Ambrisentan Tablets (Letairis)
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Ambrisentan Tablets (Letairis)

LETAIRIS
(ambrisentan)

WARNING

CONTRAINDICATED IN PREGNANCY

Do not administer LETAIRIS to a pregnant woman because it may cause fetal harm. LETAIRIS is very likely to produce serious birth defects if used by pregnant women, as this effect has been seen consistently when it is administered to animals [see CONTRAINDICATIONS].

Pregnancy must therefore be excluded before the initiation of treatment with LETAIRIS and prevented during treatment and for one month after stopping treatment by the use of two acceptable methods of contraception unless the patient has had a tubal sterilization or chooses to use a Copper T 380A IUD or LNg 20 IUS, in which case no additional contraception is needed. Obtain monthly pregnancy tests [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Because of the risk of birth defects, LETAIRIS is available only through a restricted program under a Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS) called the LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP). As a component of the LETAIRIS REMS, prescribers, patients, and pharmacies must enroll in the program [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

DRUG DESCRIPTION

LETAIRIS is the brand name for ambrisentan, an endothelin receptor antagonist that is selective for the endothelin type-A (ETA) receptor. The chemical name of ambrisentan is (+)-(2S)-2-[(4,6-dimethylpyrimidin-2-yl)oxy]-3-methoxy-3,3-diphenylpropanoic acid. It has a molecular formula of C22H22N2O4 and a molecular weight of 378.42. It contains a single chiral center determined to be the (S) configuration and has the following structural formula:

Figure 1 : Ambrisentan Structural Formula

LETAIRIS (ambrisentan) Structural Formula Illustration

Ambrisentan is a white to off-white, crystalline solid. It is a carboxylic acid with a pKa of 4.0. Ambrisentan is practically insoluble in water and in aqueous solutions at low pH. Solubility increases in aqueous solutions at higher pH. In the solid state ambrisentan is very stable, is not hygroscopic, and is not light sensitive.

LETAIRIS is available as 5 mg and 10 mg film-coated tablets for once daily oral administration. The tablets include the following inactive ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. The tablets are film-coated with a coating material containing FD&C Red #40 aluminum lake, lecithin, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide. Each square, pale pink LETAIRIS tablet contains 5 mg of ambrisentan. Each oval, deep pink LETAIRIS tablet contains 10 mg of ambrisentan. LETAIRIS tablets are unscored.

What are the possible side effects of ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • anxiety, sweating, pale skin, severe shortness of breath, wheezing, gasping for breath, cough with foamy mucus, chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate;
  • swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored...

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What are the precautions when taking ambrisentan tablets (Letairis)?

Before taking ambrisentan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other endothelin receptor blockers (e.g., bosentan); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, anemia.

Older adults may be at greater risk for swelling ankles/feet while using this drug.

This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Women who may become pregnant must have a negative pregnancy...

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This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

INDICATIONS

LETAIRIS is indicated for the treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (WHO Group 1) to improve exercise ability and delay clinical worsening. Studies establishing effectiveness included predominantly patients with WHO Functional Class II-III symptoms and etiologies of idiopathic or heritable PAH (64%) or PAH associated with connective tissue diseases (32%).

DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION

Healthcare professionals who prescribe LETAIRIS must enroll in the restricted program called LEAP and must comply with the required monitoring to ensure safe use of LETAIRIS [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Adult Dosage

Initiate treatment at 5 mg once daily, and consider increasing the dose to 10 mg once daily if 5 mg is tolerated.

Tablets may be administered with or without food. Tablets should not be split, crushed, or chewed. Doses higher than 10 mg once daily have not been studied in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).

Women of Childbearing Potential

Initiate treatment with LETAIRIS in women of childbearing potential only after a negative pregnancy test [see CONTRAINDICATIONS and WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

HOW SUPPLIED

Dosage Forms And Strengths

  • 5 mg and 10 mg film-coated tablets for oral administration
  • Each 5 mg tablet is square convex, pale pink, with “5” on one side and “GSI” on the other side.
  • Each 10 mg tablet is oval convex, deep pink, with “10” on one side and “GSI” on the other side.

Storage And Handling

LETAIRIS is available only through the LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP) by calling 1-866-664-LEAP (5327) or by logging on to www.letairis.com.

LETAIRIS film-coated, tablets are supplied as follows:

Package Configuration Tablet Strength NDC No. Description of Tablet; Debossed on Tablet; Size
30 count blister 5 mg 61958-0801-2 Square convex; pale pink; “5” on side 1 and “GSI” on side 2; 6.6 mm Square
30 count blister 10 mg 61958-0802-2 Oval convex; deep pink; “10” on side 1 and “GSI” on side 2; 9.8 mm x 4.9 mm Oval

Store at 25 °C (77 °F); excursions permitted to 15-30 °C (59-86 °F) [see USP controlled room temperature]. Store LETAIRIS in its original packaging.

Revised February 2012. Gilead Sciences, Inc., Foster City, CA 94404

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

SIDE EFFECTS

See WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS for discussion of hematological changes.

Clinical Trials 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 trials of another drug and may not reflect the rates observed in practice.

Safety data for LETAIRIS were obtained from two 12-week, placebo-controlled studies in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) (ARIES-1 and ARIES-2) and four nonplacebo-controlled studies in 483 patients with PAH who were treated with doses of 1, 2.5, 5, or 10 mg once daily. The exposure to LETAIRIS in these studies ranged from 1 day to 4 years (N=418 for at least 6 months and N=343 for at least 1 year).

In ARIES-1 and ARIES-2, a total of 261 patients received LETAIRIS at doses of 2.5, 5, or 10 mg once daily and 132 patients received placebo. The adverse reactions that occurred in > 3% more patients receiving LETAIRIS than receiving placebo are shown in Table 1.

Table 1 : Adverse Reactions with Placebo-Adjusted Rates > 3%

Adverse reaction Placebo
(N=132)
LETAIRIS
(N=261)
n (%) n (%) Placebo-adjusted (%)
Peripheral edema 14 (11) 45 (17) 6
Nasal congestion 2 (2) 15 (6) 4
Sinusitis 0 (0) 8 (3) 3
Flushing 1 (1) 10 (4) 3

Most adverse drug reactions were mild to moderate and only nasal congestion was dose-dependent.

Few notable differences in the incidence of adverse reactions were observed for patients by age or sex. Peripheral edema was similar in younger patients ( < 65 years) receiving LETAIRIS (14%; 29/205) or placebo (13%; 13/104), and was greater in elderly patients ( ≥ 65 years) receiving LETAIRIS (29%; 16/56) compared to placebo (4%; 1/28). The results of such subgroup analyses must be interpreted cautiously.

The incidence of treatment discontinuations due to adverse events other than those related to PAH during the clinical trials in patients with PAH was similar for LETAIRIS (2%; 5/261 patients) and placebo (2%; 3/132 patients). The incidence of patients with serious adverse events other than those related to PAH during the clinical trials in patients with PAH was similar for placebo (7%; 9/132 patients) and for LETAIRIS (5%; 13/261 patients).

During 12-week controlled clinical trials, the incidence of aminotransferase elevations > 3 x upper limit of normal (ULN) were 0% on LETAIRIS and 2.3% on placebo. In practice, cases of hepatic injury should be carefully evaluated for cause.

Use in Patients with Prior Endothelin Receptor Antagonist (ERA) Related Serum Liver Enzyme Abnormalities

In an uncontrolled, open-label study, 36 patients who had previously discontinued endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs: bosentan, an investigational drug, or both) due to aminotransferase elevations > 3 x ULN were treated with LETAIRIS. Prior elevations were predominantly moderate, with 64% of the ALT elevations < 5 x ULN, but 9 patients had elevations > 8 x ULN. Eight patients had been re-challenged with bosentan and/or the investigational ERA and all eight had a recurrence of aminotransferase abnormalities that required discontinuation of ERA therapy. All patients had to have normal aminotransferase levels on entry to this study. Twenty-five of the 36 patients were also receiving prostanoid and/or phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitor therapy. Two patients discontinued early (including one of the patients with a prior 8 x ULN elevation). Of the remaining 34 patients, one patient experienced a mild aminotransferase elevation at 12 weeks on LETAIRIS 5 mg that resolved with decreasing the dosage to 2.5 mg, and that did not recur with later escalations to 10 mg.

With a median follow-up of 13 months and with 50% of patients increasing the dose of LETAIRIS to 10 mg, no patients were discontinued for aminotransferase elevations. While the uncontrolled study design does not provide information about what would have occurred with re-administration of previously used ERAs or show that LETAIRIS led to fewer aminotransferase elevations than would have been seen with those drugs, the study indicates that LETAIRIS may be tried in patients who have experienced asymptomatic aminotransferase elevations on other ERAs after aminotransferase levels have returned to normal.

Postmarketing Experience

The following adverse reactions were identified during postapproval use of LETAIRIS. Because these reactions were reported voluntarily from a population of uncertain size, it is not possible to estimate reliably the frequency or to establish a causal relationship to drug exposure: anemia [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], fluid retention [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS], heart failure (associated with fluid retention), hypersensitivity (e.g., angioedema, rash), nausea, and vomiting.

Elevations of liver aminotransferases (ALT, AST) have been reported with LETAIRIS use; in most cases alternative causes of the liver injury could be identified (heart failure, hepatic congestion, hepatitis, alcohol use, hepatotoxic medications). Other endothelin receptor antagonists have been associated with elevations of aminotransferases, hepatotoxicity, and cases of liver failure.

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DRUG INTERACTIONS

Multiple dose co-administration of ambrisentan and cyclosporine resulted in an approximately 2-fold increase in ambrisentan exposure in healthy volunteers; therefore, limit the dose of ambrisentan to 5 mg once daily when co-administered with cyclosporine [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY].

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This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

WARNINGS

Included as part of the PRECAUTIONS section.

PRECAUTIONS

LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP)

Because of the risk of birth defects, LETAIRIS is available only through a restricted program called the LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP).

Required components of LEAP:
  • Healthcare professionals who prescribe LETAIRIS must complete the LEAP Prescriber Enrollment and Agreement Form, enroll in the program, and comply with the REMS requirements.
  • To receive LETAIRIS, all patients must complete a patient enrollment form and be re-enrolled annually by their prescriber. For women of childbearing potential, (1) a pregnancy test must be ordered and reviewed by the prescriber prior to initiation of LETAIRIS treatment and monthly during treatment, (2) she must agree to be contacted prior to each shipment to confirm that a pregnancy test was completed, (3) she must agree to be counseled on the requirements of the REMS program and the risks of LETAIRIS, and (4) she must agree to be contacted by Gilead if she becomes pregnant while on Letairis or within 30 days of treatment discontinuation.
  • Pharmacies that dispense LETAIRIS must enroll in the program and agree to comply with the REMS requirements.

Further information is available at www.letairisrems.com or 1-866-664-LEAP (5327).

Fluid Retention

Peripheral edema is a known class effect of endothelin receptor antagonists, and is also a clinical consequence of PAH and worsening PAH. In the placebo-controlled studies, there was an increased incidence of peripheral edema in patients treated with doses of 5 or 10 mg LETAIRIS compared to placebo [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. Most edema was mild to moderate in severity, and it occurred with greater frequency and severity in elderly patients.

In addition, there have been post-marketing reports of fluid retention in patients with pulmonary hypertension, occurring within weeks after starting LETAIRIS. Patients required intervention with a diuretic, fluid management, or, in some cases, hospitalization for decompensating heart failure.

If clinically significant fluid retention develops, with or without associated weight gain, further evaluation should be undertaken to determine the cause, such as LETAIRIS or underlying heart failure, and the possible need for specific treatment or discontinuation of LETAIRIS therapy.

Pulmonary Veno-occlusive Disease

If patients develop acute pulmonary edema during initiation of therapy with vasodilating agents such as LETAIRIS, the possibility of pulmonary veno-occlusive disease should be considered, and if confirmed LETAIRIS should be discontinued.

Decreased Sperm Counts

In a 6-month study of another endothelin receptor antagonist, bosentan, 25 male patients with WHO functional class III and IV PAH and normal baseline sperm count were evaluated for effects on testicular function. There was a decline in sperm count of at least 50% in 25% of the patients after 3 or 6 months of treatment with bosentan. One patient developed marked oligospermia at 3 months and the sperm count remained low with 2 follow-up measurements over the subsequent 6 weeks. Bosentan was discontinued and after 2 months the sperm count had returned to baseline levels. In 22 patients who completed 6 months of treatment, sperm count remained within the normal range and no changes in sperm morphology, sperm motility, or hormone levels were observed. Based on these findings and preclinical data [see Nonclinical Toxicology] from endothelin receptor antagonists, it cannot be excluded that endothelin receptor antagonists such as LETAIRIS have an adverse effect on spermatogenesis.

Hematological Changes

Decreases in hemoglobin concentration and hematocrit have followed administration of other endothelin receptor antagonists and were observed in clinical studies with LETAIRIS. These decreases were observed within the first few weeks of treatment with LETAIRIS, and stabilized thereafter. The mean decrease in hemoglobin from baseline to end of treatment for those patients receiving LETAIRIS in the 12-week placebo-controlled studies was 0.8 g/dL.

Marked decreases in hemoglobin ( > 15% decrease from baseline resulting in a value below the lower limit of normal) were observed in 7% of all patients receiving LETAIRIS (and 10% of patients receiving 10 mg) compared to 4% of patients receiving placebo. The cause of the decrease in hemoglobin is unknown, but it does not appear to result from hemorrhage or hemolysis.

In the long-term open-label extension of the two pivotal clinical studies, mean decreases from baseline (ranging from 0.9 to 1.2 g/dL) in hemoglobin concentrations persisted for up to 4 years of treatment.

There have been postmarketing reports of decreases in hemoglobin concentration and hematocrit that have resulted in anemia requiring transfusion.

Measure hemoglobin prior to initiation of LETAIRIS, at one month, and periodically thereafter. Initiation of LETAIRIS therapy is not recommended for patients with clinically significant anemia. If a clinically significant decrease in hemoglobin is observed and other causes have been excluded, consider discontinuing LETAIRIS.

Patient Counseling Information

See FDA-approved patient labeling (Medication Guide).

Letairis Education and Access Program (LEAP)

Advise the patient that LETAIRIS is available only through a restricted program called LEAP.

As a component of LEAP, prescribers must review the contents of the LETAIRIS Medication Guide and the Letairis Patient Enrollment Guide before initiating treatment with Letairis.

Inform the patient that LETAIRIS is available only from Certified Specialty Pharmacies enrolled in LEAP. Provide patients with a list of Certified Specialty Pharmacies.

As a component of LEAP, Certified Specialty Pharmacies must provide a copy of the Medication Guide to patients or caregivers each time LETAIRIS is dispensed. Patients must be instructed to read the Medication Guide each time they receive LETAIRIS because new information may be available. In addition, Certified Specialty Pharmacies must contact patients before each shipment to confirm that the patient will be available to receive the LETAIRIS shipment, and, in the case of women of childbearing potential, to confirm that a pregnancy test has been completed.

Patients must complete a patient enrollment form and be re-enrolled annually by their prescribers using the LEAP Patient Enrollment and Consent form to confirm that they understand the risks of LETAIRIS.

Patients may be asked to participate in a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of LEAP.

Pregnancy

Instruct patients that the risks associated with Letairis include serious birth defects if used by pregnant women:

  • Educate and counsel women of childbearing potential to use highly reliable contraception during LETAIRIS treatment and for one month after stopping treatment. If the patient has had a tubal sterilization or chooses to use a Copper T 380A IUD or LNg 20 IUS for pregnancy prevention, no additional contraception is needed. Women who do not choose one of these methods should always use two acceptable forms of contraception: one hormone method and one barrier method, or two barrier methods where one method is the male condom.
  • Acceptable hormone methods include: progesterone injectables, progesterone implants, combination oral contraceptives, transdermal patch, and vaginal ring.
  • Acceptable barrier methods include: diaphragm (with spermicide), cervical cap (with spermicide), and the male condom.
  • Partner's vasectomy must be used along with a hormone method or a barrier method.
  • Educate and counsel women of childbearing potential on the use of emergency contraception in the event of unprotected sex or known or suspected contraceptive failure [see BOXED WARNING, CONTRAINDICATIONS].

Instruct patient to immediately contact their physician if they suspect they may be pregnant.

Hepatic Effects

Some members of this pharmacological class are hepatotoxic. Patients should be educated on the symptoms of potential liver injury (such as anorexia, nausea, vomiting, fever, malaise, fatigue, right upper quadrant abdominal discomfort, jaundice, dark urine or itching) and instructed to report any of these symptoms to their physician.

Hematological Change

Patients should be advised of the importance of hemoglobin testing.

Other Risks Associated with Letairis

Instruct patients that the risks associated with Letairis also include the following:

  • Decreases in hemoglobin and hematocrit
  • Decreases in sperm count
  • Fluid overload

Administration

Patients should be advised not to split, crush, or chew tablets.

Nonclinical Toxicology

Carcinogenesis, Mutagenesis, Impairment of Fertility

Oral carcinogenicity studies of up to two years duration were conducted at starting doses of 10, 30, and 60 mg/kg/day in rats (8 to 48 times the maximum recommended human dose [MRHD] on a mg/m² basis) and at 50, 150 and 250 mg/kg/day in mice (28 to 140 times the MRHD). In the rat study, the high and mid-dose male and female groups had their doses lowered to 40 and 20 mg/kg/day, respectively, in week 51 because of effects on survival. The high dose males and females were taken off drug completely in weeks 69 and 93, respectively. The only evidence of ambrisentan-related carcinogenicity was a positive trend in male rats, for the combined incidence of benign basal cell tumor and basal cell carcinoma of skin/subcutis in the mid-dose group (high-dose group excluded from analysis), and the occurrence of mammary fibroadenomas in males in the high-dose group. In the mouse study, high dose male and female groups had their doses lowered to 150 mg/kg/day in week 39 and were taken off drug completely in week 96 (males) or week 76 (females). In mice, ambrisentan was not associated with excess tumors in any dosed group.

Positive findings of clastogenicity were detected, at drug concentrations producing moderate to high toxicity, in the chromosome aberration assay in cultured human lymphocytes. There was no evidence for genetic toxicity of ambrisentan when tested in vitro in bacteria (Ames test) or in vivo in rats (micronucleus assay, unscheduled DNA synthesis assay).

The development of testicular tubular atrophy and impaired fertility has been linked to the chronic administration of endothelin receptor antagonists in rodents. Testicular tubular degeneration was observed in rats treated with ambrisentan for two years at doses ≥ 10 mg/kg/day (8-fold MRHD). Increased incidences of testicular findings were also observed in mice treated for two years at doses ≥ 50 mg/kg/day (28-fold MRHD). Effects on sperm count, sperm morphology, mating performance and fertility were observed in fertility studies in which male rats were treated with ambrisentan at oral doses of 300 mg/kg/day (236-fold MRHD). At doses of ≥ 10 mg/kg/day, observations of testicular histopathology in the absence of fertility and sperm effects were also present.

Use In Specific Populations

Pregnancy

Pregnancy Category X [see CONTRAINDICATIONS]. Treat women of childbearing potential only after a negative pregnancy test and treat only women who are using acceptable methods of contraception. Pregnancy tests should be obtained monthly in women of childbearing potential taking LETAIRIS [see WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Nursing Mothers

It is not known whether ambrisentan is excreted in human milk. Breastfeeding while receiving LETAIRIS is not recommended. A preclinical study in rats has shown decreased survival of newborn pups (mid and high doses) and effects on testicle size and fertility of pups (high dose) following maternal treatment with ambrisentan from late gestation through weaning. Doses tested were 17x, 51x, and 170x (low, mid, high dose, respectively) the maximum oral human dose of 10 mg on a mg/mm² basis.

Pediatric Use

Safety and effectiveness of LETAIRIS in pediatric patients have not been established.

Geriatric Use

In the two placebo-controlled clinical studies of LETAIRIS, 21% of patients were ≥ 65 years old and 5% were ≥ 75 years old. The elderly (age ≥ 65 years) showed less improvement in walk distances with LETAIRIS than younger patients did, but the results of such subgroup analyses must be interpreted cautiously. Peripheral edema was more common in the elderly than in younger patients.

Renal Impairment

The impact of renal impairment on the pharmacokinetics of ambrisentan has been examined using a population pharmacokinetic approach in PAH patients with creatinine clearances ranging between 20 and 150 mL/min. There was no significant impact of mild or moderate renal impairment on exposure to ambrisentan [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]. Dose adjustment of LETAIRIS in patients with mild or moderate renal impairment is therefore not required. There is no information on the exposure to ambrisentan in patients with severe renal impairment.

The impact of hemodialysis on the disposition of ambrisentan has not been investigated.

Hepatic Impairment

Pre-existing hepatic impairment

The influence of pre-existing hepatic impairment on the pharmacokinetics of ambrisentan has not been evaluated. Because there is in vitro and in vivo evidence of significant metabolic and biliary contribution to the elimination of ambrisentan, hepatic impairment would be expected to have significant effects on the pharmacokinetics of ambrisentan [see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY]. LETAIRIS is not recommended in patients with moderate or severe hepatic impairment. There is no information on the use of LETAIRIS in patients with mild pre-existing impaired liver function; however, exposure to ambrisentan may be increased in these patients.

Elevation of Liver Transaminases

Other endothelin receptor antagonists (ERAs) have been associated with aminotransferase (AST, ALT) elevations, hepatotoxicity, and cases of liver failure [see ADVERSE REACTIONS]. In patients who develop hepatic impairment after LETAIRIS initiation, the cause of liver injury should be fully investigated. Discontinue LETAIRIS if aminotransferase elevations > 5x ULN or if elevations are accompanied by bilirubin > 2x ULN, or by signs or symptoms of liver dysfunction and other causes are excluded.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

OVERDOSE

There is no experience with overdosage of LETAIRIS. The highest single dose of LETAIRIS administered to healthy volunteers was 100 mg and the highest daily dose administered to patients with PAH was 10 mg once daily. In healthy volunteers, single doses of 50 mg and 100 mg (5 to 10 times the maximum recommended dose) were associated with headache, flushing, dizziness, nausea, and nasal congestion. Massive overdosage could potentially result in hypotension that may require intervention.

CONTRAINDICATIONS

Pregnancy

LETAIRIS may cause fetal harm when administered to a pregnant woman. Ambrisentan was teratogenic at oral doses of ≥ 15 mg/kg/day in rats and ≥ 7 mg/kg/day in rabbits; it was not studied at lower doses. In both species, there were abnormalities of the lower jaw and hard and soft palate, malformation of the heart and great vessels, and failure of formation of the thymus and thyroid. Teratogenicity is a class effect of endothelin receptor antagonists. There are no data on the use of LETAIRIS in pregnant women.

LETAIRIS is contraindicated in women who are or may become pregnant. If this drug is used during pregnancy, or if the patient becomes pregnant while taking this drug, the patient should be apprised of the potential hazard to a fetus. Pregnancy must be excluded before the initiation of treatment with LETAIRIS and prevented during treatment and for one month after stopping treatment [see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION, WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS].

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Mechanism of Action

Endothelin-1 (ET-1) is a potent autocrine and paracrine peptide. Two receptor subtypes, ETA and ETB, mediate the effects of ET-1 in the vascular smooth muscle and endothelium. The primary actions of ETA are vasoconstriction and cell proliferation, while the predominant actions of ETB are vasodilation, antiproliferation, and ET-1 clearance.

In patients with PAH, plasma ET-1 concentrations are increased as much as 10-fold and correlate with increased mean right atrial pressure and disease severity. ET-1 and ET-1 mRNA concentrations are increased as much as 9-fold in the lung tissue of patients with PAH, primarily in the endothelium of pulmonary arteries. These findings suggest that ET-1 may play a critical role in the pathogenesis and progression of PAH.

Ambrisentan is a high affinity (Ki=0.011 nM) ETA receptor antagonist with a high selectivity for the ETA versus ETB receptor ( > 4000-fold). The clinical impact of high selectivity for ETA is not known.

Pharmacodynamics

Cardiac Electrophysiology

In a randomized, positive- and placebo-controlled, parallel-group study, healthy subjects received either LETAIRIS 10 mg daily followed by a single dose of 40 mg, placebo followed by a single dose of moxifloxacin 400 mg, or placebo alone. LETAIRIS 10 mg daily had no significant effect on the QTc interval. The 40 mg dose of LETAIRIS increased mean QTc at tmax by 5 ms with an upper 95% confidence limit of 9 ms. For patients receiving LETAIRIS 5-10 mg daily and not taking metabolic inhibitors, no significant QT prolongation is expected.

Pharmacokinetics

The pharmacokinetics of ambrisentan (S-ambrisentan) in healthy subjects are dose proportional. The absolute bioavailability of ambrisentan is not known. Ambrisentan is absorbed with peak concentrations occurring approximately 2 hours after oral administration in healthy subjects and PAH patients. Food does not affect its bioavailability. In vitro studies indicate that ambrisentan is a substrate of P-gp. Ambrisentan is highly bound to plasma proteins (99%). The elimination of ambrisentan is predominantly by non-renal pathways, but the relative contributions of metabolism and biliary elimination have not been well characterized. In plasma, the AUC of 4-hydroxymethyl ambrisentan accounts for approximately 4% relative to parent ambrisentan AUC. The in vivo inversion of S-ambrisentan to R-ambrisentan is negligible. The mean oral clearance of ambrisentan is 38 mL/min and 19 mL/min in healthy subjects and in PAH patients, respectively. Although ambrisentan has a 15-hour terminal half-life, the mean trough concentration of ambrisentan at steady-state is about 15% of the mean peak concentration and the accumulation factor is about 1.2 after long-term daily dosing, indicating that the effective half-life of ambrisentan is about 9 hours.

Drug Interactions

In vitro studies

Studies with human liver tissue indicate that ambrisentan is metabolized by CYP3A, CYP2C19, and uridine 5'-diphosphate glucuronosyltransferases (UGTs) 1A9S, 2B7S, and 1A3S. In vitro studies suggest that ambrisentan is a substrate of the Organic Anion Transporting Polypeptides OATP1B1 and OATP1B3, and a substrate but not an inhibitor of P-glycoprotein (P-gp). Drug interactions might be expected because of these factors; however, a clinically relevant interaction has been demonstrated only with cyclosporine [see DRUG INTERACTIONS]. Ambrisentan does not inhibit or induce drug metabolizing enzymes at clinically relevant concentrations.

In vivo studies

The effects of other drugs on ambrisentan pharmacokinetics and the effects of ambrisentan on the exposure to other drugs are shown in Figure 2 and Figure 3, respectively.

Figure 2 : Effects of Other Drugs on Ambrisentan Pharmacokinetics

Effects of Other Drugs on Ambrisentan Pharmacokinetics - Illustration

* Omeprazole: based on population pharmacokinetic analysis in PAH patients
** Rifampin: AUC and Cmax were measured at steady-state. On Day 3 of co-administration a transient 2-fold increase in AUC was noted that was no longer evident by Day 7. Day 7 results are presented.

Figure 3 : Effects of Ambrisentan on Other Drugs

Effects of Ambrisentan on Other Drugs - Illustration

* Active metabolite of mycophenolate mofetil

** GMR (95% CI) for INR

Clinical Studies

Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension (PAH)

Two 12-week, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, multicenter studies were conducted in 393 patients with PAH (WHO Group 1). The two studies were identical in design except for the doses of LETAIRIS and the geographic region of the investigational sites. ARIES-1 compared once-daily doses of 5 mg and 10 mg LETAIRIS to placebo, while ARIES-2 compared once-daily doses of 2.5 mg and 5 mg LETAIRIS to placebo. In both studies, LETAIRIS or placebo was added to current therapy, which could have included a combination of anticoagulants, diuretics, calcium channel blockers, or digoxin, but not epoprostenol, treprostinil, iloprost, bosentan, or sildenafil. The primary study endpoint was 6-minute walk distance. In addition, clinical worsening, WHO functional class, dyspnea, and SF-36® Health Survey were assessed.

Patients had idiopathic or heritable PAH (64%) or PAH associated with connective tissue diseases (32%), HIV infection (3%), or anorexigen use (1%). There were no patients with PAH associated with congenital heart disease.

Patients had WHO functional class I (2%), II (38%), III (55%), or IV (5%) symptoms at baseline. The mean age of patients was 50 years, 79% of patients were female, and 77% were Caucasian.

Submaximal Exercise Ability

Results of the 6-minute walk distance at 12 weeks for the ARIES-1 and ARIES-2 studies are shown in Table 2 and Figure 4.

Table 2 : Changes from Baseline in 6-Minute Walk Distance (meters)

  ARIES-1 ARIES-2
Placebo
(N=67)
5 mg
(N=67)
10 mg
(N=67)
Placebo
(N=65)
2.5 mg
(N=64)
5 mg
(N=63)
Baseline 342 ± 73 340 ± 77 342 ± 78 343 ± 86 347 ± 84 355 ± 84
Mean change from baseline -8 ± 79 23 ± 83 44 ± 63 -10 ± 94 22 ± 83 49 ± 75
Placebo-adjusted mean change from baseline _ 31 51 _ 32 59
Placebo-adjusted median change from baseline _ 27 39 _ 30 45
p-valuea _ 0.008 < 0.001 _ 0.022 < 0.001
Mean ± standard deviation
a p-values are Wilcoxon rank sum test comparisons of LETAIRIS to placebo at Week 12 stratified by idiopathic or heritable PAH and non-idiopathic, non-heritable PAH patients

Figure 4 : Mean Change in 6-Minute Walk Distance

Mean Change in 6-Minute Walk Distance - Illustration

Mean change from baseline in 6-minute walk distance in the placebo and LETAIRIS groups Values are expressed as mean ± standard error of the mean.

In both studies, treatment with LETAIRIS resulted in a significant improvement in 6-minute walk distance for each dose of LETAIRIS and the improvements increased with dose. An increase in 6-minute walk distance was observed after 4 weeks of treatment with LETAIRIS, with a dose-response observed after 12 weeks of treatment. Improvements in walk distance with LETAIRIS were smaller for elderly patients (age ≥ 65) than younger patients and for patients with secondary PAH than for patients with idiopathic or heritable PAH. The results of such subgroup analyses must be interpreted cautiously.

The effects of LETAIRIS on walk distances at trough drug levels are not known. Because only once daily dosing was studied in the clinical trials, the efficacy and safety of more frequent dosing regimens for LETAIRIS are not known. If exercise ability is not sustained throughout the day in a patient, consider other PAH treatments that have been studied with more frequent dosing regimens.

Clinical Worsening

Time to clinical worsening of PAH was defined as the first occurrence of death, lung transplantation, hospitalization for PAH, atrial septostomy, study withdrawal due to the addition of other PAH therapeutic agents or study withdrawal due to early escape. Early escape was defined as meeting two or more of the following criteria: a 20% decrease in the 6-minute walk distance; an increase in WHO functional class; worsening right ventricular failure; rapidly progressing cardiogenic, hepatic, or renal failure; or refractory systolic hypotension. The clinical worsening events during the 12-week treatment period of the LETAIRIS clinical trials are shown in Table 3 and Figure 5.

Table 3 : Time to Clinical Worsening

  ARIES-1 ARIES-2
Placebo (N=67) LETAIRIS (N=134) Placebo (N=65) LETAIRIS (N=127)
Clinical worsening, no. (%) 7 (10%) 4 (3%) 13 (22%) 8 (6%)
Hazard ratio _ 0.28 _ 0.3
p-value, Fisher exact test _ 0.044 _ 0.006
p-value, Log-rank test _ 0.03 _ 0.005
Intention-to-treat population
Note: Patients may have had more than one reason for clinical worsening.
Nominal p-values

There was a significant delay in the time to clinical worsening for patients receiving LETAIRIS compared to placebo. Results in subgroups such as the elderly were also favorable.

Figure 5 : Time to Clinical Worsening

Time to Clinical Worsening - Illustration

Time from randomization to clinical worsening with Kaplan-Meier estimates of the proportions of failures in ARIES-1 and ARIES-2.

p-values shown are the log-rank comparisons of LETAIRIS to placebo stratified by idiopathic or heritable PAH and non-idiopathic, non-heritable PAH patients

Long-term Treatment of PAH

In long-term follow-up of patients who were treated with LETAIRIS (2.5 mg, 5 mg, or 10 mg once daily) in the two pivotal studies and their open-label extension (N=383), Kaplan-Meier estimates of survival at 1, 2, and 3 years were 93%, 85%, and 79%, respectively. Of the patients who remained on LETAIRIS for up to 3 years, the majority received no other treatment for PAH. These uncontrolled observations do not allow comparison with a group not given LETAIRIS and cannot be used to determine the long-term effect of LETAIRIS on mortality.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

PATIENT INFORMATION

Medication Guide

LETAIRIS®
(le-TAIR-is)
(ambrisentan) Tablets

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking LETAIRIS and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

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

  • Serious birth defects.
    LETAIRIS can cause serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
    • Women must not be pregnant when they start taking LETAIRIS or become pregnant during treatment.
    • Women who are able to get pregnant must have a negative pregnancy test before beginning treatment with LETAIRIS and each month during treatment. Your doctor will decide when to do the test, depending on your menstrual cycle.

Women who are able to get pregnant must use two acceptable forms of birth control, during LETAIRIS treatment and for one month after stopping LETAIRIS.

  • If you have had a tubal sterilization or have an IUD, these methods can be used alone and no other form of birth control is needed.
  • Talk with your doctor or gynecologist (a doctor who specializes in female reproduction) to find out about how to prevent pregnancy.
  • Do not have unprotected sex. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have unprotected sex or if you think your birth control has failed. Your doctor may tell you to use emergency birth control.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you miss a menstrual period or think you may be pregnant.

LETAIRIS is available only through a restricted program called the LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP). To receive LETAIRIS, you must talk to your doctor, understand the benefits and risks of LETAIRIS, and agree to all of the instructions in the LEAP program.

What is LETAIRIS?

LETAIRIS is a prescription medicine to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which is high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs. LETAIRIS can improve your ability to exercise and it can help slow down the worsening of your physical condition and symptoms.

Who should not take LETAIRIS?

Do not take LETAIRIS if:

  • you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or become pregnant during treatment with LETAIRIS. LETAIRIS can cause serious birth defects. (See “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”) Serious birth defects from LETAIRIS happen early in pregnancy.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines. LETAIRIS and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you check with your doctor.

Especially tell your doctor if you take the medicine cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune). Your doctor may need to change your dose of LETAIRIS. You should not take more than 5 mg of LETAIRIS each day if you also take cyclosporine.

LETAIRIS has not been studied in children.

How should I take LETAIRIS?

LETAIRIS will be mailed to you by a specialty pharmacy. Your doctor will give you complete details.

  • Take LETAIRIS exactly as your doctor tells you. Do not stop taking LETAIRIS unless your doctor tells you.
  • You can take LETAIRIS with or without food.
  • Do not split, crush or chew LETAIRIS tablets.
  • It will be easier to remember to take LETAIRIS if you take it at the same time each day.
  • If you take more than your regular dose of LETAIRIS, call your doctor right away.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember that day. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.

What should I avoid while taking LETAIRIS?

  • Do not get pregnant while taking LETAIRIS. (See the serious birth defects section of “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”) If you miss a menstrual period, or think you might be pregnant, call your doctor right away.
  • Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking LETAIRIS. It is not known if LETAIRIS can pass through your milk and harm your baby.

What are the possible side effects of LETAIRIS?

Serious side effects of LETAIRIS include:

  • Serious birth defects. (See “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”)
  • Swelling all over the body (fluid retention) can happen within weeks after starting LETAIRIS. Tell your doctor right away if you have any unusual weight gain, tiredness, or trouble breathing while taking LETAIRIS. These may be symptoms of a serious health problem. You may need to be treated with medicine or need to go to the hospital.
  • Sperm count reduction. Reduced sperm counts have been observed in some men taking a drug similar to LETAIRIS, an effect which might impair their ability to father a child. Tell your doctor if remaining fertile is important to you.
  • Low red blood cell levels (anemia) can happen during the first weeks after starting LETAIRIS. If this happens, you may need a blood transfusion. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your red blood cells before starting LETAIRIS. Your doctor may also do these tests during treatment with LETAIRIS.

The most common side effects of LETAIRIS are:

Some medicines that are like LETAIRIS can cause liver problems. Tell your doctor if you get any of these symptoms of a liver problem while taking LETAIRIS:

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fever
  • achiness
  • generally do not feel well
  • pain in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • dark urine
  • itching

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of LETAIRIS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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 LETAIRIS?

Store LETAIRIS at 59 °F to 86 °F (15 °C to 30 °C), in the package it comes in.

Keep LETAIRIS and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about LETAIRIS

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use LETAIRIS for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give LETAIRIS to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about LETAIRIS. If you would like more information, ask your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about LETAIRIS that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information, call 1-866-664-LEAP (5327) or visit www.letairis.com or www.gilead.com.

What are the ingredients in LETAIRIS?

Active ingredient: ambrisentan

Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. The tablets are film-coated with a coating material containing FD&C Red #40 aluminum lake, lecithin, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

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PATIENT INFORMATION

Medication Guide

LETAIRIS®
(le-TAIR-is)
(ambrisentan) Tablets

Read this Medication Guide before you start taking LETAIRIS and each time you get a refill. There may be new information. This Medication Guide does not take the place of talking with your doctor about your medical condition or your treatment.

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

  • Serious birth defects.
    LETAIRIS can cause serious birth defects if taken during pregnancy.
    • Women must not be pregnant when they start taking LETAIRIS or become pregnant during treatment.
    • Women who are able to get pregnant must have a negative pregnancy test before beginning treatment with LETAIRIS and each month during treatment. Your doctor will decide when to do the test, depending on your menstrual cycle.

Women who are able to get pregnant must use two acceptable forms of birth control, during LETAIRIS treatment and for one month after stopping LETAIRIS.

  • If you have had a tubal sterilization or have an IUD, these methods can be used alone and no other form of birth control is needed.
  • Talk with your doctor or gynecologist (a doctor who specializes in female reproduction) to find out about how to prevent pregnancy.
  • Do not have unprotected sex. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist right away if you have unprotected sex or if you think your birth control has failed. Your doctor may tell you to use emergency birth control.
  • Tell your doctor right away if you miss a menstrual period or think you may be pregnant.

LETAIRIS is available only through a restricted program called the LETAIRIS Education and Access Program (LEAP). To receive LETAIRIS, you must talk to your doctor, understand the benefits and risks of LETAIRIS, and agree to all of the instructions in the LEAP program.

What is LETAIRIS?

LETAIRIS is a prescription medicine to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), which is high blood pressure in the arteries of your lungs. LETAIRIS can improve your ability to exercise and it can help slow down the worsening of your physical condition and symptoms.

Who should not take LETAIRIS?

Do not take LETAIRIS if:

  • you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or become pregnant during treatment with LETAIRIS. LETAIRIS can cause serious birth defects. (See “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”) Serious birth defects from LETAIRIS happen early in pregnancy.

Tell your doctor about all your medical conditions and all the medicines you take including prescription and nonprescription medicines. LETAIRIS and other medicines may affect each other causing side effects. Do not start any new medicines until you check with your doctor.

Especially tell your doctor if you take the medicine cyclosporine (Gengraf, Neoral, Sandimmune). Your doctor may need to change your dose of LETAIRIS. You should not take more than 5 mg of LETAIRIS each day if you also take cyclosporine.

LETAIRIS has not been studied in children.

How should I take LETAIRIS?

LETAIRIS will be mailed to you by a specialty pharmacy. Your doctor will give you complete details.

  • Take LETAIRIS exactly as your doctor tells you. Do not stop taking LETAIRIS unless your doctor tells you.
  • You can take LETAIRIS with or without food.
  • Do not split, crush or chew LETAIRIS tablets.
  • It will be easier to remember to take LETAIRIS if you take it at the same time each day.
  • If you take more than your regular dose of LETAIRIS, call your doctor right away.
  • If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember that day. Take your next dose at the regular time. Do not take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose.

What should I avoid while taking LETAIRIS?

  • Do not get pregnant while taking LETAIRIS. (See the serious birth defects section of “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”) If you miss a menstrual period, or think you might be pregnant, call your doctor right away.
  • Breastfeeding is not recommended while taking LETAIRIS. It is not known if LETAIRIS can pass through your milk and harm your baby.

What are the possible side effects of LETAIRIS?

Serious side effects of LETAIRIS include:

  • Serious birth defects. (See “What is the most important information I should know about LETAIRIS?”)
  • Swelling all over the body (fluid retention) can happen within weeks after starting LETAIRIS. Tell your doctor right away if you have any unusual weight gain, tiredness, or trouble breathing while taking LETAIRIS. These may be symptoms of a serious health problem. You may need to be treated with medicine or need to go to the hospital.
  • Sperm count reduction. Reduced sperm counts have been observed in some men taking a drug similar to LETAIRIS, an effect which might impair their ability to father a child. Tell your doctor if remaining fertile is important to you.
  • Low red blood cell levels (anemia) can happen during the first weeks after starting LETAIRIS. If this happens, you may need a blood transfusion. Your doctor will do blood tests to check your red blood cells before starting LETAIRIS. Your doctor may also do these tests during treatment with LETAIRIS.

The most common side effects of LETAIRIS are:

Some medicines that are like LETAIRIS can cause liver problems. Tell your doctor if you get any of these symptoms of a liver problem while taking LETAIRIS:

  • loss of appetite
  • nausea or vomiting
  • fever
  • achiness
  • generally do not feel well
  • pain in the upper right stomach (abdominal) area
  • yellowing of your skin or the whites of your eyes
  • dark urine
  • itching

Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away. These are not all of the possible side effects of LETAIRIS. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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 LETAIRIS?

Store LETAIRIS at 59 °F to 86 °F (15 °C to 30 °C), in the package it comes in.

Keep LETAIRIS and all medicines out of the reach of children.

General information about LETAIRIS

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use LETAIRIS for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give LETAIRIS to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.

This Medication Guide summarizes the most important information about LETAIRIS. If you would like more information, ask your doctor. You can ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about LETAIRIS that is written for healthcare professionals.

For more information, call 1-866-664-LEAP (5327) or visit www.letairis.com or www.gilead.com.

What are the ingredients in LETAIRIS?

Active ingredient: ambrisentan

Inactive Ingredients: croscarmellose sodium, lactose monohydrate, magnesium stearate and microcrystalline cellulose. The tablets are film-coated with a coating material containing FD&C Red #40 aluminum lake, lecithin, polyethylene glycol, polyvinyl alcohol, talc, and titanium dioxide.

Last reviewed on RxList: 2/24/2012
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.

Disclaimer

Letairis Consumer

IMPORTANT: HOW TO USE THIS INFORMATION: This is a summary and does NOT have all possible information about this product. This information does not assure that this product is safe, effective, or appropriate for you. This information is not individual medical advice and does not substitute for the advice of your health care professional. Always ask your health care professional for complete information about this product and your specific health needs.

AMBRISENTAN - ORAL

(AM-bri-SEN-tan)

COMMON BRAND NAME(S): Letairis

WARNING: This medication must not be used during pregnancy because it can harm an unborn baby. See also Precautions section.

In the US, ambrisentan is only available to patients enrolled in the Letairis Education and Access Program (LEAP). Only doctors and pharmacies enrolled in this program may prescribe or provide ambrisentan. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details about this program and about the risks and benefits of using this medication.

These requirements apply in the US. If you live in Canada or any other country, consult your doctor and pharmacist for your country's regulations.

USES: Ambrisentan is used to treat high blood pressure in the lungs (pulmonary arterial hypertension). This condition is thought to be caused by increased levels of a certain natural substance (endothelin-1). This medication blocks the effects of endothelin-1, thereby helping to decrease the blood pressure in the lungs, slow the worsening of symptoms, and improve your ability to exercise.

HOW TO USE: This drug is controlled through a special program. A program worker will call you each month to make sure that you have gotten a pregnancy test if you are a woman who may become pregnant. See also Warning and Precautions sections.

Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start using ambrisentan and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Take this medication by mouth with or without food, usually once daily or as directed by your doctor. Do not crush, chew, or break the tablets.

Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment.

Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day.

Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor. Some conditions may become worse when the drug is suddenly stopped. Your dose may need to be gradually decreased.

Women who are pregnant or who may become pregnant should not handle the tablets or breathe the dust from this medication.

Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens.

Disclaimer

Letairis Consumer (continued)

SIDE EFFECTS: Stuffy nose, runny nose, or flushing may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast heartbeat, extreme tiredness, swelling ankles/feet, sudden/unexplained weight gain, trouble breathing.

Other medications that are like ambrisentan may rarely cause very serious liver problems. Tell your doctor immediately if you develop symptoms of liver disease, including: persistent nausea/vomiting, severe stomach/abdominal pain, dark urine, yellowing eyes/skin.

This medication can decrease sperm production in some men, an effect that may lower male fertility. Consult your doctor for more details.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.

In the US -

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.

Read the Letairis (ambrisentan tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »

PRECAUTIONS: Before taking ambrisentan, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to other endothelin receptor blockers (e.g., bosentan); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: liver disease, anemia.

Older adults may be at greater risk for swelling ankles/feet while using this drug.

This medication must not be used during pregnancy. It may harm an unborn baby. If you are planning pregnancy, become pregnant, or think you may be pregnant, tell your doctor immediately. Women who may become pregnant must have a negative pregnancy test before starting this medication and once a month while taking it. Consult your doctor for more details and to discuss reliable forms of birth control. Unless otherwise directed by your doctor, it is recommended that at least 2 reliable forms of birth control (e.g., birth control pills, condoms) be used while taking this medication and for 1 month after stopping the medication. Birth control should still be used, even if your partner had a vasectomy.

It is not known whether this medication passes into breast milk. Because of the possible risk to the infant, breast-feeding while using this medication is not recommended. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Disclaimer

Letairis Consumer (continued)

DRUG INTERACTIONS: Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.

Some products that may interact with this drug include: cyclosporine.

OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: severe dizziness.

NOTES: Do not share this medication with others.

Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as liver function test, monthly pregnancy test, hemoglobin level) will be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.

MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.

STORAGE: Store at 77 degrees F (25 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Brief storage between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) is permitted. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.

Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.

MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For information about enrolling in MedicAlert, call 1-800-854-1166 (USA) or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).

Information last revised February 2012. Copyright(c) 2012 First Databank, Inc.

Letairis Patient Information Including Side Effects

Brand Names: Letairis

Generic Name: ambrisentan (Pronunciation: am bri SEN tan)

What is ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Ambrisentan prevents thickening of the blood vessels, especially those in the lungs and heart. Ambrisentan also lowers blood pressure in your lungs, helping your heart pump blood more efficiently.

Ambrisentan is used to treat pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). It improves your ability to exercise and prevents your condition from getting worse.

Ambrisentan may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficulty breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:

  • anxiety, sweating, pale skin, severe shortness of breath, wheezing, gasping for breath, cough with foamy mucus, chest pain, fast or uneven heart rate;
  • swelling of the feet, ankles, or legs;
  • pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest; or
  • nausea, upper stomach pain, itching, loss of appetite, dark urine, clay-colored stools, jaundice (yellowing of the skin or eyes).

Less serious side effects may include:

  • headache;
  • stomach pain, vomiting, constipation;
  • stuffy nose, sinus pain, sore throat; or
  • warmth, redness, or tingly feeling under your skin.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the Letairis (ambrisentan tablets) Side Effects Center for a complete guide to possible side effects »

What is the most important information I should know about ambrisentan (Letairis)?

If you are a woman of child-bearing potential, you will need to have a negative pregnancy test before you start treatment with ambrisentan. You will also be re-tested each month during your treatment.

You will be required to use two forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy during your treatment, and for at least 1 month after your treatment ends. If you have had a tubal ligation or are using a copper IUD, you will not need to use a second form of birth control.

Do not stop taking ambrisentan without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Ambrisentan is available only under a special program called LEAP (Letairis Education and Access Program). You must be registered in the program and sign agreements to use birth control and undergo pregnancy and blood testing as required by the program. Read all program brochures and agreements carefully.

Side Effects Centers

Letairis Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Your should not use this medication if you are allergic to ambrisentan, if you have moderate or severe liver disease, or if you are pregnant.

To make sure you can safely take ambrisentan, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • anemia (low red blood cell counts);
  • a history of liver problems; or
  • if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking ambrisentan.

If you are a woman of child-bearing potential, you will need to have a negative pregnancy test before you start treatment with ambrisentan. You will also be re-tested each month during your treatment.

FDA pregnancy category X. This medication can harm an unborn baby or cause birth defects. Do not use ambrisentan if you are pregnant. Tell your doctor right away if you become pregnant during treatment.

You will be required to use two forms of birth control to prevent pregnancy during your treatment, and for at least 1 month after your treatment ends. If you have had a tubal ligation or are using a copper IUD (intrauterine device), you will not need to use a second form of birth control.

Recommended combinations of birth control forms include:

  • 1 hormone form (birth control pill, skin patch, implant, vaginal ring, or injection) plus 1 barrier form (condom, diaphragm with spermicide, or cervical cap with spermicide).
  • a condom and a female barrier form together (diaphragm with spermicide, or cervical cap with spermicide).
  • a partner's vasectomy plus 1 hormone form or 1 barrier form.

Talk with your doctor about the use of emergency contraception if you have unprotected sex or if you believe your form of contraception has failed.

It is not known whether ambrisentan passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. You should not breast-feed while you are using ambrisentan.

Ambrisentan may lower a man's sperm count and could affect fertility (your ability to have children).

How should I take ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Take exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Ambrisentan is available only under a special program called LEAP (Letairis Education and Access Program). You must be registered in the program and sign agreements to use birth control and undergo pregnancy and blood testing as required by the program. Read all program brochures and agreements carefully.

Before you start treatment with ambrisentan, your doctor may perform blood tests to make sure it is safe for you to take this medication. Your blood will need to be tested often during treatment. Visit your doctor regularly.

Ambrisentan can be taken with or without food.

Do not crush, chew, or split the tablet. Swallow the pill whole.

Do not stop taking ambrisentan without first talking to your doctor. You may need to use less and less before you stop the medication completely.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Keep this medicine in its original container.

Side Effects Centers

Letairis Patient Information including If I Miss a Dose

What happens if I miss a dose (Letairis)?

Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

What happens if I overdose (Letairis)?

Seek emergency medical attention or call the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.

Overdose symptoms may include feeling like you might pass out.

What should I avoid while using ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Follow your doctor's instructions about any restrictions on food, beverages, or activity.

What other drugs will affect ambrisentan (Letairis)?

Before you take ambrisentan, tell your doctor if you are using cyclosporine (Sandimmune, Neoral, Gengraf).

This list is not complete and other drugs may interact with ambrisentan. Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. Do not start a new medication without telling your doctor.

Where can I get more information?

Your doctor or pharmacist can provide more information about ambrisentan.


Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use this medication only for the indication prescribed.

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