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Phytonadione is a vitamin which is a clear, yellow to amber, viscous, and nearly odorless liquid. It is insoluble in water, soluble in chloroform and slightly soluble in ethanol. It has a molecular weight of 450.70.

Phytonadione is 2-methyl-3-phytyl-1, 4-naphthoquinone. Its empirical formula is C31H46O2 and its structural formula is:

Mephyton (phytonadione) tablets containing 5 mg of phytonadione are yellow, compressed tablets, scored on one side. Inactive ingredients are acacia, calcium phosphate, colloidal silicon dioxide, lactose, magnesium stearate, starch, and talc.

Mephyton - Clinical Pharmacology

Mephyton tablets possess the same type and degree of activity as does naturally-occurring vitamin K, which is necessary for the production via the liver of active prothrombin (factor II), proconvertin (factor VII), plasma thromboplastin component (factor IX), and Stuart factor (factor X). The prothrombin test is sensitive to the levels of three of these four factors – II, VII, and X. Vitamin K is an essential cofactor for a microsomal enzyme that catalyzes the posttranslational carboxylation of multiple, specific, peptide-bound glutamic acid residues in inactive hepatic precursors of factors II, VII, IX, and X. The resulting gamma-carboxyglutamic acid residues convert the precursors into active coagulation factors that are subsequently secreted by liver cells into the blood.

Oral phytonadione is adequately absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract only if bile salts are present. After absorption, phytonadione is initially concentrated in the liver, but the concentration declines rapidly. Very little vitamin K accumulates in tissues. Little is known about the metabolic fate of vitamin K. Almost no free unmetabolized vitamin K appears in bile or urine.

In normal animals and humans, phytonadione is virtually devoid of pharmacodynamic activity. However, in animals and humans deficient in vitamin K, the pharmacological action of vitamin K is related to its normal physiological function, that is, to promote the hepatic biosynthesis of vitamin K-dependent clotting factors.

Mephyton tablets generally exert their effect within 6 to 10 hours.

Indications and Usage for Mephyton

Mephyton is indicated in the following coagulation disorders which are due to faulty formation of factors II,VII, IX and X when caused by vitamin K deficiency or interference with vitamin K activity.

Mephyton tablets are indicated in:

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anticoagulant-induced prothrombin deficiency caused by coumarin or indanedione derivatives;
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hypoprothrombinemia secondary to antibacterial therapy;
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hypoprothrombinemia secondary to administration of salicylates;
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hypoprothrombinemia secondary to obstructive jaundice or biliary fistulas but only if bile salts are administered concurrently, since otherwise the oral vitamin K will not be absorbed.

Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to any component of this medication.

Warnings

An immediate coagulant effect should not be expected after administration of phytonadione.

Phytonadione will not counteract the anticoagulant action of heparin.

When vitamin K1 is used to correct excessive anticoagulant-induced hypoprothrombinemia, anticoagulant therapy still being indicated, the patient is again faced with the clotting hazards existing prior to starting the anticoagulant therapy.

Phytonadione is not a clotting agent, but overzealous therapy with vitamin K1 may restore conditions which originally permitted thromboembolic phenomena. Dosage should be kept as low as possible, and prothrombin time should be checked regularly as clinical conditions indicate.

Repeated large doses of vitamin K are not warranted in liver disease if the response to initial use of the vitamin is unsatisfactory. Failure to respond to vitamin K may indicate a congenital coagulation defect or that the condition being treated is unresponsive to vitamin K.

Precautions

General

Vitamin K1 is fairly rapidly degraded by light; therefore, always protect Mephyton from light. Store Mephyton in closed original carton until contents have been used. (See HOW SUPPLIED, Storage.)

Drug Interactions

Temporary resistance to prothrombin-depressing anticoagulants may result, especially when larger doses of phytonadione are used. If relatively large doses have been employed, it may be necessary when reinstituting anticoagulant therapy to use somewhat larger doses of the prothrombin-depressing anticoagulant or to use one which acts on a different principle, such as heparin sodium.

Laboratory Tests

Prothrombin time should be checked regularly as clinical conditions indicate.

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Studies of carcinogenicity or impairment of fertility have not been performed with Mephyton. Mephyton at concentrations up to 2,000 mcg/plate with or without metabolic activation, was negative in the Ames microbial mutagen test.

Pregnancy

Animal reproduction studies have not been conducted with Mephyton. It is also not known whether Mephyton can cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman or can effect reproduction capacity. Mephyton should be given to a pregnant woman only if clearly needed.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness in pediatric patients have not been established with Mephyton. Hemolysis, jaundice, and hyperbilirubinemia in newborns, particularly in premature infants, have been reported with vitamin K.

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether this drug is excreted in human milk. Because many drugs are excreted in human milk, caution should be exercised when Mephyton is administered to a nursing woman.

Geriatric Use

Clinical studies of Mephyton did not include sufficient numbers of subjects aged 65 and over to determine whether they respond differently from younger subjects. Other reported clinical experience has not identified differences in responses between the elderly and younger patients. In general, dose selection for an elderly patient should be cautious, usually starting at the low end of the dosing range, reflecting the greater frequency of decreased hepatic, renal, or cardiac function, and of concomitant disease or other drug therapy.

Adverse Reactions

Severe hypersensitivity reactions, including anaphylactoid reactions and deaths, have been reported following parenteral administration. The majority of these reported events occurred following intravenous administration.

Transient "flushing sensations" and "peculiar" sensations of taste have been observed with parenteral phytonadione, as well as rare instances of dizziness, rapid and weak pulse, profuse sweating, brief hypotension, dyspnea, and cyanosis.

Hyperbilirubinemia has been observed in the newborn following administration of parenteral phytonadione. This has occurred rarely and primarily with doses above those recommended.

To report SUSPECTED ADVERSE REACTIONS, contact Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC at 1-800-321-4576 or FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or www.fda.gov/medwatch.

Overdosage

The intravenous and oral LD50s in the mouse are approximately 1.17 g/kg and greater than 24.18 g/kg, respectively.

Mephyton Dosage and Administration

Mephyton Summary of Dosage Guidelines (See circular text for details.)
Adults Initial Dosage

Anticoagulant-Induced Prothrombin Deficiency
(caused by coumarin or indanedione derivatives)

2.5 mg-10 mg or up to 25 mg
(rarely 50 mg)

Hypoprothrombinemia
Due to Other Causes

(antibiotics; salicylates or other drugs; factors limiting absorption or synthesis)

2.5 mg-25 mg or more (rarely up to 50 mg)

Anticoagulant-Induced Prothrombin Deficiency in Adults

To correct excessively prolonged prothrombin times caused by oral anticoagulant therapy, 2.5 to 10 mg or up to 25 mg initially is recommended. In rare instances 50 mg may be required. Frequency and amount of subsequent doses should be determined by prothrombin time response or clinical condition. (See WARNINGS.) If, in 12 to 48 hours after oral administration, the prothrombin time has not been shortened satisfactorily, the dose should be repeated.

Hypoprothrombinemia Due to Other Causes in Adults

If possible, discontinuation or reduction of the dosage of drugs interfering with coagulation mechanisms (such as salicylates, antibiotics) is suggested as an alternative to administering concurrent Mephyton. The severity of the coagulation disorder should determine whether the immediate administration of Mephyton is required in addition to discontinuation or reduction of interfering drugs.

A dosage of 2.5 to 25 mg or more (rarely up to 50 mg) is recommended, the amount and route of administration depending upon the severity of the condition and response obtained.

The oral route should be avoided when the clinical disorder would prevent proper absorption. Bile salts must be given with the tablets when the endogenous supply of bile to the gastrointestinal tract is deficient.

How is Mephyton Supplied

Mephyton tablets, 5 mg vitamin K1, are yellow, round, scored, compressed tablets, coded VRX 405 on one side and Mephyton on the other. They are supplied as follows:

NDC 0187-1704-05 bottles of 100.

Storage:

Store at 25°C (77°F); excursions permitted to 15°-30°C (59°-86°F) [see USP Controlled Room Temperature]. Always protect Mephyton from light. Store in tightly closed original container and carton until contents have been used. (SeePRECAUTIONS, General.)

Manufactured for:
Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 USA

Manufactured by:
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc.
Steinbach, MB R5G 1Z7, Canada

Mephyton is a trademark of Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. or its affiliates.
©Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC

Rev. 11/16

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PRINCIPAL DISPLAY PANEL - 5 mg Tablet Bottle Label

NDC 0187-1704-05

Rx only

Mephyton®
(phytonadione) Tablets

5 mg

100 Tablets

Manufactured for:
Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC
Bridgewater, NJ 08807 USA
©Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC

Mephyton 
phytonadione tablet
Product Information
Product Type HUMAN PRESCRIPTION DRUG LABEL Item Code (Source) NDC:0187-1704
Route of Administration ORAL DEA Schedule     
Active Ingredient/Active Moiety
Ingredient Name Basis of Strength Strength
phytonadione (phytonadione) phytonadione 5 mg
Inactive Ingredients
Ingredient Name Strength
Acacia  
Silicon Dioxide  
Magnesium stearate  
Starch, Corn  
Talc  
CALCIUM PHOSPHATE, UNSPECIFIED FORM  
LACTOSE, UNSPECIFIED FORM  
Product Characteristics
Color YELLOW (pale yellow) Score 2 pieces
Shape ROUND Size 6mm
Flavor Imprint Code VRX;405;Mephyton
Contains     
Packaging
# Item Code Package Description
1 NDC:0187-1704-05 1 BOTTLE in 1 CARTON
1 100 TABLET in 1 BOTTLE
Marketing Information
Marketing Category Application Number or Monograph Citation Marketing Start Date Marketing End Date
NDA NDA010104 03/19/2013
Labeler - Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC (042230623)
Establishment
Name Address ID/FEI Operations
Valeant Pharmaceuticals International, Inc. 253292734 MANUFACTURE(0187-1704)
Revised: 11/2016
 
Valeant Pharmaceuticals North America LLC
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