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Khedezla Extended Release

Generic name: desvenlafaxine
Dosage form: desvenlafaxine
Drug class: Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors

Medically reviewed by Drugs.com. Last updated on Jan 22, 2021.

WARNING: SUICIDAL THOUGHTS AND BEHAVIORS

Antidepressants increased the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior in children, adolescents, and young adults in short-term studies. These studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidal thoughts and behavior with antidepressant use in patients over age 24; there was a reduction in risk with antidepressant use in patients aged 65 and older [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

In patients of all ages who are started on antidepressant therapy, monitor closely for worsening, and for emergence of suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Advise families and caregivers of the need for close observation and communication with the prescriber [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

KHEDEZLA is not approved for use in pediatric patients [see Use in Specific Populations (8.4)].

Indications and Usage for Khedezla Extended Release

KHEDEZLA is indicated for the treatment of adults with major depressive disorder (MDD) [see Clinical Studies (14)].

Khedezla Extended Release Dosage and Administration

General Instructions for Use

The recommended dose for KHEDEZLA is 50 mg once daily, with or without food. The 50 mg dose is both a starting dose and the therapeutic dose. KHEDEZLA should be taken at approximately the same time each day. Tablets must be swallowed whole with fluid and not divided, crushed, chewed, or dissolved.

In clinical studies, doses of 50 mg to 400 mg per day were shown to be effective, although no additional benefit was demonstrated at doses greater than 50 mg per day and adverse reactions and discontinuations were more frequent at higher doses.

When discontinuing therapy, gradual dose reduction is recommended whenever possible to minimize discontinuation symptoms [see Dosage and Administration (2.5) and Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

Dosage Recommendations for Patients with Renal Impairment

The maximum recommended dose in patients with moderate renal impairment (24-hr creatinine clearance [ClCr] = 30 to 50 mL/min, Cockcroft-Gault [C-G]) is 50 mg per day. The maximum recommended dose in patients with severe renal impairment (24-hr ClCr less than 30 mL/min, C-G) or end-stage renal disease (ESRD) is 50 mg every other day. Supplemental doses should not be given to patients after dialysis [see Use in Specific Populations (8.6) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Dosage Recommendations for Patients with Hepatic Impairment

The recommended dose in patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score 7 to 15) is 50 mg per day. Dose escalation above 100 mg per day is not recommended [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Maintenance/Continuation/Extended Treatment

It is generally agreed that acute episodes of major depressive disorder require several months or longer of sustained pharmacologic therapy. Patients should be periodically reassessed to determine the need for continued treatment.

Discontinuing KHEDEZLA

Adverse reactions may occur upon discontinuation of KHEDEZLA [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]. Gradually reduce the dosage rather than stopping KHEDEZLA abruptly whenever possible.

Switching Patients from Other Antidepressants to KHEDEZLA

Discontinuation symptoms have been reported when switching patients from other antidepressants, including venlafaxine, to desvenlafaxine. Tapering of the initial antidepressant may be necessary to minimize discontinuation symptoms.

Switching Patients to or from a Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitor (MAOI) Intended to Treat Psychiatric Disorders

At least 14 days should elapse between discontinuation of an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders and initiation of therapy with KHEDEZLA. Conversely, at least 7 days should be allowed after stopping KHEDEZLA before starting an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders [see Contraindications (4)].

Use of KHEDEZLA with other MAOIs such as Linezolid or Methylene Blue

Do not start KHEDEZLA in a patient who is being treated with linezolid or intravenous methylene blue because there is increased risk of serotonin syndrome. In a patient who requires more urgent treatment of a psychiatric condition, other interventions, including hospitalization, should be considered [see Contraindications (4)].

In some cases, a patient already receiving KHEDEZLA therapy may require urgent treatment with linezolid or intravenous methylene blue. If acceptable alternatives to linezolid or intravenous methylene blue treatment are not available and the potential benefits of linezolid or intravenous methylene blue treatment are judged to outweigh the risks of serotonin syndrome in a particular patient, KHEDEZLA should be stopped promptly, and linezolid or intravenous methylene blue can be administered. The patient should be monitored for symptoms of serotonin syndrome for 7 days or until 24 hours after the last dose of linezolid or intravenous methylene blue, whichever comes first. Therapy with KHEDEZLA may be resumed 24 hours after the last dose of linezolid or intravenous methylene blue [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

The risk of administering methylene blue by non-intravenous routes (such as oral tablets or by local injection) or in intravenous doses much lower than 1 mg/kg with KHEDEZLA is unclear. The clinician should, nevertheless, be aware of the possibility of emergent symptoms of serotonin syndrome with such use [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Dosage Forms and Strengths

KHEDEZLA (desvenlafaxine) Extended-release Tablets are available as 50 and 100 mg tablets.

  • 50 mg, pink round tablet debossed with “OS” on one side and “231” on the other side.
  • 100 mg, brown round tablet debossed with “OS” on one side and “232” on the other side.

Contraindications

  • Hypersensitivity to desvenlafaxine succinate, venlafaxine hydrochloride or to any excipients in the KHEDEZLA Extended-release Tablets formulation. Angioedema has been reported in patients treated with desvenlafaxine [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].
  • The use of MAOIs intended to treat psychiatric disorders with KHEDEZLA or within 7 days of stopping treatment with KHEDEZLA is contraindicated because of an increased risk of serotonin syndrome. The use of KHEDEZLA within 14 days of stopping an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders is also contraindicated [see Dosage and Administration (2.8) and Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
  • Starting KHEDEZLA in a patient who is being treated with MAOIs such as linezolid or intravenous methylene blue is also contraindicated because of an increased risk of serotonin syndrome [see Dosage and Administration (2.8) and Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Warnings and Precautions

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients

Patients with major depressive disorder (MDD), both adult and pediatric, may experience worsening of their depression and/or the emergence of suicidal ideation and behavior (suicidality) or unusual changes in behavior, whether or not they are taking antidepressant medications, and this risk may persist until significant remission occurs. Suicide is a known risk of depression and certain other psychiatric disorders, and these disorders themselves are the strongest predictors of suicide. There has been a long-standing concern, however, that antidepressants may have a role in inducing worsening of depression and the emergence of suicidality in certain patients during the early phases of treatment. Pooled analyses of short-term placebo-controlled studies of antidepressant drugs (SSRIs and others) showed that these drugs increase the risk of suicidal thinking and behavior (suicidality) in children, adolescents, and young adults (ages 18 to 24) with major depressive disorder (MDD) and other psychiatric disorders. Short-term studies did not show an increase in the risk of suicidality with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults beyond age 24; there was a reduction with antidepressants compared to placebo in adults aged 65 and older.

The pooled analyses of placebo-controlled studies in children and adolescents with MDD, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), or other psychiatric disorders included a total of 24 short-term studies of 9 antidepressant drugs in over 4,400 patients. The pooled analyses of placebo-controlled studies in adults with MDD or other psychiatric disorders included a total of 295 short-term studies (median duration of 2 months) of 11 antidepressant drugs in over 77,000 patients. There was considerable variation in risk of suicidality among drugs, but a tendency toward an increase in the younger patients for almost all drugs studied. There were differences in absolute risk of suicidality across the different indications, with the highest incidence in MDD. The risk differences (drug vs. placebo), however, were relatively stable within age strata and across indications. These risk differences (drug-placebo difference in the number of cases of suicidality per 1,000 patients treated) are provided in Table 1.

Table 1

Age Range Drug-Placebo Difference in Number of Cases of Suicidality per 1,000 Patients Treated
Increases Compared to Placebo
<18 14 additional cases
18 to 24 5 additional cases
Decreases Compared to Placebo
25 to 64 1 fewer case
≥65 6 fewer cases

No suicides occurred in any of the pediatric studies. There were suicides in the adult studies, but the number was not sufficient to reach any conclusion about drug effect on suicide.

It is unknown whether the suicidality risk extends to longer-term use, i.e., beyond several months. However, there is substantial evidence from placebo-controlled maintenance studies in adults with depression that the use of antidepressants can delay the recurrence of depression.

All patients being treated with antidepressants for any indication should be monitored appropriately and observed closely for clinical worsening, suicidality, and unusual changes in behavior, especially during the initial few months of a course of drug therapy, or at times of dose changes, either increases or decreases.

The following symptoms, anxiety, agitation, panic attacks, insomnia, irritability, hostility, aggressiveness, impulsivity, akathisia (psychomotor restlessness), hypomania, and mania, have been reported in adult and pediatric patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder as well as for other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric. Although a causal link between the emergence of such symptoms and either the worsening of depression and/or the emergence of suicidal impulses has not been established, there is concern that such symptoms may represent precursors to emerging suicidality.

Consideration should be given to changing the therapeutic regimen, including possibly discontinuing the medication, in patients whose depression is persistently worse, or who are experiencing emergent suicidality or symptoms that might be precursors to worsening depression or suicidality, especially if these symptoms are severe, abrupt in onset, or were not part of the patient’s presenting symptoms.

If the decision has been made to discontinue treatment, medication should be tapered, as rapidly as is feasible, but with recognition that abrupt discontinuation can be associated with certain symptoms [see Dosage and Administration (2.5) and Warnings and Precautions (5.7)].

Families and caregivers of patients being treated with antidepressants for major depressive disorder or other indications, both psychiatric and nonpsychiatric, should be alerted about the need to monitor patients for the emergence of agitation, irritability, unusual changes in behavior, and the other symptoms described above, as well as the emergence of suicidality, and to report such symptoms immediately to healthcare providers. Such monitoring should include daily observation by families and caregivers.

Prescriptions for KHEDEZLA should be written for the smallest quantity of tablets consistent with good patient management, in order to reduce the risk of overdose.

Screening patients for bipolar disorder

A major depressive episode may be the initial presentation of bipolar disorder. It is generally believed (though not established in controlled studies) that treating such an episode with an antidepressant alone may increase the likelihood of precipitation of a mixed/manic episode in patients at risk for bipolar disorder. Whether any of the symptoms described above represent such a conversion is unknown. However, prior to initiating treatment with an antidepressant, patients with depressive symptoms should be adequately screened to determine if they are at risk for bipolar disorder; such screening should include a detailed psychiatric history, including a family history of suicide, bipolar disorder, and depression. It should be noted that KHEDEZLA is not approved for use in treating bipolar depression.

Serotonin Syndrome

Serotonin-norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs) and selective-serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), including KHEDEZLA, can precipitate serotonin syndrome, a potentially life-threatening condition. The risk is increased with concomitant use of other serotonergic drugs (including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, tryptophan, buspirone, amphetamines, and St. John's Wort), and with drugs that impair metabolism of serotonin i.e., MAOIs [see Contraindications (4) and Drug Interactions (7.1)]. Serotonin syndrome can also occur when these drugs are used alone.

Serotonin syndrome signs and symptoms may include mental status changes (e.g., agitation, hallucinations, delirium, and coma), autonomic instability (e.g., tachycardia, labile blood pressure, dizziness, diaphoresis, flushing, hyperthermia), neuromuscular symptoms (e.g., tremor, rigidity, myoclonus, hyperreflexia, incoordination), seizures, and gastrointestinal symptoms (e.g., nausea, vomiting, diarrhea).

The concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with MAOIs is contraindicated. In addition, do not initiate KHEDEZLA in a patient being treated with MAOIs such as linezolid or intravenous methylene blue. All reports with methylene blue that provided information on the route of administration involved intravenous administration in the dose range of 1 mg/kg to 8 mg/kg. No reports involved the administration of methylene blue by other routes (such as oral tablets or local tissue injection) or at lower doses. If it is necessary to initiate treatment with an MAOI such as linezolid or intravenous methylene blue in a patient taking KHEDEZLA, discontinue KHEDEZLA before initiating treatment with the MAOI [see Contraindications (4) and Drug Interactions (7.1)].

Monitor all patients taking KHEDEZLA for the emergence of serotonin syndrome. Discontinue treatment with KHEDEZLA and any concomitant serotonergic agents immediately if the above symptoms occur, and initiate supportive symptomatic treatment. If concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with other serotonergic drugs is clinically warranted, inform patients of the increased risk for serotonin syndrome and monitor for symptoms.

Elevated Blood Pressure

Patients receiving KHEDEZLA should have regular monitoring of blood pressure since increases in blood pressure were observed in clinical studies [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)]. Pre-existing hypertension should be controlled before initiating treatment with desvenlafaxine. Caution should be exercised in treating patients with pre-existing hypertension, cardiovascular, or cerebrovascular conditions that might be compromised by increases in blood pressure. Cases of elevated blood pressure requiring immediate treatment have been reported with desvenlafaxine.

Sustained blood pressure increases could have adverse consequences. For patients who experience a sustained increase in blood pressure while receiving KHEDEZLA, either dose reduction or discontinuation should be considered [see Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Increased Risk of Bleeding

Drugs that interfere with serotonin reuptake inhibition, including KHEDEZLA, may increase the risk of bleeding events. Concomitant use of aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, warfarin, and other anticoagulants may add to this risk. Case reports and epidemiological studies (case-control and cohort design) have demonstrated an association between use of drugs that interfere with serotonin reuptake and the occurrence of gastrointestinal bleeding. Bleeding events related to SSRIs and SNRIs have ranged from ecchymosis, hematoma, epistaxis, and petechiae to life-threatening hemorrhages. Inform patients about the risk of bleeding associated with the concomitant use of KHEDEZLA and antiplatelet agents or anticoagulants. For patients taking warfarin, carefully monitor coagulation indices when initiating, titrating, or discontinuing KHEDEZLA.

Angle Closure Glaucoma

The pupillary dilation that occurs following use of many antidepressant drugs including KHEDEZLA may trigger an angle closure attack in a patient with anatomically narrow angles who does not have a patent iridectomy. Avoid use of antidepressants, including KHEDEZLA, in patients with untreated anatomically narrow angles.

Activation of Mania/Hypomania

During all MDD phase 2 and phase 3 studies, mania was reported for approximately 0.02% of patients treated with desvenlafaxine. Activation of mania/hypomania has also been reported in a small proportion of patients with major affective disorder who were treated with other marketed antidepressants. As with all antidepressants, KHEDEZLA should be used cautiously in patients with a history or family history of mania or hypomania.

Discontinuation Syndrome

Adverse reactions after discontinuation of serotonergic antidepressants, particularly after abrupt discontinuation, include: nausea, sweating, dysphoric mood, irritability, agitation, dizziness, sensory disturbances (e.g., paresthesia, such as electric shock sensations), tremor, anxiety, confusion, headache, lethargy, emotional lability, insomnia, hypomania, tinnitus, and seizures. A gradual reduction in dosage rather than abrupt cessation is recommended whenever possible [see Dosage and Administration (2.5) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Seizure

Cases of seizure have been reported in pre-marketing clinical studies with desvenlafaxine. Desvenlafaxine has not been systematically evaluated in patients with a seizure disorder. Patients with a history of seizures were excluded from pre-marketing clinical studies. KHEDEZLA should be prescribed with caution in patients with a seizure disorder.

Hyponatremia

Hyponatremia may occur as a result of treatment with SSRIs and SNRIs, including KHEDEZLA. In many cases, this hyponatremia appears to be the result of the syndrome of inappropriate antidiuretic hormone secretion (SIADH). Cases with serum sodium lower than 110 mmol/L have been reported. Elderly patients may be at greater risk of developing hyponatremia with SSRIs and SNRIs. Also, patients taking diuretics or who are otherwise volume depleted can be at greater risk [see Use in Specific Populations (8.5) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Discontinuation of KHEDEZLA should be considered in patients with symptomatic hyponatremia and appropriate medical intervention should be instituted.

Signs and symptoms of hyponatremia include headache, difficulty concentrating, memory impairment, confusion, weakness, and unsteadiness, which can lead to falls. Signs and symptoms associated with more severe and/or acute cases have included hallucination, syncope, seizure, coma, respiratory arrest, and death.

Interstitial Lung Disease and Eosinophilic Pneumonia

Interstitial lung disease and eosinophilic pneumonia associated with venlafaxine (the parent drug of desvenlafaxine) therapy have been rarely reported. The possibility of these adverse events should be considered in patients treated with KHEDEZLA who present with progressive dyspnea, cough, or chest discomfort. Such patients should undergo a prompt medical evaluation, and discontinuation of KHEDEZLA should be considered.

Adverse Reactions

The following adverse reactions are discussed in greater detail in other sections of the label.

  • Hypersensitivity [see Contraindications (4)]
  • Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients [see Warnings and Precautions (5.1)]
  • Serotonin Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)]
  • Elevated Blood Pressure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)]
  • Increased Risk of Bleeding [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)]
  • Angle Closure Glaucoma [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5)]
  • Activation of Mania/Hypomania [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)]
  • Discontinuation Syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7)]
  • Seizure [see Warnings and Precautions (5.8)]
  • Hyponatremia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)]
  • Interstitial Lung Disease and Eosinophilic Pneumonia [see Warnings and Precautions (5.10)]

Clinical Studies Experience

Because clinical trials are conducted under widely varying conditions, adverse reaction rates observed in the clinical trials of a drug cannot be directly compared to rates in the clinical studies of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Patient exposure

Desvenlafaxine was evaluated for safety in 4,158 patients diagnosed with major depressive disorder who participated in multiple-dose pre-marketing studies, representing 1,677 patient-years of exposure. Among these 4,158 desvenlafaxine treated patients; 1,834 patients were exposed to desvenlafaxine in 8-week, placebo-controlled studies at doses ranging from 50 to 400 mg/day. Out of the 1,834 patients, 687 desvenlafaxine treated patients continued into a 10-month open-label study. Of the total 4,158 patients exposed to at least one dose of desvenlafaxine; 1,320 were exposed to desvenlafaxine for 6 months, representing 1058 patient-years of exposure, and 274 were exposed for one year, representing 241 patient-years of exposure.

Adverse reactions reported as reasons for discontinuation of treatment

In the pooled 8-week placebo-controlled studies in patients with MDD, 12% of the 1,834 patients who received desvenlafaxine (50 to 400 mg) discontinued treatment due to an adverse reaction, compared with 3% of the 1,116 placebo-treated patients. At the recommended dose of 50 mg, the discontinuation rate due to an adverse reaction for desvenlafaxine (4.1%) was similar to the rate for placebo (3.8%). For the 100 mg dose of desvenlafaxine the discontinuation rate due to an adverse reaction was 8.7%.

The most common adverse reactions leading to discontinuation in at least 2% and at a rate greater than placebo of the desvenlafaxine treated patients in the short-term studies, up to 8 weeks, were: nausea (4%); dizziness, headache and vomiting (2% each); in the longer-term studies, up to 11 months, the most common was vomiting (2%).

Common adverse reactions in placebo-controlled MDD studies

The most commonly observed adverse reactions in desvenlafaxine treated MDD patients in short-term fixed-dose studies (incidence ≥ 5% and at least twice the rate of placebo in the 50 or 100 mg dose groups) were: nausea, dizziness, insomnia, hyperhidrosis, constipation, somnolence, decreased appetite, anxiety, and specific male sexual function disorders.

Table 2 shows the incidence of common adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 2% of desvenlafaxine treated MDD patients and twice the rate of placebo at any dose in the pooled 8-week, placebo-controlled, fixed dose clinical studies

Table 2: Common Adverse Reactions (≥ 2% in any Fixed-Dose Group and Twice the Rate of Placebo) in Pooled MDD 8-Week Placebo-Controlled Studies


Percentage of Patients Reporting Reaction

Desvenlafaxine

System Organ Class Preferred Term
Placebo
(n=636)
50 mg
(n=317)
100 mg
(n=424)
200 mg
(n=307)
400 mg
(n=317)

Cardiac disorders
Blood pressure increased 1 1 1 2 2
Gastrointestinal disorders
Nausea 10 22 26 36 41
Dry mouth 9 11 17 21 25
Constipation 4 9 9 10 14
Vomiting 3 3 4 6 9
General disorders and administration site conditions
Fatigue 4 7 7 10 11
Chills 1 1 <1 3 4
Feeling jittery 1 1 2 3 3
Metabolism and nutrition disorders
Decreased appetite 2 5 8 10 10
Nervous system disorders
Dizziness 5 13 10 15 16
Somnolence 4 4 9 12 12
Tremor 2 2 3 9 9
Disturbance in attention <1 <1 1 2 1
Psychiatric disorders
Insomnia 6 9 12 14 15
Anxiety 2 3 5 4 4
Nervousness 1 <1 1 2 2
Abnormal dreams 1 2 3 2 4
Renal and urinary disorders
Urinary hesitation 0 <1 1 2 2
Respiratory, thoracic and mediastinal disorders
Yawning <1 1 1 4 3
Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders
Hyperhidrosis 4 10 11 18 21
Special Senses
Vision blurred 1 3 4 4 4
Mydriasis <1 2 2 6 6
Vertigo 1 2 1 5 3
Tinnitus 1 2 1 1 2
Dysgeusia 1 1 1 1 2
Vascular disorders
Hot flush <1 1 1 2 2
Sexual function adverse reactions

Table 3 shows the incidence of sexual function adverse reactions that occurred in ≥ 2% of desvenlafaxine treated MDD patients in any fixed-dose group (pooled 8-week, placebo-controlled, fixed and flexible-dose, clinical studies).

Table 3: Sexual Function Adverse Reactions (≥ 2% in Men or Women in any Desvenlafaxine Group) During the On-Therapy Period
Desvenlafaxine


Placebo
(n=239)
50 mg
(n=108)
100 mg
(n=157)
200 mg
(n=131)
400 mg
(n=154)

Men only
Anorgasmia 0 0 3 5 8
Libido decreased 1 4 5 6 3
Orgasm abnormal 0 0 1 2 3
Ejaculation delayed <1 1 5 7 6
Erectile dysfunction 1 3 6 8 11
Ejaculation disorder 0 0 1 2 5
Ejaculation failure 0 1 0 2 2
Sexual dysfunction 0 1 0 0 2
Desvenlafaxine

Placebo

(n=397)

50 mg

(n=209)

100 mg

(n=267)

200 mg

(n=176)

400 mg

(n=163)


Women only
Anorgasmia 0 1 1 0 3
Other adverse reactions observed in clinical studies

Other infrequent adverse reactions, not described elsewhere in the label, occurring at an incidence of < 2% in MDD patients treated with desvenlafaxine were:

Cardiac disorders – Tachycardia.

General disorders and administration site conditions – Asthenia.

Investigations – Weight increased, liver function test abnormal, blood prolactin increased.

Musculoskeletal and connective tissue disorders – Musculoskeletal stiffness.

Nervous system disorders –Syncope, convulsion, dystonia.

Psychiatric disorders – Depersonalization, bruxism.

Renal and urinary disorders – Urinary retention.

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders Rash, alopecia, photosensitivity reaction, angioedema.

In clinical studies, there were uncommon reports of ischemic cardiac adverse reactions, including myocardial ischemia, myocardial infarction, and coronary occlusion requiring revascularization; these patients had multiple underlying cardiac risk factors. More patients experienced these events during desvenlafaxine treatment as compared to placebo.

Laboratory, ECG and vital sign changes observed in MDD clinical studies

The following changes were observed in placebo-controlled, short-term MDD studies with desvenlafaxine.

Lipids

Elevations in fasting serum total cholesterol, LDL (low density lipoproteins) cholesterol, and triglycerides occurred in the controlled studies. Some of these abnormalities were considered potentially clinically significant.

The percentage of patients who exceeded a predetermined threshold value is shown in Table 4.

Table 4: Incidence (%) of Patients With Lipid Abnormalities of Potential Clinical Significance*

Desvenlafaxine
Placebo 50 mg 100 mg 200 mg 400 mg
Total Cholesterol 2 3 4 4 10
*(Increase of ≥ 50 mg/dl and an absolute value of ≥
261 mg/dl)
LDL Cholesterol 0 1 0 1 2
*(Increase ≥ 50 mg/dl and an absolute value of ≥
190 mg/dl)
Triglycerides, fasting
3 2 1 4 6
*(Fasting: ≥ 327 mg/dl)

Proteinuria

Proteinuria, greater than or equal to trace, was observed in the fixed-dose controlled studies (see Table 5). This proteinuria was not associated with increases in BUN or creatinine and was generally transient.

Table 5: Incidence (%) of Patients with Proteinuria in the Fixed-dose Clinical Studies

Desvenlafaxine

Placebo

50 mg
100 mg

200 mg
400 mg
Proteinuria 4 6 8 5 7

Vital sign changes

Table 6 summarizes the changes that were observed in placebo-controlled, short-term, pre-marketing studies with desvenlafaxine in patients with MDD (doses 50 to 400 mg).

Table 6: Mean Changes in Vital Signs at Final on Therapy for All Short-term, Fixed-dose Controlled Studies

Desvenlafaxine
Placebo 50 mg 100 mg 200 mg 400 mg
Blood pressure
Supine systolic
bp (mm Hg)
-1.4 1.2 2.0 2.5 2.1

Supine diastolic
bp (mm Hg)
-0.6 0.7 0.8 1.8 2.3

Pulse rate

Supine pulse
(bpm)
-0.3 1.3 1.3 0.9 4.1

Weight (kg)
0.0 -0.4 -0.6 -0.9 -1.1

Treatment with desvenlafaxine at all doses from 50 mg/day to 400 mg/day in controlled studies was associated with sustained hypertension, defined as treatment-emergent supine diastolic blood pressure (SDBP) ≥90 mm Hg and ≥10 mm Hg above baseline for 3 consecutive on-therapy visits (see Table 7). Analyses of patients in desvenlafaxine short-term controlled studies who met criteria for sustained hypertension revealed a consistent increase in the proportion of patients who developed sustained hypertension. This was seen at all doses with a suggestion of a higher rate at 400 mg/day.

Table 7: Proportion of Patients with Sustained Elevation of Supine Diastolic Blood Pressure

Treatment Group Proportion of Patients with Sustained Hypertension
Placebo 0.5%
Desvenlafaxine 50 mg/day 1.3%
Desvenlafaxine 100 mg/day
0.7%
Desvenlafaxine 200 mg/day 1.1%
Desvenlafaxine 400 mg/day 2.3%

Orthostatic hypotension

In the short-term, placebo-controlled clinical studies with doses of 50 to 400 mg, systolic orthostatic hypotension (decrease ≥30 mm Hg from supine to standing position) occurred more frequently in patients ≥65 years of age receiving desvenlafaxine (8%, 7/87) versus placebo (2.5%, 1/40), compared to patients <65 years of age receiving desvenlafaxine (0.9%, 18/1,937) versus placebo (0.7%, 8/1,218).

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reaction has been identified during post-approval use of desvenlafaxine. Because these reactions are reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not always possible to reliably estimate their frequency or establish a causal relationship to drug exposure:

Skin and subcutaneous tissue disorders-Stevens-Johnson syndrome.

Gastrointestinal disorders-Pancreatitis acute.

Cardiovaslcular System – Takotsubo cardiomyopathy.

Drug Interactions

Drugs Having Clinically Important Interactions with KHEDEZLA

Table 8: Clinically Important Drug Interactions with KHEDEZLA

Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOI)

Clinical Impact

The concomitant use of SSRIs and SNRIs including KHEDEZLA with MAOIs increases the risk of serotonin syndrome.

Intervention

Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA is contraindicated:

  • With an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders or within 7 days of stopping treatment with KHEDEZLA.
  • Within 14 days of stopping an MAOI intended to treat psychiatric disorders.
  • In a patient who is being treated with linezolid or intravenous methylene blue.

[see Dosage and Administration (2.7), Contraindications (4) and Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Examples

selegiline, tranylcypromine, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, linezolid, methylene blue

Other Serotonergic Drugs

Clinical Impact

Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with other serotonergic drugs increases the risk of serotonin syndrome.

Intervention

Monitor for symptoms of serotonin syndrome when KHEDEZLA is used concomitantly with other drugs that may affect the serotonergic neurotransmitter systems. If serotonin syndrome occurs, consider discontinuation of KHEDEZLA and/or concomitant serotonergic drugs [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Examples

Other SNRIs, SSRIs, triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, buspirone, amphetamines, tryptophan, and St. John’s Wort

Drugs that Interfere with Hemostasis

Clinical Impact

Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with an antiplatelet or anticoagulant drug may potentiate the risk of bleeding. This may be due to the effect of KHEDEZLA on the release of serotonin by platelets.

Intervention

Closely monitor for bleeding for patients receiving an antiplatelet or anticoagulant drug when KHEDEZLA is initiated or discontinued [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Examples

NSAIDs, aspirin, and warfarin

Drugs that are Primarily Metabolized by CYP2D6

Clinical Impact

Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA increases Cmax and AUC of a drug primarily metabolized by CYP2D6 which may increase the risk of toxicity of the CYP2D6 substrate drug [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Intervention

Original dose should be taken when co-administered with KHEDEZLA 100 mg or lower. Reduce the dose of these drugs by up to one-half if co-administered with 400 mg of KHEDEZLA.

Examples

desipramine, atomoxetine, dextromethorphan, metoprolol, nebivolol, perphenazine, tolterodine

Drugs Having No Clinically Important Interactions with KHEDEZLA

Based on pharmacokinetic studies, no dosage adjustment is required for drugs that are mainly metabolized by CYP3A4 (e.g., midazolam), or for drugs that are metabolized by both CYP2D6 and CYP3A4 (e.g., tamoxifen, aripiprazole), when administered concomitantly with KHEDEZLA [see Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Alcohol

A clinical study has shown that desvenlafaxine does not increase the impairment of mental and motor skills caused by ethanol. However, as with all CNS-active drugs, patients should be advised to avoid alcohol consumption while taking KHEDEZLA.

Drug-Laboratory Test Interactions

False-positive urine immunoassay screening tests for phencyclidine (PCP) and amphetamine have been reported in patients taking desvenlafaxine. This is due to lack of specificity of the screening tests. False positive test results may be expected for several days following discontinuation of desvenlafaxine therapy. Confirmatory tests, such as gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, will distinguish desvenlafaxine from PCP and amphetamine.

USE IN SPECIFIC POPULATIONS

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Exposure Registry

There is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to antidepressants during pregnancy. Healthcare providers are encouraged to register patients by calling the National Pregnancy Registry for Antidepressants at 1-844-405-6185.

Risk summary

There are no published studies on KHEDEZLA in pregnant women; however published epidemiologic studies of pregnant women exposed to venlafaxine, the parent compound, have not reported a clear association with adverse developmental outcomes (see Data). There are risks associated with untreated depression in pregnancy and with exposure to SNRIs and SSRIs, including KHEDEZLA, during pregnancy (see Clinical Considerations).

In reproductive developmental studies in rats and rabbits treated with desvenlafaxine succinate, there was no evidence of teratogenicity at a plasma exposure (AUC) that is up to 19-times (rats), and 0.5-times (rabbits) the exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day. However, fetotoxicity and pup deaths were observed in rats at 4.5-times the AUC exposure observed with an adult human dose of 100 mg per day.

The estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage for the indicated population is unknown. All pregnancies have a background risk of birth defect, loss, or other adverse outcomes. In the U.S. general population, the estimated background risk of major birth defects and miscarriage in clinically recognized pregnancies is 2 to 4% and 15 to 20%, respectively.

Clinical Considerations

Disease-associated maternal and/or embryo/fetal risk

A prospective longitudinal study of 201 women with a history of major depression who were euthymic at the beginning of pregnancy, showed that women who discontinued antidepressant medication during pregnancy were more likely to experience a relapse of major depression than women who continued antidepressant medication.

Maternal adverse reactions

Exposure to SNRIs in mid to late pregnancy may increase the risk for preeclampsia, and exposure to SNRIs near delivery may increase the risk for postpartum hemorrhage.

Fetal/Neonatal adverse reactions

Exposure to SNRIs or SSRIs in late pregnancy may lead to an increased risk for neonatal complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding. Monitor neonates who were exposed to KHEDEZLA in the third trimester of pregnancy for drug discontinuation syndrome (see Data).

Data

Human Data

Published epidemiological studies of pregnant women exposed to the parent compound venlafaxine have not reported a clear association with major birth defects or miscarriage. Methodological limitations of these observational studies include possible exposure and outcome misclassification, lack of adequate controls, adjustment for confounders, and confirmatory studies; therefore, these studies cannot establish or exclude any drug-associated risk during pregnancy.

Retrospective cohort studies based on claims data have shown an association between venlafaxine use and preeclampsia, compared to depressed women who did not take an antidepressant during pregnancy. One study that assessed venlafaxine exposure in the second trimester or first half of the third trimester and preeclampsia showed an increased risk compared to unexposed depressed women (adjusted (adj) RR 1.57, 95% CI 1.29-1.91). Preeclampsia was observed at venlafaxine doses equal to or greater than 75 mg per day and a duration of treatment >30 days. Another study that assessed venlafaxine exposure in gestational weeks 10-20 and preeclampsia showed an increased risk at doses equal to or greater than 150 mg per day. Available data are limited by possible outcome misclassification and possible confounding due to depression severity and other confounders.

Retrospective cohort studies based on claims data have suggested an association between venlafaxine use near the time of delivery or through delivery and postpartum hemorrhage. One study showed an increased risk for postpartum hemorrhage when venlafaxine exposure occurred through delivery, compared to unexposed depressed women (adj RR 2.24 (95% CI 1.69-2.97). There was no increased risk in women who were exposed to venlafaxine earlier in pregnancy. Limitations of this study include possible confounding due to depression severity and other confounders. Another study showed an increased risk for postpartum hemorrhage when SNRI exposure occurred for at least 15 days in the last month of pregnancy or through delivery, compared to unexposed women (adj RR 1.64-1.76). The results of this study may be confounded by the effects of depression.

Neonates exposed to SNRIs or SSRIs, late in the third trimester have developed complications requiring prolonged hospitalization, respiratory support, and tube feeding. Such complications can arise immediately upon delivery. Reported clinical findings have included respiratory distress, cyanosis, apnea, seizures, temperature instability, feeding difficulty, vomiting, hypoglycemia, hypotonia, hypertonia, hyperreflexia, tremor, jitteriness, irritability, and constant crying. These features are consistent with either a direct toxic effect of SSRIs and SNRIs or, possibly, a drug discontinuation syndrome. It should be noted that, in some cases, the clinical picture is consistent with serotonin syndrome [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Animal Data

When desvenlafaxine succinate was administered orally to pregnant rats and rabbits during the period of organogenesis at doses up to 300 mg/kg/day and 75 mg/kg/day, respectively, no teratogenic effects were observed. These doses were associated with a plasma exposure (AUC) 19-times (rats) and 0.5-times (rabbits) the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day. However, fetal weights were decreased and skeletal ossification was delayed in rats in association with maternal toxicity at the highest dose, with an AUC exposure at the no-effect dose that is 4.5-times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day.

When desvenlafaxine succinate was administered orally to pregnant rats throughout gestation and lactation, there was a decrease in pup weights and an increase in pup deaths during the first four days of lactation at the highest dose of 300 mg/kg/day. The cause of these deaths is not known. The AUC exposure at the no-effect dose for rat pup mortality was 4.5-times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day. Post-weaning growth and reproductive performance of the progeny were not affected by maternal treatment with desvenlafaxine succinate at exposures 19-times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day.

Lactation

Risk Summary

Available limited data from published literature show low levels of desvenlafaxine in human milk, and have not shown adverse reactions in breastfed infants (see Data). There are no data on the effects of desvenlafaxine on milk production.

The developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding should be considered along with the mother’s clinical need for KHEDEZLA and any potential adverse effects on the breastfed child from KHEDEZLA or from the underlying maternal condition.

Data

A lactation study was conducted in 10 breastfeeding women (at a mean of 4.3 months post-partum) who were being treated with a 50-150 mg daily dose of desvenlafaxine for postpartum depression. Sampling was performed at steady state (up to 8 samples) over a 24 hour dosing period, and included foremilk and hindmilk. The mean relative infant dose was calculated to be 6.8% (range of 5.5-8.1%). No adverse reactions were seen in the infants.

Pediatric Use

The safety and effectiveness of KHEDEZLA have not been established in pediatric patients for the treatment of MDD.

Antidepressants, such as KHEDEZLA, increase the risk of suicidal thoughts and behaviors in pediatric patients [see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Additional information describing clinical studies in which efficacy was not demonstrated in pediatric patients is approved for Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.’s Pristiq® (desvenlafaxine) Extended-Release Tablets. However, due to Wyeth Pharmaceuticals Inc., a subsidiary of Pfizer Inc.’s marketing exclusivity rights, this product is not labeled with that pediatric information.

Juvenile Animal Studies

In a juvenile animal study, male and female rats were treated with desvenlafaxine (75, 225 and 675 mg/kg/day) starting on postnatal day (PND) 22 through 112. Behavioral deficits (longer time immobile in a motor activity test, longer time swimming in a straight channel test, and lack of habituation in an acoustic startle test) were observed in males and females but were reversed after a recovery period. A No Adverse Effect Level (NOAEL) was not identified for these deficits. The Low Adverse Effect Level (LOAEL) was 75 mg/kg/day which was associated with plasma exposure (AUC) twice the levels measured with a pediatric dose of 100 mg per day.

In a second juvenile animal study, male and female rats were administered desvenlafaxine (75, 225 or 675 mg/kg/day) for 8 to 9 weeks starting on PND 22 and were mated with naïve counterparts. Delays in sexual maturation and decreased fertility, number of implantation sites and total live embryos were observed in treated females at all doses. The LOAEL for these findings is 75 mg/kg/day which was associated with an AUC twice the levels measured with a pediatric dose of 100 mg per day. These findings were reversed at the end of a 4-week recovery period. The relevance of these findings to humans is not known.

Geriatric Use

Of the 4,158 patients in clinical studies with desvenlafaxine, 6% were 65 years of age or older. No overall differences in safety or efficacy were observed between these patients and younger patients; however, in the short-term placebo-controlled studies, there was a higher incidence of systolic orthostatic hypotension in patients ≥65 years of age compared to patients <65 years of age treated with desvenlafaxine [see Adverse Reactions (6)]. For elderly patients, possible reduced renal clearance of KHEDEZLA should be considered when determining dose [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

SSRIs and SNRIs, including desvenlafaxine, have been associated with cases of clinically significant hyponatremia in elderly patients, who may be at greater risk for this adverse event [see Warnings and Precautions (5.9)].

Renal Impairment

Adjust the maximum recommended dosage in patients with moderate or severe renal impairment (ClCr 15 to 50 mL/min, C-G), or end-stage renal disease (ClCr < 15 mL/min, C-G) [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Hepatic Impairment

Adjust the maximum recommended dosage in patients with moderate to severe hepatic impairment (Child-Pugh score 7 to 15) [see Dosage and Administration (2.3) and Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].

Drug Abuse and Dependence

Controlled Substance

KHEDEZLA is not a controlled substance.

Overdosage

Human Experience with Overdosage

There is limited clinical trial experience with desvenlafaxine succinate overdosage in humans. However, desvenlafaxine is the major active metabolite of venlafaxine. Overdose experience reported with venlafaxine (the parent drug of desvenlafaxine) is presented below; the identical information can be found in the Overdosage section of the venlafaxine package insert.

In postmarketing experience, overdose with venlafaxine (the parent drug of desvenlafaxine) has occurred predominantly in combination with alcohol and/or other drugs. The most commonly reported events in overdosage include tachycardia, changes in level of consciousness (ranging from somnolence to coma), mydriasis, seizures, and vomiting. Electrocardiogram changes (e.g., prolongation of QT interval, bundle branch block, QRS prolongation), sinus and ventricular tachycardia, bradycardia, hypotension, rhabdomyolysis, vertigo, liver necrosis, serotonin syndrome, and death have been reported.

Published retrospective studies report that venlafaxine overdosage may be associated with an increased risk of fatal outcomes compared to that observed with SSRI antidepressant products, but lower than that for tricyclic antidepressants. Epidemiological studies have shown that venlafaxine-treated patients have a higher pre-existing burden of suicide risk factors than SSRI-treated patients. The extent to which the finding of an increased risk of fatal outcomes can be attributed to the toxicity of venlafaxine in overdosage, as opposed to some characteristic(s) of venlafaxine-treated patients, is not clear.

Management of Overdosage

No specific antidotes for KHEDEZLA are known. In managing over dosage, consider the possibility of multiple drug involvement. In case of overdose, call Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 for latest recommendations.

Khedezla Extended Release Description

KHEDEZLA Extended-release Tablets for oral administration contains desvenlafaxine, a structurally novel SNRI for the treatment of MDD. Desvenlafaxine (O-desmethylvenlafaxine) is the major active metabolite of the antidepressant venlafaxine, a medication used to treat major depressive disorder.

Desvenlafaxine is designated RS-4-[2-dimethylamino-1-(1-hydroxycyclohexyl)ethyl]phenol and has the empirical formula of C16H25NO2. Desvenlafaxine has a molecular weight of 263.38. The structural formula is shown below.

* Chiral Centre

Desvenlafaxine is a white to off-white crystalline powder that is sparingly soluble in dimethyl sulfoxide. The solubility of desvenlafaxine is pH dependent.

KHEDEZLA is formulated as an extended-release tablet for once-a-day oral administration.

Each 50 mg or 100 mg extended-release tablet contains 50 or 100 mg of desvenlafaxine, respectively.

Inactive ingredients for the 50 mg tablet consist of citric acid monohydrate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and film coating, which consist of iron oxides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Inactive ingredients for the 100 mg tablet consist of citric acid monohydrate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and film coating, which consist of FD&C yellow #6, hypromellose, iron oxides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Khedezla Extended Release - Clinical Pharmacology

Mechanism of Action

The exact mechanism of the antidepressant action of KHEDEZLA is unknown, but is thought to be related to the potentiation of serotonin and norepinephrine in the central nervous system, through inhibition of their reuptake. Non-clinical studies have shown that desvenlafaxine is a potent and selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor (SNRI).

Pharmacodynamics

Desvenlafaxine lacked significant affinity for numerous receptors, including muscarinic-cholinergic, H1-histaminergic, or α1-adrenergic receptors in vitro. Desvenlafaxine also lacked monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitory activity.

ECG changes

Electrocardiograms were obtained from 1,492 desvenlafaxine treated patients with major depressive disorder and 984 placebo-treated patients in clinical studies lasting up to 8 weeks. No clinically relevant differences were observed between desvenlafaxine treated and placebo-treated patients for QT, QTc, PR, and QRS intervals. In a thorough QTc study with prospectively determined criteria, desvenlafaxine did not cause QT prolongation. No difference was observed between placebo and desvenlafaxine treatments for the QRS interval.

Pharmacokinetics

The single-dose pharmacokinetics of desvenlafaxine are linear and dose-proportional in a dose range of 100 to 600 mg/day. With once-daily dosing, steady-state plasma concentrations are achieved within approximately 4 to 5 days. At steady-state, multiple-dose accumulation of desvenlafaxine is linear and predictable from the single-dose pharmacokinetic profile.

The mean ± SD terminal half-life, t1/2, after administration of KHEDEZLA is about 9.5 ± 1.5 hours. The median (range) time to peak concentration (Tmax) is 6 (3 – 14) hours after administration of 50 mg KHEDEZLA.

Absorption and Distribution

KHEDEZLA 50 mg and 100 mg demonstrated similar exposures (Cmax, AUC) to a 50 mg and 100 mg extended-release desvenlafaxine succinate product, respectively.

The absolute oral bioavailability after the administration of desvenlafaxine succinate is about 80%. There was no clinically significant food effect seen when KHEDEZLA was administered with a high fat meal. Therefore, KHEDEZLA can be taken without regard to meals [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

The plasma protein binding of desvenlafaxine is low (30%) and is independent of drug concentration. The desvenlafaxine volume of distribution at steady-state following intravenous administration is 3.4 L/kg, indicating distribution into nonvascular compartments.

Metabolism and Elimination

Desvenlafaxine is primarily metabolized by conjugation (mediated by UGT isoforms) and, to a minor extent, through oxidative metabolism. CYP3A4 is the cytochrome P450 isozyme mediating the oxidative metabolism (N-demethylation) of desvenlafaxine. The CYP2D6 metabolic pathway is not involved, and after administration of 100 mg, the pharmacokinetics of desvenlafaxine was similar in subjects with CYP2D6 poor and extensive metabolizer phenotype. Approximately 45% of desvenlafaxine is excreted unchanged in urine at 72 hours after oral administration. Approximately 19% of the administered dose is excreted as the glucuronide metabolite and <5% as the oxidative metabolite (N,O-didesmethylvenlafaxine) in urine.

Drug Interaction Studies

Inhibitors of CYP3A4 (ketoconazole)

CYP3A4 is a minor pathway for the metabolism of desvenlafaxine. In a clinical study, ketoconazole (200 mg BID) increased the area under the concentration vs. time curve (AUC) of desvenlafaxine (400 mg single dose) by about 43% and Cmax by about 8%. Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with potent inhibitors of CYP3A4 may result in higher concentrations of desvenlafaxine.

Inhibitors of other CYP enzymes

Based on in vitro data, drugs that inhibit CYP isozymes 1A1, 1A2, 2A6, 2D6, 2C8, 2C9, 2C19, and 2E1 are not expected to have significant impact on the pharmacokinetic profile of KHEDEZLA.

Drugs metabolized by CYP2D6 (e.g. desipramine, dextromethorphan, metoprolol, atomoxetine)

In vitro studies showed minimal inhibitory effect of desvenlafaxine on CYP2D6. Clinical studies have shown that desvenlafaxine does not have a clinically relevant effect on CYP2D6 metabolism at the dose of 100 mg daily. When desvenlafaxine succinate was administered at a dose of 100 mg daily in conjunction with a single 50 mg dose of desipramine, a CYP2D6 substrate, the Cmax and AUC of desipramine increased approximately 25% and 17%, respectively. When 400 mg (8 times the recommended 50 mg dose) was administered, the Cmax and AUC of desipramine increased approximately 50% and 90%, respectively. Concomitant use of desvenlafaxine with a drug metabolized by CYP2D6 can result in higher concentrations of that drug [see Drug Interactions (7.4)].

Drugs metabolized by CYP3A4 (midazolam)

In vitro, desvenlafaxine does not inhibit or induce the CYP3A4 isozyme. In a clinical study, desvenlafaxine 400 mg daily (8 times the recommended 50 mg dose) was co-administered with a single 4 mg dose of midazolam (a CYP3A4 substrate). The AUC and Cmax of midazolam decreased by approximately 31% and 16%, respectively. Concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with a drug metabolized by CYP3A4 can result in lower exposures to that drug.

Drugs metabolized by CYP1A2, 2A6, 2C8, 2C9 and 2C19

In vitro, desvenlafaxine does not inhibit CYP1A2, 2A6, 2C8, 2C9, and 2C19 isozymes and would not be expected to affect the pharmacokinetics of drugs that are metabolized by these CYP isozymes.

In vitro, desvenlafaxine is not a substrate or an inhibitor for the P-glycoprotein transporter. The pharmacokinetics of KHEDEZLA are unlikely to be affected by drugs that inhibit the P-glycoprotein transporter, and KHEDEZLA is not likely to affect the pharmacokinetics of drugs that are substrates of the P-glycoprotein transporter.

Special Populations

Age

In a study of healthy subjects administered doses of up to 300 mg, there was an approximate 32% increase in Cmax and a 55% increase in AUC in subjects older than 75 years of age (n = 17), compared with subjects 18 to 45 years of age (n = 16). Subjects 65 to 75 years of age (n = 15) had no change in Cmax, but an approximately 32% increase in AUC, compared to subjects 18 to 45 years of age [see Dosage and Administration (2.2)].

Gender

In a study of healthy subjects administered doses of up to 300 mg, women had an approximately 25% higher Cmax and an approximately 10% higher AUC than age-matched men. No adjustment of dosage on the basis of gender is needed.

Race

Pharmacokinetic analysis showed that race (White, n = 466; Black, n = 97; Hispanic, n = 39; Other, n = 33) had no apparent effect on the pharmacokinetics of desvenlafaxine. No adjustment of dosage on the basis of race is needed.

Hepatic insufficiency

The disposition of desvenlafaxine succinate after administration of 100 mg was studied in subjects with mild (Child-Pugh A, n = 8), moderate (Child-Pugh B, n = 8), and severe (Child-Pugh C, n = 8) hepatic impairment and to healthy subjects (n = 12).

Average AUC was increased by approximately 31% and 35% in patients with moderate and severe hepatic impairment, respectively, as compared to healthy subjects. Average AUC values were similar in subjects with mild hepatic impairment and healthy subjects (< 5% difference).

Systemic clearance (CL/F) was decreased by approximately 20% and 36% in patients with moderate and severe hepatic impairment, respectively, as compared to healthy subjects. CL/F values were comparable in mild hepatic impairment and healthy subjects (< 5% difference).

The mean t1/2 changed from approximately 10 hours in healthy subjects and subjects with mild hepatic impairment to 13 and 14 hours in moderate and severe hepatic impairment, respectively. The recommended dose in patients with hepatic impairment is 50 mg/day. Dose escalation above 100 mg/day is not recommended [see Use in Specific Populations (8.7)].

Renal insufficiency

The disposition of desvenlafaxine after administration of 100 mg was studied in subjects with mild (n = 9), moderate (n = 8), severe (n = 7) and end-stage renal disease (ESRD) (n = 9) requiring dialysis and in healthy, age-matched control subjects (n = 8). Elimination was significantly correlated with creatinine clearance. Increases in AUCs of about 42% in mild renal impairment (24-hr CrCl = 50 to 80 mL/min, Cockcroft-Gault [C-G]), about 56% in moderate renal impairment (24-hr CrCl = 30 to 50 mL/min, C-G), about 108% in severe renal impairment (24-hr CrCl ≤30 mL/min, C-G), and about 116% in ESRD subjects were observed, compared with healthy, age-matched control subjects.

The mean terminal half-life (t1/2) was prolonged from 11.1 hours in the control subjects to approximately 13.5, 15.5, 17.6, and 22.8 hours in mild, moderate, severe renal impairment and ESRD subjects, respectively. Less than 5% of the drug in the body was cleared during a standard 4-hour hemodialysis procedure.

The maximum recommended dose in patients with moderate renal impairment is 50 mg per day. Dosage adjustment of 50 mg every other day is recommended in patients with severe renal impairment or ESRD. [see Dosage and Administration (2.2) and Use in Specific Populations (8.6)].

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Carcinogenesis

Desvenlafaxine succinate administered by oral gavage to mice and rats for 2 years did not increase the incidence of tumors in either study.

Mice received desvenlafaxine succinate at dosages up to 500/300 mg/kg/day (dosage lowered after 45 weeks of dosing). The AUC exposure at 300 mg/kg/day dose is estimated at 10-times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day.

Rats received desvenlafaxine succinate at dosages up to 300 mg/kg/day (males) or 500 mg/kg/day (females). The AUC exposure at the highest dose is estimated at 11 (males) or 26 (females) times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day.

Mutagenesis

Desvenlafaxine was not mutagenic in the in vitro bacterial mutation assay (Ames test) and was not clastogenic in an in vitro chromosome aberration assay in cultured CHO cells, an in vivo mouse micronucleus assay, or an in vivo chromosome aberration assay in rats. Additionally, desvenlafaxine was not genotoxic in the in vitro CHO mammalian cell forward mutation assay and was negative in the in vitro BALB/c-3T3 mouse embryo cell transformation assay.

Impairment of fertility

When desvenlafaxine succinate was administered orally to male and female rats, fertility was reduced at the high dose of 300 mg/kg/day, which is 10 (males) and 19 (females) times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day. There was no effect on fertility at 100 mg/kg/day, which is 3 (males) or 5 (females) times the AUC exposure at an adult human dose of 100 mg per day. These studies did not address reversibility of the effect on fertility. The relevance of these findings to humans is not known.

Clinical Studies

The efficacy of desvenlafaxine as a treatment for depression was established in four 8-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, fixed-dose studies (at doses of 50 mg per day to 400 mg per day) in adult outpatients who met the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-IV) criteria for major depressive disorder. In the first study, patients received 100 mg (n = 114), 200 mg (n = 116), or 400 mg (n = 113) of desvenlafaxine once daily, or placebo (n = 118). In a second study, patients received either 200 mg (n = 121) or 400 mg (n = 124) of desvenlafaxine once daily, or placebo (n = 124). In two additional studies, patients received 50 mg (n = 150 and n = 164) or 100 mg (n = 147 and n = 158) of desvenlafaxine once daily, or placebo (n = 150 and n = 161).

Desvenlafaxine showed superiority over placebo as measured by improvement in the 17-item Hamilton Rating Scale for Depression (HAM-D17) total score in four studies and overall improvement, as measured by the Clinical Global Impressions Scale - Improvement (CGI-I), in three of the four studies. In studies directly comparing 50 mg per day and 100 mg per day there was no suggestion of a greater effect with the higher dose and adverse reactions and discontinuations were more frequent at higher doses [see Dosage and Administration (2.1)].

Table 9: Primary Efficacy (HAM-D17) Results for Short-term Studies

Desvenlafaxine
Study No.

Primary Endpoint: HAM-D17

Placebo 50 mg/day 100 mg/day 200 mg/day 400 mg/day
1

Baseline Score (SDa)

23.1 (2.5) 23.2 (2.5) 22.9 (2.4) 23.0 (2.2)

Difference from Placebo (95% CIc)

-2.9b -2.0 -3.1b
(-5.1, -0.8) ( -5.2, -0.9)
2 Baseline Score (SDa) 25.3 (2.3) 24.8 (2.9) 25.2 (3.2)
Difference from Placebo (95% CIc) -3.3b -2.8b
(-5.3, -1.2) (-4.8, -0.7)
3 Baseline Score (SDa) 23.0 (2.6)

23.4 (2.6)

23.4 (2.6)
Difference from Placebo (95% CIc) -1.9b -1.5
(-3.5, -0.3)
4 Baseline Score (SDa) 24.3 (2.6) 24.3 (2.4) 24.4 (2.7)
Difference from Placebo (95% CIc) -2.5b -3.0b
(-4.1, -0.9) (-4.7, -1.4)

a Standard deviation;

b Adjusted p-value < 0.05;
c Difference between least squares means at final evaluation, calculated as drug response minus placebo response; unadjusted 95% confidence intervals

Analyses of the relationships between treatment outcome and age and treatment outcome and gender did not suggest any differential responsiveness on the basis of these patient characteristics. There was insufficient information to determine the effect of race on outcome in these studies.

How Supplied/Storage and Handling

KHEDEZLA (desvenlafaxine) Extended-release Tablets are available as follows:

50 mg, pink, round tablet debossed with "OS" on one side and "231" on the other

NDC 65224-880-31, bottle of 30 tablets in unit-of-use package

NDC 65224-880-90, bottle of 90 tablets in unit-of-use package

100 mg, brown, round tablet debossed with “OS” on one side and "232" on the other

NDC 65224-890-31, bottle of 30 tablets in unit-of-use package

NDC 65224-890-90, bottle of 90 tablets in unit-of-use package

Store at 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F); excursions permitted to 15° to 30°C (59° to 86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature].

Each 50 mg or 100 mg KHEDEZLA Extended-release Tablet contains 50 or 100 mg of desvenlafaxine, respectively.

Patient Counseling Information

Advise the patient to read the FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors

Advise patients and caregivers to look for the emergence of suicidality, especially early during treatment and when the dose is adjusted up or down, and instruct them to report such symptoms to the healthcare provider [see Boxed Warning and Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].

Concomitant Medication

Advise patients taking KHEDEZLA not to use concomitantly other products containing desvenlafaxine or venlafaxine. Healthcare professionals should instruct patients not to take KHEDEZLA with an MAOI or within 14 days of stopping an MAOI and to allow 7 days after stopping KHEDEZLA before starting an MAOI [see Contraindications (4)].

Serotonin Syndrome

Caution patients about the risk of serotonin syndrome, particularly with the concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with other serotonergic agents (including triptans, tricyclic antidepressants, fentanyl, lithium, tramadol, amphetamines, tryptophan, buspirone, and St. John’s Wort supplements) [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].

Elevated Blood Pressure

Advise patients that they should have regular monitoring of blood pressure when taking KHEDEZLA [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3)].

Increased Risk of Bleeding

Inform patients about the concomitant use of KHEDEZLA with NSAIDs, aspirin, other antiplatelet drugs, warfarin, or other coagulants because the combined use of has been associated with an increased risk of bleeding. Advise patients to inform their healthcare providers if they are taking or planning to take any prescription or over-the-counter medications that increase the risk of bleeding [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].

Activation of Mania/Hypomania

Advise patients, their families, and caregivers to observe for signs of activation of mania/hypomania [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6)].

Discontinuation

Advise patients not to abruptly stop taking KHEDEZLA without talking first with their healthcare professional. Patients should be aware that discontinuation effects may occur when stopping KHEDEZLA [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7) and Adverse Reactions (6.1)].

Switching Patients from Other Antidepressants to KHEDEZLA

Discontinuation symptoms have been reported when switching patients from other antidepressants, including venlafaxine, to desvenlafaxine. Tapering of the initial antidepressant may be necessary to minimize discontinuation symptoms.

Interference with Cognitive and Motor Performance

Caution patients about operating hazardous machinery, including automobiles, until they are reasonably certain that KHEDEZLA therapy does not adversely affect their ability to engage in such activities.

Alcohol

Advise patients to avoid alcohol while taking KHEDEZLA [see Drug Interactions (7.3)].

Allergic Reactions

Advise patients to notify their physician if they develop allergic phenomena such as rash, hives, swelling, or difficulty breathing.

Pregnancy

Advise patients to notify their physician if they become pregnant or intend to become pregnant during therapy. Advise patients that there is a pregnancy exposure registry that monitors pregnancy outcomes in women exposed to desvenlafaxine during pregnancy [see Use in Specific Populations (8.1)].

Residual Inert Matrix Tablet

Patients receiving KHEDEZLA may notice an inert matrix tablet passing in the stool or via colostomy. Patients should be informed that the active medication has already been absorbed by the time the patient sees the inert matrix tablet.

Manufactured for:
Osmotica Pharmaceutical US LLC
Marietta, GA 30062

By: Alcami
1726 North 23rd Street,
Wilmington, NC 28405

Distributed by:
Pernix Therapeutics, LLC

Morristown, NJ 07960

OS374-01-84-03
PC 4623KP

MEDICATION GUIDE

KHEDEZLA (key-DEZ-luh)

(desvenlafaxine)

Extended-release Tablets

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

KHEDEZLA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • Increased risk of suicidal thoughts or actions in some children and young adults within the first few months of treatment. KHEDEZLA is not for use in children.
  • Depression or other serious mental illnesses are the most important causes of suicidal thoughts or actions.

How can I watch for and try to prevent suicidal thoughts and actions?

  • Pay close attention to any changes, especially sudden changes, in mood, behaviors, thoughts, or feelings.This is very important when an antidepressant medicine is started or when the dose is changed.
  • Call the healthcare provider right away to report new or sudden changes in mood, behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
  • Keep all follow-up visits with the healthcare provider as scheduled. Call the healthcare provider between visits as needed, especially if you have concerns about symptoms.

Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms, especially if they are new, worse, or worry you:

  • thoughts about suicide or dying
  • attempts to commit suicide
  • new or worse depression
  • new or worse anxiety
  • feeling very agitated or restless
  • panic attacks
  • trouble sleeping (insomnia)
  • new or worse irritability
  • acting aggressive, being angry, or violent
  • acting on dangerous impulses
  • an extreme increase in activity and talking (mania)
  • other unusual changes in behavior or mood

What is KHEDEZLA?

  • KHEDEZLA is a prescription medicine used to treat adults with a certain type of depression called major depressive disorder (MDD). KHEDEZLA belongs to a class of medicines known as serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs).
Do not take KHEDEZLA if you:
  • are allergic to desvenlafaxine succinate, venlafaxine hydrochloride, or any of the ingredients in KHEDEZLA. See the end of this Medication Guide for a complete list of ingredients in KHEDEZLA.
  • take a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI)
  • have stopped taking an MAOI in the last 14 days. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist if you are not sure if you take an MAOI.
  • are being treated with the antibiotic linezolid or the intravenous methylene blue
Do not start taking an MAOI for at least 7 days after you stop treatment with KHEDEZLA.
Before taking KHEDEZLA tell your healthcare provider about all your medical conditions, including if you:
  • have high blood pressure
  • have heart problems
  • have cerebrovascular problems or had a stroke
  • have or had bleeding problems
  • have, or have a family history of, bipolar disorder, mania or hypomania
  • have high cholesterol or high triglycerides
  • have or had depression, suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • have kidney or liver problems
  • have or had seizures or convulsions
  • have low sodium levels in your blood
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risk to your unborn baby if you take KHEDEZLA during pregnancy.
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you become pregnant or think you are pregnant during treatment with KHEDEZLA.
  • If you become pregnant during treatment with KHEDEZLA, talk to your healthcare provider about registering with the National Pregnancy Registry for Antidepressants. You can register by calling 1-844-405-6185.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. KHEDEZLA can pass into your breast milk. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way to feed your baby during treatment with KHEDEZLA.

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

KHEDEZLA and other medicines may affect each other causing possible serious side effects. KHEDEZLA may affect the way other medicines work and other medicines may affect the way KHEDEZLA works.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • other MAOIs
  • medicines to treat migraine headaches known as triptans
  • tricyclic antidepressants
  • fentanyl
  • lithium
  • tramadol
  • tryptophan
  • buspirone
  • amphetamines
  • St. John’s Wort
  • other medicines containing desvenlafaxine or venlafaxine
  • medicines that can affect blood clotting such as aspirin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), warfarin
  • medicines used to treat mood, anxiety, psychotic, or thought disorders, including selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and serotonin norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors (SNRIs)

Ask your healthcare provider if you are not sure if you are taking any of these medicines. Your healthcare provider can tell you if it is safe to take KHEDEZLA with your other medicines.

Do not start or stop any other medicines during treatment with KHEDEZLA without talking to your healthcare provider first. Stopping KHEDEZLA suddenly may cause you to have serious side effects. See, “What are the possible side effects of KHEDEZLA?”

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show to your healthcare providers when you get a new medicine.

How should I take KHEDEZLA?
  • Take KHEDEZLA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to.
  • Take KHEDEZLA one time a day at about the same time each day.
  • KHEDEZLA may be taken either with or without food.
  • Swallow KHEDEZLA tablets whole, with fluid. Do not divide, crush, chew, or dissolve KHEDEZLA tablets.
  • When you take KHEDEZLA, you may see something in your stool that looks like a tablet. This is the empty shell from the tablet after the medicine has been absorbed by your body.
  • If over-exposure occurs, call your Poison Control Center at 1-800-222-1222 or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away.
What should I avoid while taking KHEDEZLA?
  • Do not drive a car or operate heavy machinery until you know how KHEDEZLA affects you.
  • You should not drink alcohol while taking KHEDEZLA.
What are the possible side effects of KHEDEZLA?

KHEDEZLA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • See, What is the most important information I should know about KHEDEZLA?”
  • Serotonin syndrome. A potentially life-threatening problem called serotonin syndrome can happen when you take KHEDEZLA with certain other medicines. See, “Who should not take KHEDEZLA?” Call your healthcare provider or go to the nearest hospital emergency room right away if you have any of the following signs and symptoms of serotonin syndrome:
  • agitation
  • confusion
  • fast heart beat
  • dizziness
  • flushing
  • tremors, stiff muscles, or muscle twitching
  • seizures
  • seeing or hearing things that are not real (hallucinations)
  • coma
  • changes in blood pressure
  • sweating
  • high body temperature (hyperthermia)
  • loss of coordination
  • nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
  • New or worsened high blood pressure (hypertension). Your healthcare provider should check your blood pressure before and during treatment with KHEDEZLA. If you have high blood pressure, it should be controlled before you start treatment with KHEDEZLA.
  • Increased chance of bleeding or bruising. Taking KHEDEZLA with aspirin, NSAIDs, or blood thinners may add to this risk. Tell your healthcare provider right away about any unusual bleeding or bruising.
  • Eye problems (angle closure glaucoma). Many antidepressant medicines, including KHEDEZLA, may cause a certain type of eye problem called angle-closure glaucoma. Call your healthcare provider if you have changes in your vision or eye pain.
  • Discontinuation syndrome. Suddenly stopping KHEDEZLA when you take higher doses may cause you to have serious side effects. Your healthcare provider may want to decrease your dose slowly. Symptoms may include:
  • dizziness
  • irritability and agitation
  • anxiety
  • sweating
  • seizures
  • ringing in your ears (tinnitus)
  • nausea
  • problems sleeping
  • tiredness
  • confusion
  • electric shock sensation (paresthesia)
  • headache
  • diarrhea
  • abnormal dreams
  • changes in your mood
  • hypomania
  • Seizures (convulsions).
  • Low sodium levels in your blood (hyponatremia). Low sodium levels can happen during treatment with KHEDEZLA. Low sodium levels in your blood may be serious and may cause death. Signs and Symptoms of low sodium levels in your blood may include:
    • headache
    • difficulty concentrating
    • memory changes
    • confusion
    • weakness and unsteadiness on your feet which can lead to falls

    In severe or more sudden cases, signs and symptoms include:

    • hallucinations (seeing or hearing things that are not real)
    • fainting
    • seizures
    • coma
  • Lung problems. Some people who have taken the medicine venlafaxine which is the same kind of medicine as the medicine in KHEDEZLA have had lung problems. Symptoms of lung problems include difficulty breathing, cough, or chest discomfort. Tell your healthcare provider right away if you have any of these symptoms.

The most common side effects of KHEDEZLA include:

  • nausea
  • problems sleeping
  • constipation
  • decreased appetite
  • sexual function problems
  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • feeling sleepy
  • anxiety

These are not all the possible side effects of KHEDEZLA.

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 KHEDEZLA?

  • Store KHEDEZLA at room temperature between 68°F to 77°F (20°C to 25°C).
  • Keep KHEDEZLA and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General Information about the safe and effective use of KHEDEZLA

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

What are the ingredients in KHEDEZLA?

Active ingredient: desvenlafaxine

Inactive ingredients:

  • 50 mg tablet: citric acid monohydrate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and film coating, which consists of iron oxides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.
  • 100 mg tablet: citric acid monohydrate, colloidal silicon dioxide, hypromellose, magnesium stearate, microcrystalline cellulose, talc, and film coating, which consists of FD&C yellow #6, hypromellose, iron oxides, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Manufactured for: Osmotica Pharmaceutical US LLC, Marietta, GA 30062.

Manufactured by: Alcami, 1726 North 23rd Street, Wilmington, NC 28405.

Distributed by: Pernix Therapeutics, LLC, Morristown, NJ 07960.

MG 374-01-84-03
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This Medication Guide has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Revised 01/2019

50mg label 30count

PACKAGE LABEL – PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 50 MG LABEL

NDC 65224-880-31

KHEDEZLA

desvenlafaxine

Extended-release Tablets

Note: Give attached Medication Guide when dispensing KHEDEZLA.

Unit of Use 30 Tablets

Rx only

50mg label 30count

50mg label 90count

PACKAGE LABEL – PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 50 MG

NDC 65224-880-90

KHEDEZLA

desvenlafaxine

Extended-release Tablets

Note: Give attached Medication Guide when dispensing KHEDEZLA.

Unit of Use 90 Tablets

Rx only

50mg label 90count

100mg label 30count

PACKAGE LABEL – PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 100 MG LABEL

NDC 65224-890-31

KHEDEZLA

desvenlafaxine

Extended-release Tablets

Note: Give attached Medication Guide when dispensing KHEDEZLA.

Unit of Use 30 Tablets

Rx only

100mg label 30count

100mg label 90count

PACKAGE LABEL – PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL – 100 MG LABEL

NDC 65224-890-90

KHEDEZLA

desvenlafaxine

Extended-release Tablets

Note: Give attached Medication Guide when dispensing KHEDEZLA.

Unit of Use 90 Tablets

Rx only

100mg label 90count

KHEDEZLA EXTENDED-RELEASE
desvenlafaxine tablet, extended release
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:65224-880
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
DESVENLAFAXINE (DESVENLAFAXINE) DESVENLAFAXINE 50 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
HYPROMELLOSE 2208 (100000 MPA.S)
CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE
CELLULOSE, MICROCRYSTALLINE
SILICON DIOXIDE
TALC
MAGNESIUM STEARATE
POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, UNSPECIFIED
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
FERRIC OXIDE RED
FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED
FERROSOFERRIC OXIDE
Product Characteristics
Color PINK (PINK) Score no score
Shape ROUND Size 10mm
Flavor Imprint Code OS;231
Contains
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:65224-880-31 30 TABLET, EXTENDED RELEASE in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
2 NDC:65224-880-90 90 TABLET, EXTENDED RELEASE in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA204683 07/10/2013 01/31/2020
KHEDEZLA EXTENDED-RELEASE
desvenlafaxine tablet, extended release
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:65224-890
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
DESVENLAFAXINE (DESVENLAFAXINE) DESVENLAFAXINE 100 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
HYPROMELLOSE 2208 (100000 MPA.S)
CITRIC ACID MONOHYDRATE
CELLULOSE, MICROCRYSTALLINE
SILICON DIOXIDE
TALC
MAGNESIUM STEARATE
POLYVINYL ALCOHOL, UNSPECIFIED
POLYETHYLENE GLYCOL, UNSPECIFIED
TITANIUM DIOXIDE
FERRIC OXIDE RED
FERRIC OXIDE YELLOW
FD&C YELLOW NO. 6
Product Characteristics
Color BROWN Score no score
Shape ROUND Size 10mm
Flavor Imprint Code OS;232
Contains
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:65224-890-31 30 TABLET, EXTENDED RELEASE in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
2 NDC:65224-890-90 90 TABLET, EXTENDED RELEASE in 1 BOTTLE, PLASTIC
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA204683 07/10/2013 01/31/2020
Labeler - Pernix Therapeutics (004672296)
Pernix Therapeutics

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