Label: CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL AND HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE- candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablet 

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  • NDC Code(s): 60505-3758-5, 60505-3758-9, 60505-3759-5, 60505-3759-9, view more
    60505-3760-9
  • Packager: Apotex Corp.
  • Category: HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL
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  • Marketing Status: Abbreviated New Drug Application

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Updated 10/12

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  • BOXED WARNING(What is this?)

    WARNING: FETAL TOXICITY

    • When pregnancy is detected, discontinue candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets as soon as possible.
    • Drugs that act directly on the renin-angiotensin system can cause injury and death to the developing fetus. See Warnings: Fetal Toxicity
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  • DESCRIPTION

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets combines an angiotensin II receptor (type AT1) antagonist and a diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide.

    Candesartan cilexetil, a nonpeptide, is chemically described as (±)-1-Hydroxyethyl 2-ethoxy-1-[p-(o-1H-tetrazol-5-ylphenyl)benzyl]-7-benzimidazolecarboxylate, cyclohexyl carbonate (ester).

    Its empirical formula is C33H34N6O6, and its structural formula is

    Chemical Structure for Candesartan cilexetil

    Candesartan cilexetil is a white to off-white powder with a molecular weight of 610.67. It is practically insoluble in water and sparingly soluble in methanol. Candesartan cilexetil is a racemic mixture containing one chiral center at the cyclohexyloxycarbonyloxy ethyl ester group. Following oral administration, candesartan cilexetil undergoes hydrolysis at the ester link to form the active drug, candesartan, which is achiral.

    Hydrochlorothiazide is 6-chloro-3,4-dihydro-2H-1,2,4-benzothiadiazine-7-sulfonamide 1,1-dioxide. Its empirical formula is C7H8ClN3O4S2 and its structural formula is

    Chemical Structure for Hydrochlorothiazide

    Hydrochlorothiazide is a white, or practically white, odourless, crystalline powder with a molecular weight of 297.72, which is slightly soluble in water, but freely soluble in sodium hydroxide solution.

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets are available for oral administration in three tablet strengths of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide.

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, 16 mg/12.5 mg contain 16 mg of candesartan cilexetil and 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide.

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, 32 mg/12.5 mg contain 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil and 12.5 mg of hydrochlorothiazide. Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, 32 mg/25 mg contain 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil and 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide. The inactive ingredients of the tablets are lactose monohydrate, corn starch, hydroxypropyl cellulose, carboxymethyl cellulose calcium, triacetin, magnesium stearate, and ferric oxide yellow. Ferric oxide red is added only to the 16/12.5 mg and 32/25 mg tablets as colorant.

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  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    Mechanism of Action

    Angiotensin II is formed from angiotensin I in a reaction catalyzed by angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE, kininase II). Angiotensin II is the principal pressor agent of the renin-angiotensin system, with effects that include vasoconstriction, stimulation of synthesis and release of aldosterone, cardiac stimulation, and renal reabsorption of sodium. Candesartan blocks the vasoconstrictor and aldosterone-secreting effects of angiotensin II by selectively blocking the binding of angiotensin II to the AT1 receptor in many tissues, such as vascular smooth muscle and the adrenal gland. Its action is, therefore, independent of the pathways for angiotensin II synthesis.

    There is also an AT2 receptor found in many tissues, but AT2 is not known to be associated with cardiovascular homeostasis. Candesartan has much greater affinity (>10,000-fold) for the AT1 receptor than for the AT2 receptor.

    Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system with ACE inhibitors, which inhibit the biosynthesis of angiotensin II from angiotensin I, is widely used in the treatment of hypertension. ACE inhibitors also inhibit the degradation of bradykinin, a reaction also catalyzed by ACE. Because candesartan does not inhibit ACE (kininase II), it does not affect the response to bradykinin. Whether this difference has clinical relevance is not yet known. Candesartan does not bind to or block other hormone receptors or ion channels known to be important in cardiovascular regulation.

    Blockade of the angiotensin II receptor inhibits the negative regulatory feedback of angiotensin II on renin secretion, but the resulting increased plasma renin activity and angiotensin II circulating levels do not overcome the effect of candesartan on blood pressure.

    Hydrochlorothiazide is a thiazide diuretic. Thiazides affect the renal tubular mechanisms of electrolyte reabsorption, directly increasing excretion of sodium and chloride in approximately equivalent amounts. Indirectly, the diuretic action of hydrochlorothiazide reduces plasma volume, with consequent increases in plasma renin activity, increases in aldosterone secretion, increases in urinary potassium loss, and decreases in serum potassium. The renin-aldosterone link is mediated by angiotensin II, so coadministration of an angiotensin II receptor antagonist tends to reverse the potassium loss associated with these diuretics.

    The mechanism of the antihypertensive effect of thiazides is unknown.

    Pharmacokinetics

    General

    Candesartan Cilexetil

    Candesartan cilexetil is rapidly and completely bioactivated by ester hydrolysis during absorption from the gastrointestinal tract to candesartan, a selective AT1 subtype angiotensin II receptor antagonist. Candesartan is mainly excreted unchanged in urine and feces (via bile). It undergoes minor hepatic metabolism by O-deethylation to an inactive metabolite. The elimination half-life of candesartan is approximately 9 hours. After single and repeated administration, the pharmacokinetics of candesartan are linear for oral doses up to 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil. Candesartan and its inactive metabolite do not accumulate in serum upon repeated once-daily dosing.

    Following administration of candesartan cilexetil, the absolute bioavailability of candesartan was estimated to be 15%. After tablet ingestion, the peak serum concentration (Cmax) is reached after 3 to 4 hours. Food with a high fat content does not affect the bioavailability of candesartan after candesartan cilexetil administration.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    When plasma levels have been followed for at least 24 hours, the plasma half-life has been observed to vary between 5.6 and 14.8 hours.

    Metabolism and Excretion

    Candesartan Cilexetil

    Total plasma clearance of candesartan is 0.37 mL/min/kg, with a renal clearance of 0.19 mL/min/kg. When candesartan is administered orally, about 26% of the dose is excreted unchanged in urine. Following an oral dose of 14C-labeled candesartan cilexetil, approximately 33% of radioactivity is recovered in urine and approximately 67% in feces. Following an intravenous dose of 14C-labeled candesartan, approximately 59% of radioactivity is recovered in urine and approximately 36% in feces. Biliary excretion contributes to the elimination of candesartan.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    Hydrochlorothiazide is not metabolized but is eliminated rapidly by the kidney. At least 61% of the oral dose is eliminated unchanged within 24 hours.

    Distribution

    Candesartan Cilexetil

    The volume of distribution of candesartan is 0.13 L/kg. Candesartan is highly bound to plasma proteins (>99%) and does not penetrate red blood cells. The protein binding is constant at candesartan plasma concentrations well above the range achieved with recommended doses. In rats, it has been demonstrated that candesartan crosses the blood-brain barrier poorly, if at all. It has also been demonstrated in rats that candesartan passes across the placental barrier and is distributed in the fetus.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    Hydrochlorothiazide crosses the placental but not the blood-brain barrier and is excreted in breast milk.

    Special Populations

    Pediatric

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

    Geriatric

    The pharmacokinetics of candesartan have been studied in the elderly (≥ 65 years). The plasma concentration of candesartan was higher in the elderly (Cmax was approximately 50% higher, and AUC was approximately 80% higher) compared to younger subjects administered the same dose. The pharmacokinetics of candesartan were linear in the elderly, and candesartan and its inactive metabolite did not accumulate in the serum of these subjects upon repeated, once-daily administration. No initial dosage adjustment is necessary. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

    Gender

    There is no difference in the pharmacokinetics of candesartan between male and female subjects.

    Renal Insufficiency

    In hypertensive patients with renal insufficiency, serum concentrations of candesartan were elevated. After repeated dosing, the AUC and Cmaxwere approximately doubled in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min/1.73m2) compared to patients with normal kidney function. The pharmacokinetics of candesartan in hypertensive patients undergoing hemodialysis are similar to those in hypertensive patients with severe renal impairment. Candesartan cannot be removed by hemodialysis.

    Thiazide diuretics are eliminated by the kidney, with a terminal half-life of 5 to 15 hours. In a study of patients with impaired renal function (mean creatinine clearance of 19 mL/min), the half-life of hydrochlorothiazide elimination was lengthened to 21 hours. (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

    Safety and effectiveness of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide in patients with severe renal impairment (CrCL ≤30 ml/min) have not been established. No dose adjustment is required in patients with mild CrCL 60-90 ml/min) or moderate (CrCL 30-60) renal impairment.

    Hepatic Insufficiency

    The pharmacokinetics of candesartan were compared in patients with mild (Child-Pugh A) or moderate (Child-Pugh B) hepatic impairment to matched healthy volunteers following a single dose of 16 mg candesartan cilexetil. The AUC for candesartan in patients with mild and moderate hepatic impairment was increased 30% and 145% respectively. The Cmax for candesartan was increased 56% and 73% respectively. The pharmacokinetics of candesartan in severe hepatic impairment have not been studied. No dose adjustment is recommended for patients with mild hepatic impairment. In patients with moderate hepatic impairment, candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide is not recommended for initiation because the appropriate starting dose, 8 mg, cannot be given (See DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

    Monitor patients with impaired hepatic function or progressive liver disease, since minor alterations of fluid and electrolyte balance may precipitate hepatic coma.

    Pharmacodynamics

    Candesartan Cilexetil

    Candesartan inhibits the pressor effects of angiotensin II infusion in a dose-dependent manner. After 1 week of once-daily dosing with 8 mg of candesartan cilexetil, the pressor effect was inhibited by approximately 90% at peak with approximately 50% inhibition persisting for 24 hours.

    Plasma concentrations of angiotensin I and angiotensin II, and plasma renin activity (PRA), increased in a dose-dependent manner after single and repeated administration of candesartan cilexetil to healthy subjects and hypertensive patients. ACE activity was not altered in healthy subjects after repeated candesartan cilexetil administration. The once-daily administration of up to 16 mg of candesartan cilexetil to healthy subjects did not influence plasma aldosterone concentrations, but a decrease in the plasma concentration of aldosterone was observed when 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil was administered to hypertensive patients. In spite of the effect of candesartan cilexetil on aldosterone secretion, very little effect on serum potassium was observed.

    In multiple-dose studies with hypertensive patients, there were no clinically significant changes in metabolic function including serum levels of total cholesterol, triglycerides, glucose, or uric acid. In a 12-week study of 161 patients with non-insulin-dependent (type 2) diabetes mellitus and hypertension, there was no change in the level of HbA1c.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    After oral administration of hydrochlorothiazide, diuresis begins within 2 hours, peaks in about 4 hours and lasts about 6 to 12 hours.

    Clinical Trials

    Candesartan Cilexetil−Hydrochlorothiazide

    Of 12 controlled clinical trials involving 4588 patients, 5 were double-blind, placebo controlled and evaluated the antihypertensive effects of single entities vs the combination. These 5 trials, of 8 to 12 weeks duration, randomized 3037 hypertensive patients. Doses ranged from 2 to 32 mg candesartan cilexetil and from 6.25 to 25 mg hydrochlorothiazide administered once daily in various combinations.

    The combination of candesartan cilexetil-hydrochlorothiazide resulted in placebo-adjusted decreases in sitting systolic and diastolic blood pressures of 14 to18/8 to 11 mm Hg at doses of 16 mg/12.5 mg and 32 mg/12.5 mg. The combination of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide 32 mg/25 mg resulted in placebo-adjusted decreases in sitting systolic and diastolic blood pressures of 16 to 19/9 to 11 mm Hg. The placebo corrected trough to peak ratio was evaluated in a study of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide 32 mg/12.5 mg and was 88%.

    Most of the antihypertensive effect of the combination of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide was seen in 1 to 2 weeks with the full effect observed within 4 weeks. In long-term studies of up to 1 year, the blood pressure lowering effect of the combination was maintained. The antihypertensive effect was similar regardless of age or gender, and overall response to the combination was similar in black and non-black patients. No appreciable changes in heart rate were observed with combination therapy in controlled trials.

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  • INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets are indicated for the treatment of hypertension. This fixed dose combination is not indicated for initial therapy (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

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  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets are contraindicated in patients who are hypersensitive to candesartan, to hydrochlorothiazide or to other sulphonamide-derived drugs.  

    Do not co-administer aliskiren with candesartan cliexetil and hydrochlorothiazide in patients with diabetes (See PRECAUTIONS, Drug Interactions).

    Candesartan cliexetil and hydrochlorothiazide is contraindicated in patients with anuria.

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  • WARNINGS

    Fetal Toxicity

    Pregnancy Category D

    Use of drugs that act on the renin-angiotensin system during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reduces fetal renal function and increases fetal and neonatal morbidity and death. Resulting oligohydramnios can be associated with fetal lung hypoplasia and skeletal deformations. Potential neonatal adverse effects include skull hypoplasia, anuria, hypotension, renal failure, and death. When pregnancy is detected, discontinue candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets as soon as possible. These adverse outcomes are usually associated with use of these drugs in the second and third trimester of pregnancy. Most epidemiologic studies examining fetal abnormalities after exposure to antihypertensive use in the first trimester have not distinguished drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system from other antihypertensive agents. Appropriate management of maternal hypertension during pregnancy is important to optimize outcomes for both mother and fetus.

    In the unusual case that there is no appropriate alternative to therapy with drugs affecting the renin-angiotensin system for a particular patient, apprise the mother of the potential risk to the fetus. Perform serial ultrasound examinations to assess the intra-amniotic environment. If oligohydramnios is observed, discontinue candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets, unless it is considered lifesaving for the mother. Fetal testing may be appropriate, based on the week of pregnancy. Patients and physicians should be aware, however, that oligohydramnios may not appear until after the fetus has sustained irreversible injury. Closely observe infants with histories of in utero exposure to candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets for hypotension, oliguria, and hyperkalemia. (see PRECAUTIONS, Pediatric Use.)

    There was no evidence of teratogenicity or other adverse effects on embryo-fetal development when pregnant mice, rats or rabbits were treated orally with candesartan cilexetil alone or in combination with hydrochlorothiazide. For mice, the maximum dose of candesartan cilexetil was 1000 mg/kg/day (about 150 times the maximum recommended daily human dose [MRHD]1). For rats, the maximum dose of candesartan cilexetil was 100 mg/kg/day (about 31 times the MRHD1). For rabbits, the maximum dose of candesartan cilexetil was 1 mg/kg/day (a maternally toxic dose that is about half the MRHD1). In each of these studies, hydrochlorothiazide was tested at the same dose level (10 mg/kg/day, about 4, 8, and 15 times the MRHD1 in mouse, rats, and rabbit, respectively). There was no evidence of harm to the rat or mouse fetus or embryo in studies in which hydrochlorothiazide was administered alone to the pregnant rat or mouse at doses of up to 1000 and 3000 mg/kg/day, respectively.

    Thiazides cross the placental barrier and appear in cord blood. There is a risk of fetal or neonatal jaundice, thrombocytopenia, and possibly other adverse reactions that have occurred in adults.


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    Doses compared on the basis of body surface area. MRHD considered to be 32 mg for candesartan cilexetil and 12.5 mg for hydrochlorothiazide.

    Hypotension

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide can cause symptomatic hypotension. Symptomatic hypotension is most likely to occur in patients who have been volume and/or salt depleted as a result of prolonged diuretic therapy, dietary salt restriction, dialysis, diarrhea, or vomiting. Patients with symptomatic hypotension may require temporarily reducing the dose of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide or volume repletion. Volume and/or salt depletion should be corrected before initiating therapy with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets. 

    In patients with heart failure, candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide may cause excessive hypotension, which may lead to oliguria, azotemia, and (rarely) with acute renal failure and death (see WARNINGS, Impaired Renal Function). In such patients, candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide therapy should be started under close medical supervision; they should be followed closely for the first 2 weeks of treatment and whenever the dose of candesartan or diuretic is increased.

    Impaired Renal Function

    Monitor renal function periodically in patients treated with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide. Changes in renal function including acute renal failure can be caused by drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin system and by diuretics. Patients whose renal function may depend in part on the activity of the renin-angiotensin system (e.g., patients with renal artery stenosis, chronic kidney disease, severe heart failure, or volume depletion) may be at particular risk of developing oliguria, progressive azotemia, or acute renal failure on candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide. Consider withholding or discontinuing therapy in patients who develop a clinically significant decrease in renal function on candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide.

    Potassium Abnormalities

    Drugs that inhibit the renin-angiotensin system can cause hyperkalemia. Hydrochlorothiazide can cause hypokalemia and hyponatremia. Hypomagnesema can result in hypokalemia which appears difficult to treat despite potassium repletion. Monitor serum electrolytes periodically. 

    In clinical trials of various doses of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide, the incidence of hypertensive patients who developed hypokalemia (serum potassium <3.5 mEq/L) was 2.5% versus 2.1% for placebo; the incidence of hyperkalemia (serum potassium >5.7 mEq/L) was 0.4% versus 1.0% for placebo. No patient receiving candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide 16-12.5 mg or 32-12.5 mg was discontinued due to increases or decreases in serum potassium.

    Acute Myopia and Secondary Angle-Closure Glaucoma

    Hydrochlorothiazide, a sulfonamide, can cause an idiosyncratic reaction, resulting in acute transient myopia and acute angle-closure glaucoma. Symptoms include acute onset of decreased visual acuity or ocular pain and typically occur within hours to weeks of drug initiation. Untreated acute angle-closure glaucoma can lead to permanent vision loss. The primary treatment is to discontinue hydrochlorothiazide as rapidly as possible. Prompt medical or surgical treatments may need to be considered if the intraocular pressure remains uncontrolled. Risk factors for developing acute angle-closure glaucoma may include a history of sulfonamide or penicillin allergy.

    Hypersensitivity Reaction

    Hypersensitivity reactions to hydrochlorothiazide may occur in patients with or without a history of allergy or bronchial asthma, but are more likely in patients with such a history.

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  • PRECAUTIONS

    Metabolic Disturbances

    Hydrochlorothiazide may alter glucose tolerance and raise serum levels of cholesterol and triglycerides. 

    Hydrochlorothiazide may raise the serum uric acid level due to reduced clearance of uric acid and may cause or exacerbate hyperuricemia and precipitate gout in susceptible patients. 

    Thiazides decrease urinary calcium excretion and may cause mild elevation of serum calcium. Avoid using candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets in patients with hypercalcemia. 

    Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

    Thiazide diuretics have been reported to cause exacerbation or activation of systemic lupus erythematosus.

    Information for Patients

    Pregnancy

    Female patients of childbearing age should be told about the consequences of exposure to candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets during pregnancy. Discuss treatment options with women planning to become pregnant. Patients should be asked to report pregnancies to their physicians as soon as possible.

    Symptomatic Hypotension

    Tell patients receiving candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets that lightheadedness can occur, especially during the first days of therapy, and it should be reported to the prescribing physician. Tell patients that if syncope occurs,discontinue candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets until the physician has been consulted.

    Tell all patients that inadequate fluid intake, excessive perspiration, diarrhea, or vomiting can lead to an excessive fall in blood pressure, with the same consequences of lightheadedness and possible syncope.

    Hyperkalemia

    Tell patients receiving candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets not to use potassium supplements or salt substitutes containing potassium without consulting the prescribing physician.

    Drug Interactions

    Because candesartan is not significantly metabolized by the cytochrome P450 system and at therapeutic concentrations has no effects on P450 enzymes, interactions with drugs that inhibit or are metabolized by those enzymes would not be expected.

    Interactions common to both candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide

    Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Agents including Selective Cyclooxygenase-2 Inhibitors (COX-2 Inhibitors)

    In patients who are elderly, volume-depleted (including those on diuretic therapy), or with compromised renal function, co-administration of NSAIDs, including selective COX-2 inhibitors, with angiotensin II receptor antagonists, including candesartan, may result in deterioration of renal function, including possible acute renal failure. These effects are usually reversible. Monitor renal function periodically in patients receiving candesartan and NSAID therapy.

    The antihypertensive effect of angiotensin II receptor antagonists, including candesartan may be attenuated by NSAIDs including selective COX-2 inhibitors.

    Lithium − Renal clearance of lithium is reduced by thiazides and increases the risk of lithium toxicity. Reversible increases in serum lithium concentrations and toxicity have been reported during concomitant administration of lithium with ACE inhibitors, and with some angiotensin II receptor antagonists. An increase in serum lithium concentration has been reported during concomitant administration of lithium with candesartan cilexetil. Monitor serum lithium levels.

    Interactions with candesartan cilexetil

    Dual Blockade of the Renin-Angiotensin System (RAS)

    Dual blockade of the RAS with angiotensin receptor blockers, ACE inhibitors, or aliskiren is associated with increased risks of hypotension, hyperkalemia, and changes in renal function (including acute renal failure) compared to monotherapy. Closely monitor blood pressure, renal function and electrolytes in patients on candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide and other agents that affect the RAS. 

    Do not co-administer aliskiren with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide in patients with diabetes. Avoid use of aliskiren with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide in patients with renal impairment (GFR <60 ml/min) (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

    Interactions with hydrochlorothiazide 

    Alcohol, barbiturates, or narcotics – Potentiation of orthostatic hypotension may occur. 

    Antidiabetic drugs (oral agents and insulin) – Dosage adjustment of the antidiabetic drug may be required. 

    Ion Exchange resins − Single doses of either cholestyramine or colestipol resins bind the hydrochlorothiazide and reduce its absorption from the gastrointestinal tract by up to 85% and 43% respectively. Stagger the dosage of hydrochlorothiazide and ion exchange resins such that hydrochlorothiazide is administered at least 4 hours before or 4-6 hours after the administration of resins. 

    Skeletal muscle relaxants, nondepolarizing (eg, tubocurarine) −Possible increased responsiveness to muscle relaxants such as curare derivatives. 

    Digitalis: Thiazide-induced hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia may predispose to digoxin toxicity. 

    Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    No carcinogenicity studies have been conducted with the combination of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide. There was no evidence of carcinogenicity when candesartan cilexetil was orally administered to mice and rats for up to 104 weeks at doses up to 100 and 1000 mg/kg/day, respectively. Rats received the drug by gavage whereas mice received the drug by dietary administration. These (maximally-tolerated) doses of candesartan cilexetil provided systemic exposures to candesartan (AUCs) that were, in mice, approximately 7 times and, in rats, more than 70 times the exposure in man at the maximum recommended daily human dose (32 mg). Two-year feeding studies in mice and rats conducted under the auspices of the National Toxicology Program (NTP) uncovered no evidence of a carcinogenic potential of hydrochlorothiazide in female mice (at doses of up to approximately 600 mg/kg/day) or in male and female rats (at doses of up to approximately 100 mg/kg/day). The NTP, however, found equivocal evidence for hepatocarcinogenicity in male mice.

    Candesartan cilexetil or candesartan (the active metabolite), in combination with hydrochlorothiazide, tested positive in vitro in the Chinese hamster lung (CHL) chromosomal aberration assay and mouse lymphoma mutagenicity assay. The candesartan cilexetil/hydrochlorothiazide combination tested negative for mutagenicity in bacteria (Ames test), for unscheduled DNA synthesis in rat liver, for chromosomal aberrations in rat bone marrow and for micronuclei in mouse bone marrow.

    Both candesartan and its O-deethyl metabolite tested positive for genotoxicity in the in vitro CHL chromosomal aberration assay. Neither compound tested positive in the Ames microbial mutagenesis assay or in the in vitro mouse lymphoma cell assay. Candesartan (but not its O-deethyl metabolite) was also evaluated in vivo in the mouse micronucleus test and in vitro in the Chinese hamster ovary (CHO) gene mutation assay, in both cases with negative results. Candesartan cilexetil was evaluated in the Ames test, the in vitro mouse lymphoma cell assay, the in vivo rat hepatocyte unscheduled DNA synthesis assay and the in vivo mouse micronucleus test, in each case with negative results. Candesartan cilexetil was not evaluated in the CHL chromosomal aberration or CHO gene mutation assays.

    When hydrochlorothiazide was tested alone, positive results were obtained in vitro in the CHO sister chromatid exchange (clastogenicity) and mouse lymphoma cell (mutagenicity) assays and in the Aspergillus nidulans non-disjunciton assay. Hydrochorothiazide was not genotoxic in vitro in the Ames test for point mutations and the CHO test for chromosomal aberrations, or in vivo in assays using mouse germinal cell chromosomes, Chinese hamster bone marrow chromosomes, and the Drosophila sex-linked recessive lethal trait gene.

    No fertility studies have been conducted with the combination of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide. Fertility and reproductive performance were not affected in studies with male and female rats given oral doses of up to 300 mg candesartan cilexetil/kg/day (83 times the maximum daily human dose of 32 mg on a body surface area basis). Hydrochlorothiazide had no adverse effects on the fertility of mice and rats of either sex in studies wherein these species were exposed, via their diet, to doses of up to 100 and 4 mg/kg, respectively, prior to conception and throughout gestation.

    Nursing Mothers

    It is not known whether candesartan is excreted in human milk, but candesartan has been shown to be present in rat milk. Thiazides appear in human milk. Because of the potential for adverse effects on the nursing infant, a decision should be made whether to discontinue nursing or discontinue the drug, taking into account the importance of the drug to the mother.

    Pediatric Use

    Neonates with a history of in utero exposure to Candesartan Cilexetil and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets:

    If oliguria or hypotension occurs, direct attention toward support of blood pressure and renal perfusion. Exchange transfusions or dialysis may be required as a means of reversing hypotension and/or substituting for disordered renal function.

    Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established.

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  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    Candesartan Cilexetil-Hydrochlorothiazide

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets have been evaluated for safety in more than 2800 patients treated for hypertension. More than 750 of these patients were studied for at least six months and more than 500 patients were treated for at least one year. Adverse experiences have generally been mild and transient in nature and have only infrequently required discontinuation of therapy. The overall incidence of adverse events reported with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets were comparable to placebo. The overall frequency of adverse experiences was not related to dose, age, gender, or race.

    In placebo-controlled trials that included 1089 patients treated with various combinations of candesartan cilexetil (doses of 2 to 32 mg) and hydrochlorothiazide (doses of 6.25 to 25 mg) and 592 patients treated with placebo, adverse events, whether or not attributed to treatment, occurring in greater than 2% of patients treated with candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets and that were more frequent for candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets than placebo were: Respiratory System Disorder: upper respiratory tract infection (3.6% vs 3.0%); Body as a Whole: back pain (3.3% vs 2.4%); influenza-like symptoms (2.5% vs 1.9%); Central/Peripheral Nervous System: dizziness (2.9% vs 1.2%).

    Post-Marketing Experience

    The following have been very rarely reported in post-marketing experience with candesartan cilexetil:

    Digestive: Abnormal hepatic function and hepatitis.

    Hematologic: Neutropenia, leukopenia, and agranulocytosis.

    Immunologic: angioedema

    Metabolic and Nutritional Disorders: hyperkalemia, hyponatremia.

    Respiratory System Disorders: cough

    Skin and Appendages Disorders: Pruritus, rash and urticaria.

    Rare reports of rhabdomyolysis have been reported in patients receiving angiotensin II receptor blockers.

    Hydrochlorothiazide

    Other adverse experiences that have been reported with hydrochlorothiazide, without regard to causality, are listed below:

    Gastrointestinal: pancreatitis, jaundice (intrahepatic cholestatic jaundice), sialadenitis, cramping, constipation, gastric irritation, anorexia 

    Hematologic: aplastic anemia, agranulocytosis, leukopenia, hemolytic anemia, thrombocytopenia 

    Hypersensitivity: anaphylactic reactions, necrotizing angiitis (vasculitis and cutaneous vasculitis), respiratory distress including pneumonitis and pulmonary edema, photosensitivity, urticaria, purpura; 

    Musculoskeletal: muscle spasm 

    Skin: erythema multiforme including Stevens-Johnson syndrome, exfoliative dermatitis including toxic epidermal necrolysis, alopecia 

    Special Senses: transient blurred vision, xanthopsia 

    Urogenital: impotence.

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  • OVERDOSAGE

    Candesartan Cilexetil−Hydrochlorothiazide

    No lethality was observed in acute toxicity studies in mice, rats and dogs given single oral doses of up to 2000 mg/kg of candesartan cilexetil or in rats given single oral doses of up to 2000 mg/kg of candesartan cilexetil in combination with 1000 mg/kg of hydrochlorothiazide. In mice given single oral doses of the primary metabolite, candesartan, the minimum lethal dose was greater than 1000 mg/kg but less than 2000 mg/kg.

    Limited data are available in regard to overdosage with candesartan cilexetil in humans. The most likely manifestations of overdosage with candesartan cilexetil would be hypotension, dizziness, and tachycardia; bradycardia could occur from parasympathetic (vagal) stimulation. If symptomatic hypotension should occur, supportive treatment should be initiated. For hydrochlorothiazide, the most common signs and symptoms observed are those caused by electrolyte depletion (hypokalemia, hypochloremia, hyponatremia) and dehydration resulting from excessive diuresis. If digitalis has also been administered, hypokalemia may accentuate cardiac arrhythmias.

    Candesartan cannot be removed by hemodialysis. The degree to which hydrochlorothiazide is removed by hemodialysis has not been established.

    Treatment

    To obtain up-to-date information about the treatment of overdose, consult your Regional Poison Control Center. Telephone numbers of certified poison control centers are listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference (PDR). In managing overdose, consider the possibilities of multiple-drug overdoses, drug-drug interactions, and altered pharmacokinetics in your patient.

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  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    The usual recommended starting dose of candesartan cilexetil is 16 mg once daily when it is used as monotherapy in patients who are not volume depleted. Candesartan cilexitil tablets can be administered once or twice daily with total daily doses ranging from 8 mg to 32 mg. Patients requiring further reduction in blood pressure should be titrated to 32 mg. Doses larger than 32 mg do not appear to have a greater blood pressure lowering effect.

    Hydrochlorothiazide is effective in doses of 12.5 to 50 mg once daily.

      Use in Renal Impairment: Dosing recommendations for candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide in patients with creatinine clearance < 30 mg/min cannot be provided (see SPECIAL POPULATIONS, Renal Insufficiency).

    Use in moderate to severe Hepatic Impairment: candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide is not recommended for initiation because the appropriate starting dose, 8 mg, cannot be given. (see SPECIAL POPULATIONS, Hepatic Insufficiency).

    Replacement Therapy: The combination may be substituted for the titrated components.

    Dose Titration by Clinical Effect: A patient whose blood pressure is not controlled on 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide once daily can expect an incremental effect from candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets 16 mg/12.5 mg. A patient whose blood pressure is controlled on 25 mg of hydrochlorothiazide but is experiencing decreases in serum potassium can expect the same or incremental blood pressure effects from candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets 16 mg/12.5 mg and serum potassium may improve.

    A patient whose blood pressure is not controlled on 32 mg of candesartan cilexetil Tablets can expect incremental blood pressure effects from candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets 32 mg/12.5 mg. The maximal antihypertensive effect of any dose of candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets can be expected within 4 weeks of initiating that dose.

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets may be administered with other antihypertensive agents.

    Candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablets may be administered with or without food.

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  • HOW SUPPLIED

    Candesartan Cilexetil and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 16 mg/12.5 mg, are peach, capsule shaped, scored, biconvex, non-film coated tablets, engraved "APO" with notch on one side and "16" bisect "12.5" on the other side. They are supplied as follows:

    NDC 60505-3758-9 bottles of 90.

    NDC 60505-3758-5 bottles of 500.

    Candesartan Cilexetil and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 32 mg/12.5 mg, are yellow, capsule shaped, scored, biconvex, non-film coated tablets, engraved "APO" with notch on one side and "32" bisect "12.5" on the other side. They are supplied as follows:

    NDC 60505-3759-9 bottles of 90.

    NDC 60505-3759-5 bottles of 500.

    Candesartan Cilexetil and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets, 32 mg/25 mg, are pink to light-pink, capsule shaped, scored, biconvex, non-film coated tablets, engraved "APO" with notch on one side and "32" bisect "25" on the other side. They are supplied as follows:

    NDC 60505-3760-9 bottles of 90.

    Storage:Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Keep container tightly closed.

    Manufactured by:             Manufactured for:
    Apotex Research Pvt. Ltd.             Apotex Corp.
    India             Weston, Florida
                33326

    Apotex Corp. 

    Candesartan Cilexetil and Hydrochlorothiazide Tablets,

    16 mg/12.5 mg, 32 mg/12.5 mgand 32 mg/25 mg

    Revised:  May 2013

    Rev: 3

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL-16 mg/12.5 mg

    Representative sample of labeling (see HOW SUPPLIED section for complete listing):

    APOTEX CORP. NDC 60505-3758-9

    Candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide Tablets

    16 mg/12.5 mg

    Rx only

    90 tablets

    CandesartanHCTZ16-12.5mg-90s-Label

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL-32 mg/12.5 mg

    Representative sample of labeling (see HOW SUPPLIED section for complete listing):

    APOTEX CORP. NDC 60505-3759-9

    Candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide Tablets

    32 mg/12.5 mg

    Rx only

    90 tablets

    Candesartan-HCTZ-32-12pt5mg-btl

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL-32 mg/25 mg

    Representative sample of labeling (see HOW SUPPLIED section for complete listing):

    APOTEX CORP. NDC 60505-3760-9

    Candesartan and hydrochlorothiazide Tablets

    32 mg/25 mg

    Rx only

    90 tablets

    Candesartan-HCTZ-32-25mg-btl

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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL AND HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 
    candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablet
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:60505-3758
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL (CANDESARTAN) CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL 16 mg
    HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE) HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 12.5 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM  
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE  
    LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
    STARCH, CORN  
    TRIACETIN  
    FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW  
    FERRIC OXIDE RED  
    Product Characteristics
    Color PINK (peach) Score 2 pieces
    Shape CAPSULE (shaped) Size 10mm
    Flavor Imprint Code APO;16;12;5
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:60505-3758-9 90 in 1 BOTTLE
    2 NDC:60505-3758-5 500 in 1 BOTTLE
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA202884 12/04/2012
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL AND HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 
    candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablet
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:60505-3759
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL (CANDESARTAN) CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL 32 mg
    HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE) HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 12.5 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM  
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE  
    LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
    STARCH, CORN  
    TRIACETIN  
    FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW Score 2 pieces
    Shape CAPSULE (shaped) Size 11mm
    Flavor Imprint Code APO;32;12;5
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:60505-3759-9 90 in 1 BOTTLE
    2 NDC:60505-3759-5 500 in 1 BOTTLE
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA202884 12/04/2012
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL AND HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 
    candesartan cilexetil and hydrochlorothiazide tablet
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:60505-3760
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL (CANDESARTAN) CANDESARTAN CILEXETIL 32 mg
    HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE (HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE) HYDROCHLOROTHIAZIDE 25 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    CARBOXYMETHYLCELLULOSE CALCIUM  
    HYDROXYPROPYL CELLULOSE  
    LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
    MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
    STARCH, CORN  
    TRIACETIN  
    FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW  
    Product Characteristics
    Color PINK (pink to light-pink) Score 2 pieces
    Shape CAPSULE (shaped) Size 11mm
    Flavor Imprint Code APO;32;25
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:60505-3760-9 90 in 1 BOTTLE
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA202884 06/03/2013
    Labeler - Apotex Corp. (845263701)
    Registrant - Apotex Inc. (209429182)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Apotex Research Private Limited 862584104 manufacture(60505-3758, 60505-3759), analysis(60505-3758, 60505-3759)
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