme (CYP3A)-mediated metabolism of the contraceptive tested. Based on this study, vigabatrin is unlikely to affect the efficacy of steroid oral contraceptives. Additionally, no significant difference in pharmacokinetic parameters (elimination half-life, AUC, Cmax, apparent oral clearance, time to peak, and apparent volume of distribution) of vigabatrin were found after treatment with ethinyl estradiol and levonorgestrel [see DRUG INTERACTIONS].
Complex Partial Seizures
The effectiveness of vigabatrin as adjunctive therapy in adult patients was established in two U.S. multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group clinical studies. A total of 357 adults (age 18 to 60 years) with complex partial seizures, with or without secondary generalization were enrolled (Studies 1 and 2). Patients were required to be on an adequate and stable dose of an anticonvulsant and have a history of failure on an adequate regimen of carbamazepine or phenytoin. Patients had a history of about 8 seizures per month (median) for about 20 years (median) prior to entrance into the study. These studies were not capable by design of demonstrating direct superiority of vigabatrin over any other anticonvulsant added to a regimen to which the patient had not adequately responded. Further, in these studies, patients had previously been treated with a limited range of anticonvulsants.
The primary measure of efficacy was the patient’s reduction in mean monthly frequency of complex partial seizures plus partial seizures secondarily generalized at end of study compared to baseline.
Study 1 (N=174) was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, dose-response study consisting of an 8-week baseline period followed by an 18-week treatment period. Patients were randomized to receive placebo or 1, 3, or 6 g/day vigabatrin administered twice daily. During the first 6 weeks following randomization, the dose was titrated upward beginning with 1 g/day and increasing by 0.5 g/day on days 1 and 5 of each subsequent week in the 3 g/day and 6 g/day groups, until the assigned dose was reached.
Results for the primary measure of effectiveness, reduction in monthly frequency of complex partial seizures, are shown in Table 8. The 3 g/day and 6 g/day dose groups were statistically significantly superior to placebo, but the 6 g/day dose was not superior to the 3 g/day dose.
Table 8. Median Monthly Frequency of Complex Partial Seizures+
|1 g/day Vigabatrin||45||8.5||7.7|
|3 g/day Vigabatrin||41||8.5||3.7*|
|6 g/day Vigabatrin||43||8.5||4.5*|
|* p<0.05 compared to placebo|
+ Including one patient with simple partial seizures with secondary generalization only
Figure 1 presents the percentage of patients (X-axis) with a percent reduction in seizure frequency (responder rate) from baseline to the maintenance phase at least as great as that represented on the Y-axis. A positive value on the Y-axis indicates an improvement from baseline (i.e., a decrease in complex partial seizure frequency), while a negative value indicates a worsening from baseline (i.e., an increase in complex partial seizure frequency). Thus, in a display of this type, a curve for an effective treatment is shifted to the left of the curve for placebo. The proportion of patients achieving any particular level of reduction in complex partial seizure frequency was consistently higher for the vigabatrin 3 and 6 g/day groups compared to the placebo group. For example, 51% of patients randomized to vigabatrin 3 g/day and 53% of patients randomized to vigabatrin 6 g/day experienced a 50% or greater reduction in seizure frequency, compared to 9% of patients randomized to placebo. Patients with an increase in seizure frequency >100% are represented on the Y-axis as equal to or greater than -100%.
Figure 1. Percent Reduction from Baseline in Seizure Frequency
Study 2 (N=183 randomized, 182 evaluated for efficacy) was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel study consisting of an 8-week baseline period and a 16-week treatment period. During the first 4 weeks following randomization, the dose of vigabatrin was titrated upward beginning with 1 g/day and increased by 0.5 g/day on a weekly basis to the maintenance dose of 3 g/day.
Results for the primary measure of effectiveness, reduction in monthly complex partial seizure frequency, are shown in Table 9. Vigabatrin 3 g/day was statistically significantly superior to placebo in reducing seizure frequency.
Table 9. Median Monthly Frequency of Complex Partial Seizures
|3 g/day Vigabatrin||92||8.3||5.5*|
|* p<0.05 compared to placebo|
Figure 2 presents the percentage of patients (X-axis) with a percent reduction in seizure frequency (responder rate) from baseline to the maintenance phase at least as great as that represented on the Y-axis. A positive value on the Y-axis indicates an improvement from baseline (i.e., a decrease in complex partial seizure frequency), while a negative value indicates a worsening from baseline (i.e., an increase in complex partial seizure frequency). Thus, in a display of this type, a curve for an effective treatment is shifted to the left of the curve for placebo. The proportion of patients achieving any particular level of reduction in seizure frequency was consistently higher for the vigabatrin 3 g/day group compared to the placebo group. For example, 39% of patients randomized to vigabatrin (3 g/day) experienced a 50% or greater reduction in complex partial seizure frequency, compared to 21% of patients randomized to placebo. Patients with an increase in seizure frequency >100% are represented on the Y-axis as equal to or greater than -100%.
Figure 2. Percent Reduction from Baseline in Seizure Frequency
For both studies, there was no difference in the effectiveness of vigabatrin between male and female patients. Analyses of age and race were not possible as nearly all patients were between the ages of 18 to 65 and Caucasian.
Pediatric Patients 3 To 16 Years Of Age
Vigabatrin was studied in three double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group studies in 269 patients who received vigabatrin and 104 patients who received placebo. No individual study was considered adequately powered to determine efficacy in pediatric patients age 3 years and above. The data from all three pediatric studies were pooled and used in a pharmacometric bridging analysis using weight-normalized doses to establish efficacy and determine appropriate dosing. All three studies were randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group, adjunctive-treatment studies in patients aged 3 to 16 years with uncontrolled complex partial seizures with or without secondary generalization. The study period included a 6 to 10 week baseline phase and a 14 to 17 week treatment phase (composed of a titration and maintenance period).
The pharmacometric bridging approach consisted of defining a weight-normalized dose-response, and showing that a similar dose-response relationship exists between pediatric patients and adult patients when vigabatrin was given as adjunctive therapy for complex partial seizures. Dosing recommendations in pediatric patients 2 to 16 years of age were derived from simulations utilizing these pharmacometric dose-response analyses [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION].
The effectiveness of vigabatrin as monotherapy was established for infantile spasms in two multicenter controlled studies. Both studies were similar in terms of disease characteristics and prior treatments of patients and all enrolled infants had a confirmed diagnosis of infantile spasms.
Study 1 (N=221) was a multicenter, randomized, low-dose high-dose, parallel-group, partially-blind (caregivers knew the actual dose but not whether their child was classified as low or high dose; EEG reader was blinded but investigators were not blinded) study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of vigabatrin in patients <2 years of age with new-onset infantile spasms. Patients with both symptomatic and cryptogenic etiologies were studied. The study was comprised of two phases. The first phase was a 14 to 21 day partially-blind phase in which patients were randomized to receive either low-dose (18 to 36 mg/kg/day) or high-dose (100 to 148 mg/kg/day) vigabatrin. Study drug was titrated over 7 days, followed by a constant dose for 7 days. If the patient became spasm-free on or before day 14, another 7 days of constant dose was administered. The primary efficacy endpoint of this study was the proportion of patients who were spasm-free for 7 consecutive days beginning within the first 14 days of vigabatrin therapy. Patients considered spasm-free were defined as those patients who remained free of spasms (evaluated according to caregiver response to direct questioning regarding spasm frequency) and who had no indication of spasms or hypsarrhythmia during 8 hours of CCTV EEG recording (including at least one sleep-wake-sleep cycle) performed within 3 days of the seventh day of spasm freedom and interpreted by a blinded EEG reader. Seventeen patients in the high-dose group achieved spasm freedom compared with 8 patients in the low dose group. This difference was statistically significant (p=0.0375). Primary efficacy results are shown in Table 10.
Table 10. Spasm Freedom by Primary Criteria (Study 1)
|Vigabatrin Treatment Group|
|18 to 36 mg/kg/day|
|100 to 148 mg/kg/day|
|Patients who Achieved Spasm||8 (7.0)||17 (15.9)|
Note: Primary criteria were evaluated based on caregiver assessment plus CCTV EEG confirmation within 3 days of the seventh day of spasm freedom.
Study 2 (N=40) was a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, parallel-group study consisting of a pre-treatment (baseline) period of 2 to 3 days, followed by a 5-day double-blind treatment phase during which patients were treated with vigabatrin (initial dose of 50 mg/kg/day with titration allowed to 150 mg/kg/day) or placebo. The primary efficacy endpoint in this study was the average percent change in daily spasm frequency, assessed during a pre-defined and consistent 2-hour window of evaluation, comparing baseline to the final 2 days of the 5-day double-blind treatment phase. No statistically significant differences were observed in the average frequency of spasms using the 2-hour evaluation window. However, a post-hoc alternative efficacy analysis, using a 24-hour clinical evaluation window found a statistically significant difference in the overall percentage of reductions in spasms between the vigabatrin group (68.9%) and the placebo group (17.0%) (p=0.030).
Duration of therapy for infantile spasms was evaluated in a post hoc analysis of a Canadian Pediatric Epilepsy Network (CPEN) study of developmental outcomes in infantile spasms patients. The 38/68 infants in the study who had responded to vigabatrin therapy (complete cessation of spasms and hypsarrhythmia) continued vigabatrin therapy for a total duration of 6 months therapy. The 38 infants who responded were then followed for an additional 18 months after discontinuation of vigabatrin to determine their clinical outcome. A post hoc analysis indicated no observed recurrence of infantile spasms in any of these 38 infants.
(vigabatrin) Powder for oral solution
What is the most important information I should know about VIGADRONE?
VIGADRONE can cause serious side effects, including:
- Permanent vision loss
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes inbabies with infantile spasms (IS)
- Risk of suicidal thoughts or actions
- Permanent vision loss:
VIGADRONE can damage the vision of anyone who takesit. Some people can have severe loss particularly to theirability to see to the side when they look straight ahead(peripheral vision). With severe vision loss, you mayonly be able to see things straight in front of you(sometimes called “tunnel vision”). You may also haveblurry vision. If this happens, it will not get better.
- Vision loss and use of VIGADRONE in adults andchildren 2 years and older: Because of the risk ofvision loss, VIGADRONE is used to treat complexpartial seizures (CPS) only in people who do notrespond well enough to several other medicines.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you (or your child):
- might not be seeing as well as before startingVIGADRONE
- start to trip, bump into things, or are more clumsythan usual
- are surprised by people or things coming in frontof you that seem to come out of nowhere
- These changes can mean that you (or your child)have damage to your vision.
- It is recommended that your healthcare provider testyour (or your child’s) vision (including peripheralvision) and visual acuity (ability to read an eye chart)before you (or your child) start VIGADRONE orwithin 4 weeks after starting VIGADRONE, and atleast every 3 months after that until VIGADRONE isstopped. It is also recommended that you (or yourchild) have a vision test about 3 to 6 months afterVIGADRONE is stopped. Your vision loss may getworse after you stop taking VIGADRONE.
- Some people are not able to complete testing ofvision. Your healthcare provider will determine ifyou (or your child) can be tested. If you (or yourchild) cannot complete vision testing, yourhealthcare provider may continue prescribingVIGADRONE, but your healthcare provider will notbe able to watch for any vision loss you (or yourchild) may get.
- Even if your vision (or your child’s vision) seemsfine, it is important that you (or your child) getthese regular vision tests because vision damagecan happen before you (or your child) notice anychanges.
- These vision tests cannot prevent the visiondamage that can happen with VIGADRONE, butthey do allow the healthcare provider to decide ifyou (or your child) should stop VIGADRONE if yourvision has gotten worse.
- Vision testing may not detect vision loss before itis severe.
- If you do not have these vision tests regularly, yourhealthcare provider may stop prescribingVIGADRONE.
- If you drive and your vision is damaged byVIGADRONE, driving might be more dangerous, oryou may not be able to drive safely at all. Talkabout this with your healthcare provider.
- Vision loss in babies: Because of the risk of visionloss, VIGADRONE is used in babies 1 month to2 years of age with infantile spasms (IS) only whenyou and your healthcare provider decide that thepossible benefits of VIGADRONE are moreimportant than the risks.
- Parents or caregivers are not likely to recognize thesymptoms of vision loss in babies until it is severe.Healthcare providers may not find vision loss inbabies until it is severe.
- It is difficult to test vision in babies, but, to theextent possible, all babies should have their visiontested before starting VIGADRONE or within4 weeks after starting VIGADRONE, and every3 months after that until VIGADRONE is stopped.Your baby should also have a vision test about 3 to6 months after VIGADRONE is stopped.
- Your baby may not be able to be tested. Yourhealthcare provider will determine if your baby canbe tested. If your baby cannot be tested, yourhealthcare provider may continue prescribingVIGADRONE, but your healthcare provider will notbe able to watch for any vision loss.
Tell your healthcare provider right away if you think that your baby is:
- not seeing as well as before taking VIGADRONE
- acting differently than normal
- Even if your baby’s vision seems fine, it isimportant to get regular vision tests becausedamage can happen before your baby actsdifferently. Even these regular vision exams maynot show the damage to your baby’s vision beforeit is severe and permanent.
All people who take VIGADRONE
- You are at risk for permanent vision losswith any amount of VIGADRONE.
- Your risk of vision loss may be higherthe more VIGADRONE you take daily andthe longer you take it.
- It is not possible for your healthcareprovider to know when vision loss willhappen. It could happen soon afterstarting VIGADRONE or any time duringtreatment. It may even happen aftertreatment has stopped.
- Because VIGADRONE might cause permanent visionloss, it is available to healthcare providers andpatients only under a special program called theVigabatrin Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy(REMS) Program. VIGADRONE can only beprescribed to people who are enrolled in thisprogram. As part of the Vigabatrin REMS Program,it is recommended that your healthcare provider testyour (or your child’s) vision from time to time(periodically) while you (or your child) are beingtreated with VIGADRONE, and even after you (oryour child) stop treatment. Your healthcare providerwill explain the details of the Vigabatrin REMSProgram to you. For more information, go to www.vigabatrinREMS.com or call 1-866-244-8175.
Brain pictures taken by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) show changes in some babies after they are given VIGADRONE. It is not known if these changes are harmful.
- Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) changes inbabies with infantile spasms:
- Risk of suicidal thoughts or actions:
Like other antiepileptic drugs, VIGADRONE may causesuicidal thoughts or actions in a very small number ofpeople, about 1 in 500 people taking it. Call a healthcareprovider right away if you or your child have any of thesesymptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:
- thoughts about suicide or dying
- attempts to commit suicide
- new or worse depression
- new or worse anxiety
- feeling agitated or restless
- panic attacks
- trouble sleeping (insomnia)
- new or worse irritability
- acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
- acting on dangerous impulses
- an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
- other unusual changes in behavior or mood
Suicidal thoughts or actions can be caused by things other than medicines. If you or your child have suicidal thoughts or actions, your healthcare provider may check for other causes.
How can I watch for early symptoms of suicidal thoughts and actions?
- Pay attention to any changes, especially suddenchanges, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.
- Keep all follow-up visits with your healthcare provideras scheduled.
- Call your healthcare provider between visits asneeded, especially if you are worried aboutsymptoms.
- Do not stop VIGADRONE without first talking to ahealthcare provider.
- Stopping VIGADRONE suddenly can cause seriousproblems. Stopping a seizure medicine suddenly cancause seizures that will not stop (status epilepticus) inpeople who are being treated for seizures.
What is VIGADRONE?
VIGADRONE should not be the first medicine used to treat CPS.
- VIGADRONE is a prescription medicine used along withother treatments to treat adults and children 2 years and older with complex partial seizures (CPS) if
- the CPS do not respond well enough to severalother treatments, and
- you and your healthcare provider decide thepossible benefit of taking VIGADRONE is moreimportant than the risk of vision loss.
- VIGADRONE is also used to treat babies 1 month to2 years of age who have infantile spasms (IS) if youand your healthcare provider decide the possiblebenefits of taking VIGADRONE are more importantthan the possible risk of vision loss.
What should I tell my healthcare provider before starting VIGADRONE?
If you or your child has CPS, before taking VIGADRONE tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you or your child:
- have or had an allergic reaction to VIGADRONE, suchas hives, itching, or trouble breathing
- have or had any vision problems
- have or had any kidney problems
- have or had low red blood cell counts (anemia)
- have or had any nervous or mental illnesses, such asdepression, mood problems, thoughts of suicide, orattempts at suicide
- are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed.VIGADRONE can pass into breast milk and may harmyour baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about thebest way to feed your baby if you take VIGADRONE.
- are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.VIGADRONE can cause harm to your unborn baby.You and your healthcare provider will have to decide ifyou should take VIGADRONE while you are pregnant.
If you become pregnant while taking VIGADRONE, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the North American Antiepileptic Drug Pregnancy Registry. You can enroll in this registry by calling 1-888-233-2334. Information on the registry can also be found at the website http://www.aedpregnancy.org/. The purpose of this registry is to collect information about the safety of antiepileptic medicine during pregnancy.
If you are a parent or caregiver whose baby has IS, before giving VIGADRONE to your baby, tell your healthcare provider about all of your baby’s medical conditions, including if your baby has or ever had:
- an allergic reaction to VIGADRONE, such as hives,itching, or trouble breathing
- any vision problems
- any kidney problems
Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you or your child take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VIGADRONE and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects.
How should I take VIGADRONE?
- You or your child will receive VIGADRONE from aspecialty pharmacy.
- Take VIGADRONE exactly as your healthcare providertells you to. VIGADRONE is usually taken 2 times eachday.
- VIGADRONE may be taken with or without food.
- Before starting to take VIGADRONE, talk to yourhealthcare provider about what you or your childshould do if a VIGADRONE dose is missed.
- If you or your child are taking VIGADRONE for CPSand the seizures do not improve enough within3 months, your healthcare provider will stopprescribing VIGADRONE.
- If your child is taking VIGADRONE for IS and theseizures do not improve within 2 to 4 weeks, yourhealthcare provider will stop prescribing VIGADRONE.
- Do not stop taking VIGADRONE suddenly. This cancause serious problems. Stopping VIGADRONE or anyseizure medicine suddenly can cause seizures that willnot stop (status epilepticus) in people who are beingtreated for seizures. You should follow yourhealthcare provider’s instructions on how to stoptaking VIGADRONE.
- Tell your healthcare provider right away about anyincrease in seizures when VIGADRONE treatment isbeing stopped. Before your child starts takingVIGADRONE, speak to your child’s healthcare providerabout what to do if your baby misses a dose, vomits,spits up, or only takes part of the dose ofVIGADRONE.
- Do not stop taking VIGADRONE without talking toyour healthcare provider. If VIGADRONE improvesyour (or your child’s) seizures, you and yourhealthcare provider should talk about whether thebenefit of taking VIGADRONE is more important thanthe risk of vision loss and decide if you (or your child)will continue to take VIGADRONE.
- If you are giving VIGADRONE powder for oral solutionto your child, it can be given at the same time as theirmeal. VIGADRONE for oral solution powder shouldbe mixed with water only.
- See “Instructions for Use” for detailed informationabout how to mix and give VIGADRONE powder fororal solution to your child the right way.
What should I avoid while taking VIGADRONE?
VIGADRONE causes sleepiness and tiredness. Adults taking VIGADRONE should not drive, operate machinery, or perform any hazardous task, unless you and your healthcare provider have decided that you can do these things safely.
What are the possible side effects of VIGADRONE?
VIGADRONE can cause serious side effects, including:
- See “What is the most important information Ishould know about VIGADRONE?”
- sleepiness and tiredness. See “What should I avoidwhile taking VIGADRONE?”
- VIGADRONE may cause your baby to be sleepy. Sleepy babies may have a harder time suckling andfeeding or may be irritable.
- weight gain that happens without swelling
The following serious side effects happen in adults. It is not known if these side effects also happen in babies who take VIGADRONE.
- low red blood cell counts (anemia)
- nerve problems. Symptoms of a nerve problem caninclude numbness and tingling in your toes or feet. Itis not known if nerve problems will go away after youstop taking VIGADRONE.
If you or your child has CPS, VIGADRONE may makecertain types of seizures worse. Tell your healthcareprovider right away if your (or your child’s) seizuresget worse.
The most common side effects of VIGADRONE in adults include blurred vision, sleepiness, dizziness, problems walking or feeling uncoordinated, shaking (tremor) and tiredness.
The most common side effect of VIGADRONE in children 3 to 16 years of age is weight gain. Also expect side effects like those seen in adults.
If you are giving VIGADRONE to your baby for IS:
VIGADRONE may make certain types of seizures worse. You should tell your baby’s healthcare provider right away if your baby’s seizures get worse. Tell your baby’s healthcare provider if you see any changes in your baby’s behavior.
The most common side effects of VIGADRONE in babies include:
- sleepiness – VIGADRONE may cause your baby tobe sleepy. Sleepy babies may have a harder timesuckling and feeding or may be irritable.
- swelling in the bronchial tubes (bronchitis)
- ear infection
Tell your healthcare provider if you or your child have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all the possible side effects of VIGADRONE.
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 VIGADRONE?
- Store VIGADRONE packets at room temperaturebetween 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
Keep VIGADRONE and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General information about the safe and effective use of VIGADRONE.
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. You can ask your pharmacist or healthcare provider for information about VIGADRONE that is written for health professionals. Do not use VIGADRONE for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give VIGADRONE to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
What are the ingredients in VIGADRONE?
Active Ingredient: vigabatrin
For Medication Guides, please visit www.upsher-smith.com or call 1-888-650-3789.
Instructions for Use
(vigabatrin) Powder for oral solution
Read this Instructions for Use before your child starts taking VIGADRONE and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This information does not take the place of talking with your healthcare provider about your child’s medical condition or treatment. Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any questions about the right dose of medicine to give your child or how to mix it.
- VIGADRONE comes in a packet
- Each packet contains 500 mg of VIGADRONE powder
- VIGADRONE powder must be mixed with wateronly. The water may be cold or at room temperature.
- Your healthcare provider will tell you:
- how many packets of VIGADRONE you will needfor each dose
- how many milliliters (mL) of water to use to mixone dose of VIGADRONE
- how many milliliters (mL) of the powder andwater mixture you will need for each dose of medicine
- VIGADRONE should be given right away after it ismixed
- Use the oral syringes, provided by the pharmacy, tomeasure and give the correct dose. Do not use ahousehold teaspoon or tablespoon.
Supplies you will need to mix 1 dose of VIGADRONE:
- The number of packets of VIGADRONE needed for each dose
- 2 clean cups: 1 for mixing and 1 for water. The cupused for mixing VIGADRONE should be clear so youcan see if the powder is dissolved
- Water to mix with the VIGADRONE powder
- One small 3 mL oral syringe and one large 10 mL oralsyringe which are provided by the pharmacy.
- Small spoon or other clean utensil to stir the mixture
Oral syringe detail
Step 1: Start with 1 of the empty cups and the total number of packets you will need for 1 dose.
Step 2: Before you open the packet, tap it to settle all the powder to the bottom of the packet.
Step 3: Use a pair of scissors to cut open the VIGADRONE packet along the dotted line.
Step 4: Empty the entire contents of the VIGADRONE packet into 1 of the clean empty cups (see Figure A).
- Repeat steps 2 to 4 above to open all of the packetsneeded for 1 dose of VIGADRONE.
Step 5: Take the second cup and fill it half way with water (see Figure B).
Do not mix VIGADRONE with anything other than water.
- You will use the larger oral syringe (10 mL) to drawup the water needed to mix with the powder fromthe packets. You will need 10 mL of water for eachpacket of VIGADRONE.
- If you are using 1 packet of VIGADRONE, you willneed to use 10 mL of water (fill the 10 mL oralsyringe 1 time)
- If you are using 2 packets of VIGADRONE, youwill need to use 20 mL of water (fill the 10 mLoral syringe 2 times)
- If you are using 3 packets of VIGADRONE, youwill need to use 30 mL of water (fill the 10 mLoral syringe 3 times)
Step 6: Use the 10 mL oral syringe to draw up 10 mL of water. To do this, put the tip of the oral syringe all the way into the water in your cup. Then pull the plunger up towards you until the edge of the white plunger is at the 10 mL line on the barrel of the oral syringe (see Figure C).
- If you see bubbles of air in the oral syringe afterdrawing up the water, turn the oral syringe so the tipis pointing up (see Figure D). The air will move tothe top of the oral syringe. Pull the plunger backtowards you and then push it back gently into theoral syringe to get rid of the bubbles. Tiny bubblesare normal.
Step 7: Check the oral syringe to make sure it is filled with water up to the 10 mL line (see Figure E).
Step 8: Get the second cup that contains the VIGADRONE needed for your dose.
Step 9: Hold the 10 mL oral syringe that is filled with water with the tip pointing down over the VIGADRONE.
Step 10: Slowly push the oral syringe plunger all the way down to empty the water from the oral syringe straight into the cup containing the VIGADRONE (see Figure F).
Repeat steps 6 through 10 until all of the water that is needed to mix 1 dose of VIGADRONE has been added to the cup containing the powder.
Step 11: Stir the mixture with the small spoon or other clean utensil until the solution is clear (see Figure G). This means that all of the powder is dissolved and ready for use.
- To give a dose of VIGADRONE to your child, youshould use the oral syringe to draw up the totalnumber of mLs of the mixture that your healthcareprovider tells you to.
- If you are giving 3 mL or less of the mixture, usethe smaller 3 mL oral syringe.
- If you are giving more than 3 mL of the mixture,use the larger 10 mL oral syringe (this is the oralsyringe that you just used to add the water).
Step 12: Put the tip of the oral syringe all the way into the mixture. Pull the plunger up towards you to draw up the mixture. Stop when the edge of the white plunger lines up with the markings on the barrel of the oral syringe that matches the number of mLs of mixture your healthcare provider told you to give (see Figure H).
- If you see bubbles of air in the oral syringe afterdrawing up the mixture, turn the oral syringe so thetip is pointing up (see Figure I). The air will move tothe top of the oral syringe. Pull the plunger backtowards you and then gently push it back in the oralsyringe in order to get rid of the bubbles. Tinybubbles are normal.
Step 13: Place the tip of the oral syringe into your child’s mouth and point the oral syringe towards either cheek (see Figure J). Push on the plunger slowly, a small amount at a time, until all of the mixture in the oral syringe is given.
- If the dose you are giving your child is more than10 mLs, repeat steps 12 and 13 until you give thetotal dose of mixture prescribed by your healthcare provider
Step 14: Throw away any mixture that is left over. Do not save or reuse any leftover mixture.
Step 15: Wash the oral syringes and mixing cups in warm water. To clean the oral syringes, remove the plunger by gently pulling it straight out of the barrel. The barrel and plunger can be hand washed with soap and water, rinsed, and allowed to dry.
This Instructions for Use has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
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