Ranexa®ranolazine extended-release tablets

ranexa (Ranolazinetablet, film coated, extended release 
[CV Therapeutics, Inc.]

DESCRIPTION

Ranexa® (ranolazine) is available as an extended-release tablet for oral administration.

Ranolazine is a racemic mixture and chemically described as 1-piperazineacetamide, N-(2,6-dimethylphenyl)-4-[2-hydroxy-3-(2-methoxyphenoxy)propyl]-, (±)-. It has an empirical formula of C24H33N3O4, a molecular weight of 427.54 g/mole, and the following structural formula:

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Ranolazine is a white to off-white solid. Ranolazine is soluble in dichloromethane and methanol; sparingly soluble in tetrahydrofuran, ethanol, acetonitrile, and acetone; slightly soluble in ethyl acetate, isopropanol, toluene, and ethyl ether; and very slightly soluble in water.

Ranexa is available for oral administration as film-coated, extended-release tablets containing 500 mg or 1000 mg of ranolazine. Inactive ingredients of the 500 mg tablet include carnauba wax, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer (Type C), microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, polysorbate 80, sodium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, and FD&C Yellow #6 Lake.

Inactive ingredients of the 1000 mg tablet include carnauba wax, hypromellose, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, methacrylic acid copolymer (Type C), microcrystalline cellulose, polyethylene glycol, sodium hydroxide, titanium dioxide, triacetin, and Iron Oxide Yellow.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism of Action

Ranexa has antianginal and anti-ischemic effects that do not depend upon reductions in heart rate or blood pressure. The mechanism of action of ranolazine is unknown. It does not increase the rate-pressure product, a measure of myocardial work, at maximal exercise.

Pharmacokinetics

Ranolazine is extensively metabolized in the gut and liver and its absorption is highly variable. For example, at a dose of 1000 mg b.i.d., the mean steady-state Cmax was 2569 ng/mL; 95% of Cmax values were between 420 and 6080 ng/mL. The pharmacokinetics of the (+) R- and (-) S-enantiomers of ranolazine are similar in healthy volunteers. The apparent terminal half-life of ranolazine is 7 hours. Steady state is generally achieved within 3 days of b.i.d. dosing with Ranexa. At steady state over the dose range 500 to 1000 mg b.i.d., Cmax and AUC0-τ increase slightly more than proportionally to dose, 2.2- and 2.4-fold, respectively. With twice daily dosing, the peak/trough ratio of the ranolazine plasma concentration is 1.6 to 3.0.

Absorption and Distribution

After oral administration of Ranexa peak plasma concentrations of ranolazine are reached between 2 and 5 hours. After oral administration of 14C-ranolazine as a solution, 73% of the dose is systemically available as ranolazine or metabolites. The bioavailability of ranolazine from Ranexa relative to that from a solution of ranolazine is 76%. Because ranolazine is a substrate of P-glycoprotein (P-gp), inhibitors of P-gp may increase the absorption of ranolazine.

Food (high-fat breakfast) has no important effect on the Cmax and AUC of ranolazine. Therefore, Ranexa may be taken without regard to meals. Over the concentration range of 0.25 to 10 µg/mL, ranolazine is approximately 62% bound to human plasma proteins.

Metabolism and Excretion

Following a single oral dose of ranolazine solution, approximately 75% of the dose is excreted in urine and 25% in feces. Ranolazine is metabolized rapidly and extensively in the liver and intestine; less than 5% is excreted unchanged in urine and feces. The pharmacologic activity of the metabolites has not been well characterized. After dosing to steady state with 500 mg to 1500 mg b.i.d., the four most abundant metabolites in plasma have AUC values ranging from about 5 to 33% that of ranolazine, and display apparent half-lives ranging from 6 to 22 hours. Ranolazine is metabolized mainly by CYP3A and to a lesser extent by CYP2D6.

Special Populations

Age, Gender, and Race

A population pharmacokinetic evaluation of data from patients and healthy volunteers showed no clinically significant age- or gender-related effects on the pharmacokinetics of ranolazine. Dosage modifications for age or gender are, therefore, not required (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION). Requirements for dosage modification based on race have not been adequately assessed.

Pediatric

The pharmacokinetics of ranolazine have not been investigated in patients < 18 years of age.

Renal Insufficiency

In a pharmacokinetic study in patients with varying degrees of renal impairment, ranolazine plasma levels appeared to increase about 50%. The pharmacokinetics of ranolazine in patients on dialysis have not been assessed. In six subjects with severe renal impairment on Ranexa 500 mg b.i.d., mean diastolic blood pressure increased approximately 10 to 15 mm Hg.

Hepatic Insufficiency

The disposition of ranolazine administered in a dose of Ranexa 500 mg b.i.d. was studied in 16 subjects with mild or moderate hepatic impairment and 16 healthy volunteers. The plasma concentrations of ranolazine were increased in the subjects with mild (Child-Pugh Class A) and moderate (Child-Pugh Class B) liver impairment by factors of 1.3 and 1.6, respectively, relative to the healthy volunteers. In the same study, patients with mild and moderate hepatic impairment had increases in QTc that were larger than those of normal subjects at the same plasma ranolazine level (see Pharmacodynamic Effects).

Congestive Heart Failure

A population pharmacokinetic evaluation showed that congestive heart failure (CHF) (NYHA Class I to IV) had no significant effect on ranolazine pharmacokinetics.

Ranexa had minimal effects on heart rate and blood pressure in patients with angina and CHF NYHA Class I or II, and also in a study of 85 patients with CHF NYHA Class III or IV.

Diabetes Mellitus

A population pharmacokinetic evaluation of data from angina patients and healthy subjects showed no effect of diabetes on ranolazine pharmacokinetics.

Drug-Drug Interactions

Effects of Other Drugs on Ranolazine

In vivo studies in healthy volunteers confirm that ranolazine is primarily metabolized by CYP3A. Plasma levels of ranolazine with Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. are increased 3.2-fold by the potent CYP3A inhibitor ketoconazole co-administered at a dose of 200 mg b.i.d. Plasma levels of ranolazine with Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. are increased about 1.8- to 2.3-fold by the moderately potent CYP3A inhibitor diltiazem given in daily doses from 180 to 360 mg, respectively. Plasma levels of ranolazine with Ranexa 750 mg b.i.d. are increased about 2-fold by the CYP3A and P-gp inhibitor verapamil given at a dose of 120 mg t.i.d.

Ketoconazole, diltiazem, verapamil (also a P-gp inhibitor) and other potent or moderately potent CYP3A inhibitors should not be co-administered with Ranexa (see WARNINGS).

Less potent CYP3A inhibitors such as simvastatin (20 mg q.d.) and cimetidine (400 mg t.i.d.) do not increase the exposure to ranolazine in healthy volunteers receiving Ranexa.

No specific studies of ranolazine with CYP3A inducers have been conducted.

In vitro studies indicate that ranolazine is a P-gp substrate. Caution should be exercised when co-administering ranolazine and P-gp inhibitors such as ritonavir and cyclosporine (see PRECAUTIONS). The potent CYP2D6 inhibitor paroxetine, at a dose level of 20 mg q.d., increased ranolazine concentrations 1.2-fold in healthy volunteers receiving Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. No dose adjustment of Ranexa is necessary when it is co-administered with drugs inhibiting CYP2D6.

Plasma concentrations of ranolazine are not significantly altered by concomitant digoxin at 0.125 mg q.d.

Effects of Ranolazine on Other Drugs

In vitro studies indicate that ranolazine and its O-demethylated metabolite are inhibitors of CYP3A and CYP2D6. Ranolazine and its most abundant metabolites are not known to inhibit the metabolism of substrates for CYP1A2, 2C9, 2C19 or 2E1 in human liver microsomes, suggesting that ranolazine is unlikely to alter the pharmacokinetics of drugs metabolized by these enzymes.

The plasma levels of simvastatin, a CYP3A substrate, and its active metabolite are each increased about 2-fold in healthy subjects receiving simvastatin 80 mg q.d. and Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

The pharmacokinetics of diltiazem are not affected by ranolazine in healthy volunteers receiving diltiazem 60 mg t.i.d. and Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d.

The inhibitory effects of ranolazine on CYP2D6 have been evaluated in extensive metabolizers of dextromethorphan. The study showed that ranolazine and/or metabolites partially inhibit CYP2D6. Concomitant use of Ranexa with other drugs metabolized by CYP2D6, such as tricyclic antidepressants and antipsychotics, has not been formally studied, but lower doses of the other drug than usually prescribed may be required in the presence of ranolazine (see PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

In vitro studies suggest that ranolazine is a P-gp inhibitor. In vivo ranolazine increases digoxin concentrations 1.5-fold in healthy volunteers receiving Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. and digoxin 0.125 mg q.d. The dose of digoxin may have to be adjusted when ranolazine is co-administered with digoxin (see PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Pharmacodynamic Effects

Hemodynamic Effects

Minimal changes in mean heart rate (< 2 bpm) and systolic blood pressure (< 3 mm Hg) were observed in patients with chronic angina treated with Ranexa in controlled studies. Similar results were observed in subgroups of patients with CHF NYHA Class I or II, diabetes, or reactive airway disease, and in elderly patients. In six subjects with severe renal impairment on Ranexa 500 mg b.i.d., mean diastolic blood pressure increased approximately 10 to 15 mm Hg.

Electrocardiographic Effects

Dose and plasma concentration-related increases in the QTc interval (see WARNINGS), reductions in T wave amplitude and, in some cases, notched T waves, have been observed in patients treated with ranolazine. These effects are believed to be caused by ranolazine and not by its metabolites. The relationship between the change in QTc and ranolazine plasma concentrations is linear with a slope of about 2.6 msec/1000 ng/mL ranolazine. The variable blood levels attained after a given dose of ranolazine give a wide range of effects on QTc. At Tmax following repeat dosing at 1000 mg b.i.d., the mean change in QTc is about 6 msec, but in the 5% of the population with the highest plasma concentrations, the prolongation of QTc is at least 15 msec. In subjects with mild or moderate hepatic impairment, the relationship between plasma level of ranolazine and QTc is much steeper (see WARNINGS and CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Congestive heart failure, diabetes, renal impairment, and gender did not alter the slope of the QTc-concentration relationship of ranolazine.

CLINICAL STUDIES

Ranexa has been evaluated in patients with chronic angina who remained symptomatic despite treatment with the maximum dose of an antianginal agent. In the ERICA (Efficacy of Ranolazine In Chronic Angina) trial, 565 patients were randomized to receive an initial dose of Ranexa 500 mg b.i.d. or placebo for 1 week, followed by 6 weeks of treatment with Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. or placebo, in addition to concomitant treatment with amlodipine 10 mg q.d. In addition, 45% of the study population also received long-acting nitrates. Sublingual nitrates were used as needed to treat angina episodes. Results are shown in Table 1. Statistically significant decreases in angina attack frequency (p = 0.028) and nitroglycerin use (p = 0.014) were observed with Ranexa compared to placebo. These treatment effects appeared consistent across age and use of long-acting nitrates. The mean magnitude of effect was smaller in women.

Table 1: Angina Frequency and Nitroglycerin Use (ERICA)
Placebo Ranexa
1000 mg b.i.d.
Angina Frequency (attacks/week) N 281 277
Mean 4.3 3.3
Median 2.4 2.2
Nitroglycerin Use (doses/week) N 281 277
Mean 3.6 2.7
Median 1.7 1.3

CARISA was a study in 823 chronic angina patients randomized to receive 12 weeks of treatment with twice-daily Ranexa 750 mg, 1000 mg, or placebo who also continued on daily doses of atenolol 50 mg, amlodipine 5 mg, or diltiazem CD 180 mg. Sublingual nitrates were used in this study as needed.

In this trial, statistically significant (p < 0.05) increases in modified Bruce treadmill exercise duration and time to angina were observed for each Ranexa dose versus placebo, at both trough (12 hours after dosing) and peak (4 hours after dosing) plasma levels, with minimal effects on blood pressure and heart rate. The changes vs placebo in exercise parameters are given in Table 2. Exercise treadmill results showed no increase in effect on exercise at the 1000 mg dose compared to the 750 mg dose. The effects of Ranexa on angina frequency and nitroglycerin use are shown in Table 3.

Table 2: Exercise Treadmill Results (CARISA)
Mean Difference from Placebo (sec)
Study CARISA (N = 791)
Ranexa Dose 750 mg b.i.d. 1000 mg b.i.d.

*p-value ≤ 0.05      **p-value ≤ 0.005

Exercise Duration
     Trough
     Peak

24*
34**

24*
26*
Time to Angina
     Trough
     Peak

30*
38**

26*
38**
Time to 1 mm ST Depression
     Trough
     Peak

20
41**

21
35**

Table 3: Angina Frequency and Nitroglycerin Use (CARISA)
Placebo Ranexa
750 mg b.i.d.
Ranexa
1000 mg b.i.d.
Angina Frequency (attacks/week) N 258 272 261
Mean 3.3 2.5 2.1
p-value vs placebo 0.006 < 0.001
Nitroglycerin Use (doses/week) N 252 262 244
Mean 3.1 2.1 1.8
p-value vs placebo 0.016 < 0.001

Tolerance to ranolazine did not develop after 12 weeks of therapy. Rebound increases in angina, as measured by exercise duration, have not been observed following abrupt discontinuation of ranolazine.

Effects in Demographic Subsets

Gender

Effects on angina frequency and exercise tolerance were considerably smaller in women than in men. In CARISA, the improvement in Exercise Tolerance Test (ETT) in females was about 33% of that in males at the 1000 mg b.i.d. dose level. In ERICA, where the primary endpoint was angina attack frequency, the mean reduction in weekly angina attacks was 0.3 for females and 1.3 for males.

Age

No differences in efficacy were observed between younger and older patients. However, a higher incidence of adverse events were observed in elderly (≥ 75 years) patients on ranolazine (see PRECAUTIONS, Geriatric Use).

Race

There were insufficient numbers of non-Caucasian patients to allow for analyses of efficacy or safety by racial subgroup.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Ranexa is indicated for the treatment of chronic angina. Because Ranexa prolongs the QT interval, it should be reserved for patients who have not achieved an adequate response with other antianginal drugs. Ranexa should be used in combination with amlodipine, beta-blockers or nitrates. The effect on angina rate or exercise tolerance appeared to be smaller in women than men.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Ranexa is contraindicated in patients:

WARNINGS

QT Prolongation

Ranolazine has been shown to prolong the QTc interval in a dose-related manner. While the clinical significance of the QTc prolongation in the case of ranolazine is unknown, other drugs with this potential have been associated with torsades de pointes-type arrhythmias and sudden death.

With repeat dosing, the mean effect on QTc of ranolazine 1000 mg b.i.d., at Tmax, is about 6 msec. However, in 5% of the population the prolongation of QTc is 15 msec. Age, weight, gender, race, heart rate, CHF NYHA Class I to IV, and diabetes have no significant effect on the relationship between ranolazine plasma level and increase in QTc. The relationship between ranolazine levels and QTc remains linear over a concentration range up to 4-fold greater than the concentrations produced by 1000 mg b.i.d., and is not affected by changes in heart rate. Doses > 1000 mg b.i.d. should not be used.

There are no studies examining the effects of ranolazine in patients with pre-existing QT prolongation or receiving other QT-prolonging drugs. Because of possible additive effects on the QT interval, ranolazine should be avoided in patients with known QT prolongation (including congenital long QT syndrome, uncorrected hypokalemia), known history of ventricular tachycardia and in patients receiving drugs that prolong the QTc interval, such as Class Ia (e.g., quinidine) and Class III (e.g., dofetilide, sotalol) antiarrhythmics, and antipsychotics (e.g., thioridazine, ziprasidone).

Because the QTc-prolonging effect is increased approximately 3-fold in patients with hepatic dysfunction, ranolazine is contraindicated in patients with mild, moderate or severe liver disease (see Special Populations and Hepatic Insufficiency).

Ranolazine is primarily metabolized by CYP3A. Use of ranolazine with potent or moderately potent inhibitors of CYP3A should be avoided because concomitant administration will increase ranolazine plasma levels and QTc prolongation. These inhibitors include ketoconazole and other azole antifungals, diltiazem, verapamil, macrolide antibiotics, HIV protease inhibitors and grapefruit juice or grapefruit-containing products.

Tumor Promotion

A published study reported that ranolazine promoted tumor formation and progression to malignancy when given to transgenic APC(min/+) mice at a dose of 30 mg/kg twice daily (see REFERENCES). The clinical significance of this finding is unclear (see PRECAUTIONS, Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility).

PRECAUTIONS

Co-administration of ranolazine and digoxin increases the plasma concentrations of digoxin by approximately 1.5-fold and the dose of digoxin may have to be reduced accordingly. The dose of other P-gp substrates may have to be reduced as well when ranolazine is co-administered.

Ranolazine can inhibit the activity of CYP2D6 and thus the metabolism of drugs that are mainly metabolized by this enzyme, for example tricyclic antidepressants and some antipsychotics, may be impaired and exposure to these drugs increased. The dose of such drugs may have to be reduced when ranolazine is co-administered.

In vitro studies indicate that ranolazine is a P-gp substrate. Caution should be exercised when co-administering ranolazine and P-gp inhibitors such as ritonavir or cyclosporine.

Use in Patients with Congestive Heart Failure

No dosage adjustment for Ranexa is required in patients with CHF (NYHA Class I to IV) (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and Special Populations).

Use in Patients with Diabetes Mellitus

No dosage adjustment is required in patients with diabetes (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and Special Populations).

Use in Patients with Severe Renal Impairment

Ranexa increases blood pressure by about 15 mm Hg in patients with severe renal impairment. Blood pressure should be monitored regularly after initiation of Ranexa in such patients.

Laboratory Tests

Average elevations of serum creatinine by 0.1 mg/dL have been observed in angina patients treated with ranolazine. In patients with renal impairment, the percentage increase in creatinine from pretreatment values was of the same magnitude as in angina patients; BUN did not increase. These elevations have a rapid onset, show no signs of progression during long-term therapy, and are reversible after discontinuation of ranolazine. The results of a special renal function study in healthy volunteers receiving Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d. showed that the glomerular filtration rate was not affected by ranolazine. The elevated creatinine levels are likely due to a blockage of creatinine’s tubular secretion by ranolazine or one of its metabolites. Urinalysis results are unaffected by ranolazine.

Transient eosinophilia was observed infrequently on ranolazine. Small mean decreases in hematocrit (1.2%) were also observed on ranolazine in controlled studies; however, there was no evidence of occult fecal blood loss.

Information for Patients

To ensure safe and effective use of Ranexa, the following information and instructions should be communicated to the patient when appropriate.

Patients should be advised:

Drug-Drug Interactions

(also see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Drug-Drug Interactions, and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION)

Pharmacokinetic Interactions: Effects of Other Drugs on Ranolazine

Ketoconazole

As a potent inhibitor of CYP3A, ketoconazole (200 mg b.i.d.) increases average steady-state plasma concentrations of ranolazine 3.2-fold. Ranexa should not be used during treatment with ketoconazole (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

Diltiazem

As a moderate inhibitor of CYP3A, diltiazem (180 to 360 mg daily) causes dose-dependent mean increases in average ranolazine steady-state concentrations of about 1.8- to 2.3-fold.

Verapamil

Verapamil 120 mg t.i.d. increases ranolazine steady-state plasma concentrations about 2-fold.

Cimetidine

Co-administration of cimetidine does not increase the plasma concentrations of ranolazine. No dose adjustment of Ranexa is required in patients treated with cimetidine.

Digoxin

Co-administration of digoxin does not increase the plasma concentration of ranolazine. No dose adjustment of Ranexa is required in patients treated with digoxin.

Paroxetine

Paroxetine, a potent inhibitor of CYP2D6, increased average steady-state plasma concentrations of ranolazine 1.2-fold. No dose adjustment of Ranexa is required in patients treated with paroxetine or other CYP2D6 inhibitors.

Pharmacokinetic Interactions: Effects of Ranolazine on Other Drugs

Digoxin

As a result of an interaction at the P-gp level, co-administration of ranolazine and digoxin results in a 1.5-fold elevation of digoxin plasma concentrations. The dose of digoxin may have to be adjusted when ranolazine is co-administered with digoxin.

Simvastatin

Co-administration of ranolazine and simvastatin results in about a 2-fold increase in plasma concentrations of simvastatin, and its active metabolite.

Warfarin

Ranolazine has no significant effect on the pharmacokinetics of (+) R- and (-) S- warfarin.

Drug/Laboratory Test Interactions

Ranolazine is not known to interfere with any laboratory test.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Ranolazine demonstrated no mutagenic potential in the following assays: Ames bacterial mutation assay, Saccharomyces assay for mitotic gene conversion, chromosomal aberrations assay in Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) cells, mammalian CHO/HGPRT gene mutation assay and mouse and rat bone marrow micronucleus assays.

There was no evidence of carcinogenic potential in 21 to 24 month studies in mice or rats. The highest oral doses used in the carcinogenicity studies were 150 mg/kg/day for 21 months in rats (900 mg/m2/day) and 50 mg/kg/day for 24 months in mice (150 mg/m2/day). These doses are equivalent to 0.8 and 0.1 times, respectively, the maximum recommended human dose (MRHD) of 2 grams on a mg/m2 basis and represent the maximum tolerated doses in these species (see WARNINGS, Tumor Promotion).

There are no adequate studies assessing the effect of ranolazine on fertility or reproductive capacity.

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category C

There are no adequate studies assessing the effect of ranolazine on the developing fetus.

There are no adequate well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Ranexa should be used during pregnancy only when the potential benefit to the patient justifies the potential risk to the fetus.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether ranolazine is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk and because of the potential for serious adverse reactions from ranolazine in nursing infants, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or to discontinue Ranexa, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use

Of the chronic angina patients treated with ranolazine in controlled studies, 496 (48%) were ≥ 65 years of age, and 114 (11%) were ≥ 75 years of age. No overall differences in efficacy were observed between older and younger patients. There were no differences in safety for patients ≥ 65 years compared to younger patients, but patients ≥ 75 years of age on ranolazine, compared to placebo, appeared to have a higher incidence of adverse events, serious adverse events, and drug discontinuations due to adverse events. In controlled ranolazine studies, the placebo-subtracted incidence of any adverse event in patients ≥ 75 years old treated with ranolazine was 23%, and 11% discontinued ranolazine due to unacceptable adverse events. In CARISA and ERICA, the most commonly reported placebo-subtracted adverse events in patients ≥ 75 years old on ranolazine included constipation (19%), nausea (6%), and dizziness (6%). In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

ADVERSE REACTIONS

Of the patients treated with Ranexa, 1,026 were enrolled in three double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized studies of up to 12 weeks duration. In addition, upon study completion, 746 patients received continued treatment with Ranexa in open-label, long-term studies; 639 patients were exposed to Ranexa for more than 1 year, 578 patients for more than 2 years, and 372 for more than 3 years. Subgroup evaluations in patients with reactive airway disease, CHF, and diabetes were also conducted. These conditions did not alter the general nature or frequency of treatment-emergent adverse events observed in the broader ranolazine-treated population.

In controlled clinical trials of angina patients, the most frequently reported treatment-emergent adverse events (> 4%), occurring more often with ranolazine than placebo, were dizziness (6.2%), headache (5.5%), constipation (4.5%), and nausea (4.4%). In open-label, long-term treatment studies, a similar adverse event profile was observed in patients treated with ranolazine.

About 6% of patients discontinued treatment with Ranexa due to an adverse event in controlled studies in angina patients compared to about 3% on placebo. The most common adverse events that led to discontinuation more frequently on ranolazine than placebo were dizziness (1.3% versus 0.1%), and nausea (1% versus 0%), asthenia, constipation and headache (each about 0.5% versus 0%).

Small, reversible elevations in serum creatinine and BUN levels have been observed in clinical studies with ranolazine. These elevations were observed without evidence of renal toxicity (see PRECAUTIONS and Laboratory Tests).

Adverse Events Occurring at an Incidence of ≥ 2% Among Ranexa-treated Angina Patients in the CARISA and ERICA Trials

The most commonly observed treatment-emergent adverse events for chronic angina patients from CARISA and ERICA that occurred more frequently with ranolazine than placebo are shown in Table 4.

Table 4: Treatment-Emergent Adverse Events in CARISA and ERICA (≥ 2% in Ranexa-treated Patients)
Number (%) of Angina Patients
Placebo
(N = 552)
Ranexa*
(N = 835)
*Doses include 500 mg b.i.d., 750 mg b.i.d., and 1000 mg b.i.d.
Gastrointestinal Disorders
     Constipation 9 (2) 63 (8)
     Nausea 5 (1) 33 (4)
Nervous System Disorders
     Dizziness 12 (2) 41 (5)
     Headache 11 (2) 22 (3)

The dose-related adverse events of dizziness and syncope are shown in Table 5.

Table 5: Incidence of Dizziness and Syncope in CARISA and ERICA
Number (%) of Angina Patients
Placebo
(N = 552)
Ranexa 750 mg b.i.d.
(N = 279)
Ranexa 1000 mg b.i.d.
(N = 556)
Dizziness 12 (2) 10 (4) 31 (6)
Syncope 0 0 4 (0.7)

Adverse Events Occurring Among All Ranolazine-treated Patients with Chronic Angina

A total of 2,018 patients with chronic angina were treated with ranolazine in controlled clinical trials.

The following additional adverse events occurred at an incidence of > 0.5 to < 2.0% in patients treated with ranolazine and were more frequent than the incidence observed in placebo-treated patients.

Cardiac Disorders – palpitations

Ear and Labyrinth Disorders – tinnitus, vertigo

Gastrointestinal Disorders – abdominal pain, dry mouth, vomiting

General Disorders and Administrative Site Adverse Events – peripheral edema

Respiratory, Thoracic and Mediastinal Disorders – dyspnea

Other more rare (≤ 0.5%) but potentially medically important adverse events observed more frequently with ranolazine than placebo treatment in controlled studies included: bradycardia, hematuria, hypoesthesia, hypotension, orthostatic hypotension, paresthesia, tremor, and blurred vision.

DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE

Ranolazine does not have any potential for abuse or dependence.

OVERDOSAGE

No cases of intentional or accidental overdose with ranolazine have been reported. In the event of overdose, the expected symptoms would be dizziness, nausea/vomiting, diplopia, paresthesia, and confusion. Syncope with prolonged loss of consciousness may develop. Because the QTc interval increases with ranolazine plasma concentration, continuous ECG monitoring may be warranted in the event of overdose. If required, general supportive measures should be initiated.

Since ranolazine is about 62% bound to plasma proteins, complete clearance of ranolazine by hemodialysis is not likely.

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Ranexa dosing should be initiated at 500 mg b.i.d. and increased to 1000 mg b.i.d., as needed, based on clinical symptoms. The maximum recommended daily dose of Ranexa is 1000 mg b.i.d. Baseline and follow-up ECGs should be obtained to evaluate effects on QT interval. Use of QT-prolonging drugs and drugs that increase plasma concentrations of ranolazine should be avoided (see CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS, Drug-Drug Interactions).

The dose of simvastatin and digoxin and other P-gp substrates may have to be reduced when ranolazine is co-administered. Dose adjustments of Ranexa are generally not required on the basis of age or gender, or in patients with CHF or diabetes mellitus.

The concomitant use of Ranexa with other commonly administered cardiovascular medications (amlodipine, beta-blockers, nitrates, anti-hypertensive agents) is well-tolerated.

If a dose of Ranexa is missed, the prescribed dose should be taken at the next scheduled time. The next dose should not be doubled.

Ranexa may be taken with or without meals. Ranexa tablets should be swallowed whole and not crushed, broken, or chewed.

HOW SUPPLIED

Ranexa (ranolazine) is supplied as film-coated, oblong-shaped extended-release tablets containing the following amount of ranolazine:

Strength Color Marking
500 mg light orange CVT500
1000 mg pale yellow CVT1000

Ranexa (ranolazine extended-release tablets) is available in:

Strength NDC Code
Unit-of-Use Bottle (60 Tablets) 500 mg 67159-112-03
Pharmacy Bottle (500 Tablets) 500 mg 67159-112-04
Unit-of-Use Bottle (60 Tablets) 1000 mg 67159-114-03
Pharmacy Bottle (500 Tablets) 1000 mg 67159-114-04

Store at 25°C (77°F) with excursion permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F).

REFERENCES

1.  M.A. Suckow et al. The anti-ischemia agent ranolazine promotes the development of intestinal tumors in APC(min/+) mice. Cancer Letters 209(2004):165–169.


Issued: June 2007


Manufactured for:
CV Therapeutics, Inc.
Palo Alto, CA 94304 USA

By:
DSM Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Greenville, NC  27834  USA

Ranexa is a registered trademark of CV Therapeutics, Inc.

For additional information, contact CVT Therapeutics at 1-877-CVT-7171 or drug.info@cvt.com.

U.S. Patent Numbers 4,567,264; 6,303,607; 6,369,062; 6,479,496; 6,503,911; 6,525,057; 6,562,826; 6,617,328; 6,620,814; 6,852,724; 6,864,258

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Ranexa (Ranolazine)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 67159-112 Dosage Form TABLET, FILM COATED, EXTENDED RELEASE
Route Of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Ranolazine (Ranolazine) Active 500 MILLIGRAM  In 1 TABLET
Microcrystalline Cellulose Inactive  
Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (Type C) Inactive  
Hypromellose Inactive  
Magnesium Stearate Inactive  
Sodium Hydroxide Inactive  
Carnauba Wax Inactive  
Polyethylene Glycol Inactive  
Polysorbate 80 Inactive  
Titanium Dioxide Inactive  
FD&C Yellow #6 Lake Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color ORANGE (light orange) Score 1
Shape OVAL (oblong-shaped) Symbol false
Imprint Code CVT500 Coating true
Size 17mm
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 67159-112-03 60 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None
2 67159-112-04 500 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Ranexa (Ranolazine)
PRODUCT INFO
Product Code 67159-114 Dosage Form TABLET, FILM COATED, EXTENDED RELEASE
Route Of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
INGREDIENTS
Name (Active Moiety) Type Strength
Ranolazine (Ranolazine) Active 1000 MILLIGRAM  In 1 TABLET
Microcrystalline Cellulose Inactive  
Methacrylic Acid Copolymer (Type C) Inactive  
Hypromellose Inactive  
Magnesium Stearate Inactive  
Sodium Hydroxide Inactive  
Carnauba Wax Inactive  
Polyethylene Glycol Inactive  
Lactose Monohydrate Inactive  
Titanium Dioxide Inactive  
Triacetin Inactive  
Iron Oxide Yellow Inactive  
IMPRINT INFORMATION
Characteristic Appearance Characteristic Appearance
Color YELLOW (pale yellow) Score 1
Shape OVAL (oblong-shaped) Symbol false
Imprint Code CVT1000 Coating true
Size 22mm
PACKAGING
# NDC Package Description Multilevel Packaging
1 67159-114-03 60 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None
2 67159-114-04 500 TABLET In 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC None

Revised: 08/2007CV Therapeutics, Inc.