Generic Medicine Info
Indications and Dosage
Hereditary angioedema
Adult: For the treatment of acute attacks in patients with C1-esterase inhibitor deficiency: 30 mg as a single dose via SC inj over ≥30 seconds. Additional doses may be given at intervals of ≥6 hours if relief is insufficient or symptoms recur. Max: 3 doses (90 mg) daily.
Child: Dosage recommendations may vary among countries and individual products. Refer to specific product guidelines.
Special Precautions
Patient with acute ischaemic heart disease or unstable angina pectoris, recent stroke. Advise patients with laryngeal hereditary angioedema (HAE) attacks to seek immediate medical attention in an appropriate healthcare facility in addition to treatment with icatibant. Children. Pregnancy and lactation.
Adverse Reactions
Significant: CNS depression.
Gastrointestinal disorders: Nausea.
General disorders and administration site conditions: Pyrexia, inj site reactions (e.g. bruising, burning, haematoma, erythema, hypoaesthesia, irritation, numbness, oedema, pain, pressure sensation, swelling, urticaria, warmth).
Investigations: Increased transaminases and creatine phosphokinase, prolonged prothrombin time.
Nervous system disorders: Dizziness, headache.
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders: Erythema, pruritus, rash.
Patient Counseling Information
This drug may cause lethargy, tiredness, fatigue, somnolence, or dizziness; if affected, do not drive or operate machinery.
Monitoring Parameters
Monitor symptom relief; laryngeal symptoms or airway obstruction.
Drug Interactions
May decrease the antihypertensive effect of ACE inhibitors.
Mechanism of Action: Icatibant, a synthetic decapeptide, is a selective competitive inhibitor at the bradykinin type 2 (B2) receptor. Bradykinin is a vasodilator thought to be responsible for the characteristic HAE symptoms of localised swelling, inflammation, and pain. Competitive inhibition of the bradykinin B2 receptor reduces the vasodilatory effects of excess bradykinin, thereby treating the symptoms associated with the acute attacks of HAE.
Onset: 50% decrease in symptoms: Approx 2 hours.
Duration: Approx 6 hours.
Absorption: Bioavailability: Approx 97%. Time to peak plasma concentration: 0.75 hours.
Distribution: Plasma protein binding: 44%.
Metabolism: Extensively metabolised by proteolytic enzymes to inactive metabolites.
Excretion: Mainly via urine (<10% as unchanged drug). Elimination half-life: Approx 1-2 hours.
Chemical Structure

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Source: National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Compound Summary for CID 6918173, Icatibant. https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Icatibant. Accessed Apr. 27, 2022.

Store between 2-25°C. Do not freeze. Protect from light. Follow applicable procedures for receiving, handling, administration, and disposal.
MIMS Class
Antihistamines & Antiallergics / Other Cardiovascular Drugs
ATC Classification
B06AC02 - icatibant ; Belong to the class of drugs used in the treatment of hereditary angioedema.
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