Anagrelide hydrochloride

Name: Anagrelide hydrochloride

Cautions for Anagrelide hydrochloride

Contraindications

Severe hepatic impairment.1

Warnings/Precautions

Warnings

Cardiovascular Effects

Adverse cardiovascular effects (e.g., vasodilation, tachycardia, palpitations, edema, CHF) reported with usual dosages of anagrelide, including rare cases of sudden death.1 5 16 17 18 26 Assess risk versus benefits of therapy.1 16 17 Use with caution, if at all, in patients with known or suspected cardiovascular disease.1 5 13 15 16 17 18 22 23 24 Evaluate cardiac status prior to and during therapy.1 5 13 16 17 Consider reduced dosages.5 Some clinicians recommend immediate discontinuance of therapy if any evidence of cardiac dysfunction occurs.5 26

Temporary decreases in BP reported, usually during treatment initiation; BP appears to normalize during maintenance therapy.5 9 17 23 24

General Precautions

Laboratory Monitoring

Monitor CBCs, liver function tests, and renal function tests while platelet counts are being decreased, usually during first 2 weeks of therapy.1

To assess response to therapy and prevent thrombocytopenia, monitor platelet counts every 2 days for first week of therapy, then at least weekly thereafter until maintenance dosage achieved.1 23

Rebound Thrombocythemia

A rapid (e.g., within 4 days) increase in platelet count generally is observed when anagrelide is discontinued or interrupted.1 5 16 17 18 23 Continue treatment indefinitely (if adequate response achieved) to prevent rebound thrombocythemia.17 23

Anemia

Decreases in hemoglobin and hematocrit (anemia) reported, usually with long-term use.1 5 9 10 12 13 16 17 18 24 27

Bleeding Tendency

Concomitant use with aspirin may increase bleeding tendency.3 5 6 9 (See Specific Drugs and Foods under Interactions.) Use caution with such combined therapy.3 5 6 Some clinicians suggest that aspirin not be used concomitantly with anagrelide in patients with history of bleeding.3

Renal Effects

Renal impairment reported in a few patients following treatment with anagrelide; most patients had preexisting renal impairment.1 17 23 Monitor renal function while platelet counts are being decreased.1

Fetal/Neonatal Morbidity

Safety of use during pregnancy not established; embryotoxicity and fetotoxicity demonstrated in animals.1 Generally not recommended in pregnant women unless potential benefits outweigh possible risks to fetus.1 5 11 16 22 Women of childbearing potential should avoid pregnancy and use contraception during therapy.1 5

Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Category C.1

Lactation

Not known whether anagrelide is distributed into human milk.1 Discontinue nursing or drug because of potential risk in nursing infants.1 5

Pediatric Use

Evaluated in a limited number of children and adolescents 7–14 years of age with thrombocythemia secondary to myeloproliferative disorders;1 28 29 preliminary data suggest no overall differences in dosage or adverse effects relative to adults.1

Geriatric Use

Response in patients ≥65 years of age does not appear to differ from that in younger adults.1 Use with caution because of age-related decreases in hepatic, renal, and/or cardiac function.1 5 16 22

Hepatic Impairment

Extensively metabolized in liver; possible increased systemic exposure to anagrelide in patients with hepatic impairment.1 9 (See Elimination: Special Populations, under Pharmacokinetics.)

Weigh risks of therapy against potential benefits in patients with mild to moderate hepatic impairment.1 Reduce dosage and carefully monitor for adverse cardiovascular effects or other manifestations of toxicity.1 17 22 23 (See Hepatic Impairment under Dosage and Administration and see Cardiovascular Effects under Cautions.)

Contraindicated in patients with severe hepatic impairment.1

Renal Impairment

Closely monitor patients with known or suspected renal impairment for cardiovascular effects or other manifestations of toxicity.1 17 23

Common Adverse Effects

Headache,1 3 5 7 9 10 16 17 18 23 24 palpitations,1 3 5 7 9 10 16 17 18 23 24 diarrhea,1 3 5 7 9 10 17 18 23 24 asthenia,1 9 23 edema,1 5 9 10 16 17 18 23 24 nausea,1 7 9 18 23 24 abdominal pain,1 9 17 18 23 24 dizziness,1 9 16 18 23 24 pain,1 9 dyspnea,1 9 flatulence,1 9 18 vomiting,1 9 23 fever,1 9 peripheral edema,1 9 rash,1 9 chest pain,1 23 anorexia,1 9 tachycardia,1 7 9 16 18 23 24 pharyngitis,1 9 malaise,1 9 23 cough,1 9 paresthesia,1 9 back pain,1 pruritus,1 9 dyspepsia.1 9

Anagrelide hydrochloride Pharmacokinetics

Absorption

Bioavailability

Well absorbed following oral administration. 9

Following oral administration, peak plasma concentrations attained within 1–2 hours.5 9 22 23 24

No evidence of drug accumulation following multiple dosing.1 9 29

Onset

Platelet counts usually begin to decrease within 7–14 days.1 5 9 10 17 22 Complete response (e.g., platelet count ≤600,000/mm3) generally achieved within 4–12 weeks.1

Food

Food decreases peak plasma concentrations by 14% and increases AUC by 20%; not clinically important.1 5 9

Special Populations

In children and adolescents 7–14 years of age, AUC and peak plasma anagrelide concentrations lower than those in adults 16–86 years of age.1

Distribution

Extent

Distributes extensively into large peripheral compartment.24

Crosses placenta.5

Elimination

Metabolism

Extensively metabolized in liver to at least 4 metabolites, including an active hydroxylated derivative (3-hydroxyanagrelide).1 4 5 9 16 17 22 23 24

Undergoes first-pass metabolism by CYP1A2 to 3-hydroxyanagrelide.9

Elimination Route

Excreted principally in urine as metabolites (>70%) and unchanged drug (<1%).5 9 16 17 22 23 24 Approximately 10% excreted in feces through bile.5 24

Half-life

Anagrelide: Approximately 1.3 hours after a single 0.5-mg dose under fasting conditions.1 17 29

3-Hydroxyanagrelide: Approximately 3 hours.29

Special Populations

Systemic exposure increased eightfold in patients with moderate hepatic impairment compared with that in healthy individuals.1 9

Severe renal impairment (Clcr <30 mL/minute) does not appear to affect pharmacokinetics of anagrelide.1 9

Possible decreased clearance and prolonged half-life in geriatric patients.5

Actions

  • Exact mechanism of action not fully elucidated;1 4 9 12 17 22 23 thought to reduce platelet counts in a dose-related manner by selectively inhibiting megakaryocyte maturation during postmitotic stage of development.1 4 6 9 10 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 22 23 23 24 Reduces size and ploidy of megakaryocytes, but does not appear to affect platelet function or bleeding time.1 5 9 15 16 17 19 22 24 23

  • Acts selectively on megakaryocytes with minimal or no effect on other blood-cell precursors.3 4 5 11 13 14 17 18 23 24 Current data suggest no long-term leukemogenicity.3 5 17 23

  • Inhibits phospholipase A2 and phosphodiesterase (PDE) type 3 activity in platelets; results in increased concentrations of cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP).1 4 5 9 10 11 16 18 22 23 24 29 Such increases in cAMP may produce an anti-aggregating effect on platelets at dosages substantially higher than those required to cause thrombocytopenia.1 3 4 5 6 8 9 11 15 16 17 18 23 24

  • Exerts positive inotropic and vasodilatory effects through inhibition of cAMP PDE type 3 in myocardium;5 9 11 16 17 18 22 23 24 26 such actions may result in adverse cardiovascular effects.9 10 16 17 23 26

Advice to Patients

  • Importance of women informing clinicians if they are or plan to become pregnant or plan to breast-feed. 1 Advise women of childbearing potential to avoid pregnancy and use effective contraception while taking anagrelide.1 If pregnancy occurs, apprise patient of potential risk to fetus.1

  • Importance of informing clinicians of existing or contemplated concomitant therapy, including prescription and OTC drugs, as well as any concomitant illnesses (e.g., liver disease).1

  • Importance of informing patients of other important precautionary information.1 (See Cautions.)

Preparations

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Anagrelide Hydrochloride

Routes

Dosage Forms

Strengths

Brand Names

Manufacturer

Oral

Capsules

0.5 mg (of anagrelide)*

Agrylin

Shire

Anagrelide Hydrochloride Capsules

Barr, Mylan, Sandoz, Teva

1 mg (of anagrelide)*

Agrylin

Shire

Anagrelide Hydrochloride Capsules

Barr, Mylan, Sandoz, Teva

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