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Alecensa Dosage

Generic name: ALECTINIB HYDROCHLORIDE 150mg
Dosage form: capsule

Medically reviewed on December 26, 2017.

Patient Selection

Select patients for the treatment of metastatic NSCLC with ALECENSA based on the presence of ALK positivity in tumor specimens [see Indications and Usage (1) and Clinical Studies (14)].

Information on FDA-approved tests for the detection of ALK rearrangements in NSCLC is available at http://www.fda.gov/CompanionDiagnostics

Dosing and Administration

The recommended dose of ALECENSA is 600 mg orally twice daily with food [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)]. Administer ALECENSA until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Do not open or dissolve the contents of the capsule.

If a dose of ALECENSA is missed or vomiting occurs after taking a dose of ALECENSA, take the next dose at the scheduled time.

Dose Modifications for Adverse Reactions

The dose reduction schedule for ALECENSA is provided in Table 1.

Table 1: ALECENSA Dose Reduction Schedule
Dose reduction schedule Dose level
Starting dose 600 mg taken orally twice daily
First dose reduction 450 mg taken orally twice daily
Second dose reduction 300 mg taken orally twice daily

Discontinue if patients are unable to tolerate the 300 mg twice daily dose.

Recommendations for dose modifications of ALECENSA in case of adverse reactions are provided in Table 2.

Table 2: ALECENSA Dose Modifications for Adverse Reactions
Criteria* ALECENSA Dose Modification
*
ALT = alanine transaminase; AST = aspartate transaminase; ULN = upper limit of normal; ILD = interstitial lung disease; CPK = blood creatine phosphokinase
Heart rate less than 60 beats per minute (bpm)
ALT or AST elevation of greater than 5 times upper limit of normal (ULN) with total bilirubin less than or equal to 2 times ULN Temporarily withhold until recovery to baseline or to less than or equal to 3 times ULN, then resume at reduced dose as per Table 1.
ALT or AST elevation greater than 3 times ULN with total bilirubin elevation greater than 2 times ULN in the absence of cholestasis or hemolysis Permanently discontinue ALECENSA.
Total bilirubin elevation of greater than 3 times ULN Temporarily withhold until recovery to baseline or to less than or equal to 1.5 times ULN, then resume at reduced dose as per Table 1.
Any grade treatment-related interstitial lung disease (ILD)/pneumonitis Permanently discontinue ALECENSA.
Grade 3 renal impairment Temporarily withhold until serum creatinine recovers to less than or equal to 1.5 times ULN, then resume at reduced dose.
Grade 4 renal impairment Permanently discontinue ALECENSA.
Symptomatic bradycardia Withhold ALECENSA until recovery to asymptomatic bradycardia or to a heart rate of 60 bpm or above.
If contributing concomitant medication is identified and discontinued, or its dose is adjusted, resume ALECENSA at previous dose upon recovery to asymptomatic bradycardia or to a heart rate of 60 bpm or above.
If no contributing concomitant medication is identified, or if contributing concomitant medications are not discontinued or dose modified, resume ALECENSA at reduced dose (see Table 1) upon recovery to asymptomatic bradycardia or to a heart rate of 60 bpm or above.
Bradycardia (life-threatening consequences, urgent intervention indicated) Permanently discontinue ALECENSA if no contributing concomitant medication is identified.
If contributing concomitant medication is identified and discontinued, or its dose is adjusted, resume ALECENSA at reduced dose (see Table 1) upon recovery to asymptomatic bradycardia or to a heart rate of 60 bpm or above, with frequent monitoring as clinically indicated. Permanently discontinue ALECENSA in case of recurrence.
CPK elevation greater than 5 times ULN Temporarily withhold until recovery to baseline or to less than or equal to 2.5 times ULN, then resume at same dose.
CPK elevation greater than 10 times ULN or second occurrence of CPK elevation of greater than 5 times ULN Temporarily withhold until recovery to baseline or to less than or equal to 2.5 times ULN, then resume at reduced dose as per Table 1.

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