Diethylpropion Hydrochloride ER

DIETHYLPROPION HYDROCHLORIDE ER- diethylpropion hydrochloride tablet, extended release
CALVIN, SCOTT AND COMPANY, INCORPORATED

DESCRIPTION

Diethylpropion Hydrochloride Extended Release Tablets, 75 mg are available for oral administration as extended release tablets containing 75 mg diethylpropion hydrochloride, USP. The inactive ingredients in each extended release tablet are: mannitol, carbomer homopolymer, tartaric acid, hydroxypropyl methylcellulose, povidone, and magnesium stearate.

Diethylpropion hydrochloride is a sympathomimetic agent. The chemical name for diethylpropion hydrochloride is 1-phenyl-2-diethyl-amino-1-propanone hydrochloride.

Its chemical structure is:

molecular structure
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In diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg, diethylpropion hydrochloride is dispersed in a hydrophilic matrix. On exposure to water, the diethylpropion hydrochloride is released at a relatively uniform rate as a result of slow hydration of the matrix. The result is controlled release of the anorectic agent.

CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY

Diethylpropion hydrochloride is a sympathomimetic amine with some pharmacologic activity similar to that of the prototype drugs of this class used in obesity, the amphetamines. Actions include some central nervous system stimulation and elevation of blood pressure. Tolerance has been demonstrated with all drugs of this class in which these phenomena have been looked for.

Drugs of this class used in obesity are commonly known as “anorectics” or “anorexigenics.” It has not been established, however, that the action of such drugs in treating obesity is primarily one of appetite suppression. For example, other central nervous system actions or metabolic effects may be involved.

Adult obese subjects instructed in dietary management and treated with “anorectic” drugs lose more weight on the average than those treated with placebo and diet, as determined in relatively short-term clinical trials.

The magnitude of increased weight loss of drug-treated patients over placebo-treated patients averages some fraction of a pound a week. However, individual weight loss may vary substantially from patient to patient. The rate of weight loss is greatest in the first weeks of therapy for both drug and placebo subjects and tends to decrease in succeeding weeks. The possible origins of the increased weight loss due to the various drug effects are not established. The amount of weight loss associated with the use of an “anorectic” drug varies from trial to trial, and the increased weight loss appears to be related in part to variables other than the drug prescribed, such as the physician/investigator relationship, the population treated, and the diet prescribed. Studies do not permit conclusions as to the relative importance of the drug and non-drug factors on weight loss.

The natural history of obesity is measured in years, whereas most studies cited are restricted to a few weeks duration; thus, the total impact of drug-induced weight loss over that of diet alone is unknown.

Diethylpropion is rapidly absorbed from the GI tract after oral administration and is extensively metabolized through a complex pathway of biotransformation involving N-dealkylation and reduction. Many of these metabolites are biologically active and may participate in the therapeutic action of diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg. Due to the varying lipid solubilities of these metabolites, their circulating levels are affected by urinary pH. Diethylpropion and/or its active metabolites are believed to cross the blood-brain barrier and the placenta.

Diethylpropion and its metabolites are excreted mainly by the kidney. It has been reported that between 75-106% of the dose is recovered in the urine within 48 hours after dosing. Using a phosphorescence assay that is specific for basic compounds containing benzoyl group, the plasma half-life of the aminoketone metabolites is estimated to be between 4 to 6 hours.

The controlled-release characteristics of diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg have been demonstrated by studies in humans in which plasma levels of diethylpropion-related materials were measured by phosphorescence analysis. Plasma levels obtained with the diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg formulation administered once daily indicated a more gradual release than the immediate-release formulation (three 25 mg tablets given in a single dose).

Diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg have not been shown superior in effectiveness to the same dosage of the immediate-release formulation (one 25 mg tablet three times daily). After administration of a single dose of diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg (one 75 mg extended release tablet) or diethylpropion hydrochloride solution (75 mg dose) in a cross-over study using normal human subjects, the amount of parent compound and its active metabolites recovered in the urine within 48 hours for the two dosage forms were not statistically different.

INDICATIONS AND USAGE

Diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg are indicated in the management of exogenous obesity as a short-term adjunct (a few weeks) in a regimen of weight reduction based on caloric restriction in patients with an initial body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher and who have not responded to appropriate weight reducing regimen (diet and/or exercise) alone. Below is a chart of BMI based on various heights and weights. BMI is calculated by taking the patient’s weight, in kilograms (kg), divided by the patient’s height, in meters (m), squared. Metric conversions are as follows: pounds divided by 2.2 = kg; inches x 0.0254 = meters.

Body Mass Index (BMI), kg/m2

Weight
(pounds)

Height (feet, inches)

5’0”

5’3”

5’6”

5’9”

6’0”

6’3”

140

27

25

23

21

19

18

150

29

27

24

22

20

19

160

31

28

26

24

22

20

170

33

30

28

25

23

21

180

35

32

29

27

25

23

190

37

34

31

28

26

24

200

39

36

32

30

27

25

210

41

37

34

31

29

26

220

43

39

36

33

30

28

230

45

41

37

34

31

29

240

47

43

39

36

33

30

250

49

44

40

37

34

31

The usefulness of agents of this class (See CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY) should be measured against possible risk factors inherent in their use such as those described below. Diethylpropion hydrochloride extended release tablets, 75 mg are indicated for use as monotherapy only.

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