Forstavir-LE

Forstavir-LE

Manufacturer:

Aurobindo Pharma

Distributor:

Unimed
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Contents
Efavirenz, lamivudine, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate.
Description
Excipients/Inactive Ingredients: Tablet core: Croscarmellose Sodium, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Hydroxypropylcellulose, Magnesium Stearate, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ferric Oxide, Hypromellose.
Film-coating: Poly Vinyl Alcohol, Macrogol 3350, Titanium dioxide, Talc.
Action
Pharmacotherapeutic Group: Antivirals for treatment of HIV infections, combinations. ATC Code: J05AR11.
Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics: Mechanism of action and Pharmacodynamic effects: Efavirenz is a non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor (NNRTI) of HIV-1. Efavirenz binds directly to reverse transcriptase and blocks the RNA-dependent and DNA-dependent DNA polymerase activities by inducing a conformational change that causes a disruption of the enzyme's catalytic site. The activity of Efavirenz does not compete with template or nucleoside triphosphates. HIV-2 reverse transcriptase and eukaryotic DNA polymerases (such as human DNA polymerases α, β, γ, or δ) are not inhibited by Efavirenz.
Lamivudine, the negative enantiomer of 2'-deoxy-3'-thiacytidine, is a dideoxynucleoside analogue. Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate is converted in vivo to Tenofovir, a nucleoside monophosphate (nucleotide) analogue of adenosine monophosphate.
Lamivudine and Tenofovir are phosphorylated by cellular enzymes to form Lamivudine triphosphate and Tenofovir diphosphate, respectively. Lamivudine triphosphate and Tenofovir diphosphate competitively inhibit HIV-1 reverse transcriptase (RT), resulting in DNA chain termination. Both substances are active against HIV-1 and HIV-2, as well as against hepatitis B virus.
Resistance: A large proportion of patients experiencing virological failure while receiving Efavirenz will develop resistance to Efavirenz. The main mutations occurring are K103N, G190S/A/E and Y188L; a single one of these mutations is sufficient to cause high-grade resistance. The cross resistance between Efavirenz and Nevirapine or Delavirdine is extensive; therefore patients who have experienced virological failure with either of these drugs, are likely to harbour virus not susceptible to Efavirenz, and vice versa. With an accumulating number of NNRTI mutations, the susceptibility to Etravirine will also be compromised.
Due to the long half-life of Efavirenz, a period of functional monotherapy with Efavirenz may follow upon discontinuation of effective Efavirenz-containing antiretroviral therapy. This may cause significant resistance, and compromise the efficacy of future Efavirenz, Nevirapine or Delavirdine therapy.
In many cases when a Lamivudine-containing treatment regimen fails, the M184V mutation will be selected for at an early stage. M184V causes high-level resistance to Lamivudine (>300-fold reduced susceptibility).
Virus with M184V replicates less well than does wild type virus. M184V causes high-level resistance to Lamivudine (>300-fold reduced susceptibility).
In vitro data tend to suggest that the continuation of Lamivudine in an antiretroviral regimen despite the development of M184V might provide residual anti-retroviral activity (likely through impaired viral fitness). The clinical relevance of these findings is not established.
Cross-resistance conferred by the M184V mutation is limited within the nucleoside/nucleotide inhibitor class of antiretroviral agents. M184V confers full cross-resistance against Emtricitabine. Zidovudine and Stavudine maintain their antiretroviral activities against Lamivudine-resistant HIV-1. Abacavir maintains its antiretroviral activities against Lamivudine-resistant HIV-1 harbouring only the M184V mutation. The M184V mutant shows a <4-fold decrease in susceptibility to Didanosine; the clinical significance of this is unknown.
The K65R mutation is selected in vitro when HIV-1 is cultured in the presence of increasing Tenofovir concentrations. It may also emerge in vivo upon virological failure of a treatment regimen including Tenofovir. K65R reduces Tenofovir susceptibility in vitro approximately 2-fold, and has been associated with a lack of response to Tenofovir-containing regimens.
Clinical studies in treatment-experienced patients have assessed the anti-HIV activity of Tenofovir against strains of HIV-1 with Thymidine analogue mutations (TAMs), which are not selected for by Tenofovir. Patients whose HIV expressed 3 or more TAMs that included either the M41L or L210W mutation showed reduced response to Tenofovir.
Clinical efficacy: When tenofovir disoproxil fumarate and lamivudine were combined with efavirenz in treatment-naive patients with HIV-1, the proportion of patients (ITT) with HIV-RNA <50 copies/ml were 76.3% and 67.8% at 48 and 144 weeks, respectively.
Pharmacokinetics: Efavirenz: Absorption and Bioavailability: Bioavailability is 40% to 45% without food. Food increases absorption significantly. Time to peak plasma concentrations (3 - 5 hours) did not change following multiple dosing and steady-state plasma concentrations were reached in 6 - 7 days.
Following single dose of administration of one tablet of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets in healthy volunteers, mean (±SD) Efavirenz Cmax value was 2689 (±785) ng/ml and the corresponding value for AUC0-72h was 64850 (±21728) ng.h/ml. The mean Efavirenz tmax value was 4.28 (±1.61) hours.
Distribution: Efavirenz is highly bound (more than 99%) to human plasma proteins, predominantly albumin. In HIV-1 infected patients who received Efavirenz 200 to 600 mg once daily for at least one month, mean cerebrospinal fluid concentrations 0.69% of the corresponding plasma concentration were reached. This proportion is approximately 3-fold higher than the non-protein-bound (free) fraction of Efavirenz in plasma.
Metabolism: Efavirenz is principally metabolised by the cytochrome P450 system to hydroxylated metabolites. These metabolites are essentially inactive against HIV-1. In vitro studies, supported by in vivo observations, suggest that CYP3A4 and CYP2B6 are the major isoenzymes responsible for Efavirenz metabolism. Efavirenz has been shown to induce cytochrome P450 enzymes, resulting in the induction of its own metabolism.
Elimination: Efavirenz has a relatively long terminal half-life of 17 to 154 hours after single doses, and 40 - 55 hours after multiple doses. In individuals with certain mutant CYP2B6 genotypes (e.g. the T/T genotype at G516T) the terminal half-life may be substantially prolonged, and drug exposures higher. These genotypes are particularly common among Africans and African Americans. In patients with liver impairment, lower Efavirenz clearance and higher drug exposures have been reported.
Approximately 14 - 34% of a radio-labelled dose of Efavirenz was recovered in the urine and less than 1% of the dose was excreted in urine as unchanged Efavirenz.
Lamivudine: Absorption and Bioavailability: Lamivudine is rapidly absorbed following oral administration. Bioavailability is between 80 and 85%. Following single dose administration of one tablet of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets in healthy volunteers, the mean (±SD) Lamivudine Cmax value was 2483 (±706) ng/ml and the corresponding value for AUC was 13457 (±3717) ng.h/ml. The mean (±SD) Lamivudine tmax value was 1.92 (±0.93) hours.
Co-administration of Lamivudine with food results in a delay of tmax and a lower Cmax (decreased by 47%). However, the extent (based on the AUC) of Lamivudine absorbed is not influenced.
Distribution: Intravenous studies with Lamivudine showed that the mean apparent volume of distribution is 1.3 l/kg. Lamivudine exhibits linear pharmacokinetics over the therapeutic dose range and displays limited binding to the major plasma protein albumin (< 36% serum albumin in vitro).
Metabolism: Metabolism of Lamivudine is a minor route of elimination. Lamivudine is predominantly cleared unchanged by renal excretion. The likelihood of metabolic drug interactions with Lamivudine is low due to the small extent of hepatic metabolism (5 - 10%) and low plasma protein binding.
Elimination: The observed Lamivudine half-life of elimination is 5 to 7 hours. The half-life of intracellular Lamivudine triphosphate has been estimated to approximately 22 hours. The mean systemic clearance of Lamivudine is approximately 0.32 l/h/kg, with predominantly renal clearance (> 70%), including tubular secretion through the organic cationic transport system.
Special populations: Renal impairment: Studies in patients with renal impairment show that Lamivudine elimination is affected by renal dysfunction. Dose reduction is recommended for patients with creatinine clearance ≤50 ml/min.
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate is a water-soluble ester prodrug, which is rapidly converted in vivo to Tenofovir and formaldehyde. Tenofovir is converted intracellularly to Tenofovir monophosphate and to the active component, Tenofovir diphosphate.
Absorption: Following oral administration of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate to HIV infected patients, Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate is rapidly absorbed and converted to Tenofovir. The oral bioavailability of Tenofovir from Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in fasted patients was approximately 25%. Administration of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate with a high fat meal enhanced the oral bioavailability, with an increase in Tenofovir AUC by approximately 40% and Cmax by approximately 14%.
Following single dose administration of one tablet of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets in healthy volunteers, the mean (±SD) Tenofovir Cmax value was 277 (±79) ng/ml and the corresponding value for AUC was 2358 (±627) ng.h/ml. The mean (±SD) Tenofovir tmax value was 1.17 (±0.57) hours.
Distribution: Following intravenous administration the steady-state volume of distribution of Tenofovir was estimated to be approximately 800 ml/kg. In vitro protein binding of Tenofovir to plasma or serum protein was less than 0.7 and 7.2%, respectively, over the Tenofovir concentration range 0.01 to 25 μg/ml.
Elimination: Tenofovir is primarily excreted by the kidney, both by filtration and an active tubular transport system with approximately 70-80% of the dose excreted unchanged in urine following intravenous administration. Total clearance has been estimated to be approximately 230 ml/h/kg (approximately 300 ml/min). Renal clearance has been estimated to be approximately 160 ml/h/kg (approximately 210 ml/min), which is in excess of the glomerular filtration rate. This indicates that active tubular secretion is an important part of the elimination of Tenofovir. Following oral administration the terminal half-life of Tenofovir is approximately 12 to 18 hours.
Studies have established the pathway of active tubular secretion of Tenofovir to be influx into proximal tubule cell by the human organic anion transporters (hOAT) 1 and 3 and efflux into the urine by the multidrug resistant protein 4 (MRP 4). In vitro studies have determined that neither Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate nor Tenofovir are substrates for the CYP450 enzymes.
Age and gender: Limited data on the pharmacokinetics of Tenofovir in women indicate no major gender effect.
Tenofovir exposure achieved in adolescent patients receiving oral daily doses of Tenofovir 300 mg was similar to exposures achieved in adults receiving once-daily doses of Tenofovir 300 mg.
Pharmacokinetic studies have not been performed in children or in the elderly (over 65 years).
Pharmacokinetics have not been specifically studied in different ethnic groups.
Renal impairment: Pharmacokinetic parameters of Tenofovir were determined following administration of a single dose of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg to 40 non-HIV, non-HBV infected patients with varying degrees of renal impairment defined according to baseline creatinine clearance (CrCl) (normal renal function when CrCl > 80 ml/min; mild with CrCl = 50-79 ml/min; moderate with CrCl = 30-49 ml/min and severe with CrCl = 10-29 ml/min). Compared with patients with normal renal function, the mean (%CV) Tenofovir exposure increased from 2,185 (12%) ng·h/ml in subjects with CrCl > 80 ml/min to respectively 3,064 (30%) ng·h/ml, 6,009 (42%) ng·h/ml and 15,985 (45%) ng·h/ml in patients with mild, moderate and severe renal impairment. The dosing recommendations in patients with renal impairment, with increased dosing interval, are expected to result in higher peak plasma concentrations and lower Cmin levels in patients with renal impairment compared with patients with normal renal function. The clinical implications of this are unknown.
In patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) (CrCl < 10 ml/min) requiring haemodialysis, between dialysis Tenofovir concentrations substantially increased over 48 hours achieving a mean Cmax of 1,032 ng/ml and a mean AUC0-48h of 42,857 ng·h/ml. It is recommended that the dosing interval for Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg is modified in patients with creatinine clearance < 50 ml/min or in patients who already have ESRD and require dialysis.
The pharmacokinetics of Tenofovir in non-haemodialysis patients with creatinine clearance < 10 ml/min and in patients with ESRD managed by peritoneal or other forms of dialysis have not been studied.
Hepatic impairment: A single 300 mg dose of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate was administered to non-HIV, non-HBV infected patients with varying degrees of hepatic impairment defined according to Child-Pugh-Turcotte (CPT) classification. Tenofovir pharmacokinetic parameters were not substantially altered in subjects with hepatic impairment suggesting that no dose adjustment is required in these subjects. The mean (%CV) Tenofovir Cmax and AUC0-∞ values were 223 (34.8%) ng/ml and 2,050 (50.8%) ng·h/ml, respectively, in normal subjects compared with 289 (46.0%) ng/ml and 2,31 (43.5%) ng·h/ml in subjects with moderate hepatic impairment, and 305 (24.8%) ng/ml and 2,740 (44.0%) ng·h/ml in subjects with severe hepatic impairment.
Intracellular pharmacokinetics: Tenofovir diphosphate has an intracellular half-life of 10 hours in activated and 50 hours in resting peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs).
Toxicology: Preclinical safety data: Efavirenz: Preclinical data revealed no special hazard for humans other than those observed in clinical studies based on conventional studies of safety, pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, and genotoxicity. In reproductive toxicology studies, malformations were observed in 3 of 20 foetuses/newborns from Efavirenz-treated cynomolgus monkeys given doses resulting in plasma Efavirenz concentrations similar to those seen in humans. Carcinogenicity studies showed an increased incidence of hepatic and pulmonary tumours in female mice, but not in male mice.
Lamivudine: Administration of Lamivudine in animal toxicity studies at high doses was not associated with any major organ toxicity. Lamivudine was not mutagenic in bacterial tests, but showed activity in an in vitro cytogenetic assay and the mouse lymphoma assay. Lamivudine was not genotoxic in vitro at doses that gave plasma concentrations around 40-50 times higher than the anticipated clinical plasma levels. As the in vitro mutagenic activity of Lamivudine could not be confirmed in in vivo tests, it is concluded that Lamivudine should not represent a genotoxic hazard to patients undergoing treatment.
The results of long-term carcinogenicity studies in rats and mice did not show any carcinogenic potential relevant for humans.
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: Preclinical studies conducted in rats, dogs and monkeys revealed target organ effects in gastrointestinal tract, kidney, bone and a decrease in serum phosphate concentration. Bone toxicity was diagnosed as osteomalacia (monkeys) and reduced bone mineral density (rats and dogs). Findings in the rat and monkey studies indicated that there was a substance-related decrease in intestinal absorption of phosphate with potential secondary reduction in bone mineral density. However, no conclusion could be drawn on the mechanism(s) underlying these toxicities.
Reproductive studies were conducted in rats and rabbits. There were no effects on mating or fertility parameters or on any pregnancy or foetal parameter. There were no gross foetal alterations of soft or skeletal tissues. Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate reduced the viability index and weight of pups in peri-post natal toxicity studies.
Genotoxicity studies have shown that Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate was negative in the in vivo mouse bone marrow micronucleus assay but was positive for inducing forward mutations in the in vitro L5178Y mouse lymphoma cell assay in the presence or absence of S9 metabolic activation. Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate was positive in the Ames test (strain TA 1535) in two out of three studies, once in the presence of S9 mix (6.2- to 6.8-fold increase) and once without S9 mix. Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate was also weakly positive in an in vivo / in vitro unscheduled DNA synthesis test in primary rat hepatocytes.
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate did not show any carcinogenic potential in a long-term oral carcinogenicity study in rats. A long-term oral carcinogenicity study in mice showed a low incidence of duodenal tumours, considered likely related to high local concentrations of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in the gastrointestinal tract at a dose of 600 mg/kg/day. While the mechanism of tumour formation is uncertain, the findings are unlikely to be of relevance to humans.
Indications/Uses
Efavirenz, Lamivudine & Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Tablets is a fixed dose combination of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate, Lamivudine and Efavirenz. It is indicated for the treatment of human immunodeficiency virus-1 (HIV-1) infection in adults and adolescents (from 12 years of age and weighing ≥ 40 kg) with virologic suppression to HIV-1 RNA levels of < 50 copies/ml on their current combination antiretroviral therapy for more than three months. Patients must not have experienced virological failure on any prior antiretroviral therapy.
The choice of Efavirenz, Lamivudine & Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate Tablets to treat antiretroviral experienced patients with HIV-1 infection should be based on individual viral resistance testing and/or the treatment history of the patient.
Consideration should be given to official treatment guidelines for HIV-1 infection (e.g. by WHO).
Dosage/Direction for Use
Therapy should be prescribed by a physician experienced in the management of HIV-1 infection.
Posology: Adults and adolescents: the recommended dose of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is one tablet taken orally once daily.
Method of administration: It is recommended that Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets be swallowed whole with water.
It is recommended that Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg.
Tablets be taken on an empty stomach since food may increase Efavirenz exposure and may lead to an increase in the frequency of adverse reactions.
In order to improve the tolerability of Efavirenz with respect to undesirable effects on the nervous system, bedtime dosing is recommended.
It is anticipated that Tenofovir exposure will be approximately 35% lower following administration of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets on an empty stomach as compared to the individual component Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate when taken with food. In virologically suppressed patients, the clinical relevance of this reduction can be expected to be limited.
Children: Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is not recommended for use in children below 12 years of age due to a lack of data on safety and efficacy.
Elderly: Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should be administered with caution to elderly patients.
Dose adjustments: Where discontinuation of therapy with one of the components of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is indicated or where dose modification is necessary, separate preparations of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate, Lamivudine and Efavirenz are available. Please refer to the Product Information for these medicinal products.
If Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is coadministered with Rifampicin, an additional 200 mg/day (800 mg total) of Efavirenz may be considered.
Renal impairment: Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is not recommended for patients with moderate or severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance (CrCl) < 50 ml/min). Patients with moderate or severe renal impairment require dose interval adjustment of Lamivudine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate that cannot be achieved with the combination tablet.
Hepatic impairment: The pharmacokinetics of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets have not been studied in patients with hepatic impairment. Patients should be monitored carefully for adverse reactions, especially nervous system symptoms related to Efavirenz.
If Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is discontinued in patients co-infected with HIV and HBV, these patients should be closely monitored for evidence of exacerbation of hepatitis.
If therapy with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is discontinued, consideration should be given to the long half-life of Efavirenz and long intracellular half-lives of Tenofovir and Lamivudine. Because of interpatient variability in these parameters and concerns regarding development of resistance, HIV treatment guidelines should be consulted, also taking into consideration the reason for discontinuation.
Route of Administration: ORAL.
Overdosage
Symptoms and Treatment of Overdose: If overdose occurs the patient must be monitored for evidence of toxicity, and standard supportive treatment applied as necessary.
Some patients accidentally taking Efavirenz 600 mg twice daily have reported increased nervous system symptoms. One patient experienced involuntary muscle contractions. Administration of activated charcoal may be used to aid removal of unabsorbed Efavirenz. There is no specific antidote for overdose with Efavirenz. Since Efavirenz is highly protein bound, dialysis is unlikely to remove significant quantities of it from blood.
Tenofovir can be removed by haemodialysis; the median haemodialysis clearance of Tenofovir is 134 ml/min. The elimination of Tenofovir by peritoneal dialysis has not been studied.
Because a negligible amount of Lamivudine was removed via (4-hour) haemodialysis, continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis, and automated peritoneal dialysis, it is not known if continuous haemodialysis would provide clinical benefit in a Lamivudine overdose event.
Contraindications
Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is contraindicated in patients with clinically significant hypersensitivity to Tenofovir, Lamivudine, Efavirenz or to any of the excipients contained in the formulation.
Herbal preparations containing St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) must not be used while taking Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets due to the risk of decreased plasma concentrations and reduced clinical effects of Efavirenz.
Efavirenz significantly decreases voriconazole plasma concentrations while voriconazole also significantly increases Efavirenz plasma concentrations. Since Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is a fixed-dose combination product, the dose of Efavirenz cannot be altered; therefore, voriconazole and Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets must not be co-administered.
Special Precautions
General: As a fixed combination, Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg. Tablets should not be administered concomitantly with other medicinal products containing any of the same active components, Efavirenz, Lamivudine or Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate. Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should not be administered concomitantly with other cytidine analogues such as Emtricitabine. Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should not be administered concomitantly with Adefovir Dipivoxil.
Transmission of HIV: Treatment with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets has not been shown to eliminate the risk of transmission of HIV infection by sexual contact or by blood transfer, although the risk may be reduced. Patients should continue to use appropriate precautions to prevent transmission of HIV.
Didanosine: Co-administration of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg. Tablets and Didanosine is not recommended since exposure to Didanosine is significantly increased following co-administration with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate.
Liver disease: The safety and pharmacokinetics of Efavirenz has not been investigated in patients with severe liver disease. Therefore Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should only be used in this group of patients if the benefits are considered to outweigh the risks, and with close safety monitoring.
Liver toxicity: Increased transaminase levels may occur months after starting Efavirenz and may be more frequent in patients with HBV- and/or HCV co-infection. Discontinuation is recommended if hepatoxicity is symptomatic, or if the transaminase levels are > 10 times the upper limit of normal.
Hepatic failure has occurred in patients with no preexisting hepatic disease or other identifiable risk factors. Liver enzyme monitoring should be considered for patients without pre-existing hepatic dysfunction or other risk factors.
Patients with HIV and hepatitis B (HBV) or C virus (HCV) co-infection: Patients with chronic hepatitis B or C and treated with combination antiretroviral therapy are at an increased risk for severe and potentially fatal hepatic adverse reactions.
Physicians should refer to current HIV treatment guidelines for the optimal management of HIV infection in patients co-infected with HBV.
Lamivudine and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate are also active against HBV. Therefore, discontinuation of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets therapy in patients co-infected with HIV and HBV may be associated with severe acute exacerbations of hepatitis. Patients co-infected with HIV and HBV who discontinue Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets must be closely monitored with both clinical and laboratory follow-up for at least four months after stopping treatment with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets. If appropriate, resumption of specific anti-hepatitis B therapy may be warranted. In patients with advanced liver disease or cirrhosis, treatment discontinuation is not recommended since post-treatment exacerbation of hepatitis may lead to hepatic decompensation.
Rash: A mild-to-moderate rash very commonly develops within two weeks after starting Efavirenz and does not require treatment discontinuation. The rash usually resolves within two weeks. Severe rash or erythema, including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, requires immediate discontinuation.
Central nervous system and psychiatric effects: Central nervous system and psychiatric side effects are very common after starting Efavirenz. These symptoms typically occur within the first week of treatment and usually resolve within 4 weeks of treatment. There is a potential additive effect with alcohol and other psychoactive drugs. Patients should be advised that if they experience symptoms such as severe depression, psychosis or suicidal ideation they should contact their doctor or health care provider immediately to determine whether the benefits outweigh the risks of continued therapy.
Bone effects: In a controlled clinical study decreases in bone mineral density of spine and changes in bone biomarkers from baseline were observed in both treatment groups, but were significantly greater in the Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate treatment group than in the comparator group treated with Stavudine (each in combination with Lamivudine and Efavirenz) at 144 weeks. Decreases in bone mineral density of hip were significantly greater in this group until 96 weeks. However, there was no increased risk of fractures or evidence for clinically relevant bone abnormalities over 144 weeks.
Tenofovir was studied in HIV-1 infected paediatric subjects 12 years of age and older. Under normal circumstances, bone mineral density increases rapidly in this age group. In this study, the mean rate of bone gain was less in the Tenofovir-treated group compared to the placebo group. Skeletal growth (height) appeared to be unaffected. Markers of bone turnover in Tenofovir-treated paediatric subjects 12 years of age and older suggest increased bone turnover, consistent with the effects observed in adults. Due to the possible effects of Tenofovir on bone metabolism, Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should only be used in adolescents under the age of 18 if the benefits are considered to exceed the risk.
Bone abnormalities (infrequently contributing to fractures) may be associated with proximal renal tubulopathy. If bone abnormalities are suspected then appropriate consultation should be obtained.
Lactic acidosis: Lactic acidosis is a rare but severe, potentially life-threatening complication associated with use of nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors (NRTI). Several other agents of this class are known to cause lactic acidosis. Preclinical and clinical data suggest that the risk of occurrence of lactic acidosis, considered a putative class effect of nucleoside analogues, is very low for Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Lamivudine. However, this risk cannot be excluded. Lactic acidosis may occur after a few to several months of NRTI treatment. Patients with hyperlactataemia may be asymptomatic, critically ill, or may have non-specific symptoms such as dyspnoea, fatigue, nausea, vomiting, diarrhoea and abdominal pain. Risk factors for NRTI-related lactic acidosis include female gender and obesity. Patients at increased risk should be closely monitored clinically. Screening for hyperlactataemia in asymptomatic patients treated with NRTIs, however, is not recommended. Symptomatic patients usually have levels > 5 mmol/l and require discontinuation of all NRTIs. Lactic acid levels > 10 mmol/l usually are a medical emergency.
Lipodystrophy and metabolic disorders: Combination antiretroviral therapy has been associated with the redistribution of body fat (lipodystrophy) in HIV-infected patients. Whereas for some other antiretrovirals there is considerable evidence for this adverse reaction, the evidence for Tenofovir, Lamivudine and Efavirenz as causative agents is weak; indeed switching from a thymidine analogue (e.g. Stavudine) to Tenofovir has been shown to increase limb fat in patients with lipoatrophy. A higher risk of lipodystrophy has been associated e.g. with older age of the patient, longer duration of antiretroviral therapy and related metabolic disturbances. Clinical examination should include evaluation for physical signs of fat redistribution. Measurement of fasting serum lipids and blood glucose as well as appropriate management of lipid disorders should be considered.
Mitochondrial dysfunction: Nucleoside and nucleotide analogues have been demonstrated, in vitro and in vivo, to cause a variable degree of mitochondrial damage. There have been reports of mitochondrial dysfunction in HIV-negative infants exposed in utero and/or postnatally to nucleoside analogues. The main adverse events reported are haematological disorders (anaemia, neutropenia) and metabolic disorders (hyperlactataemia, hyperlipasaemia). These events are often transitory. Some late-onset neurological disorders have been reported (hypertonia, convulsion, abnormal behaviour). Whether the neurological disorders are transient or permanent is currently unknown. Any child exposed in utero to nucleoside and nucleotide analogues, even HIV-negative children, should have clinical and laboratory follow-up and should be fully investigated for possible mitochondrial dysfunction in case of relevant signs or symptoms. These findings do not affect current national recommendations to use antiretroviral therapy in pregnant women to prevent vertical transmission of HIV.
Pancreatitis: Treatment with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should be stopped immediately if clinical signs, symptoms or laboratory abnormalities suggestive of pancreatitis occur.
Opportunistic infections: Patients receiving antiretroviral therapy may continue to develop opportunistic infections and other complications of HIV infection. Therefore patients should remain under close clinical observation by physicians or health care providers experienced in the treatment of HIV infection.
Immune Reactivation Syndrome: In HIV infected patients with pre-existing severe immune deficiency, typically in the first few weeks or months after initiation of combination ART, an inflammatory reaction to asymptomatic or residual opportunistic pathogens (e.g. CMV retinitis, mycobacterial infections, Pneumocystis pneumonia) may arise and cause serious clinical conditions or aggravation of symptoms. Treatment should be instituted when necessary.
Osteonecrosis: Although the etiology is considered to be multifactorial (including corticosteroid use, alcohol consumption, severe immunosuppression, higher body mass index), cases of osteonecrosis have been reported, particularly in patients with advanced HIV-disease and/or long-term exposure to combination antiretroviral therapy. Patients should be advised to seek medical advice if they experience joint aches and pain, joint stiffness or difficulty in movement.
Excipients: Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
This medicinal product contains 1.9 mmol (43 mg) sodium per tablet. To be taken into consideration by patients on a controlled sodium diet.
Renal function: Tenofovir is primarily excreted by the kidneys through a combination of glomerular filtration and active tubular secretion. Thus, clearance is decreased in patients with impaired renal function. There are limited data on the safety and efficacy of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in patients with impaired renal function (< 80 ml/min). In such patients, Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should only be used if the potential benefits of treatment are considered to outweigh the potential risks.
In patients with moderate to severe renal impairment, the plasma half-life of Lamivudine is increased due to decreased clearance. Decreased doses are recommended for patients with creatinine clearance <50 ml/min.
The use of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is not recommended in patients with creatinine clearance < 50 ml/min, since appropriate dose reductions cannot be achieved with the combination tablet.
Renal failure, renal impairment, elevated creatinine, hypophosphataemia and proximal tubulopathy (including Fanconi syndrome) have been reported with the use of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate in clinical practice. It is recommended that creatinine clearance be calculated in all patients prior to initiating therapy and as clinically appropriate during therapy with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets. Routine monitoring of calculated creatinine clearance and serum phosphate should be performed in patients at risk for renal impairment.
In patients receiving Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate renal function should be re-evaluated within one week, including measurements of blood glucose, blood potassium and urine glucose concentrations, if serum phosphate is < 1.5 mg/dl (0.48 mmol/l) or creatinine clearance decreases below 50 ml/min.
Consideration should also be given to interrupting treatment with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets in patients whose creatinine clearance falls below 50 ml/min or whose serum phosphate decreases below 1.0 mg/dl (0.32 mmol/l).
Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should be avoided with concurrent use of a nephrotoxic medicinal product (e.g. aminoglycosides, amphotericin B, foscarnet, ganciclovir, pentamidine, vancomycin, cidofovir or interleukin-2). If concomitant use of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and nephrotoxic agents is unavoidable, renal function should be monitored weekly.
Use in Elderly: Elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function; therefore caution should be exercised when treating elderly patients with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate.
Use In Pregnancy & Lactation
Women of childbearing potential: Based on the animal data, it is recommended that pregnancy should be avoided in women treated with Efavirenz, one of the components of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets. Barrier contraception should always be used in combination with other methods of contraception (for example, oral or other hormonal contraceptives). Because of the long half-life of Efavirenz, use of adequate contraceptive measures for 12 weeks after discontinuation of Efavirenz is recommended. Women of childbearing potential should undergo pregnancy testing before initiation of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets.
Pregnancy: Studies of Efavirenz in animals have shown reproductive toxicity, including marked teratogenic effects. Cases of neural tube defects in infants born to women with first trimester exposure have been reported. Animal studies do not indicate direct or indirect harmful effects of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate with respect to pregnancy, foetal development, parturition or postnatal development. In humans, the safety of Tenofovir in pregnancy has not been fully established. Sufficient numbers of first trimester exposures have been monitored, however, to detect at least a twofold increase in the risk of overall birth defects. No increase in birth defects was seen.
No increased risk of birth defects has been reported for Lamivudine. However, risks to the fetus cannot be ruled out.
Due to the possible teratogenic effects of Efavirenz, Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets should not be used during the first trimester of pregnancy, and only used during the subsequent trimester if the benefit is considered to outweigh the risk.
Breast-feeding: In animal studies it has been shown that Tenofovir is excreted into milk. It is not known whether Tenofovir is excreted in human milk. Lamivudine is excreted into the breast milk of lactating mothers. It is not known whether Efavirenz is excreted in human milk.
Current recommendations on HIV and breastfeeding (e.g. those from the WHO) should be consulted before advising patients on this matter. Preferred options may vary depending on the local circumstances.
Side Effects
The following adverse events have been reported in controlled clinical trials during treatment of HIV-1 infection with Efavirenz, Lamivudine and/or Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate.
The adverse events considered at least possibly related to the treatment are listed as follows by body system, organ class and absolute frequency. Frequencies are defined as very common (≥ 1/10), common (≥ 1/100, <1/10), uncommon (≥1/1000, <1/100), rare (≥1/10,000, <1/1000), very rare (<1/10,000). In addition, adverse events identified during post-approval use are listed (frequency category: "not known"). Since they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. These events have been included for their potential causal connection to the active components of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets, taking also into account their seriousness and the number of reports.
Metabolic and nutrition disorders: Very common: increases in fasting triglycerides, total cholesterol, high- and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, hypophosphataemia. Rare: lactic acidosis. Not known: lipodystrophy, hypokalaemia.
Blood and lymphatic systems disorders: Uncommon: neutropenia, anaemia, thrombocytopenia. Very rare: pure red cell aplasia.
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders: Common: cough, nasal symptoms. Very rare: dyspnoea.
Nervous system disorders: Very common: dizziness. Common: abnormal dreams, disturbance in attention, headache, insomnia, somnolence. Uncommon: agitation, amnesia, ataxia, abnormal coordination, confusional state, convulsions, abnormal thinking. Very rare: peripheral neuropathy (paresthesiae). Not known: tremor.
Psychiatric disorders: Common: anxiety and depression. Uncommon: affect ability, aggression, euphoric mood, hallucination, mania, paranoia, suicide attempt, suicidal ideation. Not known: neurosis, completed suicide.
Hepatobiliary disorders: Common: elevation of liver enzymes. Uncommon: acute hepatitis. Not known: hepatic failure, hepatic steatosis.
Renal and urinary disorders: Rare: acute renal failure, renal failure, proximal renal tubulopathy (including Fanconi syndrome), increased serum creatinine. Very rare: acute tubular necrosis. Unknown: nephritis (including acute interstitial nephritis), nephrogenic diabetes insipidus.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Very common: rash. Common: pruritus, hair loss. Uncommon: erythema multiforme, Stevens-Johnson syndrome. Not known: photo allergic dermatitis.
Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders: Common: arthralgia, myalgia. Not known: rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia (manifested as bone pain and infrequently contributing to fractures), muscular weakness, myopathy, osteonecrosis.
Reproductive system and breast disorders: Uncommon: gynaecomastia.
Eye disorders: Uncommon: blurred vision.
Ear and labyrinth disorders: Uncommon: vertigo. Not known: tinnitus.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Very common: diarrhoea, nausea, vomiting. Common: abdominal pain, flatulence. Uncommon: acute pancreatitis.
General disorders and administration site disorders: Common: fatigue, malaise, fever. Not known: immune reconstitution syndrome, flushing.
Description of selected adverse reactions: Renal tubulopathy: The following adverse reactions, listed under the body system headings as previously mentioned, may occur as a consequence of proximal renal tubulopathy due to Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate: rhabdomyolysis, osteomalacia (manifested as bone pain and infrequently contributing to fractures), hypokalaemia, muscular weakness, myopathy and hypophosphataemia. These events are not considered to be causally associated with Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets therapy in the absence of proximal renal tubulopathy.
Nervous system symptoms: Nervous system symptoms are common with Efavirenz, one of the components of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets. In clinical controlled studies of Efavirenz, nervous system symptoms of moderate to severe intensity were experienced by 19% (severe 2%) of patients, and 2% of patients discontinued therapy due to such symptoms. They usually begin during the first one or two days of Efavirenz therapy and generally resolve after the first two to four weeks. They may occur more frequently when Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is taken concomitantly with meals possibly due to increased Efavirenz plasma levels. Dosing at bedtime seems to improve the tolerability of these symptoms.
Bone effects of Tenofovir in adolescents: The effect of Tenofovir on bone mass in those not fully grown is a specific theoretical safety concern. Assessment of adverse reactions is based on one randomized trial in 87 HIV-1 infected paediatric subjects (12 to <18 years of age) who received treatment with Tenofovir (N=45) or placebo (N=42) in combination with other antiretroviral agents for 48 weeks. Bone effects observed in paediatric subjects 12 years of age and older, such as increased bone turnover were consistent with those observed in adult clinical trials.
Drug Interactions
Interactions relevant to Lamivudine: Co-administration with Trimethoprim / Sulfamethoxazole results in a 40% increase in Lamivudine area under the concentration curve. No dose adjustment of Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets is necessary. Lamivudine has no effect on the pharmacokinetics of Trimethoprim or Sulfamethoxazole.
Interactions relevant to Tenofovir: Didanosine: Co-administration of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate and Didanosine is not recommended (see the table as follows).
Renally eliminated medicinal products: Since Tenofovir is primarily eliminated by the kidneys, co-administration of Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate with medicinal products that reduce renal function or compete for active tubular secretion via transport proteins hOAT 1, hOAT 3 or MRP 4 (e.g. cidofovir) may increase serum concentrations of Tenofovir and/or the co-administered medicinal products.
Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate should be avoided with concurrent use of a nephrotoxic medicinal product, such as aminoglycosides, amphotericin B, foscarnet, ganciclovir, pentamidine, vancomycin, cidofovir or interleukin-2.
Given that tacrolimus can affect renal function, close monitoring is recommended when it is co-administered with Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate.
Interactions relevant to Efavirenz: Efavirenz is eliminated through hepatic metabolism, mainly catalyzed by the genetically polymorphic cytochrome (CYP) 450 isoform CYP2B6, but also by CYP3A. Therefore, agents that alter the activity of CYP2B6 or CYP3A may alter the plasma concentration of Efavirenz.
Efavirenz is a clinically important inducer of cytochrome P450 enzymes, such as CYP3A4; therefore interactions with medicinal products metabolized by this pathway may occur. In vitro, Efavirenz is also an inhibitor of UDP-glucuronosyl transferases, CYP3A4, CYP2C9 and CYP2C19. In the great majority of cases where Efavirenz interacts in vivo with known CYP3A substrates, the net result after multiple doses is a decreased systemic exposure of the drug interacting with Efavirenz. Though Efavirenz might act in vivo as a net inhibitor of CYP3A4 after the first doses, it has not been demonstrated that this happens once CYP3A4 induction has set in.
Efavirenz should not be administered concurrently with terfenadine, astemizole, cisapride pimozide, bepridil or ergot derivatives, since this may result in altered plasma concentrations of these drugs.
Table of drug interactions for Efavirenz 600 mg, Lamivudine 300 mg and Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate 300 mg Tablets: The following list of interactions should not be considered exhaustive, but as representative of the classes of medicinal products where caution should be exercised (increased exposure is indicated as "↑", decreased exposure as "↓", no change as "↔", thrice daily as t.i.d., twice daily as "b.i.d.", and once daily as "q.d."). (See Tables A, B and C.)

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Storage
Do not store above 30°C.
Shelf-Life: 24 months.
MIMS Class
ATC Classification
J05AR11 - lamivudine, tenofovir disoproxil and efavirenz ; Belongs to the class of antivirals for treatment of HIV infections, combinations.
Presentation/Packing
FC tab (white colored, oval shaped, beveled edge, biconvex, debossed with 'I' on one side and '91' on the other side) 30's.
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