ALBERT® TIAFEN ALBERT® TIAFEN SR
Anti-inflammatory – Analgesic
Action And Clinical Pharmacology: Tiaprofenic acid, a propionic acid derivative, is a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agent with analgesic and antipyretic properties. Its mechanism of action, as with other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory agents, is not yet completely known. Tiaprofenic acid is an inhibitor of prostaglandin synthetase enzymes which are known to be associated with inflammation and pain. The therapeutic effect of tiaprofenic acid does not result from pituitary-adrenal stimulation.
In vitro and ex vivo studies in different experimental models with cartilage and cultures of human chondrocytes obtained from biopsy specimens have shown that exposure to tiaprofenic acid did not depress the biosynthesis of proteoglycans nor alter the differentiation of proteoglycans secreted. The degradation of proteoglycan aggregates was inhibited. In vivo data in osteoarthritis patients showed a significant reduction in stromelysin (proteoglycanase) activity further to pretreatment with tiaprofenic acid. These results support tiaprofenic acid as an effective inhibitor of stromelysin and also suggest a positive effect on the joint cartilage under experimental conditions in patients receiving therapeutic doses. The clinical significance of these findings is under further investigation.
Pharmacokinetics: Tiaprofenic acid given orally is rapidly absorbed at the gastric and duodenal levels. Peak serum levels are achieved in 30 to 90 minutes. It is extensively plasma protein bound (98%). Following a single dose of 200 mg the plasma half-life is approximately 1.7 hours. Food delays the absorption and the time to reach peak plasma concentrations by 10%.
Tiaprofenic acid is largely eliminated in the urine as unaltered tiaprofenic acid with its 2 metabolites (II and III) accounting for less than 10%; these metabolites have almost no activity.
Chronic administration of tiaprofenic acid at the dosage of 200 mg t.i.d. confirmed rapid elimination and absence of accumulation. Steady state was reached after 1 day’s treatment and plasma levels approached 0 within 24 hours of the last dose.
In 2 groups of arthritic patients treated with tiaprofenic acid 200 mg t.i.d. and 300 mg b.i.d. receiving the drug for 7 days or more, the times to each mean peak serum levels were respectively 78 and 50 minutes; in synovial fluid, the mean time to peak levels was approximately 4 hours for both dosages. Following a 200 mg dose, peak serum and synovial fluid levels reached 26 µg/mL and 5.3 µg/mL respectively and 50 µg/mL and 7.7 µg/mL after a 300 mg dose. At 8 hours serum blood levels were lower than those of synovial fluids, but by 11 hours these levels were approximately the same.
In another study, rheumatoid arthritis patients were given tiaprofenic acid 200 mg t.i.d. for 7 days. After the first dose, a fall in the synovial PGE2 level occurred inversely to a rise in drug level. The level of PGE2 remained low after 1 week’s continuous medication. These results indicate that tiaprofenic acid reaches its target organ and is retained within the joint. It also suggests that reduction in PGE2 production is one of the ways in which tiaprofenic acid acts. The clinical significance of the relative serum and synovial fluid levels has, however, not been elucidated.
The results of a 3-month study in elderly osteoarthritis patients receiving tiaprofenic acid 300 mg b.i.d. showed no significant differences for all pharmacokinetic parameters (Cmax, Tmax, C9, AUC0-9h, t1/2) measured at weeks 0, 4, 8 and 12, thus suggesting a lack of accumulation.
Fecal blood loss at usual clinical dose was less than with usual clinical doses of ASA.
Following repeated administration of 2 capsules of tiaprofenic acid sustained release 300 mg once daily, Cmax was reached 4 to 8 hours later, with a significantly higher concentration at 6 hours than that obtained with the regular tablets. Steady state was reached 12 hours after the first dose. There were no significant differences in Cmax, Cmin and AUC0-24h between the regular and the sustained release formulations.
In patients with rheumatoid arthritis treated with repeated doses of tiaprofenic acid sustained release 600 mg once daily, the time to synovial fluid Cmax was 8 hours and the synovial fluid AUC0-24h was approximately 36% of the plasma AUC0-24h. Twenty-four hours after the last dose, the tiaprofenic acid concentration was higher in the synovial fluid than in the plasma. The elimination half-life from synovial fluid (median: 8.6 hours) was at least twice that from plasma (median: 4.2 hours).
In a pharmacokinetics study in elderly patients, no accumulation of tiaprofenic acid was found following repeated once daily administration of sustained-release capsules. The mean half-life was 4.4 hours.
The effect of food on the bioavailability of sustained-release tiaprofenic acid capsules is not known as no studies have been carried out.
Indications And Clinical Uses: For the relief of signs and symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis (degenerative joint disease).
Contra-Indications: Active peptic ulcer, a history of recurrent ulceration or active inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal system.
Known or suspected hypersensitivity to the drug or other nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). The potential for cross-reactivity between different NSAIDs must be kept in mind.
Tiaprofenic acid is contraindicated in patients with a history of asthma, whether or not induced by ASA or NSAIDs.
Tiaprofenic acid should not be used in patients with the complete or partial syndrome of nasal polyps, or in whom asthma, anaphylaxis, urticaria, rhinitis or other allergic manifestations are precipitated by ASA or other NSAIDs. Fatal anaphylactoid reactions have occurred in such individuals. As well, individuals with the above medical problems are at risk of a severe reaction even if they have taken NSAIDs in the past without any adverse effects.
Significant hepatic impairment or active liver disease.
Tiaprofenic acid is not recommended for use with other NSAIDs because of the absence of any evidence demonstrating synergistic benefits and the potential for additive side effects.
Pregnancy (See Warnings).
Manufacturers’ Warnings In Clinical States: Gastrointestinal System: Serious gastrointestinal toxicity, such as peptic ulceration, perforation and gastrointestinal bleeding, sometimes severe and occasionally fatal can occur at any time, with or without symptoms in patients treated with NSAIDs including tiaprofenic acid.
Minor upper gastrointestinal problems, such as dyspepsia, are common, usually developing early in therapy. Physicians should remain alert for ulceration and bleeding in patients treated with NSAIDs, even in the absence of previous gastrointestinal tract symptoms.
In patients observed in clinical trials of such agents, symptomatic upper gastrointestinal ulcers, gross bleeding, or perforation appear to occur in approximately 1% of patients treated for 3 to 6 months and in about 2 to 4% of patients treated for 1 year. The risk continues beyond 1 year and possibly increases.
The incidence of these complications increases with increasing dose.
Tiaprofenic acid should be given under close medical supervision to patients prone to gastrointestinal tract irritation particularly those with a history of peptic ulcer, diverticulosis or other inflammatory disease of the gastrointestinal tract such as ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease. In these cases the physician must weigh the benefits of treatment against the possible hazards.
Physicians should inform patients about the signs and/or symptoms of serious gastrointestinal toxicity and instruct them to contact a physician immediately if they experience persistent dyspepsia or other symptoms or signs suggestive of gastrointestinal ulceration or bleeding.
Because serious gastrointestinal tract ulceration and bleeding can occur without warning symptoms, physicians should follow chronically treated patients by checking their hemoglobin periodically and by being vigilant for the signs and symptoms of ulceration and bleeding and should inform the patients of the importance of this follow-up.
If ulceration is suspected or confirmed, or if gastrointestinal bleeding occurs, tiaprofenic acid should be discontinued immediately, appropriate treatment instituted and the patient monitored closely.
No studies, to date, have identified any group of patients not at risk of developing ulceration and bleeding. A prior history of serious gastrointestinal events and other factors such as excess alcohol intake, smoking, age, female gender and concomitant oral steroid and anticoagulant use have been associated with increased risk.
Studies to date show that all NSAIDs can cause gastrointestinal tract adverse events. Although existing data does not clearly identify differences in risk between various NSAIDs, this may be shown in the future.
Genitourinary Tract: Some NSAIDs are known to cause persistent urinary symptoms (bladder pain, dysuria, urinary frequency), hematuria or cystitis. The onset of these symptoms may occur at any time after the initiation of therapy with a NSAID. Some cases have become severe on continued treatment. Tiaprofenic acid appears to have a greater propensity than other NSAIDS to generate reports of cystitis. Although the reaction is generally reversible, nonrecognition has led to extensive investigations and even surgical intervention, in some patients. Should urinary symptoms occur, treatment with tiaprofenic acid must be stopped immediately to obtain recovery. This should be done before any urological investigations or treatments are carried out. Before starting treatment with tiaprofenic acid, the patient should be asked to inform his/her physician of any urinary symptoms, even if the patient is familiar with these symptoms from the patient’s medical history.
Geriatrics: Patients older than 65 years and frail or debilitated patients are most susceptible to a variety of adverse reactions from NSAIDs: the incidence of these adverse reactions increases with dose and duration of treatment. In addition, these patients are less tolerant to ulceration and bleeding. Most reports of fatal gastrointestinal events are in this population. Older patients are also at risk of lower esophageal ulceration and bleeding.
For such patients, consideration should be given to a starting dose lower than the one usually recommended, with individual adjustment when necessary and under close supervision (see Precautions for further advice).
Cross-sensitivity: Patients sensitive to any of the NSAIDs may be sensitive to any one of the other NSAIDs also. There is a risk of cross-sensitivity among ASA and NSAIDs, including the group to which tiaprofenic acid belongs. These pseudoallergic reactions may include symptoms such as rash, urticaria, angiodema or more potentially severe manifestations (e.g., laryngeal edema, bronchoconstriction, shock). The risk of pseudo-allergic reactions is greater in patients with recurrent rhino sinusitis, nasal polyposis or chronic urticaria. Asthmatic patients are particularly at risk of dangerous reactions. Therefore, tiaprofenic acid must not be administered to patients with asthma.
Aseptic Meningitis: In occasional cases, with some NSAIDs, the symptoms of aseptic meningitis (stiff neck, severe headaches, nausea and vomiting, fever or clouding of consciousness) have been observed. Patients with autoimmune disorders (systemic lupus erythematosus, mixed connective tissues diseases, etc.) seem to be predisposed. Therefore, in such patients, the physician must be vigilant to the development of this complication.
Pregnancy and Lactation: The safe use of tiaprofenic acid in pregnancy and lactation has not been established. Although no teratogenic effects were seen in animal studies, parturition was delayed and prolonged, and there was an increase in the number of stillbirths. There is also the possible risk of premature closure of the ductus arteriosus, and development of a bleeding tendency or renal risk in the neonate. Tiaprofenic acid crosses the placental barrier and is secreted in breast milk. The use of this drug is not, therefore, recommended during pregnancy and lactation.
Children: The safety and efficacy of tiaprofenic acid has not been established in children and its use in this age group is therefore not recommended.
Infection: In common with other anti-inflammatory drugs, tiaprofenic acid may mask the usual signs of infection. If tiaprofenic acid is used against symptoms of inflammation accompanying infectious disorders, effective anti-infective therapy is mandatory.
Fluid Balance: Tiaprofenic acid may cause sodium and water retention with edema. At the start of therapy, urine volume and renal function should be carefully monitored in patients with cardiac insufficiency, liver cirrhosis, or nephrotic syndrome and in patients on diuretics (see also Precautions).
Precautions: Gastrointestinal: There is no definitive evidence that the concomitant administration of histamine H2-receptor antagonists and/or antacids will either prevent the occurrence of gastrointestinal side effects or allow the continuation of tiaprofenic acid therapy when and if these adverse reactions appear.
Renal Function: Long-term administration of NSAIDs to animals has resulted in renal papillary necrosis and other abnormal renal pathology. In humans, there have been reports of acute interstitial nephritis with hematuria, proteinuria, and occasionally nephrotic syndrome.
A second form of renal toxicity has been seen in patients with prerenal conditions leading to the reduction in renal blood flow or blood volume, where the renal prostaglandins have a supportive role in the maintenance of renal perfusion. In these patients, administration of a NSAID may cause a dose-dependent reduction in prostaglandin formation and may precipitate overt renal decompensation. Patients at greatest risk of this reaction are those with impaired renal function, heart failure, liver dysfunction, those taking diuretics, and the elderly. Discontinuation of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory therapy is usually followed by recovery to the pretreatment state.
Tiaprofenic acid and its metabolites are eliminated primarily by the kidneys, therefore the drug should be used with great caution in patients with impaired renal function. In these cases utilization of lower doses of tiaprofenic acid should be considered and patients carefully monitored.
During long-term therapy kidney function should be monitored periodically.
Hepatic Function: As with other NSAIDs, borderline elevations of one or more liver function tests may occur. Though these have been seen in up to 15% of patients treated with other NSAIDs, they have been reported in less than 1% of patients treated with tiaprofenic acid during clinical trials (see Adverse Effects). These abnormalities may progress, may remain essentially unchanged, or may be transient with continued therapy. A patient with symptoms and/or signs suggesting liver dysfunction, or in whom an abnormal liver test has occurred, should be evaluated for evidence of the development of more severe hepatic reaction while on therapy with this drug. Severe hepatic reactions including jaundice and cases of fatal hepatitis have been reported with NSAIDs.
Although such reactions are rare, if abnormal liver tests persist or worsen, if clinical signs and symptoms consistent with liver disease develop, or if systemic manifestations occur (e.g., eosinophilia, rash, etc.), this drug should be discontinued.
During long-term therapy, liver function tests should be monitored periodically. If there is a need to prescribe this drug in the presence of impaired liver function, it must be done under strict observation.
Fluid and Electrolyte Balance: Fluid retention and edema have been observed in patients treated with tiaprofenic acid. Therefore, as with many other NSAIDs, the possibility of precipitating congestive heart failure in elderly patients or those with compromised cardiac function should be borne in mind. Tiaprofenic acid should be used with caution in patients with heart failure, hypertension or other conditions predisposing to fluid retention.
With NSAID treatment, there is a potential risk of hyperkalemia particularly in patients with conditions such as diabetes mellitus or renal failure; elderly patients; or in patients receiving concomitant therapy with beta-adrenergic blockers, angiotensin-converting-enzyme inhibitors or some diuretics. Serum electrolytes should be monitored periodically during long-term therapy, especially in those patients who are at risk.
Hematology: Drugs inhibiting prostaglandin biosynthesis do interfere with platelet function to varying degrees; therefore, patients who may be adversely affected by such an action should be carefully observed when tiaprofenic acid is administered.
Blood dyscrasias (such as neutropenia, leukopenia, thrombocytopenia, aplastic anemia and agranulocytosis) associated with the use of NSAIDs are rare, but could occur with severe consequences.
Ophthalmology: Blurred and/or diminished vision has been reported with the use of tiaprofenic acid and other NSAIDs. If such symptoms develop this drug should be discontinued and an ophthalmologic examination performed; ophthalmologic examination should be carried out at periodic intervals in any patient receiving this drug for an extended period of time.
CNS: Some patients may experience drowsiness, dizziness, vertigo, insomnia or depression with the use of tiaprofenic acid. If patients experience these side effects, they should exercise caution in carrying out activities that require alertness.
Geriatrics: Tiaprofenic acid should be used with caution in the elderly, and the dosage adjusted individually.
Drug Interactions: ASA or other NSAIDs: The use of tiaprofenic acid in addition to any other NSAID, including those over-the-counter ones (such as ASA and ibuprofen) is not recommended due to the possibility of additive side effects.
Concomitant administration of ASA results in decreased peak serum concentrations of tiaprofenic acid and slight increases in both clearance and apparent half-life. The clinical significance of these changes is unknown.
Drugs Affecting Blood Formation and Coagulation: Numerous studies have shown that the concomitant use of NSAIDs and anticoagulants increases the risk of gastrointestinal adverse events such as ulceration and bleeding.
Because prostaglandins play an important role in hemostasis, and NSAIDs affect platelet function, concurrent therapy of tiaprofenic acid with warfarin requires close monitoring to be certain that no change in anticoagulant dosage is necessary.
Tiaprofenic acid is not recommended for coadministration with vitamin K antagonists, ticlopidine, and heparin due to increased risk of hemorrhage. The possibility of interaction with thrombolytics must be taken into account.
Diuretics: Tiaprofenic acid may reduce the activity of diuretics (i.e., both their diuretic and antihypertensive effects).
Antihypertensives: NSAIDs can reduce the antihypertensive effect of propranolol and other beta-blockers as well as other antihypertensive agents. Coadministration of NSAIDs and ACE-inhibitors can promote impairment of renal function and/or hyperkalemia.
Glucocorticoids: Numerous studies have shown that the concomitant use of NSAIDs and oral glucocorticoids increases the risk of GI side effects such as ulceration and bleeding. This is especially the case in older (>65 years of age) individuals.
In patients receiving concomitant steroid therapy, any reduction in steroid dosage should be gradual to avoid the possible complications of sudden steroid withdrawal.
Lithium: Tiaprofenic acid can reduce the renal excretion of lithium.
Methothrexate: Tiaprofenic acid can interfere with the plasma protein binding and renal clearance of methothrexate.
Other Drug Interactions : Tiaprofenic acid is extensively bound to serum albumin (98%). This may lead to interaction with sulfonylurea, hypoglycemic agents, sulfonamides, phenytoin. Therefore, caution should be observed when these drugs are used concurrently.
Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests: No interference known.
Adverse Reactions: The most common adverse reactions encountered with NSAIDs are gastrointestinal, of which peptic ulcer, with or without bleeding, is the most severe. Fatalities have occurred, particularly in the elderly.
Laboratory and Biochemical Tolerance: Combined decrease of hematocrit and hemoglobin: 2.8% of patients. Decrease of hemoglobin: 2.8% of patients. Increased white blood cell count 0.6%; decreased count 0.3%.
Increased GGT and AST: less than 1%. Increased alkaline phosphatase from previously normal levels: less than 1%. In patients with initially high alkaline phosphatase the levels remained high or increased.
Increase in blood urea nitrogen (BUN): 2.5% of total patients (11.8% in the elderly). Increase in BUN and creatinine: 0.4% of patients.
Hyperkalemia: 2.4% of patients.
In addition, the following side effects have been reported in clinical and postmarket use of tiaprofenic acid: Gastrointestinal: disorders of intestinal transit, ulcer, perforation, overt or occult gastrointestinal hemorrhage resulting in anemia.
Muco-cutaneous: purpura, urticaria, very rarely erythema multiforme and bulbous eruptions (Stevens-Johnson syndrome or exceptionally toxic epidermal necrolysis); very rarely photosensitivity reactions.
Hypersensitivity Reactions: asthmatic attacks, especially in subjects allergic to ASA and other NSAIDs, angioedema, anaphylactic shock.
Hematological: thrombocytopenia, prolongation of bleeding time.
Urinary: Urinary symptoms (bladder pain, dysuria, and frequency), hematuria or cystitis may occur. When treatment with tiaprofenic acid has been continued for months after onset of the urinary symptoms, inflammatory changes to the urinary tract, sometimes severe, have been observed and a few patients have undergone surgical procedures. Therefore, should any urinary symptom occur, treatment with tiaprofenic acid must be discontinued immediately. Complete recovery after discontinuation is the rule (see Warnings).
Nervous System: vertigo, tinnitus, tremor.
Renal: sodium and water retention (see Warnings). As with other NSAIDs, isolated cases of acute interstitial nephritis have been reported with tiaprofenic acid.
Hepatic: liver test abnormalities.
Other: palpebral edema, palpitations.
Symptoms And Treatment Of Overdose: Symptoms and Treatment: There have been no reports of overdosage. No specific antidote is known, therefore, treatment should by symptomatic and supportive. Early gastric lavage is indicated.
Dosage And Administration: Sustained-Release Capsules: Rheumatoid Arthritis or Osteoarthritis: The initial and maintenance dose is 2 sustained release capsules of 300 mg once daily. Capsules should be swallowed whole.
Tablets: Rheumatoid Arthritis: The usual initial and maintenance dose is 600 mg daily in 3 divided doses. Some patients may do well on 300 mg twice daily. The maximum daily dose is 600 mg.
Osteoarthritis: The usual initial and maintenance dose is 600 mg daily in 2 or 3 divided doses. In rare instances patients may be maintained on 300 mg daily in divided doses. The maximum maintenance daily dose is 600 mg.
Availability And Storage: Capsules: Each hard gelatin, sustained-release capsule, with a transparent pink body and opaque maroon cap printed with “Albert Tiafen SR” on one side and the Roussel logo on the other, each containing off-white spheroidal pellets, contains: tiaprofenic acid 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: glyceryl monostearate, microcrystalline cellulose and talc. Shell: gelatin. Cap: erythrosine, indigo carmine, titanium dioxide. Body: erythrosine, indigo carmine. White opaque polyethylene bottles of 60 and 500.
Tablets: 200 mg: Each white, biconvex tablet, marked with the Roussel logo on one side, the reverse side with a break-line, one half embossed “ALBERT TIAFEN” and the other half “200”, contains: tiaprofenic acid 200 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: magnesium stearate, maize starch, Pluronic F68 and talc. Amber glass bottles of 100.
300 mg: Each white, biconvex tablet, marked with the Roussel logo on one side, the reverse side with a break-line, one half embossed “ALBERT TIAFEN” and the other half “300”, contains: tiaprofenic acid 300 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: magnesium stearate, maize starch, Pluronic F68 and talc. Amber glass bottles of 100 and 500.
Store between 15 and 30°C. Protect from excessive heat, light and humidity.
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