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Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) is indicated in adults for the acute treatment of the headache phase of migraine attacks, with or without aura.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) tablets should be taken as early as possible after the onset of migraine headache but they are also effective if taken at a later stage during a migraine attack.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE), if taken during the aura phase, has not been demonstrated to prevent migraine headache and therefore Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should only be taken during the headache phase of migraine.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) tablets should not be used prophylactically.
Adults (18-65 years of age):
The recommended initial dose is 40 mg.
If headache returns within 24 hours: If the migraine headache recurs within 24 hours of an initial response, a second dose of the same strength of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) has been shown to be effective in treating the recurrence. If a second dose is required, it should not be taken within 2 hours of the initial dose.
If no response is obtained: If a patient does not achieve a headache response to the first dose of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) within 2 hours, a second dose should not be taken for the same attack as clinical trials have not adequately established efficacy with the second dose. Clinical trials show that patients who do not respond to the treatment of an attack are still likely to respond to the treatment of a subsequent attack.
Patients who do not obtain satisfactory efficacy after an appropriate trial of 40 mg, (e.g., good tolerability and failure to respond in 2 out of 3 attacks), may be effectively treated with 80 mg (2 x 40 mg) in subsequent migraine attacks. A second dose of 80 mg should not be taken within 24 hours.
The maximum daily dose should not exceed 80 mg.
The safety and effectiveness of eletriptan in patients over 65 years of age have not been systematically evaluated due to the small number of such patients in clinical trials. Use of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) in the elderly is therefore not recommended.
Adolescents (12-17 years of age)
The efficacy of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) in adolescents aged 12 to 17 years has not been established.
Children (6-11 years of age)
Patients with hepatic impairment
No dose adjustment is required in patients with mild or moderate hepatic impairment. As Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) has not been studied in patients with severe hepatic impairment, it is contraindicated in these patients.
Patients with renal impairment
As the blood pressure effects of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) are amplified in renal impairment , a 20 mg initial dose, is recommended in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment. The maximum daily dose should not exceed 40 mg. Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) is contra-indicated, in patients with severe renal impairment.
Method of administration
The tablets should be swallowed whole with water.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) is contraindicated in patients with
- hypersensitivity to eletriptan hydrobromide or to any of the excipients listed in 6.1.
- severe hepatic or severe renal impairment.
- moderately severe or severe hypertension, or untreated mild hypertension.
- confirmed coronary heart disease, including ischaemic heart disease (angina pectoris, previous myocardial infarction or confirmed silent ischaemia). Patients with coronary artery vasospasm (Prinzmetal's angina), objective or subjective symptoms of ischaemic heart disease.
- significant arrhythmias or heart failure.
- peripheral vascular disease.
- a history of cerebrovascular accident (CVA) or transient ischaemic attack (TIA).
- administration of ergotamine, or derivatives of ergotamine (including methysergide), within 24hr before or after treatment with eletriptan.
- concomitant administration of other 5-HT1 receptor agonists with eletriptan.
This medicinal product contains lactose. Patients with rare hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption should not take this medicine.
This medicinal product also contains sunset yellow which may cause allergic reactions.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should not be used together with potent CYP3A4 inhibitors e.g., ketoconazole, itraconazole, erythromycin, clarithromycin, josamycin and protease inhibitors (ritonavir, indinavir and nelfinavir).
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should only be used where a clear diagnosis of migraine has been established. Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) is not indicated for the management of hemiplegic, ophthalmoplegic, or basilar migraine.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should not be given for the treatment of 'atypical' headaches, i.e. headaches, which may be related to a possibly serious condition (stroke, aneurysm rupture) where cerebrovascular vasoconstriction may be harmful.
Eletriptan can be associated with transient symptoms including chest pain and tightness, which may be intense and involve the throat. Where such symptoms are thought to indicate ischaemic heart disease, no further dose should be taken and appropriate evaluation should be carried out.
Patients with cardiac failure
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should not be given without prior evaluation, to patients in whom unrecognised cardiac disease is likely, or to patients at risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) [e.g., patients with hypertension, diabetes, smokers or users of nicotine substitution therapy, men over 40 years of age, post-menopausal women and those with a strong family history of CAD]. Cardiac evaluations may not identify every patient who has cardiac disease and, in very rare cases, serious cardiac events have occurred, in patients without underlying cardiovascular disease when 5-HT1 agonists have been administered. Patients in whom CAD is established, should not be given Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE). 5-HT1 receptor agonists have been associated with coronary vasospasm. In rare cases, myocardial ischaemia or infarction, have been reported with 5-HT1 receptor agonists.
Undesirable effects may be more common during concomitant use of triptans and herbal preparations containing St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum).
Within the clinical dose range, slight and transient increases in blood pressure have been seen with eletriptan doses of 60 mg or greater. However, these increases have not been associated with clinical sequelae in the clinical trial programme. The effect was much more pronounced in renally impaired and elderly subjects. In renally impaired subjects, the range of mean maximum increases in systolic blood pressure was 14 -17mmHg (normal 3mmHg) and for diastolic blood pressure was 14 -21mmHg (normal 4mmHg). In elderly subjects, the mean maximum increase in systolic blood pressure was 23mmHg compared with 13mmHg in young adults (placebo 8mmHg). Post-marketing reports of increases in blood pressure have also been received for patients taking 20 and 40 mg doses of eletriptan, and in non-renally impaired and non-elderly patients.
Medication overuse headache (MOH)
Prolonged use of any painkiller for headaches can make them worse. If this situation is experienced or suspected, medical advice should be obtained and treatment should be discontinued. The diagnosis of MOH should be suspected in patients who have frequent or daily headaches despite (or because of) the regular use of headache medications.
Serotonin syndrome (including altered mental status, autonomic instability and neuromuscular abnormalities) has been reported following concomitant treatment with triptans and selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) or serotonin noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs). These reactions can be severe. If concomitant treatment with eletriptan and an SSRI or SNRI is clinically warranted, appropriate observation of the patient is advised, particularly during treatment initiation, with dose increases, or with addition of another serotonergic medication.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) has moderate influence on the ability to drive and use machines. Migraine or treatment with Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) may cause drowsiness or dizziness in some patients. Patients should be advised to evaluate their ability to perform complex tasks such as driving during migraine attacks and following administration of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE).
Summary of the safety profile
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) has been administered in clinical trials to over 5000 subjects, taking one or two doses of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) 20 or 40 or 80 mg. The most common adverse reactions noted were asthenia, somnolence, nausea and dizziness. In randomised clinical studies using doses of 20, 40 and 80 mg, a trend for a dose-dependency of the incidence of adverse events has been shown.
Tabulated list of adverse reactions
The following adverse reactions (with an incidence >1% and higher than placebo) were reported in patients treated with therapeutic doses in clinical trials. Events are categorized by frequency as common (>1/100 to <1/10), uncommon (>1/1,000 to <1/100), or rare (>1/10,000 to <1/1,000).
System Organ Class
Infections and infestations:
pharyngitis, and rhinitis
respiratory tract infection
Blood and the lymphatic system disorders:
Metabolism and nutrition disorders:
thinking abnormal, agitation, confusion, depersonalisation, euphoria, depression, and insomnia
Nervous system disorders:
somnolence, headache, dizziness, tingling or abnormal sensation, hypertonia, hypoaesthesia, and myasthenia
tremor, hyperaesthesia, ataxia, hypokinesia, speech disorder, stupor, and taste perversion
abnormal vision, eye pain, photophobia, and lacrimation disorder
Ear and labyrinth disorders:
ear pain, tinnitus
palpitation, and tachycardia
peripheral vascular disorder
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders:
dyspnea, respiratory disorder and yawning
asthma and voice alteration
abdominal pain, nausea, dry mouth, and dyspepsia
diarrhoea, and glossitis
constipation, oesophagitis, tongue oedema and eructation
hyperbilirubinaemia, and increased AST
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders:
rash and pruritis
skin disorder and urticaria
Musculoskeletal, connective tissue and bone disorders:
back pain, myalgia
arthralgia, arthrosis and bone pain
arthritis, myopathy and twitching
Renal and urinary disorders:
increased urinary frequency, urinary tract disorder and polyuria
Reproductive system and breast disorders:
breast pain and menorrhagia
General disorders and administration site conditions:
feeling hot, asthenia, chest symptoms (pain, tightness, pressure), chills and pain
malaise, face oedema, thirst, oedema and peripheral oedema
The common adverse events seen with eletriptan are typical of adverse events reported with 5-HT1 agonists as a class.
In post-marketing experience, the following undesirable effects have been reported:
Immune system disorders: allergic reactions, some of which may be serious, including angioedema
Nervous system disorders: serotonin syndrome, rare cases of syncope, cerebrovascular accident
Vascular disorders: hypertension
Cardiac disorders: myocardial ischaemia or infarction, arteriospasm coronary
Gastrointestinal disorders: as with some other 5HT 1B/1D agonists, rare reports of ischaemic colitis have been received, vomiting.
Reporting of suspected adverse reactions
Reporting suspected adverse reactions after authorisation of the medicinal product is important. It allows continued monitoring of the benefit/risk balance of the medicinal product.
Healthcare professionals are asked to report any suspected adverse reactions via the Yellow Card Scheme at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard.
Subjects have received single doses of 120 mg without significant adverse effects. However based on the pharmacology of this class, hypertension or other more serious cardiovascular symptoms could occur on overdose.
In cases of overdose, standard supportive measures should be adopted as required. The elimination half-life of eletriptan is about 4 hours, and therefore monitoring of patients and provision of general supportive therapy after overdose with eletriptan should continue for at least 20 hours or while signs and symptoms persist.
It is unknown what effect haemodialysis or peritoneal dialysis has on the serum concentrations of eletriptan.
Pharmacotherapeutic group: Selective Serotonin (5HT1) receptor agonists ATC code: NO2C C06
Mechanism of action
Eletriptan is a selective agonist at the vascular 5-HT1B and neuronal 5-HT1D receptors. Eletriptan also exhibits high affinity for the 5-HT1F receptor which may contribute to its anti-migraine mechanism of action. Eletriptan has modest affinity for the human recombinant 5-HT1A, 5-HT2B, 5-HT1E and 5-HT7 receptors.
Clinical efficacy and safety
The efficacy and safety of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) in the acute treatment of migraine has been evaluated in 10 placebo-controlled trials involving more than 6000 patients (all treatment groups) at doses of 20 to 80 mg. Headache relief occurred as early as 30 minutes following oral dosing. Response rates (i.e., reduction of moderate or severe headache pain to no or mild pain) 2 hours after dosing were 59-77% for the 80 mg dose, 54-65% for the 40 mg dose, 47-54% for the 20 mg dose, and 19-40% following placebo. Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) was also effective in the treatment of associated symptoms of migraine such as vomiting, nausea, photophobia and phonophobia.
The recommendation for dose titration to 80 mg, is derived from open label long term studies and from a short term double blind study, where only a trend towards statistical significance was observed.
Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) remains effective in menstrually associated migraine. Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE), if taken during the aura phase, has not been demonstrated to prevent migraine headache and therefore Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) should only be taken during the headache phase of migraine.
In a non placebo controlled pharmacokinetic study of patients with renal impairment, larger elevations in blood pressure were recorded after an 80 mg dose of Keval (ANTI-MIGRAINE) than with normal volunteers. This cannot be explained by any pharmacokinetic changes and so may represent a specific pharmacodynamic response to eletriptan in patients with renal impairment.
Eletriptan is rapidly and well absorbed across the gastro-intestinal tract (at least 81%) after oral administration. Absolute oral bioavailability across males and females is approximately 50%. The median Tmax is 1.5 hours after oral dosing. Linear pharmacokinetics were demonstrated over the clinical dose range (20-80 mg).
The AUC and Cmax of eletriptan were increased by approximately 20-30% following oral administration with a high fat meal. Following oral administration during a migraine attack, there was a reduction of approximately 30% in AUC and Tmax was increased to 2.8 hours.
Following repeated doses (20 mg three times daily) for 5-7 days, the pharmacokinetics of eletriptan remained linear and accumulation was predictable. On multiple dosing of larger doses (40 mg three times daily and 80 mg two times daily), the accumulation of eletriptan over 7 days was greater than predicted (approximately 40%).
The volume of distribution of eletriptan following IV administration is 138L indicating distribution into the tissues. Eletriptan is only moderately protein bound (approximately 85%).
In vitro studies indicate that eletriptan is primarily metabolised by hepatic cytochrome P-450 enzyme CYP3A4. This finding is substantiated by increased plasma concentrations of eletriptan following co-administration with erythromycin and ketoconazole, known selective and potent CYP3A4 inhibitors. In vitro studies also indicate a small involvement of CYP2D6 although clinical studies do not indicate any evidence of polymorphism with this enzyme.
There are two major circulating metabolites identified that significantly contribute to plasma radioactivity following administration of C14-labelled eletriptan. The metabolite formed by
N-oxidation, has demonstrated no activity in animal in vitro models. The metabolite formed by N-demethylation, has been demonstrated to have similar activity to eletriptan in animal in vitro models. A third area of radioactivity in plasma has not been formally identified, but is most likely to be a mixture of hydroxylated metabolites which have also been observed excreted in urine and faeces.
The plasma concentrations of the N-demethylated active metabolite are only 10-20% of those of parent and so would not be expected to significantly contribute to the therapeutic action of eletriptan.
Mean total plasma clearance of eletriptan following IV administration is 36 L/h with a resultant plasma half-life of approximately 4 hours. The mean renal clearance following oral administration is approximately 3.9 L/h. Non-renal clearance accounts for approximately 90% of the total clearance indicating that eletriptan is eliminated primarily by metabolism.
Pharmacokinetics in Special Patient Groups
A meta analysis across clinical pharmacology studies and a population pharmacokinetic analysis of clinical trial data indicate that gender does not have any clinically significant influence on plasma concentrations of eletriptan.
Elderly (over 65 years of age)
Though not statistically significant, there is a small reduction (16%) in clearance associated with a statistically significant increased half-life (from approximately 4.4 hours to 5.7 hours) between elderly (65-93 years) and younger adult subjects.
Adolescents (12-17 years of age)
The pharmacokinetics of eletriptan (40 mg and 80 mg) in adolescent migraine patients dosed between attacks, were similar to those seen in healthy adults.
Children (6-11 years of age)
The clearance of eletriptan is unchanged in children relative to adolescents. However the volume of distribution is lower in children resulting in higher plasma levels than would be predicted following the same dose in adults.
Patients with hepatic impairment
Subjects with hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh A and B) demonstrated a statistically significant increase in both AUC (34%) and half-life. There was a small increase in Cmax (18%). This small change in exposure is not considered clinically relevant.
Patients with renal impairment
Subjects with mild (creatinine clearance 61-89 ml/min), moderate (creatinine clearance 31-60 ml/min) or severe (creatinine clearance <30 ml/min) renal impairment did not have any statistically significant alterations in their eletriptan pharmacokinetics or plasma protein binding. Blood pressure elevations were observed in this group.
Preclinical data, revealed no special hazard for humans based on conventional studies of safety pharmacology, repeated dose toxicity, genotoxicity, carcinogenicity and toxicity to reproduction.
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