OXYCODONE HYDROCHLORIDE- oxycodone hydrochloride solution
WARNING: RISK OF MEDICATION ERRORS; ADDICTION, ABUSE, AND MISUSE; RISK EVALUATION AND MITIGATION STRATEGY (REMS); EVALUATION AND MITIGATION STRATEGY (REMS); LIFE-THREATENING RESPIRATORY DEPRESSION; ACCIDENTAL INGESTION; NEONATAL OPIOID WITHDRAWAL SYNDROME; CYTOCHROME P450 3A4 INTERACTION; and RISKS FROM CONCOMITANT USE WITH BENZODIAZEPINES OR OTHER CNS DEPRESSANTS
Risk of Medication Errors
Ensure accuracy when prescribing, dispensing, and administering oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution. Dosing errors due to confusion between mg and mL, and other oxycodone hydrochloride oral solutions of different concentrations can results in accidental overdose. [see Dosage and Administration (2.1), Warnings and Precautions (5.1)].
Addiction, Abuse, and Misuse
Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution exposes users to risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, which can lead to overdose and death. Assess patient’s risk prior to prescribing oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution, and monitor all patients regularly for the development of these behaviors and conditions. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2) ].
Opioid Analgesic Risk Evaluation and Mitigation Strategy (REMS)
To ensure that the benefits of opioid analgesics outweigh the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has required a REMS for these products [see Warnings and Precautions (5.3) ]. Under the requirements of the REMS, drug companies with approved opioid analgesic products must make REMS-compliant education programs available to healthcare providers. Healthcare providers are strongly
- complete a REMS-compliant education program,
- counsel patients and/or their caregivers, with every prescription, on safe use, serious risks, storage, and disposal of these products,
- emphasize to patients and their caregivers the importance of reading the Medication Guide every time it is provided by their pharmacist, and
- consider other tools to improve patient, household, and community safety.
Life-Threatening Respiratory Depression
Serious, life-threatening, or fatal respiratory depression may occur with use of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution. Monitor for respiratory depression, especially during initiation of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution or following a dose increase. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4) ].
Accidental ingestion of even one dose of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution, especially by children, can result in a fatal overdose of oxycodone. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4) ].
Neonatal Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
Prolonged use of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution during pregnancy can result in neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome, which may be life-threatening if not recognized and treated, and requires management according to protocols developed by neonatology experts. If opioid use is required for a prolonged period in a pregnant woman, advise the patient of the risk of neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome and ensure that appropriate treatment will be available. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.5) ].
Cytochrome P450 3A4 Interaction
The concomitant use of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution with all cytochrome P450 3A4 inhibitors may result in an increase in oxycodone plasma concentrations, which could increase or prolong adverse reactions and may cause potentially fatal respiratory depression. In addition, discontinuation of a concomitantly used cytochrome P450 3A4 inducer may result in an increase in oxycodone plasma concentration. Monitor patients receiving oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution and any CYP3A4 inhibitor or inducer. [see Warnings and Precautions (5.6), Drug Interactions (7), Clinical Pharmacology (12.3)].
Risks From Concomitant Use With Benzodiazepines Or Other CNS Depressants
Concomitant use of opioids with benzodiazepines or other central nervous system (CNS) depressants, including alcohol, may result in profound sedation, respiratory depression, coma, and death [see Warnings and Precautions (5.7), Drug Interactions (7)].
- Reserve concomitant prescribing of oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution and benzodiazepines or other CNS depressants for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options are inadequate.
- Limit dosages and durations to the minimum required.
- Follow patients for signs and symptoms of respiratory depression and sedation.
Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution is indicated in adults for the management of pain severe enough to require an opioid analgesic and for which alternative treatments are inadequate. (1)
Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution 100 mg per 5 mL (20 mg/mL) is indicated for the relief of pain in opioid-tolerant adults.
Limitations of Use ( 1 )
Because of the risks of addiction, abuse, and misuse with opioids, even at recommended doses [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2) ], reserve oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution for use in patients for whom alternative treatment options [e.g., non-opioid analgesics or opioid combination products]:
- Have not been tolerated, or are not expected to be tolerated,
- Have not provided adequate analgesia, or are not expected to provide adequate analgesia
Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution is available in 100 mg per 5 mL (20 mg/5 mL). Oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution 100 mg per 5 mL (20 mg/mL) is for use in opioid-tolerant patients only who have already been receiving opioid therapy. Use this strength only for patients who have already been titrated to a stable analgesic regimen using lower strengths of oxycodone hydrochloride and who can benefit from use of a smaller volume of oral solution.
Patients considered to be opioid tolerant are those who are receiving, for one week or longer, at least 60 mg oral morphine per day, 25 mcg transdermal fentanyl per hour, 30 mg oral oxycodone per day, 8 mg oral hydromorphone per day, 25 mg oral oxymorphone per day, 60 mg oral hydrocodone per day, or an equianalgesic dose of another opioid.
Ensure accuracy when prescribing, dispensing, and administering oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution to avoid dosing errors due to confusion between mg and mL, and with other oxycodone hydrochloride solutions of different concentrations, which could result in accidental overdose and death. Ensure the proper dose is communicated and dispensed. When writing prescriptions, include both the total dose in mg and the total dose in volume.
Always use the enclosed calibrated oral syringe when administering oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution 100 mg per 5 mL (20 mg per mL) to ensure that the dose is measured and administered accurately.
Do not use household teaspoons or tablespoons to measure oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution, as using a tablespoon instead of a teaspoon could lead to overdosage.
Use the lowest effective dosage for the shortest duration consistent with individual patient treatment goals [see Warnings and Precautions (5)].
Initiate the dosing regimen for each patient individually, taking into account the patient’s severity of pain, patient response, prior analgesic treatment experience, and risk factors for addiction, abuse, and misuse [see Warnings and Precautions (5.2)].
Monitor patients closely for respiratory depression, especially within the first 24-72 hours of initiating therapy and following dosage increases with oxycodone hydrochloride oral solution and adjust the dosage accordingly [see Warnings and Precautions (5.4)].
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