ATACAND 8 Milligram Tablets

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Active ingredient:
CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL
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INN (International Name):
CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL
Dosage:
8 Milligram
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SummaryofProductCharacteristics

1NAMEOFTHEMEDICINALPRODUCT

Atacand8mgTablets

2QUALITATIVEANDQUANTITATIVECOMPOSITION

Eachtabletcontains8mgcandesartancilexetil.

Excipients:Containslactosemonohydrate

Forafulllistofexcipients,see6.1

3PHARMACEUTICALFORM

Tablets

ProductimportedfromtheUK:

Round,palepinktabletswithasinglescorelineonbothsides.

4CLINICALPARTICULARS

4.1TherapeuticIndications

Atacandisindicatedforthe:

Treatmentofessentialhypertensioninadults.

Treatmentofadultpatientswithheartfailureandimpairedleftventricularsystolicfunction(leftventricular

ejectionfraction 40%)asadd-ontherapytoAngiotensinConvertingEnzyme(ACE)inhibitorsorwhenACE

inhibitorsarenottolerated(seesection5.1).

4.2Posologyandmethodofadministration

PosologyinHypertension

TherecommendedinitialdoseandusualmaintenancedoseofAtacandis8mgoncedaily.Mostoftheantihypertensive

effectisattainedwithin4weeks.Insomepatientswhosebloodpressureisnotadequatelycontrolled,thedosecanbe

increasedto16mgoncedailyandtoamaximumof32mgoncedaily.Therapyshouldbeadjustedaccordingtoblood

pressureresponse.Atacandmayalsobeadministeredwithotherantihypertensiveagents.Additionof

hydrochlorothiazidehasbeenshowntohaveanadditiveantihypertensiveeffectwithvariousdosesofAtacand.

Elderlypopulation

Noinitialdoseadjustmentisnecessaryinelderlypatients.

Patientswithintravascularvolumedepletion

Aninitialdoseof4mgmaybeconsideredinpatientsatriskforhypotension,suchaspatientswithpossiblevolume

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Patientswithrenalimpairment

Thestartingdoseis4mginpatientswithrenalimpairment,includingpatientsonhaemodialysis.Thedoseshouldbe

titratedaccordingtoresponse.Thereislimitedexperienceinpatientswithverysevereorend-stagerenalimpairment

(Clcreatinine<15ml/min)(seesection4.4).

Patientswithhepaticimpairment

Aninitialdoseof4mgoncedailyisrecommendedinpatientswithmildtomoderatehepaticimpairment.Thedose

maybeadjustedaccordingtoresponse.Atacandiscontraindicatedinpatientswithseverehepaticimpairmentand/or

cholestasis(seesections4.3and5.2).

Blackpatients

Theantihypertensiveeffectofcandesartanislesspronouncedinblackpatientsthaninnon-blackpatients.

Consequently,uptitrationofAtacandandconcomitanttherapymaybemorefrequentlyneededforbloodpressure

controlinblackpatientsthaninnon-blackpatients(seesection5.1).

PosologyinHeartFailure

TheusualrecommendedinitialdoseofAtacandis4mgoncedaily.Up-titrationtothetargetdoseof32mgoncedaily

(maximumdose)orthehighesttolerateddoseisdonebydoublingthedoseatintervalsofatleast2weeks(seesection

4.4).Evaluationofpatientswithheartfailureshouldalwayscompriseassessmentofrenalfunctionincluding

monitoringofserumcreatinineandpotassium.Atacandcanbeadministeredwithotherheartfailuretreatment,

includingACEinhibitors,beta-blockers,diureticsanddigitalisoracombinationofthesemedicinalproducts.The

combinationofanACEinhibitor,apotassium-sparingdiuretic(e.g.spironolactone)andAtacandisnotrecommended

andshouldbeconsideredonlyaftercarefulevaluationofthepotentialbenefitsandrisks(seesections4.4,4.8and5.1).

Specialpatientpopulations

Noinitialdoseadjustmentisnecessaryforelderlypatientsorinpatientswithintravascularvolumedepletionorrenal

impairmentormildtomoderatehepaticimpairment.

PaediatricPopulation

ThesafetyandefficacyofAtacandinchildrenagedbetweenbirthand18yearshavenotbeenestablishedinthe

treatmentofhypertensionandheartfailure.Nodataareavailable.

Methodofadministration

Oraluse.

Atacandshouldbetakenoncedailywithorwithoutfood.

Thebioavailabilityofcandesartanisnotaffectedbyfood.

4.3Contraindications

Hypersensitivitytocandesartancilexetilortoanyoftheexcipients.

Secondandthirdtrimestersofpregnancy(seesections4.4and4.6).

Severehepaticimpairmentand/orcholestasis.

4.4Specialwarningsandprecautionsforuse

Renalimpairment

Aswithotheragentsinhibitingtherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem,changesinrenalfunctionmaybeanticipated

insusceptiblepatientstreatedwithAtacand.

WhenAtacandisusedinhypertensivepatientswithrenalimpairment,periodicmonitoringofserumpotassiumand

creatininelevelsisrecommended.Thereislimitedexperienceinpatientswithverysevereorend-stagerenal

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InthesepatientsAtacandshouldbecarefullytitratedwiththoroughmonitoringofbloodpressure.

Evaluationofpatientswithheartfailureshouldincludeperiodicassessmentsofrenalfunction,especiallyinelderly

patients75yearsorolder,andpatientswithimpairedrenalfunction.DuringdosetitrationofAtacand,monitoringof

serumcreatinineandpotassiumisrecommended.Clinicaltrialsinheartfailuredidnotincludepatientswithserum

creatinine>265µmol/l(>3mg/dl).

ConcomitanttherapywithanACEinhibitorinheartfailure

Theriskofadversereactions,especiallyrenalfunctionimpairmentandhyperkalaemia,mayincreasewhenAtacandis

usedincombinationwithanACEinhibitor(seesection4.8).Patientswithsuchtreatmentshouldbemonitored

regularlyandcarefully.

Haemodialysis

DuringdialysisthebloodpressuremaybeparticularlysensitivetoAT1-receptorblockadeasaresultofreducedplasma

volumeandactivationoftherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem.Therefore,Atacandshouldbecarefullytitratedwith

thoroughmonitoringofbloodpressureinpatientsonhaemodialysis.

Renalarterystenosis

Medicinalproductsthataffecttherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem,includingangiotensinIIreceptorantagonists

(AIIRAs),mayincreasebloodureaandserumcreatinineinpatientswithbilateralrenalarterystenosisorstenosisof

thearterytoasolitarykidney.

Kidneytransplantation

ThereisnoexperienceregardingtheadministrationofAtacandinpatientswitharecentkidneytransplantation.

Hypotension

HypotensionmayoccurduringtreatmentwithAtacandinheartfailurepatients.Itmayalsooccurinhypertensive

patientswithintravascularvolumedepletionsuchasthosereceivinghighdosediuretics.Cautionshouldbeobserved

wheninitiatingtherapyandcorrectionofhypovolemiashouldbeattempted.

Anaesthesiaandsurgery

HypotensionmayoccurduringanaesthesiaandsurgeryinpatientstreatedwithangiotensinIIantagonistsdueto

blockadeoftherenin-angiotensinsystem.Veryrarely,hypotensionmaybeseveresuchthatitmaywarranttheuseof

intravenousfluidsand/orvasopressors.

Aorticandmitralvalvestenosis(obstructivehypertrophiccardiomyopathy)

Aswithothervasodilators,specialcautionisindicatedinpatientssufferingfromhaemodynamicallyrelevantaorticor

mitralvalvestenosis,orobstructivehypertrophiccardiomyopathy.

Primaryhyperaldosteronism

Patientswithprimaryhyperaldosteronismwillnotgenerallyrespondtoantihypertensivemedicinalproductsacting

throughinhibitionoftherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem.Therefore,theuseofAtacandisnotrecommendedin

thispopulation.

Hyperkalaemia

ConcomitantuseofAtacandwithpotassium-sparingdiuretics,potassiumsupplements,saltsubstitutescontaining

potassium,orothermedicinalproductsthatmayincreasepotassiumlevels(e.g.heparin)mayleadtoincreasesinserum

potassiuminhypertensivepatients.Monitoringofpotassiumshouldbeundertakenasappropriate.

InheartfailurepatientstreatedwithAtacand,hyperkalaemiamayoccur.Periodicmonitoringofserumpotassiumis

recommended.ThecombinationofanACEinhibitor,apotassium-sparingdiuretic(e.g.spironolactone)andAtacandis

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General

Inpatientswhosevasculartoneandrenalfunctiondependpredominantlyontheactivityofthereninangiotensin-

aldosteronesystem(e.g.patientswithseverecongestiveheartfailureorunderlyingrenaldisease,includingrenalartery

stenosis),treatmentwithothermedicinalproductsthataffectthissystemhasbeenassociatedwithacutehypotension,

azotaemia,oliguriaor,rarely,acuterenalfailure.ThepossibilityofsimilareffectscannotbeexcludedwithAIIRAs.As

withanyantihypertensiveagent,excessivebloodpressuredecreaseinpatientswithischaemiccardiopathyorischaemic

cerebrovasculardiseasecouldresultinamyocardialinfarctionorstroke.Theantihypertensiveeffectofcandesartan

maybeenhancedbyothermedicinalproductswithbloodpressureloweringproperties,whetherprescribedasan

ntihypertensiveorprescribedforotherindications

Atacandcontainslactose.Patientswithrarehereditaryproblemsofgalactoseintolerance,theLapplactasedeficiencyor

glucose-galactosemalabsorptionshouldnottakethismedicinalproduct.

Pregnancy

AIIRAsshouldnotbeinitiatedduringpregnancy.UnlesscontinuedAIIRAtherapyisconsideredessential,patients

planningpregnancyshouldbechangedtoalternativeantihypertensivetreatmentswhichhaveanestablishedsafety

profileforuseinpregnancy.Whenpregnancyisdiagnosed,treatmentwithAIIRAsshouldbestoppedimmediately,

and,ifappropriate,alternativetherapyshouldbestarted(seesections

4.5Interactionwithothermedicinalproductsandotherformsofinteraction

Compoundswhichhavebeeninvestigatedinclinicalpharmacokineticstudiesincludehydrochlorothiazide,warfarin,

digoxin,oralcontraceptives(i.e.ethinylestradiol/levonorgestrel),glibenclamide,nifedipineandenalapril.No

clinicallysignificantpharmacokineticinteractionswiththesemedicinalproductshavebeenidentified.

Concomitantuseofpotassium-sparingdiuretics,potassiumsupplements,saltsubstitutescontainingpotassium,orother

medicinalproducts(e.g.heparin)mayincreasepotassiumlevels.Monitoringofpotassiumshouldbeundertakenas

appropriate(seesection4.4).

Reversibleincreasesinserumlithiumconcentrationsandtoxicityhavebeenreportedduringconcomitant

administrationoflithiumwithACEinhibitors.AsimilareffectmayoccurwithAIIRAs.Useofcandesartanwith

lithiumisnotrecommended.Ifthecombinationprovesnecessary,carefulmonitoringofserumlithiumlevelsis

recommended.

WhenAIIRAsareadministeredsimultaneouslywithnon-steroidalanti-inflammatorydrugs(NSAIDs)(i.e.selective

COX-2inhibitors,acetylsalicylicacid(>3g/day)andnon-selectiveNSAIDs),attenuationoftheantihypertensive

effectmayoccur.

AswithACEinhibitors,concomitantuseofAIIRAsandNSAIDsmayleadtoanincreasedriskofworseningofrenal

function,includingpossibleacuterenalfailure,andanincreaseinserumpotassium,especiallyinpatientswithpoor

pre-existingrenalfunction.Thecombinationshouldbeadministeredwithcaution,especiallyintheelderly.Patients

shouldbeadequatelyhydratedandconsiderationshouldbegiventomonitoringrenalfunctionafterinitiationof

concomitanttherapy,andperiodicallythereafter.

4.6Fertility,pregnancyandlactation

Pregnancy

TheuseofAIIRAsisnotrecommendedduringthefirsttrimesterofpregnancy(seesection4.4).TheuseofAIIRAsis

contraindicatedduringthesecondandthirdtrimestersofpregnancy(seesections4.3and4.4).

EpidemiologicalevidenceregardingtheriskofteratogenicityfollowingexposuretoACEinhibitorsduringthefirst

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WhilstthereisnocontrolledepidemiologicaldataontheriskwithAIIRAs,similarrisksmayexistforthisclassof

drugs.UnlesscontinuedAIIRAtherapyisconsideredessential,patientsplanningpregnancyshouldbechangedto

alternativeantihypertensivetreatmentswhichhaveanestablishedsafetyprofileforuseinpregnancy.Whenpregnancy

isdiagnosed,treatmentwithAIIRAsshouldbestoppedimmediatelyand,ifappropriate,alternativetherapyshouldbe

started.

ExposuretoAIIRAtherapyduringthesecondandthirdtrimestersisknowntoinducehumanfetotoxicity(decreased

renalfunction,oligohydramnios,skullossificationretardation)andneonataltoxicity(renalfailure,hypotension,

hyperkalaemia)(seesection5.3).

ShouldexposuretoAIIRAshaveoccurredfromthesecondtrimesterofpregnancy,ultrasoundcheckofrenalfunction

andskullisrecommended.

InfantswhosemothershavetakenAIIRAsshouldbecloselyobservedforhypotension(seesections4.3and4.4).

Lactation

BecausenoinformationisavailableregardingtheuseofAtacandduringbreastfeeding,Atacandisnotrecommended

andalternativetreatmentswithbetterestablishedsafetyprofilesduringbreast-feedingarepreferable,especiallywhile

nursinganewbornorpreterminfant.

4.7Effectsonabilitytodriveandusemachines

Nostudiesontheeffectsofcandesartanontheabilitytodriveandusemachineshavebeenperformed.However,it

shouldbetakenintoaccountthatoccasionallydizzinessorwearinessmayoccurduringtreatmentwithAtacand.

4.8Undesirableeffects

TreatmentofHypertension

Incontrolledclinicalstudiesadversereactionsweremildandtransient.Theoverallincidenceofadverseeventsshowed

noassociationwithdoseorage.Withdrawalsfromtreatmentduetoadverseeventsweresimilarwithcandesartan

cilexetil(3.1%)andplacebo(3.2%).

Inapooledanalysisofclinicaltrialdataofhypertensivepatients,adversereactionswithcandesartancilexetilwere

definedbasedonanincidenceofadverseeventswithcandesartancilexetilatleast1%higherthantheincidenceseen

withplacebo.Bythisdefinition,themostcommonlyreportedadversereactionsweredizziness/vertigo,headacheand

respiratoryinfection.

Thetablebelowpresentsadversereactionsfromclinicaltrialsandpost-marketingexperience.

Thefrequenciesusedinthetablesthroughoutsection4.8are:verycommon(1/10),common(1/100to<1/10),

uncommon(1/1,000to<1/100),rare(1/10,000to<1/1,000)andveryrare(<1/10,000).

SystemOrganClass Frequency UndesirableEffect

Infectionsandinfestations Common Respiratoryinfection

Bloodandlymphaticsystem

disorders Veryrare Leukopenia,neutropeniaand

agranulocytosis

Metabolismandnutrition

disorders Veryrare Hyperkalaemia,hyponatraemia

Nervoussystemdisorders Common Dizziness/vertigo,headache

Gastrointestinaldisorders Veryrare Nausea

Hepato-bilarydisorders Veryrare Increasedliverenzymes,

abnormalhepaticfunctionor

hepatitis

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Laboratoryfindings

Ingeneral,therewerenoclinicallyimportantinfluencesofAtacandonroutinelaboratoryvariables.Asforother

inhibitorsoftherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem,smalldecreasesinhaemoglobinhavebeenseen.Noroutine

monitoringoflaboratoryvariablesisusuallynecessaryforpatientsreceivingAtacand.However,inpatientswithrenal

impairment,periodicmonitoringofserumpotassiumandcreatininelevelsisrecommended.

TreatmentofHeartFailure

TheadverseexperienceprofileofAtacandinheartfailurepatientswasconsistentwiththepharmacologyofthedrug

andthehealthstatusofthepatients.IntheCHARMclinicalprogramme,comparingAtacandindosesupto32mg

(n=3,803)toplacebo(n=3,796),21.0%ofthecandesartancilexetilgroupand16.1%oftheplacebogroupdiscontinued

treatmentbecauseofadverseevents.Themostcommonlyreportedadversereactionswerehyperkalaemia,hypotension

andrenalimpairment.Theseeventsweremorecommoninpatientsover70yearsofage,diabetics,orsubjectswho

receivedothermedicinalproductswhichaffecttherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem,inparticularanACEinhibitor

and/orspironolactone.

Thetablebelowpresentsadversereactionsfromclinicaltrialsandpost-marketingexperience.

Laboratoryfindings

HyperkalaemiaandrenalimpairmentarecommoninpatientstreatedwithAtacandfortheindicationofheartfailure.

Periodicmonitoringofserumcreatinineandpotassiumisrecommended(seesection4.4).

4.9Overdose

Symptoms

Basedonpharmacologicalconsiderations,themainmanifestationofanoverdoseislikelytobesymptomatic

hypotensionanddizziness.Inindividualcasereportsofoverdose(ofupto672mgcandesartancilexetil)patient

disorders pruritus

Musculoskeletalandconnective

tissuedisorders Veryrare Backpain,arthralgia,myalgia

Renalandurinarydisorders Veryrare Renalimpairment,including

renalfailureinsusceptible

patients(seesection4.4)

SystemOrganClass Frequency UndesirableEffect

Bloodandlymphaticsystem

disorders Veryrare Leukopenia,neutropeniaand

agranulocytosis

Metabolismandnutrition

disorders Common Hyperkalaemia

Veryrare Hyponatraemia

Nervoussystemdisorders Veryrare Dizziness,headache

Gastrointestinaldisorders Veryrare Nausea

Hepato-bilarydisorders Veryrare Increasedliverenzymes,

abnormalhepaticfunctionor

hepatitis

Skinandsubcutaneoustissue

disorders Veryrare Angioedema,rash,urticaria,

pruritus

Musculoskeletalandconnective

tissuedisorders Veryrare Backpain,arthralgia,myalgia

Renalandurinarydisorders Common Renalimpairment,including

renalfailureinsusceptible

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Management

Ifsymptomatichypotensionshouldoccur,symptomatictreatmentshouldbeinstitutedandvitalsignsmonitored.The

patientshouldbeplacedsupinewiththelegselevated.

Ifthisisnotsufficient,plasmavolumeshouldbeincreasedbyinfusionof,forexample,isotonicsalinesolution.

Sympathomimeticmedicinalproductsmaybeadministerediftheabove-mentionedmeasuresarenotsufficient.

Candesartanisnotremovedbyhaemodialysis.

5PHARMACOLOGICALPROPERTIES

5.1Pharmacodynamicproperties

Pharmacotherapeuticgroup:

AngiotensinIIantagonists,plain,ATCcode:C09CA06

AngiotensinIIistheprimaryvasoactivehormoneoftherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystemandplaysaroleinthe

pathophysiologyofhypertension,heartfailureandothercardiovasculardisorders.Italsohasaroleinthepathogenesis

ofendorganhypertrophyanddamage.ThemajorphysiologicaleffectsofangiotensinII,suchasvasoconstriction,

aldosteronestimulation,regulationofsaltandwaterhomeostasisandstimulationofcellgrowth,aremediatedviathe

type1(AT

)receptor.

Candesartancilexetilisaprodrugsuitablefororaluse.Itisrapidlyconvertedtotheactivesubstance,candesartan,by

esterhydrolysisduringabsorptionfromthegastrointestinaltract.CandesartanisanAIIRA,selectiveforAT

receptors,

withtightbindingtoandslowdissociationfromthereceptor.Ithasnoagonistactivity.

CandesartandoesnotinhibitACE,whichconvertsangiotensinItoangiotensinIIanddegradesbradykinin.Thereisno

effectonACEandnopotentiationofbradykininorsubstanceP.Incontrolledclinicaltrialscomparingcandesartan

withACEinhibitors,theincidenceofcoughwaslowerinpatientsreceivingcandesartancilexetil.Candesartandoesnot

bindtoorblockotherhormonereceptorsorionchannelsknowntobeimportantincardiovascularregulation.The

antagonismoftheangiotensinII(AT

)receptorsresultsindoserelatedincreasesinplasmareninlevels,angiotensinI

andangiotensinIIlevels,andadecreaseinplasmaaldosteroneconcentration.

Hypertension

Inhypertension,candesartancausesadose-dependent,long-lastingreductioninarterialbloodpressure.The

antihypertensiveactionisduetodecreasedsystemicperipheralresistance,withoutreflexincreaseinheartrate.Thereis

noindicationofseriousorexaggeratedfirstdosehypotensionorreboundeffectaftercessationoftreatment.

Afteradministrationofasingledoseofcandesartancilexetil,onsetofantihypertensiveeffectgenerallyoccurswithin2

hours.Withcontinuoustreatment,mostofthereductioninbloodpressurewithanydoseisgenerallyattainedwithin

fourweeksandissustainedduringlong-termtreatment.Accordingtoameta-analysis,theaverageadditionaleffectofa

doseincreasefrom16mgto32mgoncedailywassmall.Takingintoaccounttheinter-individualvariability,amore

thanaverageeffectcanbeexpectedinsomepatients.Candesartancilexetiloncedailyprovideseffectiveandsmooth

bloodpressurereductionover24hours,withlittledifferencebetweenmaximumandtrougheffectsduringthedosing

interval.Theantihypertensiveeffectandtolerabilityofcandesartanandlosartanwerecomparedintworandomised,

double-blindstudiesinatotalof1,268patientswithmildtomoderatehypertension.Thetroughbloodpressure

reduction(systolic/diastolic)was13.1/10.5mmHgwithcandesartancilexetil32mgoncedailyand10.0/8.7mmHg

withlosartanpotassium100mgoncedaily(differenceinbloodpressurereduction3.1/1.8mmHg,p<0.0001/p<0.0001).

Whencandesartancilexetilisusedtogetherwithhydrochlorothiazide,thereductioninbloodpressureisadditive.An

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Medicinalproductsthatblocktherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystemhavelesspronouncedantihypertensiveeffectin

blackpatients(usuallyalow-reninpopulation)thaninnon-blackpatients.Thisisalsothecaseforcandesartan.Inan

openlabelclinicalexperiencetrialin5,156patientswithdiastolichypertension,thebloodpressurereductionduring

candesartantreatmentwassignificantlylessinblackthannon-blackpatients(14.4/10.3mmHgvs19.0/12.7mmHg,

p<0.0001/p<0.0001).

Candesartanincreasesrenalbloodflowandeitherhasnoeffectonorincreasesglomerularfiltrationratewhilerenal

vascularresistanceandfiltrationfractionarereduced.Ina3-monthclinicalstudyinhypertensivepatientswithtype2

diabetesmellitusandmicroalbuminuria,antihypertensivetreatmentwithcandesartancilexetilreducedurinaryalbumin

excretion(albumin/creatinineratio,mean30%,95%CI15-42%).Thereiscurrentlynodataontheeffectofcandesartan

ontheprogressiontodiabeticnephropathy.

Theeffectsofcandesartancilexetil8-16mg(meandose12mg),oncedaily,oncardiovascularmorbidityandmortality

wereevaluatedinarandomisedclinicaltrialwith4,937elderlypatients(aged70-89years;21%aged80orabove)with

mildtomoderatehypertensionfollowedforameanof3.7years(StudyonCOgnitionandPrognosisintheElderly).

Patientsreceivedcandesartancilexetilorplacebowithotherantihypertensivetreatmentaddedasneeded.Theblood

pressurewasreducedfrom166/90to145/80mmHginthecandesartangroup,andfrom167/90to149/82mmHginthe

controlgroup.Therewasnostatisticallysignificantdifferenceintheprimaryendpoint,majorcardiovascularevents

(cardiovascularmortality,non-fatalstrokeandnon-fatalmyocardialinfarction).Therewere26.7eventsper1000

patient-yearsinthecandesartangroupversus30.0eventsper1000patient-yearsinthecontrolgroup(relativerisk0.89,

95%CI0.75to1.06,p=0.19).

HeartFailure

Treatmentwithcandesartancilexetilreducesmortality,reduceshospitalisationduetoheartfailure,andimproves

symptomsinpatientswithleftventricularsystolicdysfunctionasshownintheCandesartaninHeartfailure–

AssessmentofReductioninMortalityandmorbidity(CHARM)programme.

Thisplacebocontrolled,double-blindstudyprogrammeinchronicheartfailure(CHF)patientswithNYHAfunctional

classIItoIVconsistedofthreeseparatestudies:CHARM-Alternative(n=2,028)inpatientswithLVEF 40%not

treatedwithanACEinhibitorbecauseofintolerance(mainlyduetocough,72%),CHARM-Added(n=2,548)in

patientswithLVEF 40%andtreatedwithanACEinhibitor,andCHARM-Preserved(n=3,023)inpatientswith

LVEF>40%.PatientsonoptimalCHFtherapyatbaselinewererandomisedtoplaceboorcandesartancilexetil(titrated

from4mgor8mgoncedailyto32mgoncedailyorthehighesttolerateddose,meandose24mg)andfollowedfora

medianof37.7months.After6monthsoftreatment63%ofthepatientsstilltakingcandesartancilexetil(89%)wereat

thetargetdoseof32mg.

InCHARM-Alternative,thecompositeendpointofcardiovascularmortalityorfirstCHFhospitalisationwas

significantlyreducedwithcandesartanincomparisonwithplacebo,hazardratio(HR)0.77(95%CI:0.67to0.89,p<

0.001).Thiscorrespondstoarelativeriskreductionof23%.Ofcandesartanpatients33.0%(95%CI:30.1to36.0)and

ofplacebopatients40.0%(95%CI:37.0to43.1)experiencedthisendpoint,absolutedifference7.0%(95%CI:11.2to

2.8).Fourteenpatientsneededtobetreatedforthedurationofthestudytopreventonepatientfromdyingofa

cardiovasculareventorbeinghospitalisedfortreatmentofheartfailure.Thecompositeendpointofall-causemortality

orfirstCHFhospitalisationwasalsosignificantlyreducedwithcandesartan,HR0.80(95%CI:0.70to0.92,p=0.001).

Ofcandesartanpatients36.6%(95%CI:33.7to39.7)andofplacebopatients42.7%(95%CI:39.6to45.8)experienced

thisendpoint,absolutedifference6.0%(95%CI:10.3to1.8).Boththemortalityandmorbidity(CHFhospitalisation)

componentsofthesecompositeendpointscontributedtothefavourableeffectsofcandesartan.Treatmentwith

candesartancilexetilresultedinimprovedNYHAfunctionalclass(p=0.008).

InCHARM-Added,thecompositeendpointofcardiovascularmortalityorfirstCHFhospitalisationwassignificantly

reducedwithcandesartanincomparisonwithplacebo,HR0.85(95%CI:0.75to0.96,p=0.011).Thiscorrespondstoa

relativeriskreductionof15%.Ofcandesartanpatients37.9%(95%CI:35.2to40.6)andofplacebopatients42.3%

(95%CI:39.6to45.1)experiencedthisendpoint,absolutedifference4.4%(95%CI:8.2to0.6).Twenty-threepatients

neededtobetreatedforthedurationofthestudytopreventonepatientfromdyingofacardiovasculareventorbeing

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Thecompositeendpointofall-causemortalityorfirstCHFhospitalisationwasalsosignificantlyreducedwith

candesartan,HR0.87(95%CI:0.78to0.98,p=0.021).Ofcandesartanpatients42.2%(95%CI:39.5to45.0)andof

placebopatients46.1%(95%CI:43.4to48.9)experiencedthisendpoint,absolutedifference3.9%(95%CI:7.8to0.1).

Boththemortalityandmorbiditycomponentsofthesecompositeendpointscontributedtothefavourableeffectsof

candesartan.TreatmentwithcandesartancilexetilresultedinimprovedNYHAfunctionalclass(p=0.020).

InCHARM-Preserved,nostatisticallysignificantreductionwasachievedinthecompositeendpointofcardiovascular

mortalityorfirstCHFhospitalisation,HR0.89(95%CI:0.77to1.03,p=0.118).

All-causemortalitywasnotstatisticallysignificantwhenexaminedseparatelyineachofthethreeCHARMstudies.

However,all-causemortalitywasalsoassessedinpooledpopulations,CHARM-AlternativeandCHARM-Added,HR

0.88(95%CI:0.79to0.98,p=0.018)andallthreestudies,HR0.91(95%CI:0.83to1.00,p=0.055).

Thebeneficialeffectsofcandesartanwereconsistentirrespectiveofage,genderandconcomitantmedication.

Candesartanwaseffectivealsoinpatientstakingbothbeta-blockersandACEinhibitorsatthesametime,andthe

benefitwasobtainedwhetherornotpatientsweretakingACEinhibitorsatthetargetdoserecommendedbytreatment

guidelines.

InpatientswithCHFanddepressedleftventricularsystolicfunction(leftventricularejectionfraction,LVEF 40%),

candesartandecreasessystemicvascularresistanceandpulmonarycapillarywedgepressure,increasesplasmarenin

activityandangiotensinIIconcentration,anddecreasesaldosteronelevels.

5.2Pharmacokineticproperties

Absorptionanddistribution

Followingoraladministration,candesartancilexetilisconvertedtotheactivesubstancecandesartan.Theabsolute

bioavailabilityofcandesartanisapproximately40%afteranoralsolutionofcandesartancilexetil.Therelative

bioavailabilityofthetabletformulationcomparedwiththesameoralsolutionisapproximately34%withverylittle

variability.Theestimatedabsolutebioavailabilityofthetabletistherefore14%.Themeanpeakserumconcentration

)isreached3-4hoursfollowingtabletintake.Thecandesartanserumconcentrationsincreaselinearlywith

increasingdosesinthetherapeuticdoserange.Nogenderrelateddifferencesinthepharmacokineticsofcandesartan

havebeenobserved.Theareaundertheserumconcentrationversustimecurve(AUC)ofcandesartanisnot

significantlyaffectedbyfood.

Candesartanishighlyboundtoplasmaprotein(morethan99%).Theapparentvolumeofdistributionofcandesartanis

0.1l/kg.

Thebioavailabilityofcandesartanisnotaffectedbyfood.

Biotransformationandelimination

Candesartanismainlyeliminatedunchangedviaurineandbileandonlytoaminorextenteliminatedbyhepatic

metabolism(CYP2C9).AvailableinteractionstudiesindicatenoeffectonCYP2C9andCYP3A4.Basedoninvitro

data,nointeractionwouldbeexpectedtooccurinvivowithdrugswhosemetabolismisdependentuponcytochrome

P450isoenzymesCYP1A2,CYP2A6,CYP2C9,CYP2C19,CYP2D6,CYP2E1orCYP3A4.Theterminalhalf-lifeof

candesartanisapproximately9hours.Thereisnoaccumulationfollowingmultipledoses.

Totalplasmaclearanceofcandesartanisabout0.37ml/min/kg,witharenalclearanceofabout0.19ml/min/kg.The

renaleliminationofcandesartanisbothbyglomerularfiltrationandactivetubularsecretion.Followinganoraldoseof

C-labelledcandesartancilexetil,approximately26%ofthedoseisexcretedintheurineascandesartanand7%asan

inactivemetabolitewhileapproximately56%ofthedoseisrecoveredinthefaecesascandesartanand10%asthe

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Pharmacokineticsinspecialpopulations

Intheelderly(over65years)C

andAUCofcandesartanareincreasedbyapproximately50%and80%,

respectivelyincomparisontoyoungsubjects.However,thebloodpressureresponseandtheincidenceofadverse

eventsaresimilarafteragivendoseofAtacandinyoungandelderlypatients(seesection4.2).

InpatientswithmildtomoderaterenalimpairmentCmaxandAUCofcandesartanincreasedduringrepeateddosingby

approximately50%and70%,respectively,butt

wasnotaltered,comparedtopatientswithnormalrenalfunction.

Thecorrespondingchangesinpatientswithsevererenalimpairmentwereapproximately50%and110%,respectively.

Theterminalt

ofcandesartanwasapproximatelydoubledinpatientswithsevererenalimpairment.TheAUCof

candesartaninpatientsundergoinghaemodialysiswassimilartothatinpatientswithsevererenalimpairment.

Intwostudies,bothincludingpatientswithmildtomoderatehepaticimpairment,therewasanincreaseinthemean

AUCofcandesartanofapproximately20%inonestudyand80%intheotherstudy(seesection4.2).Thereisno

experienceinpatientswithseverehepaticimpairment.

5.3Preclinicalsafetydata

Therewasnoevidenceofabnormalsystemicortargetorgantoxicityatclinicallyrelevantdoses.Inpreclinicalsafety

studiescandesartanhadeffectsonthekidneysandonredcellparametersathighdosesinmice,rats,dogsand

monkeys.Candesartancausedareductionofredbloodcellparameters(erythrocytes,haemoglobin,haematocrit).

Effectsonthekidneys(suchasinterstitialnephritis,tubulardistension,basophilictubules;increasedplasma

concentrationsofureaandcreatinine)wereinducedbycandesartanwhichcouldbesecondarytothehypotensiveeffect

leadingtoalterationsofrenalperfusion.Furthermore,candesartaninducedhyperplasia/hypertrophyofthe

juxtaglomerularcells.Thesechangeswereconsideredtobecausedbythepharmacologicalactionofcandesartan.For

therapeuticdosesofcandesartaninhumans,thehyperplasia/hypertrophyoftherenaljuxtaglomerularcellsdoesnot

seemtohaveanyrelevance.

Foetotoxicityhasbeenobservedinlatepregnancy(seesection4.6Pregnancyandlactation).

Datafrominvitroandinvivomutagenicitytestingindicatesthatcandesartanwillnotexertmutagenicorclastogenic

activitiesunderconditionsofclinicaluse.

Therewasnoevidenceofcarcinogenicity.

6PHARMACEUTICALPARTICULARS

6.1Listofexcipients

Carmellosecalcium

Hydroxypropylcellulose

Ironoxidered(E172)

Lactosemonohydrate

Magnesiumstearate

Maizestarch

Macrogol

6.2Incompatibilities

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6.3Shelflife

Theshelflifeexpirydateofthisproductisthedateshownontheblisterstripsandoutercartonoftheproductas

marketedinthecountryoforigin.

6.4Specialprecautionsforstorage

Donotstoreabove30°C

6.5Natureandcontentsofcontainer

Cardboardcartoncontaining4PVC/PVDCblisterstrips(7tabletsperstrip).

Packsize28tablets.

6.6Specialprecautionsfordisposalofausedmedicinalproductorwastematerialsderivedfrom

suchmedicinalproductandotherhandlingoftheproduct

Nospecialrequirements

7PARALLELPRODUCTAUTHORISATIONHOLDER

IMEDHealthcareLtd

Unit625,KilshaneAvenue

NorthwestBusinessPark

Ballycoolin

Dublin15

Ireland

8PARALLELPRODUCTAUTHORISATIONNUMBER

PPA1550/33/2

9DATEOFFIRSTAUTHORISATION/RENEWALOFTHEAUTHORISATION

Dateoffirstauthorisation:9thOctober2009

10DATEOFREVISIONOFTHETEXT

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