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Mayzent

Generic Name: siponimod (sye POE ni mod)
Brand Names: Mayzent

Medically reviewed by J. Stewart, BPharm Last updated on May 14, 2019.

What is Mayzent?

Mayzent (siponimod) is a prescription medicine used to treat relapsing multiple sclerosis (MS) in adults.

Mayzent will not cure MS, it will only decrease the frequency of relapse symptoms.

Mayzent is used only if you have a specific genotype. Your doctor will test you for this genotype.

Important Information

You should not use Mayzent if you have a serious heart condition such as "AV block," sick sinus syndrome and no pacemaker, or if you've recently had heart block, heart failure, a heart rhythm disorder, chest pain, heart attack, or stroke.

Mayzent can slow your heart rate when you start taking it. You will receive your first dose in a setting where your heart rhythm can be monitored. If you miss any doses, you may also need to restart Mayzent under medical observation.

You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections. Call your doctor if you have a fever, chills, aches, tiredness, vomiting, confusion, neck stiffness, increased sensitivity to light, or problems with coordination, thought, vision, or muscle movement.

Before taking this medicine

You should not use Mayzent if you are allergic to siponimod, or if you have certain serious heart conditions, especially:

  • "AV block" (2nd or 3rd degree);

  • sick sinus syndrome (unless you have a pacemaker);

  • recent (within the past 6 months) heart failure, heart attack, stroke, "mini-stroke" or TIA, chest pain (unstable angina), or other serious heart problem.

Mayzent is not approved for use by anyone younger than 18 years old.

Some heart rhythm medications can cause unwanted or dangerous effects when used with siponimod. Your doctor may change your treatment plan if you also use: amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, dronedarone, flecainide, ibutilide, procainamide, propafenone, quinidine, or sotalol.

Before you take Mayzent, tell your doctor if you have never had chickenpox or if you have never received a varicella vaccine (Varivax). You may need to receive the vaccine and then wait 1 month before taking Mayzent.

To make sure Mayzent is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have ever had:

Tell your doctor if you have recently received a vaccine, or if you are scheduled to receive a vaccine.

Siponimod may harm an unborn baby. Use effective birth control to prevent pregnancy while you are using this medicine, and for at least 10 days after your last dose. Tell your doctor if you become pregnant during this time.

If you are pregnant, your name may be listed on a pregnancy registry to track the effects of siponimod on the baby.

It may not be safe to breastfeed while using this medicine. Ask your doctor about any risk.

How should I take Mayzent?

Take Mayzent exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides or instruction sheets.

Your doctor will check your heart function before you start taking Mayzent.

Your dose will be increased gradually during the first 5 to 6 days of taking Mayzent.

Siponimod can slow your heart rate when you start taking it. You will receive your first dose in a medical setting. Your blood pressure and heart rate may be constantly monitored for at least 6 hours after your first dose of Mayzent.

You may take Mayzent with or without food.

Siponimod affects your immune system. You may get infections more easily, even serious or fatal infections. Your doctor will need to examine you on a regular basis. Your risk of infection could last 3 to 4 weeks after you stop taking this medicine.

Always ask your doctor before you stop taking Mayzent for any reason. When you stop taking this medicine, your MS symptoms may return. In rare cases, some people who stopped taking Mayzent had MS symptoms that were worse than before or during treatment with this medicine.

If you stop taking this medicine, do not start taking it again without asking your doctor. You will need to be under medical observation when you restart this medication.

Store unopened Mayzent in the refrigerator, do not freeze.

After opening, store the medicine in the original package at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

  • You may keep the blister (Starter) pack at room temperature for up to 1 week after removing the first tablet.

  • You may keep the bottle of tablets at room temperature for up to 1 month after opening.

If you stop taking Mayzent, watch for signs of worsening MS, and call your doctor right away if any new or worsening symptoms appear.

Mayzent dosing information

Usual Adult Dose for Multiple Sclerosis:

CYP450 2C9 Genotype *1/*1, *1/*2, or *2/*2:
-Titration regimen: 0.25 mg orally once daily on Days 1 and 2, then 0.5 mg orally once daily on Day 3, then 0.75 mg orally once daily on Day 4, then 1.25 mg orally once daily on Day 5
-Maintenance dose: 2 mg orally once daily beginning on Day 6
NOTE: Use a starter pack for patients who will be titrated to the 2 mg maintenance dose.

CYP450 2C9 Genotype *1/*3 or *2/*3:
-Titration regimen: 0.25 mg orally once daily on Days 1 and 2, then 0.5 mg orally once daily on Day 3, then 0.75 mg orally once daily on Day 4
-Maintenance dose: 1 mg orally once daily beginning on Day 5
NOTE: Do not use the starter pack for patients who will be titrated to the 1 mg maintenance dose.
-If one titration dose is missed for more than 24 hours, therapy needs to be reinitiated with Day 1 of the titration regimen.

Comments:
-If one titration dose is missed for more than 24 hours, therapy needs to be reinitiated with Day 1 of the titration regimen.
-First-dose monitoring is recommended for patients with sinus bradycardia, first- or second-degree atrioventricular (AV) block, or a history of myocardial infarction or heart failure.
-Administer the first dose in a setting equipped to manage symptomatic bradycardia.
-Monitor patients for 6 hours after the first dose for bradycardia with hourly pulse and blood pressure measurements. Obtain an ECG in these patients at the end of Day 1.
-If any of the following abnormalities are present after 6 hours (even in the absence of symptoms), continue monitoring until the abnormality resolves: the heart rate 6 hours post dose is less than 45 bpm; the heart rate 6 hours post dose is at the lowest value post dose, suggesting that the maximum pharmacodynamic effect on the heart may not have occurred; the ECG 6 hours post
dose shows new onset second-degree or higher AV block.
-If post dose symptomatic bradycardia, bradyarrhythmia, or conduction related symptoms occur, or if ECG 6 hours post dose shows new onset second degree or higher AV block or QTc greater than or equal to 500 msec, initiate management, begin continuous ECG monitoring, and continue monitoring until the symptoms have resolved if no treatment is required. If treatment is required, continue monitoring overnight and repeat 6-hour monitoring after the second dose.
-After the initial titration is complete, if treatment is interrupted for 4 or more consecutive daily doses, reinitiate therapy with Day 1 of the titration regimen; also complete first-dose monitoring in patients for whom it is recommended.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Call your doctor for instructions. If you miss 1 or more of your first doses, or 4 or more of your maintenance doses, you may need to take your next dose under medical observation in a medical setting.

What happens if I overdose?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

What should I avoid while taking Mayzent?

Avoid getting a vaccine without first asking your doctor. While you are taking siponimod, some vaccines may not work as well and may not fully protect you from disease.

Receiving a "live" vaccine while using siponimod may cause you to develop an infection. Live vaccines include measles, mumps, rubella (MMR), polio, rotavirus, typhoid, yellow fever, varicella (chickenpox), zoster (shingles), and nasal flu (influenza) vaccine.

If you need to receive a vaccine, you should stop taking siponimod for at least 1 week ahead of time. After receiving the vaccine, you should wait another 4 weeks before you start taking siponimod again. Do not stop taking siponimod without your doctor's advice.

Always ask your doctor before you stop or start taking Mayzent for any reason.

Mayzent side effects

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction to Mayzent: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • slow or irregular heartbeats;

  • vision problems, blurred vision, eye pain, or having a blind spot or shadows in the center of your vision (vision problems may occur 1 to 4 months after you start taking Mayzent);

  • headache, confusion, change in mental status;

  • a seizure;

  • sores in your mouth and throat, cold sores, sores on your genital or anal area;

  • skin changes, unusual moles that change in color or size;

  • shortness of breath;

  • liver problems - nausea, vomiting, upper stomach pain, tiredness, loss of appetite, dark urine, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

  • symptoms of meningitis - fever, chills, body aches, tiredness, nausea and vomiting, neck stiffness, increased sensitivity to light.

Common Mayzent side effects may include:

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What other drugs will affect Mayzent?

Siponimod can cause a serious heart problem. Your risk may be higher if you also use certain other medicines for infections, asthma, heart problems, high blood pressure, depression, mental illness, cancer, malaria, or HIV.

Tell your doctor about all your other medicines, especially:

  • drugs that weaken the immune system such as cancer medicine, steroids, and medicines to prevent organ transplant rejection; or

  • other medicines to treat MS symptoms (a beta interferon, glatiramer, Avonex, Betaseron, Copaxone, Extavia, Glatopa, Rebif).

This list is not complete and many other drugs may interact with siponimod. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Not all possible drug interactions are listed here.

Siponimod can have long lasting effects on your body, especially on your immune system. For 3 or 4 weeks after your last dose, tell any doctor who treats you that you have used Mayzent.

Further information

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Mayzent only for the indication prescribed.

Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.

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