Uptravi Adverse Reactions





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Adverse Reactions
Summary of the safety profile: The most commonly reported adverse reactions are headache, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting, jaw pain, myalgia, pain in extremity, arthralgia, and flushing. These reactions are more frequent during the up-titration phase. The majority of these reactions are of mild to moderate intensity.
Tabulated list of adverse reactions: The safety of selexipag has been evaluated in a long-term, Phase 3 placebo-controlled study enrolling 1,156 patients with symptomatic PAH. The mean treatment duration was 76.4 weeks (median 70.7 weeks) for patients receiving selexipag versus 71.2 weeks (median 63.7 weeks) for patients on placebo. The exposure to selexipag was up to 4.2 years.
Adverse reactions obtained from the pivotal clinical study are tabulated below. Within each frequency grouping, undesirable effects are presented in order of decreasing seriousness. (See Table 2.)

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Description of selected adverse reactions: Pharmacological effects associated with titration and maintenance treatment: Adverse reactions associated with the mode of action of selexipag have been observed frequently, in particular during the phase of individualised dose titration, and are tabulated below: (See Table 3.)

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These effects are usually transient or manageable with symptomatic treatment. 7.5% of patients on selexipag discontinued treatment due to these adverse reactions. The approximate rate of adverse reactions that were serious was 2.3% in the selexipag group and 0.5% in the placebo group. In clinical practice, gastro-intestinal events have been observed to respond to anti-diarrhoeal, anti-emetic, and anti-nauseant medicinal products and/or medicinal products for functional gastro-intestinal disorders. Pain-associated events have frequently been treated with analgesics (such as paracetamol).
Haemoglobin decrease: In a Phase 3 placebo-controlled study in patients with PAH, mean absolute changes in haemoglobin at regular visits compared to baseline ranged from -0.34 to -0.02 g/dL in the selexipag group compared to -0.05 to 0.25 g/dL in the placebo group. A decrease from baseline in haemoglobin concentration to below 10 g/dL was reported in 8.6% of selexipag-treated patients and 5.0% of placebo-treated patients.
Thyroid function tests: In a Phase 3 placebo-controlled study in patients with PAH, hyperthyroidism was reported for 1.6% of patients in the selexipag group, compared to no case in the placebo group (see Precautions). A reduction (up to -0.3 MU/L from a baseline median of 2.5 MU/L) in median thyroid-stimulating hormone was observed at most visits in the selexipag group. In the placebo group, little change in median values was apparent. There were no mean changes in triiodothyronine or thyroxine in either group.
Increase in heart rate: In the Phase 3 placebo-controlled study in patients with PAH, a transient increase in mean heart rate of 3–4 bpm at 2–4 hours post-dose was observed. Electrocardiogram investigations showed sinus tachycardia in 11.3% of patients in the selexipag group compared to 8.8% in the placebo group (see Precautions and Pharmacology: Pharmacodynamics under Actions).
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