Label Changes for:

Skelid (tiludronate disodium) tablets

March 2010

Changes have been made to the CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS sections of the safety label.

Detailed View: Safety Labeling Changes Approved By FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) – March 2010

CONTRAINDICATIONS 

  • Inability to stand or sit upright for at least 30 minutes.

WARNINGS

  • Skelid, like other bisphosphonates administered orally, may cause local irritation of the upper gastrointestinal mucosa. Because of these possible irritant effects and a potential for worsening of the underlying disease, caution should be used when Skelid is given to patients with active upper gastrointestinal problems (such as known Barrett’s esophagus, dysphagia, other esophageal diseases, gastritis, duodenitis, or ulcers).
  • Esophageal adverse experiences, such as esophagitis, esophageal ulcers and esophageal erosions, occasionally with bleeding and rarely followed by esophageal stricture or perforation, have been reported in patients receiving treatment with oral bisphosphonates. In some cases, these have been severe and required hospitalization. Physicians should therefore be alert to any signs or symptoms signaling a possible esophageal reaction and patients should be instructed to discontinue Skelid and seek medical attention if they develop dysphagia, odynophagia, retrosternal pain or new or worsening heartburn.
  • The risk of severe esophageal adverse experiences appears to be greater in patients who lie down after taking oral bisphosphonates and/or who fail to swallow it with the recommended full glass (6-8oz) of water, and/or who continue to take oral bisphosphonates after developing symptoms suggestive of esophageal irritation. Therefore, it is very important that the full dosing instructions are provided to, and understood by, the patient.  In patients who cannot comply with dosing instructions due to mental or physical disability, therapy with Skelid should be used under appropriate supervision.
  • There have been post-marketing reports of gastric and duodenal ulcers with oral bisphosphonate use, some severe and with complications, although no increased risk was observed in controlled clinical trials.

PRECAUTIONS

Information for Patients
  • Patients receiving Skelid should be instructed to:
    1. Take Skelid with 6 to 8 ounces of plain water.
    2. Not lie down for at least 30 minutes after taking this medication.
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