Label: ONDANSETRON HYDROCHLORIDE- ondansetron hydrochloride tablet, film coated

  • NDC Code(s): 51672-4108-0, 51672-4108-6, 51672-4108-8, 51672-4109-0, view more
    51672-4109-6, 51672-4109-8, 51672-4110-5
  • Packager: Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.
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  • DESCRIPTION

    The active ingredient in Ondansetron Tablets, USP is ondansetron hydrochloride (HCl) as the dihydrate, the racemic form of ondansetron and a selective blocking agent of the serotonin 5-HT3 receptor type. Chemically it is (±) 1, 2, 3, 9-tetrahydro-9-methyl-3-[(2-methyl-1H-imidazol-1-yl)methyl]-4H-carbazol-4-one, monohydrochloride, dihydrate. It has the following structural formula:

    Chemical Structure

    The empirical formula is C18H19N3O•HCl•2H2O, representing a molecular weight of 365.9.

    Ondansetron HCl dihydrate is a white to off-white powder that is soluble in water and normal saline.

    Each 4-mg ondansetron tablet for oral administration contains ondansetron HCl USP dihydrate equivalent to 4 mg of ondansetron. Each 8-mg ondansetron tablet for oral administration contains ondansetron HCl USP dihydrate equivalent to 8 mg of ondansetron. Each 24-mg ondansetron tablet for oral administration contains ondansetron HCl USP dihydrate equivalent to 24 mg of ondansetron. Each tablet also contains the inactive ingredients lactose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, polyvinyl alcohol, polyethylene glycol, pregelatinized starch, talc and titanium dioxide. In addition, the 4 mg also contains yellow iron oxide and the 24 mg also contains FD&C blue #2 aluminum lake and iron oxide red.

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  • CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

    Pharmacodynamics

    Ondansetron is a selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonist. While its mechanism of action has not been fully characterized, ondansetron is not a dopamine-receptor antagonist. Serotonin receptors of the 5-HT3 type are present both peripherally on vagal nerve terminals and centrally in the chemoreceptor trigger zone of the area postrema. It is not certain whether ondansetron's antiemetic action is mediated centrally, peripherally, or in both sites. However, cytotoxic chemotherapy appears to be associated with release of serotonin from the enterochromaffin cells of the small intestine. In humans, urinary 5-HIAA (5-hydroxyindoleacetic acid) excretion increases after cisplatin administration in parallel with the onset of emesis. The released serotonin may stimulate the vagal afferents through the 5-HT3 receptors and initiate the vomiting reflex. In animals, the emetic response to cisplatin can be prevented by pretreatment with an inhibitor of serotonin synthesis, bilateral abdominal vagotomy and greater splanchnic nerve section, or pretreatment with a serotonin 5-HT3 receptor antagonist.

    In normal volunteers, single intravenous doses of 0.15 mg/kg of ondansetron had no effect on esophageal motility, gastric motility, lower esophageal sphincter pressure, or small intestinal transit time. Multiday administration of ondansetron has been shown to slow colonic transit in normal volunteers. Ondansetron has no effect on plasma prolactin concentrations.

    Ondansetron does not alter the respiratory depressant effects produced by alfentanil or the degree of neuromuscular blockade produced by atracurium. Interactions with general or local anesthetics have not been studied.

    Pharmacokinetics

    Ondansetron is well absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract and undergoes some first-pass metabolism. Mean bioavailability in healthy subjects, following administration of a single 8-mg tablet, is approximately 56%.

    Ondansetron systemic exposure does not increase proportionately to dose. AUC from a 16-mg tablet was 24% greater than predicted from an 8-mg tablet dose. This may reflect some reduction of first-pass metabolism at higher oral doses. Bioavailability is also slightly enhanced by the presence of food but unaffected by antacids. Ondansetron is extensively metabolized in humans, with approximately 5% of a radiolabeled dose recovered as the parent compound from the urine. The primary metabolic pathway is hydroxylation on the indole ring followed by subsequent glucuronide or sulfate conjugation. Although some nonconjugated metabolites have pharmacologic activity, these are not found in plasma at concentrations likely to significantly contribute to the biological activity of ondansetron.

    In vitro metabolism studies have shown that ondansetron is a substrate for human hepatic cytochrome P-450 enzymes, including CYP1A2, CYP2D6, and CYP3A4. In terms of overall ondansetron turnover, CYP3A4 played the predominant role. Because of the multiplicity of metabolic enzymes capable of metabolizing ondansetron, it is likely that inhibition or loss of one enzyme (e.g., CYP2D6 genetic deficiency) will be compensated by others and may result in little change in overall rates of ondansetron elimination. Ondansetron elimination may be affected by cytochrome P-450 inducers. In a pharmacokinetic study of 16 epileptic patients maintained chronically on CYP3A4 inducers, carbamazepine, or phenytoin, reduction in AUC, Cmax and T1/2 of ondansetron was observed.1 This resulted in a significant increase in clearance. However, on the basis of available data, no dosage adjustment for ondansetron is recommended (see PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

    In humans, carmustine, etoposide, and cisplatin do not affect the pharmacokinetics of ondansetron.

    Gender differences were shown in the disposition of ondansetron given as a single dose. The extent and rate of ondansetron's absorption is greater in women than men. Slower clearance in women, a smaller apparent volume of distribution (adjusted for weight), and higher absolute bioavailability resulted in higher plasma ondansetron levels. These higher plasma levels may in part be explained by differences in body weight between men and women. It is not known whether these gender-related differences were clinically important. More detailed pharmacokinetic information is contained in Tables 1 and 2 taken from 2 studies.

    Table 1. Pharmacokinetics in Normal Volunteers: Single 8-mg Ondansetron Tablet Dose
    Age-group
    (years)
    Mean Weight
    (kg)
    n Peak Plasma Concentration
    (ng/mL)
    Time of Peak Plasma Concentration
    (h)
    Mean Elimination Half-life
    (h)
    Systemic Plasma Clearance
    L/h/kg
    Absolute Bioavailability
    18-40 M
    F
    69.0
    62.7
    6
    5
    26.2
    42.7
    2.0
    1.7
    3.1
    3.5
    0.403
    0.354
    0.483
    0.663
    61-74 M
    F
    77.5
    60.2
    6
    6
    24.1
    52.4
    2.1
    1.9
    4.1
    4.9
    0.384
    0.255
    0.585
    0.643
    ≥ 75 M
    F
    78.0
    67.6
    5
    6
    37.0
    46.1
    2.2
    2.1
    4.5
    6.2
    0.277
    0.249
    0.619
    0.747
    Table 2. Pharmacokinetics in Normal Volunteers: Single 24-mg Ondansetron Tablet Dose
    Age-group
    (years)
    Mean Weight
    (kg)
    n Peak Plasma Concentration
    (ng/mL)
    Time of Peak Plasma Concentration
    (h)
    Mean Elimination Half-life
    (h)
    18-43 M
    F
    84.1
    71.8
    8
    8
    125.8
    194.4
    1.9
    1.6
    4.7
    5.8

    A reduction in clearance and increase in elimination half-life are seen in patients over 75 years of age. In clinical trials with cancer patients, safety and efficacy were similar in patients over 65 years of age and those under 65 years of age; there was an insufficient number of patients over 75 years of age to permit conclusions in that age-group. No dosage adjustment is recommended in the elderly.

    In patients with mild-to-moderate hepatic impairment, clearance is reduced 2-fold and mean half-life is increased to 11.6 hours compared to 5.7 hours in normals. In patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh2 score of 10 or greater), clearance is reduced 2-fold to 3-fold and apparent volume of distribution is increased with a resultant increase in half-life to 20 hours. In patients with severe hepatic impairment, a total daily dose of 8 mg should not be exceeded.

    Due to the very small contribution (5%) of renal clearance to the overall clearance, renal impairment was not expected to significantly influence the total clearance of ondansetron. However, ondansetron oral mean plasma clearance was reduced by about 50% in patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance <30 mL/min). This reduction in clearance is variable and was not consistent with an increase in half-life. No reduction in dose or dosing frequency in these patients is warranted.

    Plasma protein binding of ondansetron as measured in vitro was 70% to 76% over the concentration range of 10 to 500 ng/mL. Circulating drug also distributes into erythrocytes.

    Four- and 8-mg doses of ondansetron oral solution are bioequivalent to corresponding doses of ondansetron tablets and may be used interchangeably. One 24-mg ondansetron tablet is bioequivalent to and interchangeable with three 8-mg ondansetron tablets.

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  • CLINICAL TRIALS

    Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

    Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy

    In 2 randomized, double-blind, monotherapy trials, a single 24-mg ondansetron tablet was superior to a relevant historical placebo control in the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, including cisplatin ≥ 50 mg/m2. Steroid administration was excluded from these clinical trials. More than 90% of patients receiving a cisplatin dose ≥ 50 mg/m2 in the historical placebo comparator experienced vomiting in the absence of antiemetic therapy.

    The first trial compared oral doses of ondansetron 24 mg once a day, 8 mg twice a day, and 32 mg once a day in 357 adult cancer patients receiving chemotherapy regimens containing cisplatin ≥ 50 mg/m2. A total of 66% of patients in the ondansetron 24-mg once-a-day group, 55% in the ondansetron 8-mg twice-a-day group, and 55% in the ondansetron 32-mg once-a-day group completed the 24-hour study period with 0 emetic episodes and no rescue antiemetic medications, the primary endpoint of efficacy. Each of the 3 treatment groups was shown to be statistically significantly superior to a historical placebo control. In the same trial, 56% of patients receiving oral ondansetron 24 mg once a day experienced no nausea during the 24-hour study period, compared with 36% of patients in the oral ondansetron 8-mg twice-a-day group (P = 0.001) and 50% in the oral ondansetron 32-mg once-a-day group.

    In a second trial, efficacy of the oral ondansetron 24-mg once-a-day regimen in the prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, including cisplatin ≥ 50 mg/m2, was confirmed.

    Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy

    In 1 double-blind US study in 67 patients, ondansetron tablets 8 mg administered twice a day were significantly more effective than placebo in preventing vomiting induced by cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy containing doxorubicin. Treatment response is based on the total number of emetic episodes over the 3-day study period. The results of this study are summarized in Table 3:

    Table 3. Emetic Episodes: Treatment Response
    Ondansetron 8-mg b.i.d. ondansetron tablets* Placebo P Value
    *
    The first dose was administered 30 minutes before the start of emetogenic chemotherapy, with a subsequent dose 8 hours after the first dose. An 8-mg ondansetron tablet was administered twice a day for 2 days after completion of chemotherapy.
    Median undefined since at least 50% of the patients were withdrawn or had more than 2 emetic episodes.
    Median undefined since at least 50% of patients did not have any emetic episodes.
    Number of patients 33 34
    Treatment response
      0 Emetic episodes 20 (61%) 2 (6%) <0.001
      1-2 Emetic episodes 6 (18%) 8 (24%)
      More than 2 emetic episodes/withdrawn 7 (21%) 24 (71%) <0.001
    Median number of emetic episodes 0.0 Undefined
    Median time to first emetic episodes (h) Undefined 6.5

    In 1 double-blind US study in 336 patients, ondansetron tablets 8 mg administered twice a day were as effective as ondansetron tablets 8 mg administered 3 times a day in preventing nausea and vomiting induced by cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy containing either methotrexate or doxorubicin. Treatment response is based on the total number of emetic episodes over the 3-day study period. The results of this study are summarized in Table 4:

    Table 4. Emetic Episodes: Treatment Response
    Ondansetron
    8-mg b.i.d.
    ondansetron tablets*
    8-mg t.i.d.
    ondansetron tablets
    *
    The first dose was administered 30 minutes before the start of emetogenic chemotherapy, with a subsequent dose 8 hours after the first dose. An 8-mg ondansetron tablet was administered twice a day for 2 days after completion of chemotherapy.
    The first dose was administered 30 minutes before the start of emetogenic chemotherapy, with subsequent doses 4 and 8 hours after the first dose. An 8-mg ondansetron tablet was administered 3 times a day for 2 days after completion of chemotherapy.
    Median undefined since at least 50% of patients did not have any emetic episodes.
    §
    Visual analog scale assessment: 0 = no nausea, 100 = nausea as bad as it can be.
    Number of patients 165 171
    Treatment response
      0 Emetic episodes 101 (61%) 99 (58%)
      1-2 Emetic episodes 16 (10%) 17 (10%)
      More than 2 emetic episodes/withdrawn 48 (29%) 55 (32%)
    Median number of emetic episodes 0.0 0.0
    Median time to first emetic episode (h) Undefined Undefined
    Median nausea scores (0-100) § 6 6

    Re-treatment

    In uncontrolled trials, 148 patients receiving cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy were re-treated with ondansetron tablets 8 mg 3 times daily during subsequent chemotherapy for a total of 396 re-treatment courses. No emetic episodes occurred in 314 (79%) of the re-treatment courses, and only 1 to 2 emetic episodes occurred in 43 (11%) of the re-treatment courses.

    Pediatric Studies

    Three open-label, uncontrolled, foreign trials have been performed with 182 pediatric patients 4 to 18 years old with cancer who were given a variety of cisplatin or noncisplatin regimens. In these foreign trials, the initial dose of ondansetron injection ranged from 0.04 to 0.87 mg/kg for a total dose of 2.16 to 12 mg. This was followed by the administration of ondansetron tablets ranging from 4 to 24 mg daily for 3 days. In these studies, 58% of the 170 evaluable patients had a complete response (no emetic episodes) on day 1. Two studies showed the response rates for patients less than 12 years of age who received ondansetron tablets 4 mg 3 times a day to be similar to those in patients 12 to 18 years of age who received ondansetron tablets 8 mg 3 times daily. Thus, prevention of emesis in these pediatric patients was essentially the same as for patients older than 18 years of age. Overall, ondansetron tablets were well tolerated in these pediatric patients.

    Radiation-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

    Total Body Irradiation

    In a randomized, double-blind study in 20 patients, ondansetron tablets (8 mg given 1.5 hours before each fraction of radiotherapy for 4 days) were significantly more effective than placebo in preventing vomiting induced by total body irradiation. Total body irradiation consisted of 11 fractions (120 cGy per fraction) over 4 days for a total of 1,320 cGy. Patients received 3 fractions for 3 days, then 2 fractions on day 4.

    Single High-Dose Fraction Radiotherapy

    Ondansetron was significantly more effective than metoclopramide with respect to complete control of emesis (0 emetic episodes) in a double-blind trial in 105 patients receiving single high-dose radiotherapy (800 to 1,000 cGy) over an anterior or posterior field size of ≥ 80 cm2 to the abdomen. Patients received the first dose of ondansetron tablets (8 mg) or metoclopramide (10 mg) 1 to 2 hours before radiotherapy. If radiotherapy was given in the morning, 2 additional doses of study treatment were given (1 tablet late afternoon and 1 tablet before bedtime). If radiotherapy was given in the afternoon, patients took only 1 further tablet that day before bedtime. Patients continued the oral medication on a 3 times a day basis for 3 days.

    Daily Fractionated Radiotherapy

    Ondansetron was significantly more effective than prochlorperazine with respect to complete control of emesis (0 emetic episodes) in a double-blind trial in 135 patients receiving a 1- to 4-week course of fractionated radiotherapy (180 cGy doses) over a field size of ≥ 100 cm2 to the abdomen. Patients received the first dose of ondansetron tablets (8 mg) or prochlorperazine (10 mg) 1 to 2 hours before the patient received the first daily radiotherapy fraction, with 2 subsequent doses on a 3 times a day basis. Patients continued the oral medication on a 3 times a day basis on each day of radiotherapy.

    Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

    Surgical patients who received ondansetron 1 hour before the induction of general balanced anesthesia (barbiturate: thiopental, methohexital, or thiamylal; opioid: alfentanil, sufentanil, morphine, or fentanyl; nitrous oxide; neuromuscular blockade: succinylcholine/curare or gallamine and/or vecuronium, pancuronium, or atracurium; and supplemental isoflurane or enflurane) were evaluated in 2 double-blind studies (1 US study, 1 foreign) involving 865 patients. Ondansetron tablets (16 mg) were significantly more effective than placebo in preventing postoperative nausea and vomiting. The study populations in all trials thus far consisted of women undergoing inpatient surgical procedures. No studies have been performed in males. No controlled clinical study comparing ondansetron tablets to ondansetron injection has been performed.

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  • INDICATIONS AND USAGE

    1. Prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with highly emetogenic cancer chemotherapy, including cisplatin ≥ 50 mg/m2.
    2. Prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with initial and repeat courses of moderately emetogenic cancer chemotherapy.
    3. Prevention of nausea and vomiting associated with radiotherapy in patients receiving either total body irradiation, single high-dose fraction to the abdomen, or daily fractions to the abdomen.
    4. Prevention of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting. As with other antiemetics, routine prophylaxis is not recommended for patients in whom there is little expectation that nausea and/or vomiting will occur postoperatively. In patients where nausea and/or vomiting must be avoided postoperatively, ondansetron tablets are recommended even where the incidence of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting is low.
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  • CONTRAINDICATIONS

    The concomitant use of apomorphine with ondansetron is contraindicated based on reports of profound hypotension and loss of consciousness when apomorphine was administered with ondansetron. Ondansetron tablets are contraindicated for patients known to have hypersensitivity to the drug.

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  • WARNINGS

    Hypersensitivity reactions have been reported in patients who have exhibited hypersensitivity to other selective 5-HT3 receptor antagonists.

    ECG changes including QT interval prolongation has been seen in patients receiving ondansetron. In addition, post-marketing cases of Torsade de Pointes have been reported in patients using ondansetron. Avoid ondansetron HCl in patients with congenital long QT syndrome. ECG monitoring is recommended in patients with electrolyte abnormalities (e.g., hypokalemia or hypomagnesemia), congestive heart failure, bradyarrhythmias or patients taking other medicinal products that lead to QT prolongation.

    The development of serotonin syndrome has been reported with 5-HT3 receptor antagonists alone. Most reports have been associated with concomitant use of serotonergic drugs (e.g., selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SRRIs), serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs), monoamine oxidase inhibitors, mirtazapine, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, and intravenous methylene blue). Some of the reported cases were fatal. Serotonin syndrome occurring with overdose of ondansetron alone has also been reported. The majority of reports of serotonin syndrome related to 5-HT3 receptor antagonist use occurred in a postanesthesia care unit or an infusion center.

    Symptoms associated with serotonin syndrome may include the following combination of signs and symptoms: mental status changes (e.g., agitation, hallucinations, delirium, and coma), autonomic instability (e.g., tachycardia, labile blood pressure, dizziness, diaphoresis, flushing, hyperthermia), neuromuscular symptoms (e.g., tremor, rigidity, myoclonus, hyperreflexia, incoordination), seizures, with or without gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea). Patients should be monitored for the emergence of serotonin syndrome, especially with concomitant use of ondansetron and other serotonergic drugs. If symptoms of serotonin syndrome occur, discontinue ondansetron and initiate supportive treatment. Patients should be informed of the increased risk of serotonin syndrome, especially if ondansetron is used oncomitantly with other serotonergic drugs (see PRECAUTIONS and OVERDOSAGE).

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  • PRECAUTIONS

    General: Ondansetron is not a drug that stimulates gastric or intestinal peristalsis. It should not be used instead of nasogastric suction. The use of ondansetron in patients following abdominal surgery or in patients with chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting may mask a progressive ileus and/or gastric distension.

    Serotonin Syndrome

    Advise patients of the possibility of serotonin syndrome with concomitant use of ondansetron and another serotonergic agent such as medications to treat depression and migraines. Advise patients to seek immediate medical attention if the following symptoms occur: changes in mental status, autonomic instability, neuromuscular symptoms with or without gastrointestinal symptoms.

    Drug Interactions

    Ondansetron does not itself appear to induce or inhibit the cytochrome P-450 drug-metabolizing enzyme system of the liver (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY, Pharmacokinetics). Because ondansetron is metabolized by hepatic cytochrome P-450 drug-metabolizing enzymes (CYP3A4, CYP2D6, CYP1A2), inducers or inhibitors of these enzymes may change the clearance and, hence, the half-life of ondansetron. On the basis of available data, no dosage adjustment is recommended for patients on these drugs.

    Apomorphine

    Based on reports of profound hypotension and loss of consciousness when apomorphine was administered with ondansetron, concomitant use of apomorphine with ondansetron is contraindicated (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).

    Phenytoin, Carbamazepine, and Rifampicin

    In patients treated with potent inducers of CYP3A4 (i.e., phenytoin, carbamazepine, and rifampicin), the clearance of ondansetron was significantly increased and ondansetron blood concentrations were decreased. However, on the basis of available data, no dosage adjustment for ondansetron is recommended for patients on these drugs.1,3

    Serotonergic Drugs

    Serotonin syndrome (including altered mental status, autonomic instability, and neuromuscular symptoms) has been described following the concomitant use of 5-HT3 receptor antagonists and other serotonergic drugs, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin and noradrenaline reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) (see WARNINGS).

    Tramadol

    Although no pharmacokinetic drug interaction between ondansetron and tramadol has been observed, data from 2 small studies indicate that ondansetron may be associated with an increase in patient controlled administration of tramadol.4,5

    Chemotherapy

    Tumor response to chemotherapy in the P-388 mouse leukemia model is not affected by ondansetron. In humans, carmustine, etoposide, and cisplatin do not affect the pharmacokinetics of ondansetron. In a crossover study in 76 pediatric patients, I.V. ondansetron did not increase blood levels of high-dose methotrexate.

    Use in Surgical Patients

    The coadministration of ondansetron had no effect on the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of temazepam.

    Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

    Carcinogenic effects were not seen in 2-year studies in rats and mice with oral ondansetron doses up to 10 and 30 mg/kg/day, respectively. Ondansetron was not mutagenic in standard tests for mutagenicity. Oral administration of ondansetron up to 15 mg/kg/day did not affect fertility or general reproductive performance of male and female rats.

    Pregnancy

    Teratogenic Effects

    Pregnancy Category B

    Reproduction studies have been performed in pregnant rats and rabbits at daily oral doses up to 15 and 30 mg/kg/day, respectively, and have revealed no evidence of impaired fertility or harm to the fetus due to ondansetron. There are, however, no adequate and well-controlled studies in pregnant women. Because animal reproduction studies are not always predictive of human response, this drug should be used during pregnancy only if clearly needed.

    Nursing Mothers

    Ondansetron is excreted in the breast milk of rats. It is not known whether ondansetron is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when ondansetron is administered to a nursing woman.

    Pediatric Use

    Little information is available about dosage in pediatric patients 4 years of age or younger (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION sections for use in pediatric patients 4 to 18 years of age).

    Geriatric Use

    Of the total number of subjects enrolled in cancer chemotherapy-induced and postoperative nausea and vomiting in US- and foreign-controlled clinical trials, for which there were subgroup analyses, 938 were 65 years of age and over. No overall differences in safety or effectiveness were observed between these subjects and younger subjects, and other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients, but greater sensitivity of some older individuals cannot be ruled out. Dosage adjustment is not needed in patients over the age of 65 (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

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  • ADVERSE REACTIONS

    The following have been reported as adverse events in clinical trials of patients treated with ondansetron, the active ingredient of ondansetron tablets. A causal relationship to therapy with ondansetron tablets has been unclear in many cases.

    Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

    The adverse events in Table 5 have been reported in ≥ 5% of adult patients receiving a single 24-mg ondansetron tablet in 2 trials. These patients were receiving concurrent highly emetogenic cisplatin-based chemotherapy regimens (cisplatin dose ≥ 50 mg/m2).

    Table 5. Principal Adverse Events in US Trials: Single Day Therapy With 24-mg Ondansetron Tablets (Highly Emetogenic Chemotherapy)
    Event Ondansetron
    24 mg q.d.
    n = 300
    Ondansetron
    8 mg b.i.d.
    n = 124
    Ondansetron
    32 mg q.d.
    n = 117
    Headache 33 (11%) 16 (13%) 17 (15%)
    Diarrhea 13 (4%) 9 (7%) 3 (3%)

    The adverse events in Table 6 have been reported in ≥ 5% of adults receiving either 8 mg of ondansetron tablets 2 or 3 times a day for 3 days or placebo in 4 trials. These patients were receiving concurrent moderately emetogenic chemotherapy, primarily cyclophosphamide-based regimens.

    Table 6. Principal Adverse Events in US Trials: 3 Days of Therapy With 8-mg Ondansetron Tablets (Moderately Emetogenic Chemotherapy)
    Event Ondansetron
    8 mg b.i.d.
    n = 242
    Ondansetron
    8 mg t.i.d.
    n = 415
    Placebo
    n = 262
    Headache 58 (24%) 113 (27%) 34 (13%)
    Malaise/fatigue 32 (13%) 37 (9%) 6 (2%)
    Constipation 22 (9%) 26 (6%) 1 (<1%)
    Diarrhea 15 (6%) 16 (4%) 10 (4%)
    Dizziness 13 (5%) 18 (4%) 12 (5%)

    Central Nervous System

    There have been rare reports consistent with, but not diagnostic of, extrapyramidal reactions in patients receiving ondansetron.

    Hepatic

    In 723 patients receiving cyclophosphamide-based chemotherapy in US clinical trials, AST and/or ALT values have been reported to exceed twice the upper limit of normal in approximately 1% to 2% of patients receiving ondansetron tablets. The increases were transient and did not appear to be related to dose or duration of therapy. On repeat exposure, similar transient elevations in transaminase values occurred in some courses, but symptomatic hepatic disease did not occur. The role of cancer chemotherapy in these biochemical changes cannot be clearly determined.

    There have been reports of liver failure and death in patients with cancer receiving concurrent medications including potentially hepatotoxic cytotoxic chemotherapy and antibiotics. The etiology of the liver failure is unclear.

    Integumentary

    Rash has occurred in approximately 1% of patients receiving ondansetron.

    Other

    Rare cases of anaphylaxis, bronchospasm, tachycardia, angina (chest pain), hypokalemia, electrocardiographic alterations, vascular occlusive events, and grand mal seizures have been reported. Except for bronchospasm and anaphylaxis, the relationship to ondansetron tablets was unclear.

    Radiation-Induced Nausea and Vomiting

    The adverse events reported in patients receiving ondansetron tablets and concurrent radiotherapy were similar to those reported in patients receiving ondansetron tablets and concurrent chemotherapy. The most frequently reported adverse events were headache, constipation, and diarrhea.

    Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

    The adverse events in Table 7 have been reported in ≥ 5% of patients receiving ondansetron tablets at a dosage of 16 mg orally in clinical trials. With the exception of headache, rates of these events were not significantly different in the ondansetron and placebo groups. These patients were receiving multiple concomitant perioperative and postoperative medications.

    Table 7. Frequency of Adverse Events From Controlled Studies With Ondansetron Tablets (Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting)
    Adverse Event Ondansetron 16 mg
    (n = 550)
    Placebo
    (n = 531)
    Wound problem 152 (28%) 162 (31%)
    Drowsiness/sedation 112 (20%) 122 (23%)
    Headache 49 (9%) 27 (5%)
    Hypoxia 49 (9%) 35 (7%)
    Pyrexia 45 (8%) 34 (6%)
    Dizziness 36 (7%) 34 (6%)
    Gynecological disorder 36 (7%) 33 (6%)
    Anxiety/agitation 33 (6%) 29 (5%)
    Bradycardia 32 (6%) 30 (6%)
    Shiver(s) 28 (5%) 30 (6%)
    Urinary retention 28 (5%) 18 (3%)
    Hypotension 27 (5%) 32 (6%)
    Pruritus 27 (5%) 20 (4%)

    Observed During Clinical Practice

    In addition to adverse events reported from clinical trials, the following events have been identified during post-approval use of oral formulations of ondansetron tablets. Because they are reported voluntarily from a population of unknown size, estimates of frequency cannot be made. The events have been chosen for inclusion due to a combination of their seriousness, frequency of reporting, or potential causal connection to ondansetron tablets.

    Cardiovascular

    Rarely and predominantly with intravenous ondansetron, transient ECG changes including QT interval prolongation have been reported.

    General

    Flushing. Rare cases of hypersensitivity reactions, sometimes severe (e.g., anaphylaxis/anaphylactoid reactions, angioedema, bronchospasm, shortness of breath, hypotension, laryngeal edema, stridor) have also been reported. Laryngospasm, shock, and cardiopulmonary arrest have occurred during allergic reactions in patients receiving injectable ondansetron.

    Hepatobiliary

    Liver enzyme abnormalities

    Lower Respiratory

    Hiccups

    Neurology

    Oculogyric crisis, appearing alone, as well as with other dystonic reactions

    Skin

    Urticaria, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and toxic epidermal necrolysis.

    Special Senses

    Eye Disorders

    Cases of transient blindness, predominantly during intravenous administration, have been reported. These cases of transient blindness were reported to resolve within a few minutes up to 48 hours.

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  • DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE

    Animal studies have shown that ondansetron is not discriminated as a benzodiazepine nor does it substitute for benzodiazepines in direct addiction studies.

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  • OVERDOSAGE

    There is no specific antidote for ondansetron overdose. Patients should be managed with appropriate supportive therapy. Individual intravenous doses as large as 150 mg and total daily intravenous doses as large as 252 mg have been inadvertently administered without significant adverse events. These doses are more than 10 times the recommended daily dose.

    In addition to the adverse events listed above, the following events have been described in the setting of ondansetron overdose: "Sudden blindness" (amaurosis) of 2 to 3 minutes' duration plus severe constipation occurred in 1 patient that was administered 72 mg of ondansetron intravenously as a single dose. Hypotension (and faintness) occurred in a patient that took 48 mg of ondansetron tablets. Following infusion of 32 mg over only a 4-minute period, a vasovagal episode with transient second-degree heart block was observed. In all instances, the events resolved completely.

    Pediatric cases consistent with serotonin syndrome have been reported after inadvertent oral overdoses of ondansetron (exceeding estimated ingestion of 5 mg/kg) in young children. Reported symptoms included somnolence, agitation, tachycardia, tachypnea, hypertension, flushing, mydriasis, diaphoresis, myoclonic movements, horizontal nystagmus, hyperreflexia, and seizure. Patients required supportive care, including intubation in some cases, with complete recovery without sequelae within 1 to 2 days.

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  • DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

    Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Associated With Highly Emetogenic Cancer Chemotherapy

    The recommended adult oral dosage of ondansetron tablets is 24 mg given as three 8-mg tablets administered 30 minutes before the start of a single-day highly emetogenic chemotherapy, including cisplatin ≥ 50 mg/m2. Multiday, single-dose administration of a 24 mg dosage has not been studied.

    Pediatric Use

    There is no experience with the use of a 24 mg dosage in pediatric patients.

    Geriatric Use

    The dosage recommendation is the same as for the general population.

    Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Associated With Moderately Emetogenic Cancer Chemotherapy

    The recommended adult oral dosage is one 8-mg ondansetron tablet given twice a day. The first dose should be administered 30 minutes before the start of emetogenic chemotherapy, with a subsequent dose 8 hours after the first dose. One 8-mg ondansetron tablet should be administered twice a day (every 12 hours) for 1 to 2 days after completion of chemotherapy.

    Pediatric Use

    For pediatric patients 12 years of age and older, the dosage is the same as for adults. For pediatric patients 4 through 11 years of age, the dosage is one 4-mg ondansetron tablet given 3 times a day. The first dose should be administered 30 minutes before the start of emetogenic chemotherapy, with subsequent doses 4 and 8 hours after the first dose. One 4-mg ondansetron tablet should be administered 3 times a day (every 8 hours) for 1 to 2 days after completion of chemotherapy.

    Geriatric Use

    The dosage is the same as for the general population.

    Prevention of Nausea and Vomiting Associated With Radiotherapy, Either Total Body Irradiation, or Single High-Dose Fraction or Daily Fractions to the Abdomen

    The recommended oral dosage is one 8-mg ondansetron tablet given 3 times a day.

    For total body irradiation, one 8-mg ondansetron tablet should be administered 1 to 2 hours before each fraction of radiotherapy administered each day.

    For single high-dose fraction radiotherapy to the abdomen, one 8-mg ondansetron tablet should be administered 1 to 2 hours before radiotherapy, with subsequent doses every 8 hours after the first dose for 1 to 2 days after completion of radiotherapy.

    For daily fractionated radiotherapy to the abdomen, one 8-mg ondansetron tablet should be administered 1 to 2 hours before radiotherapy, with subsequent doses every 8 hours after the first dose for each day radiotherapy is given.

    Pediatric Use

    There is no experience with the use of ondansetron tablets in the prevention of radiation-induced nausea and vomiting in pediatric patients.

    Geriatric Use

    The dosage recommendation is the same as for the general population.

    Postoperative Nausea and Vomiting

    The recommended dosage is 16 mg given as two 8-mg ondansetron tablets 1 hour before induction of anesthesia.

    Pediatric Use

    There is no experience with the use of ondansetron tablets in the prevention of postoperative nausea and vomiting in pediatric patients.

    Geriatric Use

    The dosage is the same as for the general population.

    Dosage Adjustment for Patients With Impaired Renal Function

    The dosage recommendation is the same as for the general population. There is no experience beyond first-day administration of ondansetron.

    Dosage Adjustment for Patients With Impaired Hepatic Function

    In patients with severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh2 score of 10 or greater), clearance is reduced and apparent volume of distribution is increased with a resultant increase in plasma half-life. In such patients, a total daily dose of 8 mg should not be exceeded.

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  • HOW SUPPLIED

    Ondansetron Tablets USP, 4 mg (ondansetron hydrochloride USP dihydrate equivalent to 4 mg of ondansetron), are yellow, film coated oval convex tablets debossed with "TARO" on one side and "OND4" on the other side.

    Daily Unit dose of 3 NDC 51672-4108-8
    Bottle of 30 NDC 51672-4108-6
    Unit dose 100 NDC 51672-4108-0

    Ondansetron Tablets USP, 8 mg (ondansetron hydrochloride USP dihydrate equivalent to 8 mg of ondansetron), are white, film coated oval convex tablets debossed with "TARO" on one side and "OND8" on the other side.

    Daily Unit dose of 3 NDC 51672-4109-8
    Bottle of 30 NDC 51672-4109-6
    Unit dose 100 NDC 51672-4109-0

    Ondansetron Tablets USP, 24 mg (ondansetron hydrochloride USP dihydrate equivalent to 24 mg of ondansetron), are pink, film coated oval convex tablets debossed with "TARO" on one side and "OND24" on the other side.

    Daily Unit dose of 1 NDC 51672-4110-5

    Bottles: Store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from light. Dispense in tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP.

    Unit Dose Packs: Store at 20°-25°C (68°-77°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Protect from light. Store blisters in cartons.

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  • REFERENCES

    1. Britto MR, Hussey EK, Mydlow P, et al. Effect of enzyme inducers on ondansetron (OND) metabolism in humans. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1997;61:228.
    2. Pugh RNH, Murray-Lyon IM, Dawson JL, Pietroni MC, Williams R. Transection of the oesophagus for bleeding oesophageal varices. Brit J Surg. 1973;60:646-649.
    3. Villikka K, Kivisto KT, Neuvonen PJ. The effect of rifampin on the pharmacokinetics of oral and intravenous ondansetron. Clin Pharmacol Ther. 1999;65:377-381.
    4. De Witte JL, Schoenmaekers B, Sessler DI, et al. Anesth Analg. 2001;92:1319-1321.
    5. Arcioni R, della Rocca M, Romanò R, et al. Anesth Analg. 2002;94:1553-1557.
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  • SPL UNCLASSIFIED SECTION

    Mfd. by: Taro Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd., Haifa Bay, Israel 2624761
    Dist. by: Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc., Hawthorne, NY 10532
    Revised: October, 2014

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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 4 mg Tablet Bottle Label

    NDC 51672-4108-6

    30 Tablets

    Ondansetron
    Tablets USP,

    4 mg*

    TARO

    Rx only

    PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 4 mg Tablet Bottle Label
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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 8 mg Tablet Bottle Label

    NDC 51672-4109-6

    30 Tablets

    Ondansetron
    Tablets USP,

    8 mg *

    TARO

    Rx only

    PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 8 mg Tablet Bottle Label
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  • PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 24 mg Tablet Bottle Carton

    NDC 51672-4110-5

    1 Tablet
    1 Unit Dose Tablet

    Ondansetron
    Tablet USP,

    24 mg*

    Rx only

    Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children.

    TARO

    PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 24 mg Tablet Bottle Carton
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  • INGREDIENTS AND APPEARANCE
    ONDANSETRON HYDROCHLORIDE 
    ondansetron hydrochloride tablet, film coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:51672-4108
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    Ondansetron Hydrochloride (Ondansetron) Ondansetron 4 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose  
    magnesium stearate  
    cellulose, microcrystalline  
    polyvinyl alcohol  
    polyethylene glycols  
    starch, corn  
    talc  
    titanium dioxide  
    ferric oxide yellow  
    Product Characteristics
    Color YELLOW Score 2 pieces
    Shape OVAL (convex) Size 10mm
    Flavor Imprint Code TARO;OND4
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:51672-4108-8 1 in 1 CARTON
    1 3 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Combination Product Type = C112160
    2 NDC:51672-4108-6 30 in 1 BOTTLE; Combination Product Type = C112160
    3 NDC:51672-4108-0 1 in 1 CARTON
    3 100 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Combination Product Type = C112160
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA077729 03/28/2011
    ONDANSETRON HYDROCHLORIDE 
    ondansetron hydrochloride tablet, film coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:51672-4109
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    Ondansetron Hydrochloride (Ondansetron) Ondansetron 8 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose  
    magnesium stearate  
    cellulose, microcrystalline  
    polyvinyl alcohol  
    polyethylene glycols  
    talc  
    titanium dioxide  
    Product Characteristics
    Color WHITE Score 2 pieces
    Shape OVAL (convex) Size 13mm
    Flavor Imprint Code TARO;OND8
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:51672-4109-8 1 in 1 CARTON
    1 3 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Combination Product Type = C112160
    2 NDC:51672-4109-6 30 in 1 BOTTLE; Combination Product Type = C112160
    3 NDC:51672-4109-0 1 in 1 CARTON
    3 100 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Combination Product Type = C112160
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA077729 03/28/2011
    ONDANSETRON HYDROCHLORIDE 
    ondansetron hydrochloride tablet, film coated
    Product Information
    Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:51672-4110
    Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
    Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
    Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
    Ondansetron Hydrochloride (Ondansetron) Ondansetron 24 mg
    Inactive Ingredients
    Ingredient Name Strength
    lactose  
    magnesium stearate  
    cellulose, microcrystalline  
    polyvinyl alcohol  
    polyethylene glycols  
    talc  
    titanium dioxide  
    FD&C blue no. 2  
    aluminum oxide  
    ferric oxide red  
    Product Characteristics
    Color PINK Score 2 pieces
    Shape OVAL (convex) Size 13mm
    Flavor Imprint Code TARO;OND24
    Contains     
    Packaging
    # Item Code Package Description Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    1 NDC:51672-4110-5 1 in 1 CARTON
    1 1 in 1 BLISTER PACK; Combination Product Type = C112160
    Marketing Information
    Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
    ANDA ANDA077729 03/28/2011
    Labeler - Taro Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc. (145186370)
    Establishment
    Name Address ID/FEI Business Operations
    Taro Pharmaceutical Industries, Ltd. 600072078 MANUFACTURE(51672-4108)
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