Trimethobenzamide

Generic Name: Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride
Dosage Form: injection

Trimethobenzamide Hydrochloride

Injectable

For Intramuscular use only.

Not for use in pediatric patients.

Trimethobenzamide Description

Chemically, Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride (HCl) is N-[p-[2-(dimethylamino)ethoxy]benzyl]-3,4,5-trimethoxybenzamide monohydrochloride. It has a molecular weight of 424.93 and the following structural formula:

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Single Dose Vials:

Each 2-mL single-dose vial contains 200 mg Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride compounded with 1 mg sodium citrate and 0.4 mg citric acid as buffers and pH adjusted to approximately 5.0 with sodium hydroxide.

Multi-Dose Vials:

Each mL contains 100 mg Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride compounded with 0.45% phenol as preservative, 0.5 mg sodium citrate and 0.2 mg citric acid as buffers and pH adjusted to approximately 5.0 with sodium hydroxide.

Trimethobenzamide - Clinical Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

The mechanism of action of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride as determined in animals is obscure, but may involve the chemoreceptor trigger zone (CTZ), an area in the medulla oblongata through which emetic impulses are conveyed to the vomiting center; direct impulses to the vomiting center apparently are not similarly inhibited. In dogs pretreated with Trimethobenzamide HCl, the emetic response to apomorphine is inhibited, while little or no protection is afforded against emesis induced by intragastric copper sulfate.

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetics of Trimethobenzamide have been studied in healthy adult subjects. Following administration of 200 mg (100 mg/mL) Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride IM injection, the time to reach maximum plasma concentration (Tmax) was about half an hour, about 15 minutes longer for Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride 300 mg oral capsule than an IM injection. A single dose of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride 300 mg oral capsule provided a plasma concentration profile of Trimethobenzamide similar to Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride 200 mg IM. The relative bioavailability of the capsule formulation compared to the solution is 100%. The mean elimination half-life of Trimethobenzamide is 7 to 9 hours. Between 30 – 50% of a single dose in humans is excreted unchanged in the urine within 48 – 72 hours. The metabolic disposition of Trimethobenzamide in humans is not known. Specifically, it is not known if active metabolites are generated in humans.

Special Populations

Age

The clearance of Trimethobenzamide is not known in patients with renal impairment. However, it may be advisable to consider reduction in the dosing of Trimethobenzamide in elderly patients with renal impairment considering that a substantial amount of excretion and elimination of Trimethobenzamide occurs via the kidney and that elderly patients may have various degrees of renal impairment. (See PRECAUTIONS: General and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

Gender

Systemic exposure to Trimethobenzamide was similar between men (N=40) and women (N=28).

Race

Pharmacokinetics appeared to be similar for Caucasians (N=53) and African Americans (N=12).

Renal Impairment

The clearance of Trimethobenzamide is not known in patients with renal impairment. However, it may be advisable to consider reduction in the dosing of Trimethobenzamide in patients with renal impairment considering that a substantial amount of excretion and elimination of Trimethobenzamide occurs via the kidney. (See PRECAUTIONS: General and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

INDICATIONS

Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride is indicated for the treatment of postoperative nausea and vomiting and for nausea associated with gastroenteritis.

Contraindications

The injectable form of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride is contraindicated in pediatric patients and in patients with known hypersensitivity to Trimethobenzamide.

Warnings

Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride may produce drowsiness. Patients should not operate motor vehicles or other dangerous machinery until their individual responses have been determined.

Usage in Pregnancy:

Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride was studied in reproduction experiments in rats and rabbits and no teratogenicity was suggested. The only effects observed were an increased percentage of embryonic resorptions or stillborn pups in rats administered 20 mg and 100 mg/kg and increased resorptions in rabbits receiving 100 mg/kg. In each study these adverse effects were attributed to one or two dams. The relevance to humans is not known. Since there is no adequate experience in pregnant or lactating women who have received this drug, safety in pregnancy or in nursing mothers has not been established.

Usage with Alcohol:

Concomitant use of alcohol with Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride may result in an adverse drug interaction.

Precautions

During the course of acute febrile illness, encephalitides, gastroenteritis, dehydration and electrolyte imbalance, especially in children and the elderly or debilitated, CNS reactions such as opisthotonos, convulsions, coma and extrapyramidal symptoms have been reported with and without use of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride or other antiemetic agents. In such disorders caution should be exercised in administering Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride, particularly to patients who have recently received other CNS-acting agents (phenothiazines, barbiturates, belladonna derivatives). Primary emphasis should be directed toward the restoration of body fluids and electrolyte balance, the relief of fever and relief of the causative disease process. Overhydration should be avoided since it may result in cerebral edema.

The antiemetic effects of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride may render diagnosis more difficult in such conditions as appendicitis and obscure signs of toxicity due to overdosage of other drugs.

General

Adjustment of Dose in Renal Failure

A substantial route of elimination of unchanged Trimethobenzamide is via the kidney. Dosage adjustment should be considered in patients with reduced renal function including some elderly patients. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride did not include sufficient numbers of patients aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger patients. Although there are studies reported in the literature that include elderly patients >65 years old with younger patients, it is not known if there are differences in efficacy or safety parameters for elderly and non-elderly patients treated with Trimethobenzamide. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

This drug is known to be substantially excreted by the kidney, and the risk of toxic reactions to this drug may be greater in patients with impaired renal function. Because elderly patients are more likely to have decreased renal function, care should be taken in dose selection, and it may be useful to monitor renal function. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

Adverse Reactions

There have been reports of hypersensitivity reactions and Parkinson-like symptoms. There have been instances of hypotension reported following parenteral administration to surgical patients. There have been reports of blood dyscrasias, blurring of vision, coma, convulsions, depression of mood, diarrhea, disorientation, dizziness, drowsiness, headache, jaundice, muscle cramps and opisthotonos. If these occur, the administration of the drug should be discontinued. Allergic-type skin reactions have been observed; therefore, the drug should be discontinued at the first sign of sensitization. While these symptoms will usually disappear spontaneously, symptomatic treatment may be indicated in some cases.

For medical advice about adverse reactions contact your medical professional. To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact JHP at 1-866-923-2547 or MEDWATCH at 1-800-FDA-1088 (1-800-332-1088) or http://www.fda.gov/medwatch/.

Trimethobenzamide Dosage and Administration

(See WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS.)

Dosage should be adjusted according to the indication for therapy, severity of symptoms and the response of the patient.

Geriatric Patients

Dose adjustments such as reducing the total dose administered at each dosing or increasing the dosing interval should be considered in elderly patients with renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤ 70 mL/min/1.73m2). Final dose adjustment should be based upon integration of clinical efficacy and safety considerations. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and PRECAUTIONS.)

Patients with Renal Impairment

In subjects with renal impairment (creatinine clearance ≤ 70 mL/min/1.73m2), dose adjustment such as reducing the total dose administered at each dosing or increasing the dosing interval should be considered. (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION.)

INJECTABLE, 100 mg/mL (Not for use in pediatric patients)

 
Usual Adult Dosage
2 mL (200 mg) t.i.d. or q.i.d. intramuscularly.

NOTE: The injectable form is intended for intramuscular administration only; it is not recommended for intravenous use.

Intramuscular administration may cause pain, stinging, burning, redness and swelling at the site of injection. Such effects may be minimized by deep injection into the upper outer quadrant of the gluteal region, and by avoiding the escape of solution along the route.

STORAGE

Store between 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
(See USP Controlled Room Temperature.)

How is Trimethobenzamide Supplied

Single Dose Vials, 2 mL, trays of 25
NDC 42023-143-25 100 mg/mL in 2 mL Single Dose Vials
Multi-Dose Vials, 20 mL
NDC 42023-142-01 100 mg/mL in 20 mL Multi-Dose Vials

Rx Only
Prescribing Information as of February 2012.

Manufactured and Distributed by:
JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC
Rochester, MI 48307

3003198

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 20 mL Vial Carton

NDC 42023-142-01

Trimethobenzamide
Hydrochloride

Injection

2,000 mg/20 mL
(100 mg/mL)

NOT FOR USE IN CHILDREN

For Intramuscular (IM) Use Only
(preferably by deep IM injection)

20 mL x 1 Multiple Dose Vial

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 2 mL Vial Label

NDC 42023-143-25

Trimethobenzamide
Hydrochloride

Injection

200 mg/2 mL
(100 mg/mL)

For Intramuscular
Use Only

Trimethobenzamide HYDROCHLORIDE 
Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride injection
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:42023-142
Route of Administration INTRAMUSCULAR DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride (Trimethobenzamide) Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride 100 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
Phenol  
Sodium Citrate  
Citric Acid Monohydrate  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:42023-142-01 1 VIAL, MULTI-DOSE in 1 CARTON
1 20 mL in 1 VIAL, MULTI-DOSE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA authorized generic NDA017530 06/01/2012
Trimethobenzamide HYDROCHLORIDE 
Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride injection
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:42023-143
Route of Administration INTRAMUSCULAR DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride (Trimethobenzamide) Trimethobenzamide hydrochloride 100 mg  in 1 mL
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
Sodium Citrate  
Citric Acid Monohydrate  
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:42023-143-25 25 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE in 1 TRAY
1 2 mL in 1 VIAL, SINGLE-DOSE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA authorized generic NDA017530 06/01/2012
Labeler - JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC (804894611)
Revised: 04/2013
 
JHP Pharmaceuticals, LLC
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