ATACAND

Main information

  • Trade name:
  • ATACAND Tablets 16 Milligram
  • Dosage:
  • 16 Milligram
  • Pharmaceutical form:
  • Tablets
  • Medicine domain:
  • Humans
  • Medicine type:
  • Allopathic drug

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Localization

  • Available in:
  • ATACAND Tablets 16 Milligram
    Ireland
  • Language:
  • English

Status

  • Source:
  • HPRA - Health Products Regulatory Authority - Ireland
  • Authorization number:
  • PPA1500/033/003
  • Authorization date:
  • 09-10-2009
  • Last update:
  • 14-10-2016

Summary of Product characteristics: dosage, interactions, side effects

SummaryofProductCharacteristics

1NAMEOFTHEMEDICINALPRODUCT

Atacand16mgTablets

2QUALITATIVEANDQUANTITATIVECOMPOSITION

Eachtabletcontains16mgcandesartancilexetil.

Excipients:Containslactosemonohydrate

Forafulllistofexcipients,see6.1

3PHARMACEUTICALFORM

Tablets.

ProductimortedfromtheUK:

Roundpinktabletswithoneconvexsideandonescoredflatside,embossing16onconvexside.

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

depletion(seesection4.4).

Patientswithrenalimpairment

Thestartingdoseis4mginpatientswithrenalimpairment,includingpatientsonhaemodialysis.Thedoseshouldbe

titratedaccordingtoresponse.Thereislimitedexperienceinpatientswithverysevereorend-stagerenalimpairment

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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

impairment(Clcreatinine<15ml/min).InthesepatientsAtacandshouldbecarefullytitratedwiththoroughmonitoring

ofbloodpressure.

Evaluationofpatientswithheartfailureshouldincludeperiodicassessmentsofrenalfunction,especiallyinelderly

patients75yearsorolder,andpatientswithimpairedrenalfunction.DuringdosetitrationofAtacand,monitoringof

serumcreatinineandpotassiumisrecommended.Clinicaltrialsinheartfailuredidnotincludepatientswithserum

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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

notrecommendedandshouldbeconsideredonlyaftercarefulevaluationofthepotentialbenefitsandrisks.

General

Inpatientswhosevasculartoneandrenalfunctiondependpredominantlyontheactivityofthereninangiotensin-

aldosteronesystem(e.g.patientswithseverecongestiveheartfailureorunderlyingrenaldisease,includingrenalartery

stenosis),treatmentwithothermedicinalproductsthataffectthissystemhasbeenassociatedwithacutehypotension,

azotaemia,oliguriaor,rarely,acuterenalfailure.ThepossibilityofsimilareffectscannotbeexcludedwithAIIRAs.As

withanyantihypertensiveagent,excessivebloodpressuredecreaseinpatientswithischaemiccardiopathyorischaemic

cerebrovasculardiseasecouldresultinamyocardialinfarctionorstroke.Theantihypertensiveeffectofcandesartan

maybeenhancedbyothermedicinalproductswithbloodpressureloweringproperties,whetherprescribedasan

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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

trimesterofpregnancyhasnotbeenconclusive;howeverasmallincreaseinriskcannotbeexcluded.Whilstthereisno

controlledepidemiologicaldataontheriskwithAIIRAs,similarrisksmayexistforthisclassofdrugs.Unless

continuedAIIRAtherapyisconsideredessential,patientsplanningpregnancyshouldbechangedtoalternative

antihypertensivetreatmentswhichhaveanestablishedsafetyprofileforuseinpregnancy.Whenpregnancyis

diagnosed,treatmentwithAIIRAsshouldbestoppedimmediatelyand,ifappropriate,alternativetherapyshouldbe

started.

ExposuretoAIIRAtherapyduringthesecondandthirdtrimestersisknowntoinducehumanfetotoxicity(decreased

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

hyperkalaemia)(seesection5.3).

ShouldexposuretoAIIRAshaveoccurredfromthesecondtrimesterofpregnancy,ultrasoundcheckofrenalfunction

andskullisrecommended.

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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).

Laboratoryfindings

Ingeneral,therewerenoclinicallyimportantinfluencesofAtacandonroutinelaboratoryvariables.Asforother

inhibitorsoftherenin-angiotensin-aldosteronesystem,smalldecreasesinhaemoglobinhavebeenseen.Noroutine

monitoringoflaboratoryvariablesisusuallynecessaryforpatientsreceivingAtacand.However,inpatientswithrenal

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

Skinandsubcutaneoustissue

disorders Veryrare Angioedema,rash,urticaria,

pruritus

Musculoskeletalandconnective

tissuedisorders Veryrare Backpain,arthralgia,myalgia

Renalandurinarydisorders Veryrare Renalimpairment,including

renalfailureinsusceptible

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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

recoverywasuneventful.

Management

Ifsymptomatichypotensionshouldoccur,symptomatictreatmentshouldbeinstitutedandvitalsignsmonitored.The

patientshouldbeplacedsupinewiththelegselevated.

Ifthisisnotsufficient,plasmavolumeshouldbeincreasedbyinfusionof,forexample,isotonicsalinesolution.

Sympathomimeticmedicinalproductsmaybeadministerediftheabove-mentionedmeasuresarenotsufficient.

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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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

increasedantihypertensiveeffectisalsoseenwhencandesartancilexetiliscombinedwithamlodipineorfelodipine.

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

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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

(titratedfrom4mgor8mgoncedailyto32mgoncedailyorthehighesttolerateddose,meandose24mg)and

followedforamedianof37.7months.After6monthsoftreatment63%ofthepatientsstilltakingcandesartancilexetil

(89%)wereatthetargetdoseof32mg.

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

hospitalisedfortreatmentofheartfailure.Thecompositeendpointofall-causemortalityorfirstCHFhospitalisation

wasalsosignificantlyreducedwithcandesartan,HR0.87(95%CI:0.78to0.98,p=0.021).Ofcandesartanpatients

42.2%(95%CI:39.5to45.0)andofplacebopatients46.1%(95%CI:43.4to48.9)experiencedthisendpoint,absolute

difference3.9%(95%CI:7.8to0.1).Boththemortalityandmorbiditycomponentsofthesecompositeendpoints

contributedtothefavourableeffectsofcandesartan.TreatmentwithcandesartancilexetilresultedinimprovedNYHA

functionalclass(p=0.020).

InCHARM-Preserved,nostatisticallysignificantreductionwasachievedinthecompositeendpointofcardiovascular

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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

inactivemetabolite.

Pharmacokineticsinspecialpopulations

Intheelderly(over65years)C

andAUCofcandesartanareincreasedbyapproximately50%and80%,

respectivelyincomparisontoyoungsubjects.However,thebloodpressureresponseandtheincidenceofadverse

eventsaresimilarafteragivendoseofAtacandinyoungandelderlypatients(seesection4.2).

InpatientswithmildtomoderaterenalimpairmentCmaxandAUCofcandesartanincreasedduringrepeateddosingby

approximately50%and70%,respectively,butt

wasnotaltered,comparedtopatientswithnormalrenalfunction.

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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

Notapplicable

6.3ShelfLife

Theshelflifeexpirydateofthisproductisthedateshownontheblisterstripsandoutercartonoftheproductas

marketedinthecountryoforigin.

6.4Specialprecautionsforstorage

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6.5Natureandcontentsofcontainer

Cardboardcartoncontaining4PVC/PVDCblisterstrips(7tabletsperstrip).

Packsize28tablets.

6.6Specialprecautionsfordisposalofausedmedicinalproductorwastematerialsderivedfrom

suchmedicinalproductandotherhandlingoftheproduct

Nospecialrequirements

7PARALLELPRODUCTAUTHORISATIONHOLDER

ProfindWholesaleLtd

Unit625,KilshaneAvenue

NorthwestBusinessPark

Dublin15

Ireland

8PARALLELPRODUCTAUTHORISATIONNUMBER

PPA1500/33/3

9DATEOFFIRSTAUTHORISATION/RENEWALOFTHEAUTHORISATION

Dateoffirstauthorisation:9thOctober2009

10DATEOFREVISIONOFTHETEXT

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