DONEPEZIL NICHE

Main information

  • Trade name:
  • DONEPEZIL NICHE
  • Dosage:
  • 5 Milligram
  • Pharmaceutical form:
  • Orodispersible Tablet
  • Medicine domain:
  • Humans
  • Medicine type:
  • Allopathic drug

Documents

Localization

  • Available in:
  • DONEPEZIL NICHE
    Ireland
  • Language:
  • English

Status

  • Source:
  • HPRA - Health Products Regulatory Authority - Ireland
  • Authorization number:
  • PA1063/046/001
  • Authorization date:
  • 20-01-2012
  • Last update:
  • 14-10-2016

Summary of Product characteristics: dosage, interactions, side effects

SummaryofProductCharacteristics

1NAMEOFTHEMEDICINALPRODUCT

DonepezilNiche5mgorodispersibletablets

2QUALITATIVEANDQUANTITATIVECOMPOSITION

Each5mgtabletcontains:

5mgdonepezilhydrochloride,equivalentto4.56mgofdonepezilfreebase.

Forafulllistofexcipients,seesection6.1.

3PHARMACEUTICALFORM

Orodispersibletablet.

DonepezilNiche5mgorodispersibletabletsarewhite,round,flatfaced,bevellededgedtabletsdebossedwith‘DO5’

ononesideandplainonotherside.

4CLINICALPARTICULARS

4.1TherapeuticIndications

DonepezilNicheTabletsareindicatedforthesymptomatictreatmentofmildtomoderatelysevereAlzheimer’s

dementia.

4.2Posologyandmethodofadministration

Adults/Eldery:

Treatmentisinitiatedat5mg/day(once-a-daydosing).DonepezilNicheshouldbetakenorally,intheevening,just

priortoretiring.Thetabletshouldbeplacedonthetongueandallowedtodisintegratebeforeswallowingwithor

withoutwater,accordingtopatientpreference.The5mg/daydoseshouldbemaintainedforatleastonemonthinorder

toallowtheearliestclinicalresponsestotreatmenttobeassessedandtoallowsteady-stateconcentrationsofdonepezil

hydrochloridetobeachieved.Followingaone-monthclinicalassessmentoftreatmentat5mg/day,thedoseof

DonepezilNichecanbeincreasedto10mg/day(once-a-daydosing).Themaximumrecommendeddailydoseis10mg.

Dosesgreaterthan10mg/dayhavenotbeenstudiedinclinicaltrials.

TreatmentshouldbeinitiatedandsupervisedbyaphysicianexperiencedinthediagnosisandtreatmentofAlzheimer's

dementia.Diagnosisshouldbemadeaccordingtoacceptedguidelines(e.g.DSMIV,ICD10).Therapywithdonepezil

shouldonlybestartedifacaregiverisavailablewhowillregularlymonitordrugintakeforthepatient.Maintenance

treatmentcanbecontinuedforaslongasatherapeuticbenefitforthepatientexists.Therefore,theclinicalbenefitof

donepezilshouldbereassessedonaregularbasis.Discontinuationshouldbeconsideredwhenevidenceofatherapeutic

effectisnolongerpresent.Individualresponsetodonepezilcannotbepredicted.

Upondiscontinuationoftreatment,agradualabatementofthebeneficialeffectsofDonepezilNicheisseen.

Renalandhepaticimpairment:

Asimilardoseschedulecanbefollowedforpatientswithrenalimpairment,asclearanceofdonepezilhydrochlorideis

notaffectedbythiscondition.

Duetopossibleincreasedexposureinmildtomoderatehepaticimpairment(seesection5.2),doseescalationshouldbe

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Children:

DonepezilNicheisnotrecommendedforuseinchildren.

4.3Contraindications

DonepezilNicheiscontraindicatedinpatientswithaknownhypersensitivitytodonepezilhydrochloride,piperidine

derivatives,ortoanyexcipientsusedintheformulation.

4.4Specialwarningsandprecautionsforuse

TheuseofDonepezilNicheinpatientswithseveredementia,othertypesofdementiaorothertypesofmemory

impairment(e.g.,age-relatedcognitivedecline),hasnotbeeninvestigated.

Anaesthesia:Donepezil,asacholinesteraseinhibitor,islikelytoexaggeratesuccinylcholine-typemusclerelaxation

duringanaesthesia.

CardiovascularConditions:Becauseoftheirpharmacologicalaction,cholinesteraseinhibitorsmayhavevagotonic

effectsonheartrate(e.g.,bradycardia).Thepotentialforthisactionmaybeparticularlyimportanttopatientswith"sick

sinussyndrome"orothersupraventricularcardiacconductionconditions,suchassinoatrialoratrioventricularblock.

Therehavebeenreportsofsyncopeandseizures.Ininvestigatingsuchpatientsthepossibilityofheartblockorlong

sinusalpausesshouldbeconsidered.

GastrointestinalConditions:Patientsatincreasedriskfordevelopingulcers,e.g.,thosewithahistoryofulcerdisease

orthosereceivingconcurrentnonsteroidalanti-inflammatorydrugs(NSAIDs),shouldbemonitoredforsymptoms.

However,theclinicalstudieswithDonepezilshowednoincrease,relativetoplacebo,intheincidenceofeitherpeptic

ulcerdiseaseorgastrointestinalbleeding.

Genitourinary:AlthoughnotobservedinclinicaltrialsofDonepezil,cholinomimeticsmaycausebladderoutflow

obstruction.

NeurologicalConditions:Seizures:Cholinomimeticsarebelievedtohavesomepotentialtocausegeneralised

convulsions.However,seizureactivitymayalsobeamanifestationofAlzheimer'sDisease.

Cholinomimeticsmayhavethepotentialtoexacerbateorinduceextrapyramidalsymptoms.

PulmonaryConditions:Becauseoftheircholinomimeticactions,cholinesteraseinhibitorsshouldbeprescribedwith

caretopatientswithahistoryofasthmaorobstructivepulmonarydisease.

TheadministrationofDonepezilconcomitantlywithotherinhibitorsofacetylcholinesterase,agonistsorantagonistsof

thecholinergicsystemshouldbeavoided.

SevereHepaticImpairment:Therearenodataforpatientswithseverehepaticimpairment.

MortalityinVascularDementiaClinicalTrials

Threeclinicaltrialsof6monthsdurationwereconductedstudyingindividualsmeetingtheNINDS-AIRENcriteriafor

probableorpossiblevasculardementia(VaD).TheNINDS-AIRENcriteriaaredesignedtoidentifypatientswhose

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Inthefirststudy,themortalityrateswere2/198(1.0%)ondonepezilhydrochloride5mg,5/206(2.4%)ondonepezil

hydrochloride10mgand7/199(3.5%)onplacebo.Inthesecondstudy,themortalityrateswere4/208(1.9%)on

donepezilhydrochloride5mg,3/215(1.4%)ondonepezilhydrochloride10mgand1/193(0.5%)onplacebo.Inthe

thirdstudy,themortalityrateswere11/648(1.7%)ondonepezilhydrochloride5mgand0/326(0%)onplacebo.The

mortalityrateforthethreeVaDstudiescombinedinthedonepezilhydrochloridegroup(1.7%)wasnumericallyhigher

thanintheplacebogroup(1.1%),however,thisdifferencewasnotstatisticallysignificant.Themajorityofdeathsin

patientstakingeitherdonepezilhydrochlorideorplaceboappeartoresultfromvariousvascularrelatedcauses,which

couldbeexpectedinthiselderlypopulationwithunderlyingvasculardisease.Ananalysisofallseriousnon-fataland

fatalvasculareventsshowednodifferenceintherateofoccurrenceinthedonepezilhydrochloridegrouprelativeto

placebo.

InpooledAlzheimer'sdiseasestudies(n=4146),andwhentheseAlzheimer'sdiseasestudieswerepooledwithother

dementiastudiesincludingthevasculardementiastudies(totaln=6888),themortalityrateintheplacebogroups

numericallyexceededthatinthedonepezilhydrochloridegroups.

4.5Interactionwithothermedicinalproductsandotherformsofinteraction

Donepezilhydrochlorideand/oranyofitsmetabolitesdonotinhibitthemetabolismoftheophylline,warfarin,

cimetidineordigoxininhumans.Themetabolismofdonepezilhydrochlorideisnotaffectedbyconcurrent

administrationofdigoxinorcimetidine.InvitrostudieshaveshownthatthecytochromeP450isoenzymes3A4andto

aminorextent2D6areinvolvedinthemetabolismofdonepezil.Druginteractionstudiesperformedinvitroshowthat

ketoconazoleandquinidine,inhibitorsofCYP3A4and2D6respectively,inhibitdonepezilmetabolism.Thereforethese

andotherCYP3A4inhibitors,suchasitraconazoleanderythromycin,andCYP2D6inhibitors,suchasfluoxetinecould

inhibitthemetabolismofdonepezil.Inastudyinhealthyvolunteers,ketoconazoleincreasedmeandonepezil

concentrationsbyabout30%.Enzymeinducers,suchasrifampicin,phenytoin,carbamazepineandalcoholmayreduce

thelevelsofdonepezil.Sincethemagnitudeofaninhibitingorinducingeffectisunknown,suchdrugcombinations

shouldbeusedwithcare.Donepezilhydrochloridehasthepotentialtointerferewithmedicationshaving

anticholinergicactivity.Thereisalsothepotentialforsynergisticactivitywithconcomitanttreatmentinvolving

medicationssuchassuccinylcholine,otherneuro-muscularblockingagentsorcholinergicagonistsorbetablocking

agentswhichhaveeffectsoncardiacconduction.

4.6Fertility,pregnancyandlactation

Pregnancy:

Therearenoadequatedatafromtheuseofdonepezilinpregnantwomen.

Studiesinanimalshavenotshownteratogeniceffectbuthaveshownperiandpostnataltoxicity(seesection5.3

preclinicalsafetydata).Thepotentialriskforhumansisunknown.

Donepeziltabletsshouldnotbeusedduringpregnancyunlessclearlynecessary.

Lactation:

Donepezilisexcretedinthemilkofrats.Itisnotknownwhetherdonepezilhydrochlorideisexcretedinhumanbreast

milkandtherearenostudiesinlactatingwomen.Therefore,womenondonepezilshouldnotbreastfeed.

4.7Effectsonabilitytodriveandusemachines

Donepeziltabletshaveminorormoderateinfluenceontheabilitytodriveandusemachines.

Dementiamaycauseimpairmentofdrivingperformanceorcompromisetheabilitytousemachinery.Furthermore,

donepezilcaninducefatigue,dizzinessandmusclecramps,mainlywheninitiatingorincreasingthedose.Thetreating

physicianshouldroutinelyevaluatetheabilityofpatientsondonepeziltocontinuedrivingoroperatingcomplex

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4.8Undesirableeffects

Themostcommonadverseeventsarediarrhoea,musclecramps,fatigue,nausea,vomitingandinsomnia.

Adversereactionsreportedasmorethananisolatedcasearelistedbelow,bysystemorganclassandbyfrequency.

Frequenciesaredefinedas:verycommon( 1/10)common( 1/100,<1/10),uncommon( 1/1,000,<1/100),rare

(1/10,000,<1/1,000);veryrare(<1/10000)andnotknown(cannotbeestimatedfromavailabledata).

SystemOrganClass Very

Common Common Uncommon Rare

Infectionsand

infestations Commoncold

Metabolismand

nutritiondisorders Anorexia

Psychiatricdisorders Hallucinations**

Agitation**

Aggressive

behaviour**

Nervoussystem

disorders Syncope*

Dizziness

Insomnia Seizure* Extrapyramidal

symptoms

Cardiacdisorders Bradycardia Sino-atrialblock

Atrioventricular

block

Gastrointestinal

disorders Diarrhoea

Nausea Vomiting

Abdominal

disturbance Gastrointestinal

haemorrhage

Gastricand

duodenalulcers

Hepato-biliary

disorders Liverdysfunction

including

hepatitis***

Skinandsubcutaneous

tissuedisorders Rash

Pruritis

Musculoskeletal,

connectivetissueand

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*Ininvestigatingpatientsforsyncopeorseizurethepossibilityofheartblockorlongsinusalpausesshouldbe

considered(seesection4.4)

**Reportsofhallucinations,agitationandaggressivebehaviourhaveresolvedondose-reductionordiscontinuationof

treatment.

***Incasesofunexplainedliverdysfunction,withdrawalofDonepezilshouldbeconsidered.

4.9Overdose

Theestimatedmedianlethaldoseofdonepezilhydrochloridefollowingadministrationofasingleoraldoseinmiceand

ratsis45and32mg/kg,respectively,orapproximately225and160timesthemaximumrecommendedhumandoseof

10mgperday.Dose-relatedsignsofcholinergicstimulationwereobservedinanimalsandincludedreduced

spontaneousmovement,proneposition,staggeringgait,lacrimation,clonicconvulsions,depressedrespiration,

salivation,miosis,fasciculationandlowerbodysurfacetemperature.

Overdosagewithcholinesteraseinhibitorscanresultincholinergiccrisischaracterizedbyseverenausea,vomiting,

salivation,sweating,bradycardia,hypotension,respiratorydepression,collapseandconvulsions.Increasingmuscle

weaknessisapossibilityandmayresultindeathifrespiratorymusclesareinvolved.

Asinanycaseofoverdose,generalsupportivemeasuresshouldbeutilised.Tertiaryanticholinergicssuchasatropine

maybeusedasanantidoteforDonepeziloverdosage.Intravenousatropinesulphatetitratedtoeffectisrecommended:

aninitialdoseof1.0to2.0mgIVwithsubsequentdosesbaseduponclinicalresponse.Atypicalresponsesinblood

pressureandheartratehavebeenreportedwithothercholinomimeticswhenco-administeredwithquaternary

anticholinergicssuchasglycopyrrolate.Itisnotknownwhetherdonepezilhydrochlorideand/oritsmetabolitescanbe

removedbydialysis(hemodialysis,peritonealdialysis,orhemofiltration).

5PHARMACOLOGICALPROPERTIES

5.1Pharmacodynamicproperties

Thepharmacotherapeuticgroup:anti-dementiadrugs;anticholinesterases

ATC-codeN06DA02.

Donepezilhydrochlorideisaspecificandreversibleinhibitorofacetylcholinesterase,thepredominantcholinesterasein

thebrain.Donepezilhydrochlorideisinvitroover1000timesmorepotentaninhibitorofthisenzymethanof

Renalandurinary

disorders Urinary

incontinence

Generaldisordersand

administrationsite

conditions Headache Fatigue

Pain

Investigations Minorincreasein

serum

concentrationof

musclecreatine

kinase

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Alzheimer'sDementia

InpatientswithAlzheimer'sDementiaparticipatinginclinicaltrials,administrationofsingledailydosesof5mgor10

mgofDonepezilproducedsteady-stateinhibitionofacetylcholinesteraseactivity(measuredinerythrocytemembranes)

of63.6%and77.3%,respectivelywhenmeasuredpostdose.

Theinhibitionofacetylcholinesterase(AChE)inredbloodcellsbydonepezilhydrochloridehasbeenshownto

correlatetochangesinADAS-cog,asensitivescalewhichexaminesselectedaspectsofcognition.Thepotentialfor

donepezilhydrochloridetoalterthecourseoftheunderlyingneuropathologyhasnotbeenstudied.ThusDonepezil

cannotbeconsideredtohaveanyeffectontheprogressofthedisease.

EfficacyoftreatmentofAlzheimer’sDementiawithDonepezilhasbeeninvestigatedinfourplacebo-controlledtrials,

2trialsof6-monthdurationand2trialsof1-yearduration.

Inthe6monthsclinicaltrial,ananalysiswasdoneattheconclusionofdonepeziltreatmentusingacombinationof

threeefficacycriteria:theADAS-Cog(ameasureofcognitiveperformance),theClinicianInterviewBasedImpression

ofChangewithCaregiverInput(ameasureofglobalfunction)andtheActivitiesofDailyLivingSubscaleofthe

ClinicalDementiaRatingScale(ameasureofcapabilitiesincommunityaffairs,homeandhobbiesandpersonalcare).

Patientswhofulfilledthecriterialistedbelowwereconsideredtreatmentresponders.

Response=ImprovementofADAS-Cogofatleast4points

NodeteriorationofCIBIC+

NoDeteriorationofActivitiesofDailyLivingSubscaleoftheClinicalDementiaRatingScale

*p<0.05

**p<0.01

Donepezilproducedadose-dependentstatisticallysignificantincreaseinthepercentageofpatientswhowerejudged

%Response

IntenttoTreatPopulation

n=365 EvaluablePopulation

n=352

PlaceboGroup 10% 10%

Donepezil5-mgGroup 18%* 18%*

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5.2Pharmacokineticproperties

Absorption:Maximumplasmalevelsarereachedapproximately3to4hoursafteroraladministration.Plasma

concentrationsandareaunderthecurveriseinproportiontothedose.Theterminaldispositionhalf-lifeis

approximately70hours,thus,administrationofmultiplesingle-dailydosesresultsingradualapproachtosteady-state.

Approximatesteady-stateisachievedwithin3weeksafterinitiationoftherapy.Onceatsteady-state,plasmadonepezil

hydrochlorideconcentrationsandtherelatedpharmacodynamicactivityshowlittlevariabilityoverthecourseofthe

day.

Fooddidnotaffecttheabsorptionofdonepezilhydrochloride.

Distribution:Donepezilhydrochlorideisapproximately95%boundtohumanplasmaproteins.Theplasmaprotein

bindingoftheactivemetabolite6-O-desmethyldonepezilisnotknown.Thedistributionofdonepezilhydrochloridein

variousbodytissueshasnotbeendefinitivelystudied.However,inamassbalancestudyconductedinhealthymale

volunteers,240hoursaftertheadministrationofasingle5mgdoseof 14

C-labelleddonepezilhydrochloride,

approximately28%ofthelabelremainedunrecovered.Thissuggeststhatdonepezilhydrochlorideand/orits

metabolitesmaypersistinthebodyformorethan10days.

Metabolism/Excretion:Donepezilhydrochlorideisbothexcretedintheurineintactandmetabolisedbythecytochrome

P450systemtomultiplemetabolites,notallofwhichhavebeenidentified.Followingadministrationofasingle5mg

doseof 14

C-labelleddonepezilhydrochloride,plasmaradioactivity,expressedasapercentoftheadministereddose,

waspresentprimarilyasintactdonepezilhydrochloride(30%),6-O-desmethyldonepezil(11%-onlymetabolitethat

exhibitsactivitysimilartodonepezilhydrochloride),donepezil-cis-N-oxide(9%),5-O-desmethyldonepezil(7%)and

theglucuronideconjugateof5-O-desmethyl-donepezil(3%).Approximately57%ofthetotaladministered

radioactivitywasrecoveredfromtheurine(17%asunchangeddonepezil),and14.5%wasrecoveredfromthefaeces,

suggestingbiotransformationandurinaryexcretionastheprimaryroutesofelimination.Thereisnoevidenceto

suggestenterohepaticrecirculationofdonepezilhydrochlorideand/oranyofitsmetabolites.

Plasmadonepezilconcentrationsdeclinewithahalf-lifeofapproximately70hours.

Sex,raceandsmokinghistoryhavenoclinicallysignificantinfluenceonplasmaconcentrationsofdonepezil

hydrochloride.Thepharmacokineticsofdonepezilhasnotbeenformallystudiedinhealthyelderlysubjectsorin

Alzheimer'sorvasculardementiapatients.Howevermeanplasmalevelsinpatientscloselyagreedwiththoseofyoung

healthyvolunteers.

Patientswithmildtomoderatehepaticimpairmenthadincreaseddonepezilsteadystateconcentrations;meanAUCby

48%andmeanC

by39%(seesection4.2).

5.3Preclinicalsafetydata

Extensivetestinginexperimentalanimalshasdemonstratedthatthiscompoundcausesfeweffectsotherthanthe

intendedpharmacologicaleffectsconsistentwithitsactionasacholinergicstimulator(seeSection4.9).Donepezilis

notmutagenicinbacterialandmammaliancellmutationassays.Someclastogeniceffectswereobservedinvitroat

concentrationsovertlytoxictothecellsandmorethan3000timesthesteady-stateplasmaconcentrations.No

clastogenicorothergenotoxiceffectswereobservedinthemousemicronucleusmodelinvivo.Therewasnoevidence

ofoncogenicpotentialinlongtermcarcinogenicitystudiesineitherratsormice.

Donepezilhydrochloridehadnoeffectonfertilityinrats,andwasnotteratogenicinratsorrabbits,buthadaslight

effectonstillbirthsandearlypupsurvivalwhenadministeredtopregnantratsat50timesthehumandose(seeSection

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6PHARMACEUTICALPARTICULARS

6.1Listofexcipients

Mannitol(E421)

Silicifiedmicrocrystallinecellulose:

-Microcrystallinecellulose(E460)

-Colloidalsilicondioxide(E551)

-Lightanhydroussilicicacid

Low-substitutedhydroxypropylcellulose(E463)

Sucralose(E955)

Orangeflavouring

Sodiumstearylfumarate(E485)

6.2Incompatibilities

Notapplicable.

6.3Shelflife

2years

6.4Specialprecautionsforstorage

Donotstoreabove25°C.

Storeintheoriginalpackageinordertoprotectfrommoisture.

6.5Natureandcontentsofcontainer

Blister(OPA/Alu/PVC/Aluminiumfoil).

Packsizes:7,28,30,50,56,60,98or120tablets.

Notallpacksizesmaybemarketed.

6.6Specialprecautionsfordisposal

Nospecialrequirements

7MARKETINGAUTHORISATIONHOLDER

NicheGenericsLimited

1TheCamCentre

WilburyWay,Hitchin

Hertfordshire

SG4OTW

UnitedKingdom

8MARKETINGAUTHORISATIONNUMBER

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9DATEOFFIRSTAUTHORISATION/RENEWALOFTHEAUTHORISATION

Dateoffirstauthorisation:20 th

January2012

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