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Estazolam

Dosage Form: tablet

WARNING: RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH OPIOIDS 

Concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death [see Warnings, Drug Interactions].

  • Reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
  • Limit dosages and durations to the minimum required.
  • Follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation.

Estazolam Description

Estazolam, USP, a triazolobenzodiazepine derivative, is an oral hypnotic agent. Estazolam occurs as a fine, white, odorless powder that is soluble in alcohol and practically insoluble in water. The chemical name for Estazolam is 8-chloro-6-phenyl-4H-s-triazolo[4,3-α][1,4]benzodiazepine. The molecular formula is C16H11ClN4 and its molecular weight is 294.75. The structural formula is represented as follows:

Each tablet, for oral administration, contains either 1 mg or 2 mg of Estazolam, USP. In addition, each tablet contains the following inactive ingredients: docusate sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium benzoate, sodium starch glycolate and stearic acid. The 2 mg tablets also contain FD&C Red #40 aluminum lake.

Estazolam - Clinical Pharmacology

Pharmacokinetics

Absorption

Estazolam tablets have been found to be equivalent in absorption to an orally administered solution of Estazolam. In healthy subjects who received up to three times the recommended dose of Estazolam, peak Estazolam plasma concentrations occurred within two hours after dosing (range 0.5 to 6 hours) and were proportional to the administered dose, suggesting linear pharmacokinetics over the dosage range tested.

Distribution

Independent of concentration, Estazolam in plasma is 93% protein bound.

Metabolism

Estazolam is extensively metabolized. Only two metabolites (1-oxo-Estazolam and 4-hydroxy-Estazolam) were detected in human plasma up to 18 hours.

The pharmacologic activity of Estazolam is primarily from the parent drug. The elimination of the parent drug takes place via hepatic metabolism of Estazolam to hydroxylated and other metabolites that are eliminated largely in the urine both free and conjugated. In humans, greater than 70% of a single dose of Estazolam was recovered in the urine as metabolites. Less than 5% of a 2 mg dose of Estazolam was excreted unchanged in the urine, with only 4% of the dose appearing in the feces. The principal urinary excretion product is an unidentified metabolite, presumed to be a metabolic product of 4-hydroxy-Estazolam, accounting for at least 27% of the administered dose. 4-hydroxy-Estazolam is the major metabolite in plasma, with concentrations approaching 12% of those of the parent eight hours after administration. Urinary 4-hydroxy-Estazolam and 1-oxo-Estazolam account for 11.9% and 4.4% of the dose respectively. In vitro studies with human liver microsomes indicate that the biotransformation of Estazolam to the major circulating metabolite 4-hydroxy-Estazolam is mediated by cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A). While 4-hydroxy-Estazolam and the lesser metabolite, 1-oxo-Estazolam, have some pharmacologic activity, their low potencies and low concentrations preclude any significant contribution to the hypnotic effect of Estazolam.

Elimination

The range of estimates for the mean elimination half-life of Estazolam varied from 10 to 24 hours. Radiolabel mass balance studies indicate that the main route of excretion is via the kidneys. After 5 days, 87% of the administered radioactivity was excreted in human urine. Less than 4% of the dose was excreted unchanged. Eleven metabolites were found in urine. Four metabolites were identified as 1-oxo-Estazolam, 4’-hydroxy-Estazolam, 4-hydroxy-Estazolam, and benzophenone, as free metabolites and glucuronides. The predominant metabolite in urine (17% of the administered dose) has not been identified, but is likely to be a metabolite of 4-hydroxy-Estazolam.

Special Populations

In a small study (N=8) using various doses in older subjects (59 to 68 years), peak Estazolam concentrations were found to be similar to those observed in younger subjects with a mean elimination half-life of 18.4 hours (range 13.5 to 34.6 hours). The influence of hepatic or renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of Estazolam has not been studied.

Pediatrics: The pharmacokinetics of Estazolam have not been studied in pediatric patients.

Race: The influence of race on the pharmacokinetics of Estazolam has not been studied.

Gender: The gender-effect on the pharmacokinetics of Estazolam has not been investigated.

Cigarette Smoking: The clearance of benzodiazepines is accelerated in smokers compared to nonsmokers, and there is evidence that this occurs with Estazolam. This decrease in half-life, presumably due to enzyme induction by smoking, is consistent with other drugs with similar hepatic clearance characteristics. In all subjects and at all doses, the mean elimination half-life appeared to be independent of the dose.

Drug-Drug Interaction: The metabolism of Estazolam to the major circulating metabolite 4-hydroxy-Estazolam is catalyzed by CYP3A. While no in vivo drug-drug interaction studies were conducted between Estazolam and inhibitors/inducers of CYP3A, compounds that are potent CYP3A inhibitors (such as ketoconazole, itraconazole, nefazodone, fluvoxamine, and erythromycin) would be expected to increase plasma Estazolam concentrations and CYP3A inducers (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin and barbiturates) would be expected to decrease Estazolam concentrations.

Drug Interaction with Fluoxetine: A multiple-dose study was conducted to assess the effect of fluoxetine 20 mg BID on the pharmacokinetics of Estazolam 2 mg QHS after seven days. The pharmacokinetics of Estazolam (Cmax and AUC) were not affected during multiple-dose fluoxetine, suggesting no clinically significant pharmacokinetic interaction.

The Ability of Estazolam to Induce or Inhibit Human Enzyme Systems: The results from in vitro human liver microsomal studies suggest that at therapeutic concentrations, Estazolam has no significant inhibitory effect on the major human cytochrome P450 enzyme activities (i.e., CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, and CYP3A). The ability of Estazolam to induce human hepatic enzyme systems has not been determined.

Pharmacodynamics

Postulated relationship between elimination rate of benzodiazepine hypnotics and their profile of common untoward effects: The type and duration of hypnotic effects and the profile of unwanted effects during administration of benzodiazepine drugs may be influenced by the biologic half-life of administered drug and any active metabolites formed. If half-lives are long, drug or metabolites may accumulate during periods of nightly administration and may be associated with impairments of cognitive and/or motor performance during waking hours; the possibility of interaction with other psychoactive drugs or alcohol will be increased. In contrast, if half-lives are short, drug and metabolites will be cleared before the next dose is ingested, and carry-over effects related to excessive sedation or CNS depression should be minimal or absent. However, during nightly use for an extended period, pharmacodynamic tolerance or adaptation to some effects of benzodiazepine hypnotics may develop. If the drug has a short elimination half-life, it is possible that a relative deficiency of the drug or its active metabolites (i.e., in relationship to the receptor site) may occur at some point in the interval between each night’s use. This sequence of events may account for two clinical findings reported to occur after several weeks of nightly use of rapidly eliminated benzodiazepine hypnotics, namely, increased wakefulness during the last third of the night and increased daytime anxiety in selected patients.

Clinical Studies

Controlled Trials Supporting Efficacy: In three 7-night, double-blind, parallel-group trials comparing Estazolam 1 mg and/or 2 mg with placebo in adult outpatients with chronic insomnia, Estazolam 2 mg was consistently superior to placebo in subjective measures of sleep induction (latency) and sleep maintenance (duration, number of awakenings, depth and quality of sleep); Estazolam 1 mg was similarly superior to placebo on all measures of sleep maintenance, however, it significantly improved sleep induction in only one of two studies. In a similarly designed trial comparing Estazolam 0.5 mg and 1 mg with placebo in geriatric outpatients with chronic insomnia, only the 1 mg Estazolam dose was consistently superior to placebo in sleep induction (latency) and in only one measure of sleep maintenance (i.e., duration of sleep).

In a single-night, double-blind, parallel-group trial comparing Estazolam 2 mg and placebo in patients admitted for elective surgery and requiring sleep medications, Estazolam was superior to placebo in subjective measures of sleep induction and maintenance.

In a 12-week, double-blind, parallel-group trial including a comparison of Estazolam 2 mg and placebo in adult outpatients with chronic insomnia, Estazolam was superior to placebo in subjective measures of sleep induction (latency) and maintenance (duration, number of awakenings, total wake time during sleep) at week 2, but produced consistent improvement over 12 weeks only for sleep duration and total wake time during sleep. Following withdrawal at week 12, rebound insomnia was seen at the first withdrawal week, but there was no difference between drug and placebo by the second withdrawal week in all parameters except latency, for which normalization did not occur until the fourth withdrawal week.

Adult outpatients with chronic insomnia were evaluated in a sleep laboratory trial comparing four doses of Estazolam (0.25, 0.5, 1 and 2 mg) and placebo, each administered for 2 nights in a crossover design. The higher Estazolam doses were superior to placebo in most EEG measures of sleep induction and maintenance, especially at the 2 mg dose, but only for sleep duration in subjective measures of sleep.

Indications and Usage for Estazolam

Estazolam tablets, USP are indicated for the short-term management of insomnia characterized by difficulty in falling asleep, frequent nocturnal awakenings, and/or early morning awakenings. Both outpatient studies and a sleep laboratory study have shown that Estazolam administered at bedtime improved sleep induction and sleep maintenance (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

Because insomnia is often transient and intermittent, the prolonged administration of Estazolam is generally neither necessary nor recommended. Since insomnia may be a symptom of several other disorders, the possibility that the complaint may be related to a condition for which there is a more specific treatment should be considered.

There is evidence to support the ability of Estazolam to enhance the duration and quality of sleep for intervals up to 12 weeks (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

Contraindications

Benzodiazepines may cause fetal damage when administered during pregnancy. An increased risk of congenital malformations associated with the use of diazepam and chlordiazepoxide during the first trimester of pregnancy has been suggested in several studies. Transplacental distribution has resulted in neonatal CNS depression and also withdrawal phenomena following the ingestion of therapeutic doses of a benzodiazepine hypnotic during the last weeks of pregnancy.

Estazolam is contraindicated in pregnant women. If there is a likelihood of the patient becoming pregnant while receiving Estazolam she should be warned of the potential risk to the fetus and instructed to discontinue the drug prior to becoming pregnant. The possibility that a woman of childbearing potential is pregnant at the time of institution of therapy should be considered.

Estazolam is contraindicated with ketoconazole and itraconazole, since these medications significantly impair oxidative metabolism mediated by CYP3A (see WARNINGS and PRECAUTIONS: Drug Interactions).

Warnings

Concomitant use of benzodiazepines, including Estazolam, and opioids may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Because of these risks, reserve concomitant prescribing of these drugs for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate. 

Observational studies have demonstrated that concomitant use of opioid analgesics and benzodiazepines increases the risk of drug-related mortality compared to use of opioids alone.  If a decision is made to prescribe Estazolam concomitantly with opioids, prescribe the lowest effective dosages and minimum durations of concomitant use, and follow patients closely for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation. In patients already receiving an opioid analgesic, prescribe a lower initial dose of Estazolam than indicated in the absence of an opioid and titrate based on clinical response. If an opioid is initiated in a patient already taking Estazolam, prescribe a lower initial dose of the opioid and titrate based upon clinical response. 

Advise both patients and caregivers about the risks of respiratory depression and sedation when Estazolam is used with opioids. Advise patients not to drive or operate heavy machinery until the effects of concomitant use with the opioid have been determined. (see Drug Interactions).

Because sleep disturbances may be presenting manifestations of a physical and/or psychiatric disorder, symptomatic treatment of insomnia should be initiated only after a careful evaluation of the patient. The failure of insomnia to remit after 7 to 10 days of treatment may indicate the presence of a primary psychiatric and/or medical illness that should be evaluated. Worsening of insomnia or the emergence of new thinking or behavior abnormalities may be the consequence of an unrecognized psychiatric or physical disorder. Such findings have emerged during the course of treatment with sedative-hypnotic drugs. Because some of the important adverse effects of sedative-hypnotics appear to be dose related (see PRECAUTIONS and DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION), it is important to use the smallest possible effective dose, especially in the elderly.

Complex behaviors such as “sleep-driving” (i.e., driving while not fully awake after ingestion of a sedative-hypnotic, with amnesia for the event) have been reported. These events can occur in sedative-hypnotic-naïve as well as in sedative-hypnotic-experienced persons. Although behaviors such as sleep-driving may occur with sedative-hypnotics alone at therapeutic doses, the use of alcohol and other CNS depressants with sedative-hypnotics appears to increase the risk of such behaviors, as does the use of sedative-hypnotics at doses exceeding the maximum recommended dose. Due to the risk to the patient and the community, discontinuation of sedative-hypnotics should be strongly considered for patients who report a “sleep-driving” episode.

Other complex behaviors (e.g., preparing and eating food, making phone calls, or having sex) have been reported in patients who are not fully awake after taking a sedative-hypnotic. As with sleep-driving, patients usually do not remember these events.

Severe Anaphylactic and Anaphylactoid Reactions
Rare cases of angioedema involving the tongue, glottis or larynx have been reported in patients after taking the first or subsequent doses of sedative-hypnotics, including Estazolam. Some patients have had additional symptoms such as dyspnea, throat closing, or nausea and vomiting that suggest anaphylaxis. Some patients have required medical therapy in the emergency department. If angioedema involves the tongue, glottis or larynx, airway obstruction may occur and be fatal. Patients who develop angioedema after treatment with Estazolam should not be rechallenged with the drug.

Estazolam, like other benzodiazepines, has CNS depressant effects. For this reason, patients should be cautioned against engaging in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness, such as operating machinery or driving a motor vehicle, after ingesting the drug, including potential impairment of the performance of such activities that may occur the day following ingestion of Estazolam. Patients should also be cautioned about possible combined effects with alcohol and other CNS depressant drugs.

As with all benzodiazepines, amnesia, paradoxical reactions (e.g., excitement, agitation, etc.), and other adverse behavioral effects may occur unpredictably.

There have been reports of withdrawal signs and symptoms of the type associated with withdrawal from CNS depressant drugs following the rapid decrease or the abrupt discontinuation of benzodiazepines (see DRUG ABUSE AND DEPENDENCE).

Estazolam Interaction with Drugs that Inhibit Metabolism via Cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A): The metabolism of Estazolam to the major circulating metabolite 4-hydroxy-Estazolam and the metabolism of other triazolobenzodiazepines is catalyzed by CYP3A. Consequently, Estazolam should be avoided in patients receiving ketoconazole and itraconazole, which are very potent inhibitors of CYP3A (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). With drugs inhibiting CYP3A to a lesser, but still significant degree, Estazolam should be used only with caution and consideration of appropriate dosage reduction. The following are examples of drugs known to inhibit the metabolism of other related benzodiazepines, presumably through inhibition of CYP3A: nefazodone, fluvoxamine, cimetidine, diltiazem, isoniazid, and some macrolide antibiotics.

While no in vivo drug-drug interaction studies were conducted between Estazolam and inducers of CYP3A, compounds that are potent CYP3A inducers (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, and barbiturates) would be expected to decrease Estazolam concentrations.

Precautions

General:
Impaired motor and/or cognitive performance attributable to the accumulation of benzodiazepines and their active metabolites following several days of repeated use at their recommended doses is a concern in certain vulnerable patients (e.g., those especially sensitive to the effects of benzodiazepines or those with a reduced capacity to metabolize and eliminate them) (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Elderly or debilitated patients and those with impaired renal or hepatic function should be cautioned about these risks and advised to monitor themselves for signs of excessive sedation or impaired conditions.

Estazolam appears to cause dose-related respiratory depression that is ordinarily not clinically relevant at recommended doses in patients with normal respiratory function. However, patients with compromised respiratory function may be at risk and should be monitored appropriately. As a class, benzodiazepines have the capacity to depress respiratory drive; there are insufficient data available, however, to characterize their relative potency in depressing respiratory drive at clinically recommended doses.

As with other benzodiazepines, Estazolam should be administered with caution to patients exhibiting signs or symptoms of depression. Suicidal tendencies may be present in such patients and protective measures may be required. Intentional overdosage is more common in this group of patients; therefore, the least amount of drug that is feasible should be prescribed for the patient at any one time.

Information for Patients: 
“Sleep-Driving” and other complex behaviors:

There have been reports of people getting out of bed after taking a sedative-hypnotic and driving their cars while not fully awake, often with no memory of the event. If a patient experiences such an episode, it should be reported to his or her doctor immediately, since “sleep-driving” can be dangerous. This behavior is more likely to occur when sedativehypnotics are taken with alcohol or other central nervous system depressants (see WARNINGS). Other complex behaviors (e.g., preparing and eating food, making phone calls, or having sex) have been reported in patients who are not fully awake after taking a sedative-hypnotic. As with sleep-driving, patients usually do not remember these events.

To assure the safe and effective use of Estazolam, the following information and instructions should be given to patients:

  1. Inform your physician about any alcohol consumption and medicine you are taking now, including drugs you may buy without a prescription. Alcohol should not be used during treatment with hypnotics.

  2. Inform your physician if you are planning to become pregnant, if you are pregnant, or if you become pregnant while you are taking this medicine.

  3. You should not take this medicine if you are nursing, as the drug may be excreted in breast milk.

  4. Until you experience the way this medicine affects you, do not drive a car, operate potentially dangerous machinery, or engage in hazardous occupations requiring complete mental alertness after taking this medicine.

  5. Since benzodiazepines may produce psychological and physical dependence, you should not increase the dose before consulting your physician. In addition, since the abrupt discontinuation of Estazolam may be associated with temporary sleep disturbances, you should consult your physician before abruptly discontinuing doses of 2 mg per night or more.

Laboratory Tests: 
Laboratory tests are not ordinarily required in otherwise healthy patients. When treatment with Estazolam is protracted, periodic blood counts, urinalyses, and blood chemistry analyses are advisable.

Drug Interactions: 
The concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids increases the risk of respiratory depression because of actions at different receptor sites in the CNS that control respiration. Benzodiazepines interact at GABAA sites and opioids interact primarily at mu receptors. When benzodiazepines and opioids are combined, the potential for benzodiazepines to significantly worsen opioid-related respiratory depression exists. 

Limit dosage and duration of concomitant use of benzodiazepines and opioids, and monitor patients closely for respiratory depression and sedation.

If Estazolam is given concomitantly with other drugs acting on the central nervous system, careful consideration should be given to the pharmacology of all agents. The action of the benzodiazepines may be potentiated by anticonvulsants, antihistamines, alcohol, barbiturates, monoamine oxidase inhibitors, narcotics, phenothiazines, psychotropic medications, or other drugs that produce CNS depression. Smokers have an increased clearance of benzodiazepines as compared to nonsmokers; this was seen in studies with Estazolam (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY).

While no in vivo drug-drug interaction studies were conducted between Estazolam and inducers of CYP3A, compounds that are potent CYP3A inducers (such as carbamazepine, phenytoin, rifampin, and barbiturates) would be expected to decrease Estazolam concentrations.

Estazolam Interaction with Drugs that Inhibit Metabolism via Cytochrome P450 3A (CYP3A):

The metabolism of Estazolam to the major circulating metabolite 4-hydroxy-Estazolam and the metabolism of other triazolobenzodiazepines is catalyzed by CYP3A. Consequently, Estazolam should be avoided in patients receiving ketoconazole and itraconazole, which are very potent inhibitors of CYP3A (see CONTRAINDICATIONS). With drugs inhibiting CYP3A to a lesser, but still significant degree, Estazolam should be used only with caution and consideration of appropriate dosage reduction. The following are examples of drugs known to inhibit the metabolism of other related benzodiazepines, presumably through inhibition of CYP3A: nefazodone, fluvoxamine, cimetidine, diltiazem, isoniazid, and some macrolide antibiotics.

Drug Interaction with Fluoxetine: A multiple-dose study was conducted to assess the effect of fluoxetine 20 mg BID on the pharmacokinetics of Estazolam 2 mg QHS after seven days. The pharmacokinetics of Estazolam (Cmax and AUC) were not affected during multiple-dose fluoxetine, suggesting no clinically significant pharmacokinetic interaction.

Estazolam Interaction with Other Drugs that are Metabolized by Cytochrome P450 (CYP): At clinically relevant concentrations, in vitro studies indicate that Estazolam (0.6μM) was not inhibitory towards the major cytochrome P450 isoforms CYP1A2, CYP2A6, CYP2C9, CYP2C19, CYP2D6, CYP2E1, and CYP3A. Therefore, based on these in vitro data, Estazolam is very unlikely to inhibit the biotransformation of other drugs metabolized by these CYP isoforms.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility: 
Two-year carcinogenicity studies were conducted in mice and rats at dietary doses of 0.8, 3, and 10 mg/kg/day and 0.5, 2, and 10 mg/kg/day, respectively. Evidence of tumorigenicity was not observed in either study. Incidence of hyperplastic liver nodules increased in female mice given the mid- and high-dose levels. The significance of such nodules in mice is not known at this time.

In vitro and in vivo mutagenicity tests including the Ames test, DNA repair in B. subtilis, in vivo cytogenetics in mice and rats, and the dominant lethal test in mice did not show a mutagenic potential for Estazolam.

Fertility in male and female rats was not affected by doses up to 30 times the usual recommended human dose.

 Pregnancy:

  1. Teratogenic Effects: Pregnancy Category X (see CONTRAINDICATIONS).
  2. Nonteratogenic Effects: The child born of a mother taking benzodiazepines may be at some risk for withdrawal symptoms during the postnatal period. Neonatal flaccidity has been reported in an infant born of a mother who received benzodiazepines during pregnancy.

Labor and Delivery:
Estazolam has no established use in labor or delivery.

Nursing Mothers:
Human studies have not been conducted; however, studies in lactating rats indicate that Estazolam and/or its metabolites are secreted in the milk. The use of Estazolam in nursing mothers is not recommended.

Pediatric Use:
Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients below the age of 18 have not been established.

Geriatric Use: 
Approximately 18% of individuals participating in the premarketing clinical trials of Estazolam were 60 years of age or older. Overall, the adverse event profile did not differ substantively from that observed in younger individuals. Care should be exercised when prescribing benzodiazepines to small or debilitated elderly patients (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION).

Adverse Reactions

Commonly Observed: The most commonly observed adverse events associated with the use of Estazolam, not seen at an equivalent incidence among placebo-treated patients were somnolence, hypokinesia, dizziness, and abnormal coordination.

Associated with Discontinuation of Treatment: Approximately 3% of 1277 patients who received Estazolam in US premarketing clinical trials discontinued treatment because of an adverse clinical event. The only event commonly associated with discontinuation, accounting for 1.3% of the total, was somnolence.

Incidence in Controlled Clinical Trials: The table below enumerates adverse events that occurred at an incidence of 1% or greater among patients with insomnia who received Estazolam in 7-night, placebo-controlled trials. Events reported by investigators were classified into standard dictionary (COSTART) terms to establish event frequencies. Event frequencies reported were not corrected for the occurrence of these events at baseline. The frequencies were obtained from data pooled across six studies: Estazolam, N=685; placebo, N=433. The prescriber should be aware that these figures cannot be used to predict the incidence of side effects in the course of usual medical practice in which patient characteristics and other factors differ from those that prevailed in these six clinical trials. Similarly, the cited frequencies cannot be compared with figures obtained from other clinical investigators involving related drug products and uses, since each group of drug trials was conducted under a different set of conditions. However, the cited figures provide the physician with a basis of estimating the relative contribution of drug and nondrug factors to the incidence of side effects in the population studied.

INCIDENCE OF ADVERSE EXPERIENCES IN PLACEBO-CONTROLLED CLINICAL TRIALS
(Percentage of Patients Reporting) 
  Estazolam Placebo 
Body System/Adverse Event* (N=685) (N=433)
Body as a Whole    

    Headache

16 27

    Asthenia

11 8

    Malaise

5 5

    Lower extremity pain

3 2

    Back pain

2 2

    Body pain

2 2

    Abdominal pain

1 2

    Chest pain

1 1
Digestive System    

    Nausea

4 5

    Dyspepsia

2 2
Musculoskeletal System    

    Stiffness

1 --
Nervous System    

    Somnolence

42 27

    Hypokinesia

8 4

    Nervousness

8 11

    Dizziness

7 3

    Coordination abnormal

4 1

    Hangover

3 2

    Confusion

2 --

    Depression

2 3

    Dream abnormal

2 2

    Thinking abnormal

2 1
Respiratory System    

    Cold symptoms

3 5

    Pharyngitis

1 2
Skin and Appendages     

    Pruritus

1 --

* Events reported by at least 1% of Estazolam patients.

Other Adverse Events:

During clinical trials, some of which were not placebo-controlled, Estazolam was administered to approximately 1300 patients. Untoward events associated with this exposure were recorded by clinical investigators using terminology of their own choosing. To provide a meaningful estimate of the proportion of individuals experiencing adverse events, similar types of untoward events must be grouped into a smaller number of standardized event categories. In the tabulations that follow, a standard COSTART dictionary terminology has been used to classify reported adverse events. The frequencies presented, therefore, represent the proportion of the 1277 individuals exposed to Estazolam who experienced an event of the type cited on at least one occasion while receiving Estazolam. All reported events are included except those already listed in the previous table, those COSTART terms too general to be informative, and those events where a drug cause was remote. Events are further classified within body system categories and enumerated in order of decreasing frequency using the following definitions: frequent adverse events are defined as those occurring on one or more occasions in at least 1/100 patients; infrequent adverse events are those occurring in 1/100 to 1/1000 patients; rare events are those occurring in less than 1/1000 patients. It is important to emphasize that, although the events reported did occur during treatment with Estazolam, they were not necessarily caused by it.

Body as a Whole - Infrequent: allergic reaction, chills, fever, neck pain, upper extremity pain; Rare: edema, jaw pain, swollen breast.

Cardiovascular System- Infrequent: flushing, palpitation; Rare: arrhythmia, syncope.

Digestive System- Frequent: constipation, dry mouth; Infrequent: decreased appetite, flatulence, gastritis, increased appetite, vomiting; Rare: enterocolitis, melena, ulceration of the mouth.

Endocrine System- Rare: thyroid nodule.

Hematologic and Lymphatic System- Rare: leukopenia, purpura, swollen lymph nodes.

Metabolic/Nutritional Disorders- Infrequent: thirst; Rare: increased SGOT, weight gain, weight loss.

Musculoskeletal System- Infrequent: arthritis, muscle spasm, myalgia; Rare: arthralgia.

Nervous System- Frequent: anxiety; Infrequent: agitation, amnesia, apathy, emotional lability, euphoria, hostility, paresthesia, seizure, sleep disorder, stupor, twitch; Rare: ataxia, circumoral paresthesia, decreased libido, decreased reflexes, hallucinations, neuritis, nystagmus, tremor. Minor changes in EEG patterns, usually low-voltage fast activity, have been observed in patients during Estazolam therapy or withdrawal and are of no known clinical significance.

Respiratory System- Infrequent: asthma, cough, dyspnea, rhinitis, sinusitis; Rare: epistaxis, hyperventilation, laryngitis.

Skin and Appendages- Infrequent: rash, sweating, urticaria; Rare: acne, dry skin.

Special Senses- Infrequent: abnormal vision, ear pain, eye irritation, eye pain, eye swelling, perverse taste, photophobia, tinnitus; Rare: decreased hearing, diplopia, scotomata.

Urogenital System- Infrequent: frequent urination, menstrual cramps, urinary hesitancy, urinary urgency, vaginal discharge/itching; Rare: hematuria, nocturia, oliguria, penile discharge, urinary incontinence.

Postintroduction Reports- Voluntary reports of non-US postmarketing experience with Estazolam have included rare occurrences of photosensitivity, Stevens-Johnson syndrome, and agranulocytosis. Because of the uncontrolled nature of these spontaneous reports, a causal relationship to Estazolam treatment has not been determined.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Actavis at 1-800-272-5525 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Drug Abuse and Dependence

Controlled Substance: Estazolam tablets are a controlled substance in Schedule IV.

Abuse and Dependence: Abuse and addiction are separate and distinct from physical dependence and tolerance. Abuse is characterized by misuse of the drug for non-medical purposes, often in combination with other psychoactive substances. Physical dependence is a state of adaptation that is manifested by a specific withdrawal syndrome that can be produced by abrupt cessation, rapid dose reduction, decreasing blood level of the drug and/or administration of an antagonist. Tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to a drug induces changes that result in a diminution of one or more of the drug’s effects over time. Tolerance may occur to both the desired and undesired effects of drugs and may develop at different rates for different effects.

Addiction is a primary, chronic, neurobiological disease with genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing its development and manifestations. It is characterized by behaviors that include one or more of the following: impaired control over drug use, compulsive use, continued use despite harm, and craving. Drug addiction is a treatable disease, utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, but relapse is common.

Withdrawal symptoms similar to those noted with sedatives/hypnotics and alcohol have occurred following the abrupt discontinuation of drugs in the benzodiazepine class. The symptoms can range from mild dysphoria and insomnia to a major syndrome that may include abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting, sweating, tremors, and convulsions.

Although withdrawal symptoms are more commonly noted after the discontinuation of higher than therapeutic doses of benzodiazepines, a proportion of patients taking benzodiazepines chronically at therapeutic doses may become physically dependent on them. Available data, however, cannot provide a reliable estimate of the incidence of dependency or the relationship of the dependency to dose and duration of treatment. There is some evidence to suggest that gradual reduction of dosage will attenuate or eliminate some withdrawal phenomena. In most instances, withdrawal phenomena are relatively mild and transient; however, life-threatening events (e.g., seizures, delirium, etc.) have been reported.

Gradual withdrawal is the preferred course for any patient taking benzodiazepines for a prolonged period. Patients with a history of seizures, regardless of their concomitant antiseizure drug therapy, should not be withdrawn abruptly from benzodiazepines.

Individuals with a history of addiction to or abuse of drugs or alcohol should be under careful surveillance when receiving benzodiazepines because of the risk of habituation and dependence to such patients.

Overdosage

As with other benzodiazepines, experience with Estazolam indicates that manifestations of overdosage include somnolence, respiratory depression, confusion, impaired coordination, slurred speech, and ultimately, coma. Patients have recovered from overdosage as high as 40 mg. As in the management of intentional overdose with any drug, the possibility should be considered that multiple agents may have been taken.

Gastric evacuation, either by the induction of emesis, lavage, or both, should be performed immediately. Maintenance of adequate ventilation is essential. General supportive care, including frequent monitoring of the vital signs and close observation of the patient, is indicated. Fluids should be administered intravenously to maintain blood pressure and encourage diuresis. The value of dialysis in treatment of benzodiazepine overdose has not been determined. The physician may wish to consider contacting a Poison Control Center for up-to-date information on the management of hypnotic drug product overdose.

Flumazenil, a specific benzodiazepine receptor antagonist, is indicated for the complete or partial reversal of the sedative effects of benzodiazepines and may be used in situations when an overdose with a benzodiazepine is known or suspected. Prior to the administration of flumazenil, necessary measures should be instituted to secure airway, ventilation, and intravenous access. Flumazenil is intended as an adjunct to, not as a substitute for, proper management of benzodiazepine overdose. Patients treated with flumazenil should be monitored for resedation, respiratory depression, and other residual benzodiazepine effects for an appropriate period after treatment. The prescriber should be aware of a risk of seizure in association with flumazenil treatment, particularly in long-term benzodiazepine users and in cyclic antidepressant overdose. The complete flumazenil package insert including CONTRAINDICATIONS, WARNINGS, and PRECAUTIONS should be consulted prior to use.

Estazolam Dosage and Administration

The recommended initial dose for adults is 1 mg at bedtime; however, some patients may need a 2 mg dose. In healthy elderly patients, 1 mg is also the appropriate starting dose, but increases should be initiated with particular care. In small or debilitated older patients, a starting dose of 0.5 mg, while only marginally effective in the overall elderly population, should be considered.

How is Estazolam Supplied

Estazolam tablets, USP 1 mg are white, scored, diamond shaped compressed tablets imprinted with WATSON on one side of the tablet and on the other side with 744 on the left side of the score and 1 on the right side of the score, supplied in bottles of 100.

Estazolam tablets, USP 2 mg are dark pink, scored, diamond shaped compressed tablets imprinted with WATSON on one side of the tablet and on the other side with 745 on the left side of the score and 2 on the right side of the score, supplied in bottles of 100.

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

Dispense in a tight, light-resistant container as defined in the USP.

Manufactured by:
Watson Pharma Private Limited
Verna, Salcette Goa 403 722 INDIA 

Distributed by:
Actavis Pharma, Inc.
Parsippany, NJ 07054 USA 

Revised: September 2016

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MEDICATION GUIDE

Estazolam (es-TAZE-oh-lam) Tablets, C-IV

What is the most important information I should know about Estazolam?

  • Estazolam is a benzodiazepine medicine. Taking benzodiazepines with opioid medicines, alcohol, or other central nervous system depressants (including street drugs) can cause severe drowsiness, breathing problems (respiratory depression), coma and death.
  • After taking Estazolam, you may get up out of bed while not being fully awake and do an activity that you do not know you are doing. The next morning, you may not remember that you did anything during the night. You have a higher chance for doing these activities if you drink alcohol or take other medicines that make you sleepy with Estazolam. Reported activities include:
    • driving a car (“sleep-driving”)
    • making and eating food
    • talking on the phone
    • having sex
    • sleep-walking

Call your healthcare provider right away if you find out that you have done any of the above activities after taking Estazolam.

  • Do not take Estazolam unless you are able to stay in bed a full night (7 to 8 hours) before you must be active again.
  • Do not take more Estazolam than prescribed.

What is Estazolam?

  • Estazolam is a prescription medicine used short-term to treat certain types of insomnia including difficulty falling asleep, waking up often during the night, or waking up early in the morning. 
  • Estazolam is a federal controlled substance (C-IV) because it can be abused or lead to dependence. Keep Estazolam in a safe place to prevent misuse and abuse. Selling or giving away Estazolam may harm others, and is against the law. Tell your healthcare provider if you have ever abused or been dependent on alcohol, prescription medicines or street drugs. 
  • It is not known if Estazolam is safe and effective in children. 
  • It is not known if Estazolam is safe and effective when used to treat insomnia for longer than 12 weeks.

Do not take Estazolam if you:

  • are allergic to Estazolam, other benzodiazepines, or any of the ingredients in Estazolam. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in Estazolam. 
  • take antifungal medicines called ketoconazole and itraconazole

Before you take Estazolam, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:

  • have a history of depression, mental illness, or suicidal thoughts 
  • have a history of drug or alcohol abuse or addiction 
  • have kidney or liver problems 
  • have lung disease or breathing problems
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Estazolam may cause birth defects or harm your unborn baby 
  • are breastfeeding, or plan to breastfeed. Estazolam may pass through your breast milk and may harm your baby. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby if you take Estazolam.

Tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. 

Taking Estazolam with certain other medicines can cause side effects or affect how well Estazolam or the other medicines work. Do not start or stop other medicines without talking to your healthcare provider. 

Do not take Estazolam with other medicines that can make you sleepy unless your healthcare provider tells you to.

How should I take Estazolam?

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about Estazolam?” 
  • Take Estazolam exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to take it.
  • Take Estazolam right before you get into bed. Or you can take Estazolam after you have been in bed and have trouble falling asleep. 
  • Do not take Estazolam with or right after a meal. 
  • Do not take Estazolam unless you are able to get a full night’s sleep before you must be active again.
  • If you take too much Estazolam, get emergency treatment right away.

What should I avoid while taking Estazolam?

  • Do not drive, operate machinery, do other dangerous activities or do anything that needs you to be alert until you know how Estazolam affects you. 
  • You should not drink alcohol while you are taking Estazolam.

What are the possible side effects of Estazolam?

Estazolam may cause serious side effects, including:

  • See “What is the most important information I should know about Estazolam?” 
  • Other conditions. Call your healthcare provider if your insomnia worsens or is not better within 7 to 10 days. This may mean that there is another condition causing your sleep problem. 
  • Severe allergic reactions. Symptoms include swelling of the tongue or throat, and trouble breathing. Get emergency medical help right away if you have these symptoms after taking Estazolam. 
  • Abnormal thoughts and behavior. Symptoms include more outgoing or aggressive behavior than normal, confusion, agitation, hallucinations, worsening of depression, and suicidal thoughts. 
  • Withdrawal symptoms. You may have withdrawal symptoms if you stop taking Estazolam suddenly. Withdrawal symptoms can be serious and include seizures. Mild withdrawal symptoms include a depressed mood and trouble sleeping. Talk to your healthcare provider about slowly stopping Estazolam to avoid withdrawal symptoms. 
  • Abuse and dependence. Taking Estazolam can cause physical and psychological dependence. Physical and psychological dependence is not the same as drug addiction. Your healthcare provider can tell you more about the differences between physical and psychological dependence and drug addiction.

The most common side effects of Estazolam include:

  •  drowsiness    
  •  headache    
  •  fatigue    
  •  dizziness
  •  dry mouth
  •  upset stomach

You may still feel drowsy the next day after taking Estazolam. Do not drive or do other dangerous activities after taking Estazolam until you feel fully awake.

These are not all the possible side effects of Estazolam. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

How should I store Estazolam?

  • Store Estazolam tablets in a tightly closed child-resistant container at room temperature between 68° to 77°F (20° to 25°C).
  • Keep Estazolam and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about the safe and effective use of Estazolam.

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use Estazolam for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give Estazolam to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Estazolam that is written for healthcare professionals.

What are the ingredients in Estazolam?

Active Ingredient: Estazolam, USP

Inactive Ingredients: docusate sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, sodium benzoate, sodium starch glycolate and stearic acid. The 2 mg tablets also contain FD&C Red #40 aluminum lake.

Manufactured by:
Watson Pharma Private Limited
Verna, Salcette Goa 403 722 INDIA

Distributed by:
Actavis Pharma, Inc.
Parsippany, NJ 07054 USA

If you would like more information, call Actavis at 1-800-272-5525.

This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Revised: September 2016

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PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

NDC  0591-0744-01
CIV
Estazolam
Tablets, USP
1mg

100 Tablets
Rx Only

PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL

NDC 0591-0745-01
CIV
Estazolam
Tablets, USP
2mg

100 Tablets
Rx Only

Estazolam 
Estazolam tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0591-0744
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule CIV    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Estazolam (Estazolam) Estazolam 1 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
DOCUSATE SODIUM  
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE  
SODIUM BENZOATE  
SODIUM STARCH GLYCOLATE TYPE A POTATO  
STEARIC ACID  
Product Characteristics
Color WHITE Score 2 pieces
Shape DIAMOND Size 9mm
Flavor Imprint Code WATSON;744;1
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0591-0744-01 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA074818 10/01/1997
Estazolam 
Estazolam tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0591-0745
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule CIV    
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
Estazolam (Estazolam) Estazolam 2 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
DOCUSATE SODIUM  
LACTOSE MONOHYDRATE  
MAGNESIUM STEARATE  
MICROCRYSTALLINE CELLULOSE  
SODIUM BENZOATE  
SODIUM STARCH GLYCOLATE TYPE A POTATO  
STEARIC ACID  
FD&C RED NO. 40  
Product Characteristics
Color PINK (dark pink) Score 2 pieces
Shape DIAMOND Size 9mm
Flavor Imprint Code WATSON;745;2
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0591-0745-01 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
ANDA ANDA074818 10/01/1997
Labeler - Actavis Pharma, Inc. (119723554)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Actavis Laboratories FL, Inc. 014759176 LABEL(0591-0744, 0591-0745), PACK(0591-0744, 0591-0745)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Quality Packaging Specialists International, LLC 078440982 LABEL(0591-0744, 0591-0745), PACK(0591-0744, 0591-0745)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Sharp Corporation 143696495 LABEL(0591-0744, 0591-0745), PACK(0591-0744, 0591-0745)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Watson Laboratories, Inc. 840054118 MANUFACTURE(0591-0744, 0591-0745)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Watson Pharma Private Limited 677605709 ANALYSIS(0591-0744, 0591-0745), LABEL(0591-0744, 0591-0745), MANUFACTURE(0591-0744, 0591-0745), PACK(0591-0744, 0591-0745)
Revised: 10/2017
 
Actavis Pharma, Inc.
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