Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Apr 13, 2020.
(IS tra DEF i lin)
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Nourianz: 20 mg, 40 mg
Brand Names: U.S.
- Anti-Parkinson Agent, Adenosine Receptor Antagonist
The mechanism of action of istradefylline is unknown. In in vitro studies and in in vivo animal studies, istradefylline was demonstrated to be an adenosine A2A receptor antagonist.
Vd/F: ~557 L
Primarily via CYP1A1 and CYP3A4, with minor contribution from CYP1A2, 2B6, 2C8, CYP2C9, CYP2C18, and 2D6
Feces: ~48%; urine: 39%
Time to Peak
Median: 3 to 4 hours
Special Populations: Hepatic Function Impairment
Moderate hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class B): AUC0-24 steady state exposure is predicted to be increased 3.3-fold based on estimated mean terminal half-life.
Special Populations Note
Smoking: Smoking (ie, tobacco) ≥20 cigarettes a day decreased steady-state systemic exposure by 38% to 54%.
Use: Labeled Indications
Parkinson disease, "off" episode: Treatment of Parkinson disease, in combination with levodopa/carbidopa, in adult patients experiencing "off" episodes.
There are no contraindications listed in the manufacturer's labeling.
Parkinson disease, "off" episode: Oral: 20 mg once daily; may further increase dose based on response and tolerability to a maximum dose of 40 mg once daily.
Dosage adjustment for concomitant therapy: Significant drug interactions exist, requiring dose/frequency adjustment or avoidance. Consult drug interactions database for more information.
Dosage adjustment for concomitant tobacco smoking (≥20 cigarettes/day or the equivalent amount of another tobacco product): 40 mg once daily.
Refer to adult dosing.
Oral: May be taken with or without food.
Store at 20°C to 25°C (68°F to 77°F); excursions permitted between 15°C and 30°C (59°F to 86°F).
AtorvaSTATin: Istradefylline may increase the serum concentration of AtorvaSTATin. Monitor therapy
CYP3A4 Inducers (Moderate): May decrease the serum concentration of Istradefylline. Monitor therapy
CYP3A4 Inducers (Strong): May decrease the serum concentration of Istradefylline. Avoid combination
CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Strong): May increase the serum concentration of Istradefylline. Management: Limit the maximum istradefylline dose to 20 mg daily when combined with strong CYP3A4 inhibitors and monitor for increased istradefylline effects/toxicities. Consider therapy modification
Dabrafenib: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Management: Seek alternatives to the CYP3A4 substrate when possible. If concomitant therapy cannot be avoided, monitor clinical effects of the substrate closely (particularly therapeutic effects). Consider therapy modification
Deferasirox: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Digoxin: Istradefylline may increase the serum concentration of Digoxin. Monitor therapy
Dofetilide: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Dofetilide. Monitor therapy
Erdafitinib: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Flibanserin: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Flibanserin. Monitor therapy
Ivosidenib: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Lemborexant: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Lemborexant. Management: The maximum recommended dosage of lemborexant is 5 mg, no more than once per night, when coadministered with weak CYP3A4 inhibitors. Consider therapy modification
Lomitapide: Istradefylline may increase the serum concentration of Lomitapide. Management: Decrease the initial dose of lomitapide by half in patients taking lomitapide 10 mg daily or more when used in combination with weak CYP3A4 inhibitors, including istradefylline (dose of 40 mg daily or more). The maximum dose of lomitapide is 30 mg daily. Consider therapy modification
NiMODipine: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of NiMODipine. Monitor therapy
Pimozide: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Pimozide. Avoid combination
Sarilumab: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Siltuximab: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
St John's Wort: May decrease the serum concentration of Istradefylline. Avoid combination
Tobacco (Smoked): May decrease the serum concentration of Istradefylline. Management: The recommended dosage of istradefylline in patients who use tobacco in amounts of 20 or more cigarettes per day (or the equivalent of another tobacco product) is 40 mg once daily. Consider therapy modification
Tocilizumab: May decrease the serum concentration of CYP3A4 Substrates (High risk with Inducers). Monitor therapy
Triazolam: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Triazolam. Management: Consider triazolam dose reduction in patients receiving concomitant weak CYP3A4 inhibitors. Consider therapy modification
Ubrogepant: CYP3A4 Inhibitors (Weak) may increase the serum concentration of Ubrogepant. Management: In patients taking weak CYP3A4 inhibitors, the initial and second dose (given at least 2 hours later if needed) of ubrogepant should be limited to 50 mg. Consider therapy modification
Frequencies noted refer to experience with combination therapy.
>10%: Neuromuscular & skeletal: Dyskinesia (15% to 17%)
1% to 10%:
Central nervous system: Insomnia (6%), dizziness (3% to 6%), auditory hallucination (≤6%), hallucination (≤6%), visual hallucination (≤6%), abnormal behavior (≤2%), abnormality in thinking (≤2%), aggressive behavior (≤2%), agitation (≤2%), confusion (≤2%), delirium (≤2%), delusion (≤2%), disorientation (≤2%), mania (≤2%), paranoid ideation (≤2%)
Dermatologic: Skin rash (2%)
Endocrine & metabolic: Increased serum glucose (1% to 2%)
Gastrointestinal: Nausea (6%), constipation (5% to 6%), decreased appetite (3%), diarrhea (2%)
Hepatic: Increased serum alkaline phosphatase (2%)
Renal: Increased blood urea nitrogen (1% to 2%)
Respiratory: Upper respiratory tract inflammation (1% to 2%)
<1%: Impulse control disorder
Postmarketing: Increased libido
Concerns related to adverse effects:
• Dyskinesias: May cause or exacerbate dyskinesias. Use with caution in patients with preexisting dyskinesias.
• Impulse control disorders: Has been associated with compulsive behaviors and/or loss of impulse control, which has manifested as pathological gambling, compulsive buying, libido increases (hypersexuality), binge eating, and/or other intense urges. Dose reduction or discontinuation of therapy has been reported to reverse these behaviors.
• Psychotic effects: May cause or exacerbate mental status and behavioral changes, which may be severe, including psychotic-like behavior during treatment or after starting or increasing the dose; manifestations may include paranoid ideation, delusions, hallucinations, confusion, psychotic-like behavior, disorientation, aggressive behavior, agitation, and delirium. Avoid use in patients with a major psychotic disorder.
• Hepatic impairment: Use with caution in patients with hepatic impairment; moderate impairment (Child-Pugh class B) requires lower maximum dose. Use is not recommended in severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh class C); has not been studied.
• Tobacco smoker: Tobacco smokers have been shown to have a decreased systemic exposure to istradefylline; a higher dose is recommended with use of ≥20 cigarettes/day or the tobacco equivalent.
Mental status and behavioral changes; dyskinesias.
Females of reproductive potential should use effective contraception during therapy.
Based on data from animal reproduction studies, in utero exposure to istradefylline may cause fetal harm.
What is this drug used for?
• It is used to treat Parkinson's disease.
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• Trouble sleeping
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- Drug class: miscellaneous antiparkinson agents
Other brands: Nourianz