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Akynzeo has moderate influence on the ability to drive and use machines. Since it may induce dizziness, somnolence or fatigue, patients should be cautioned not to drive or use machines if such symptoms occur.
When Akynzeo is used concomitantly with another CYP3A4 inhibitor, netupitant plasma concentrations could be elevated. When Akynzeo is used concomitantly with medicinal products that induce CYP3A4 activity, netupitant plasma concentrations could be reduced and this may result in decreased efficacy. This product can increase plasma concentrations of concomitantly administered medicinal products that are metabolized via CYP3A4. In humans, netupitant is eliminated mainly by hepatic metabolism mediated by CYP3A4 with a marginal renal excretion. At a dose of 300 mg in humans, netupitant is a substrate and moderate inhibitor of CYP3A4. Palonosetron is eliminated from the body through both renal excretion and metabolic pathways, with the latter mediated via multiple CYP enzymes. Palonosetron is mainly metabolised by CYP2D6, with minor contribution by CYP3A4 and CYP1A2 isoenzymes. Based on in vitro studies, palonosetron does not inhibit or induce cytochrome P450 isoenzyme at clinically relevant concentrations. Interaction between oral netupitant and oral palonosetron: No clinically relevant pharmacokinetic interactions have been observed between oral netupitant and oral palonosetron. Interaction with CYP3A4 substrates: Dexamethasone Co-administration of a single dose of 300 mg netupitant with a dexamethasone regimen (20 mg on Day 1, followed by 8 mg twice daily from Day 2 to Day 4) significantly increased the exposure to dexamethasone in a time and dose dependent manner. The AUC0-24 (Day 1), the AUC24-36 (Day 2) and the AUC84-108 and AUC84-? (Day 4) of dexamethasone increased 2.4-fold, with co-administration of 300 mg netupitant. The pharmacokinetic profile of netupitant was unchanged when administered in combination with dexamethasone. As such, the oral dexamethasone dose should be reduced by approximately 50% when co-administered with Akynzeo (see section 4.2). Chemotherapeutic medicinal products (docetaxel, etoposide, cyclophosphamide) Exposure to docetaxel and etoposide was increased 37% and 21%, respectively, when co-administered with Akynzeo. No consistent effect was seen with cyclophosphamide after netupitant co-administration. Oral contraceptives Akynzeo, when given with a single oral dose of 60 ?g ethinylestradiol and 300 ?g levonorgestrel had no significant effect on the AUC of ethinylestradiol and increased the AUC of levonorgestrel by 1.4-fold; clinical effects on the efficacy of hormonal contraception are unlikely. No relevant changes of netupitant and palonosetron pharmacokinetics were observed. Erythromycin and Midazolam Exposure to erythromycin and midazolam was increased approximately 1.3 and 2.4 fold, respectively, when each was co-administered with netupitant. These effects were not considered clinically important. The pharmacokinetic profile of netupitant was unaffected by the concomitant administration of either midazolam or erythromycin. The potential effects of increased plasma concentrations of midazolam or other benzodiazepines metabolized via CYP3A4 (alprazolam, triazolam) should be considered when coadministering these active substances with Akynzeo. Serotonergic medicinal products (e.g. SSRIs and SNRIs) There have been reports of serotonin syndrome following concomitant use of 5-HT3 antagonists and other serotonergic medicinal products (including SSRIs and SNRIs) (see section 4.4). Effect of other medicinal products on the pharmacokinetics of Akynzeo Netupitant is mainly metabolized by CYP3A4; therefore, co-administration with medicinal products that inhibit or induce CYP3A4 activity may influence plasma concentrations of netupitant. Consequently, concomitant administration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., ketoconazole) should be approached with caution and concomitant administration with strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g., rifampicin) should be avoided. Effect of ketoconazole and rifampicin Administration of the CYP3A4 inhibitor ketoconazole with Akynzeo increased the AUC of netupitant 1.8 fold and Cmax 1.3 fold when compared to the administration of Akynzeo alone. Co-administation with ketoconazole did not affect the pharmacokinetics of palonosetron. Administration of the CYP3A4 inducer rifampicin with Akynzeo alone decreased the AUC of netupitant 5.2 fold and Cmax 2.6 fold. Co-administration of rifampicin did not affect the pharmacokinetics of palonosetron. Consequently, concomitant administration with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors (e.g., ketoconazole) should be approached with caution and concomitant administration with strong CYP3A4 inducers (e.g. rifampicin) should be avoided. Additional interactions Akynzeo is unlikely to interact with medicinal products which are P-gp substrates. Netupitant is not a substrate for P-gp. When netupitant was administered on Day 8 of a 12-day regimen of digoxin, no changes in digoxin pharmacokinetics were observed. Inhibition of the efflux transported BCRP and glucuronidation isozyme UGT2B7 by netupitant and its metabolites is unlikely and, if it occurs, of scarce clinical relevance. In vitro data shows that netupitant inhibits UGT2B7, the magnitude of such an effect in the clinical setting is not established. Caution is recommended when netupitant is combined with an oral substrate of this enzyme (e.g.zidovudine, valproic acid, morphine). In vitro data suggests that netupitant inhibits the efflux of transporter BCRP. The clinical relevance of this effect is not established. In vitro data show that netupitant is a P-gp inhibitor. In a study performed in healthy volunteers, netupitant does not affect the exposure of digoxin, a P-gp substrate, whereas it increases its Cmax by 1.09 fold [90%CI 0.9-1.31]. It is not excluded that this effect may be more marked, and then clinically relevant, in cancer patients, notably those having abnormal renal function. Therefore, caution is recommended when netupitant is combined with digoxin or with other P-gp substrates such as dabigatran, or colchicine.