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Oxtellar XR Dosage

Generic name: OXCARBAZEPINE 150mg
Dosage form: tablet

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 5, 2021.

Important Administration Instructions

Administer Oxtellar XR ® as a single daily dose taken on an empty stomach (at least 1 hour before or at least 2 hours after meals) [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)] . If Oxtellar XR ® is taken with food, adverse reactions are more likely to occur because of increased peak levels [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Swallow Oxtellar XR ® tablets whole. Do not cut, crush, or chew the tablets. For ease of swallowing in pediatric patients or patients with difficulty swallowing, achieve daily dosages with multiples of appropriate lower strength tablets (e.g., 150 mg tablets).

General Dosing Recommendations

Monotherapy or Adjunctive Therapy

Adult Patients

Initiate treatment at a dosage of 600 mg/day given orally once daily for one week. Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in 600 mg/day increments to achieve the recommended daily dosage.Initiate treatment at a dosage of 600 mg/day given orally once daily for one week. Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in 600 mg/day increments to achieve the recommended daily dosage.

The recommended daily dosage of Oxtellar XR is 1200 mg to 2400 mg/day, given once daily. The dosage of 2400 mg/day showed slightly greater efficacy than 1200 mg/day, but was associated with an increase in adverse reactions The recommended daily dosage of Oxtellar XR ® is 1200 mg to 2400 mg/day, given once daily. The dosage of 2400 mg/day showed slightly greater efficacy than 1200 mg/day, but was associated with an increase in adverse reactions [see Adverse Reactions (6.1) and Clinical Studies (14.1)].

Dosage adjustment is recommended with concomitant use of strong CYP3A4 enzyme inducers or UGT inducers, which include certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) [see Drug Interactions (7.1, 7.2)].

Pediatric Patients (6 to Less than 17 Years of Age)

In pediatric patients 6 to less than 17 years of age, initiate treatment at a daily dosage of 8 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg orally once daily, not to exceed 600 mg per day in the first week.In pediatric patients 6 to less than 17 years of age, initiate treatment at a daily dosage of 8 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg orally once daily, not to exceed 600 mg per day in the first week.

Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in 8 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg increments once daily, not to exceed 600 mg, to achieve the target daily dosage. The target maintenance dosage, achieved over two to three weeks, is displayed in Table 1.Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in 8 mg/kg to 10 mg/kg increments once daily, not to exceed 600 mg, to achieve the target daily dosage. The target maintenance dosage, achieved over two to three weeks, is displayed in Table 1.

Table 1: Target Daily Dosage in Pediatric Patients (6 to Less Than 17 Years of Age)
Weight Target Daily Dosage
20 kg to 29 kg 900 mg/day
29.1 kg to 39 kg 1200 mg/day
Greater than 39 kg 1800 mg/day

Dosage adjustment is recommended with concomitant use of strong CYP3A4 enzyme inducers or UGT inducers, which include certain antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) [see Drug Interactions (7.1, 7.2))].

Dosage Modifications in Adult Patients with Renal Impairment

In adult patients with severe renal impairment (creatinine clearance less than 30 mL/minute), initiate Oxtellar XR ® at one-half the usual starting dosage (300 mg/day). Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in increments of 300 mg to 450 mg/day to achieve the desired clinical response [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

Dosage Modifications in Geriatric Patients

In geriatric patients, consider starting at a lower dosage (300 mg or 450 mg/day). Subsequent dosage increases can be made at weekly intervals in increments of 300 mg to 450 mg/day to achieve the desired clinical effect [see Use in Specific Populations (8.5)].

Dosage Modification with Concomitant Use of Strong CYP3A4 Enzyme Inducers or UGT Enzyme Inducers

Strong CYP3A4 inducers, including enzyme-inducing antiepileptic drugs such as carbamazepine, phenobarbital, and phenytoin, and UGT inducers (e.g., rifampin) decrease exposure to 10-monohydroxy derivative (MHD), the active metabolite [see Drug Interactions (7.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)] . Dosage adjustment of Oxtellar XR may be required after initiation, dosage modification, or discontinuation of such inducers. Dosage increases of Oxtellar XR may be necessary with concomitant use. Consider initiating at 900 mg once daily for adults and 12 to 15 mg/kg orally once daily (not to exceed 900 mg per day in the first week) in pediatric patients.

Withdrawal of AEDs

As with most antiepileptic drugs, Oxtellar XR ® should be withdrawn gradually because of the risk of increased seizure frequency and status epilepticus [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

Conversion from Immediate-Release Oxcarbazepine to Oxtellar XR ®

In conversion of oxcarbazepine immediate-release to Oxtellar XR ®, higher dosages of Oxtellar XR ® may be necessary [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Further information

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